Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Jarkki in Finland sent some photos of his rare 1942 Knuck. I say this because, research shows that only a total of 1,793 E's and F's (Knuckleheads), were built that year. Shit, now days, Harley poops out more than twice that number of bikes weekly! Civilian sales were limited to law enforcement and those who worked in the defense industry. Even the cops had to make a federal case to buy one.

Jarkki bought it from a guy in Sweden 3 years ago and he's proud to say it's built with a combination of genuine H-D and vintage custom parts, no Taiwan crap!

Special Features include: '61-'62 H-D tanks, VL Springer, pre-40 rectangle footboards, Flanders short risers with Apes, (AEE) King and Queen seat, Vintage S&S L series carb, '55-'64 primary cover, Mouse trap with foot shift, Triumph Triton front fender used in back, Lucas taillight, and Anderson passenger pegs. Pekka Mannermaa (Wizzard), gets the credit for the pinstriped fuel and oil tanks.

Jarkki signed off, "What the F#@k, Ride a Knuck!" In his case make that a FFFT.... Finnish-F'ing- Forty-Two!


CycleDelicCycles said...

That bike is too sweet...excellent!

Thomas said...

Rare is an understatement! And in Finland no less. Jeezus it would be nice to see one 'o these in New Jersey every five years or so. Hell, back in the early '70's they were everywhere. I guess we loved 'em and rode 'em so hard they disintegrated. Time to move to Tokyo with Moshi and his gang!!

Chris K said...

They've been disintegrating and resurrecting overseas for some time now.

I guess many Americans don't appreciate them enough to compete with what guys in other countries are willing to pay... and they have to pay for shipping too!

Thanks to the world wide web, they are still just a click away to view.

9half said...

That bike is rad..... I agree it is sad to see the stuff go, but it is being appreciated..... got my knuck, and I ain't a rich man...