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Harley Davidson ”Knucklehead” 1936.
LEGO Harley Davidson ”Knucklehead” motorbike, a Technic and System combination model.
About this creation


As you may know I have a soft spot for vintage motorbikes, so to add a new model to my collection of bikes, I decided to see how a LEGO Harley Davidson “Knuckle head would turn out.

Drawings for this model simply consist of a sideview picture, scaled so that each 5mm equals one stud. Calculations starts with the available wheels, which actually dictates the final size of the bike, but I haven`t calculated the exact scale of the bike, but it`s somewhere between 1:7 and 1:8. Both front and rear wheels are the same configuration as with my LEGO V-Rod; The wheels consist of a 61.6mm Rim (# 2903), with 81,6mm Tyre (# 2902), outside this is another Tyre 94,2mm (# 88516).

Next step was designing the engine and frame. My biggest concern about the engine was the exhaust pipes. Flexible pipes are a nightmare to handle in LDD, so I omitted the pipes in the LDD design phase, but left a suitable space for the pipes to be fitted later in the building process. LDD is a grateful media, where everything stays neatly in place, no matter how many times you turn things upside down and back again. It was quite different when I tryed to attach the exhaust pipes to the engine. The cylinders consist of various wheels/round plates stacked on a 4L bar which allowed them to turn. This was a huge problem when I tryed to add the exhaustpipes. It was fixed by tying the two cylinders together by the use of some plates with clip thus at the same time forming the carburettor. In order to keep the shape of the currugated pipe forming the front exhaust pipe, a peace of copperwire is inserted into the pipe. The frame came quite easy together because there`s no suspension on the rear axle.

The front fork has no working suspension either, but a “look alike” springer system formed by rods and corrugeted pipes for springs.

Front and rear fenders are a further development of the fenders used on my previous bikes. Now with sides made of plates attached to the fender-arch with Minifig back plates. Hope you like them, I do!

The bike has quite a lot of shiny bits and pieces. A lot of these parts are spay-painted, mainly to keep costs low, but this time I have also used chromed parts from one of the chrome brick dealers, and they certainly add a lot bling to the bike. One of the best parts I`ve bought are the black-chromed Technic wheels forming the cylinder tops. The wheels are in fact Black but the peripheral edge of the wheel is shiny chromed, looking like shiny cooling ribs. A few other pieces have been painted, red and black.

Comments and criticism are more than welcome!

Hope you enjoy the pictures.


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Edit 10-6-2018: Always a pleasure to see a model appear at TheLegoCarBlog!




Comments

 I made it 
  August 10, 2018
Quoting Michael Ab. I just love how you did the cylinders, and all the bling bling chrome! Excellent creation!
Thank you very much Michael! I really did enjoy building this one. All them chromed pieces are incredible expensive, but I don´t regret spending my money on all the bling bling!
 I like it 
  August 10, 2018
I just love how you did the cylinders, and all the bling bling chrome! Excellent creation!
 I made it 
  July 3, 2018
Quoting Oliver Becker I heard this name before, but had to search some pics of this model: perfect job, wonderful MOC, Henrik! You did it again! ;)
Thank you very much Oliver!, really appreciate your comment.
 I like it 
  July 2, 2018
I heard this name before, but had to search some pics of this model: perfect job, wonderful MOC, Henrik! You did it again! ;)
 I made it 
  June 16, 2018
Quoting Elk Guard Amazing work!
Thank you very much Elk!
 I like it 
  June 15, 2018
Amazing work!
 I made it 
  June 14, 2018
Quoting jim mcdonough simply outstanding,it looks like you bought a Harley model bike and stuck a few lego bits on it,its that good,love the engine so perfect shaping faultless,again with the handlebars lights etc,their so real looking,but getting it all to fit together must have been challenging even for you. great idea with the tyres, for me the best part is the engine very exact to what it is meant to look like,can hardly tell its lego, details as always is second to none as we come to expect that level of detail from such a talented builder as yourself,
Oh, Wow! What a flattering comment, it sure makes me very happy! There are however still some bits I`ll try to improve with a future model, namely the gasoline tanks position in the frame, I would have wished it to sit a bit lower, but it almost compromises everything, with a complete redesign of frame and engine too! So for now it is as it is. It is indeed very challenging to build these bikes, but that`s also what I like. Once again thanks for this great comment, and have a nice summer Jim!
 I like it 
  June 13, 2018
simply outstanding,it looks like you bought a Harley model bike and stuck a few lego bits on it,its that good,love the engine so perfect shaping faultless,again with the handlebars lights etc,their so real looking,but getting it all to fit together must have been challenging even for you. great idea with the tyres, for me the best part is the engine very exact to what it is meant to look like,can hardly tell its lego, details as always is second to none as we come to expect that level of detail from such a talented builder as yourself,
 I made it 
  June 11, 2018
Quoting Sven ;o) Oh yeah, this one deserves it so much being blogged on The Lego Car Blog. Congrats my friend and fantastic work on this beauty. Every detail is spot on!
Thank you very much, Sven! And of course I`m very proud to see the Harley on TLCB!
 I made it 
  June 11, 2018
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J It's a thing of beauty!
Thanks, Master Shifu, glad you like it!
 I made it 
  June 11, 2018
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland amazing work!:D
Thank you very much, Adam Legofan!
 I made it 
  June 11, 2018
Quoting WWII Lego Dude nice! i love the colors and the detail!
Thank you very much, WWII Lego dude!
 I like it 
  June 11, 2018
Oh yeah, this one deserves it so much being blogged on The Lego Car Blog. Congrats my friend and fantastic work on this beauty. Every detail is spot on!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2018
It's a thing of beauty!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2018
amazing work!:D
 I like it 
  June 10, 2018
nice! i love the colors and the detail!
 I made it 
  June 10, 2018
Quoting Tom's MOCs Beautiful! The coloring and chrome add to the visual impact. I suppose you custom-made the decals for the gas tank, too. I appreciate your descriptions of build techniques, especially the creative idea to layer tires atop one another to achieve the size & shape you wanted.
Thank you very much, Tom! I do agree that the paintwork and chrome pieces add a lot to the model. And yes, I did make the decals for the gas tank too. They are drawn in a vector based draw-program and printed on self-adhesive label paper. To protect the paper it is covered with crystal clear tape.
 I made it 
  June 10, 2018
Quoting Nick Barrett Your bikes keep getting more and more beautiful.
Thank you very much Nick, I`m glad you like it, and glad to see your old avatar again!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2018
Beautiful! The coloring and chrome add to the visual impact. I suppose you custom-made the decals for the gas tank, too. I appreciate your descriptions of build techniques, especially the creative idea to layer tires atop one another to achieve the size & shape you wanted.
 I made it 
  June 10, 2018
Quoting Digital Dreams Excellent, as always, and glad to see you still posting here despite whatever problems the site may have.
Thank you very much, D.D. MOCpages has lately suffered under very unstable conditions, but hopefully the change of servers will improve stability for the future. It would be a shame if MOCpages was terminated!
 I made it 
  June 10, 2018
Quoting Gabor Pauler This is the MOC where amount of metal coating on bricks exceeds the amount of ABS used...
Thanks for this great comment, Gabor! A little exaggerated perhaps, I think I`ve seen models with much more chrome!
 I made it 
  June 10, 2018
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Positively gorgeous!
Thanks again Clayton, much appreciated!
 I made it 
  June 10, 2018
Quoting Sky Raider Awesome harley davidson!
Thank you very much Sky Raider!
 I like it 
  June 10, 2018
Your bikes keep getting more and more beautiful.
 I like it 
  June 10, 2018
Excellent, as always, and glad to see you still posting here despite whatever problems the site may have.
 I like it 
  June 9, 2018
This is the MOC where amount of metal coating on bricks exceeds the amount of ABS used...
 I like it 
  June 9, 2018
Positively gorgeous!
  June 9, 2018
Awesome harley davidson!
 
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