Motorcycle Throwback - The 1925 Harley-Davidson JD
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Motorcycle Throwback - The 1925 Harley-Davidson JD


The 1925 Harley-Davidson was only offered in this Olive Drab; thank goodness that changed!

In the span of twenty years after the 1903 Harley-Davidson started getting pumped out of that little shack that was their headquarters, Harley-Davidson improved greatly. For one, they no longer needed additional foot pedals to help propel the bike up steep hills, much to the appreciation of their customers.

This more modern Harley-Davidson model had a much more powerful engine compared to its predecessors. The newer version ran off of the 74-cubic-inch V-twin that was introduced in 1922 with only a few alterations. This 1925 JD model featured iron alloy pistons and 16 Alemite fittings throughout the engine and gearbox to make the process of lubrication easier. The shift lever was also pushed forward along side the gas tank to make it more convenient for the rider to access while riding.

In 1917, Harley-Davidson started to give customers various options that allowed them to make their motorcycle more custom. And while the seat had been dropped three inches lower, it was molded to fit the contour of the rider's rear and had a six position adjustment.

Because motorcycles were a popular form of family transportation as they were a lot more inexpensive than cars, sidecars became a popular accessory.   While the bike still lacked in suspension, Harley-Davidson tried to make their riders more comfortable by making the seat contoured.
Because motorcycles were a popular form of family transportation as they were a lot more inexpensive than cars, sidecars became a popular accessory.   While the bike still lacked in suspension, Harley-Davidson tried to make their riders more comfortable by making the seat contoured.

The only option that the customer did not have when ordering their ride was to get it in any other color than the Harley Olive Drab. This color was the signature Harley-Davidson color of the time and matched the masculine look of the new frame style. Harley-Davidson slapped on some wider but smaller-diameter tires and fashioned a more rounded and stylish gas tank to give it the muscle of Harley style.

Throughout the years, Harley-Davidson continued to mold and alter their bikes into the sturdy and stylish look that we know and love today. This 1925 JD was a stepping stone toward building the classic Harley look. But thank goodness they eventually got rid of the Olive Drab and expanded their look to include the sleek black that is now their signature color.




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