1915 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer
Manufactured in USA.
Engine # 0505
That first Harley-Davidson carried the company into a new century, and some 90 years following its debut, became the source ofa unique project. During the mid-1990's, a group of artisans banded together to re-create a small number of this iconic motorcycle. Together, they desired to replicate the 1905 Harley-Davidson in the highest possible quality and be technically correct. Details such as the early engine's case studs, and the thread and pitch of various fittings were exactly adhered to based upon an original machine. Mimicking the original, this motorcycle does not have fenders.
The engine has never been started but was planned to be fully operable. Cosmoline has been applied to the internals to protect the finishes from the expected long term storage in a collection or museum.
In the case of this 1905 Harley-Davidson, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Whether you consider this machine a replica or art, is a personal judgement. Nonetheless it is a beautiful representation of one of the world's most famous motorcycles, and one that will surely be appreciated.