The 1926 Slim Fit Harley-Davidson JD is a throwback to the custom motorcycles of a century ago
As with cars, since the birth of motorcycles, their original appearance and performance was not enough for some owners. Attempts to give machines, regardless of the number of wheels, new capabilities, over the years have led to the many custom workshops we have today, but also to a wide range of styles and visions.
As a result, changes started to be made and they eventually started to blend into different styles of customization. In the United States, one of the earliest such styles, considered by some to be the first widely copied, was reduction. This should not be confused with the term for modified Italian scooters of the 1970s and 1980s.
Taking inspiration from racing motorcycles, the reduced two-wheelers have been lightened by removing several elements, and visually unique by the elimination of the front fender and modification of the tailpipes and headlights, for example.
These changes were largely made on Harley motorcycles of the day, especially those in the J family. And we get a taste of how they would look in the 1926 JD model we have here.
We found it on the Mecum Hammer lot of bikes next week in Las Vegas. It is described as a “An appropriate period custom without radical modification of the chassis or the engine”, but with all the improvements one would expect from a scale model.
We aren’t given any details on who is responsible for the changes to the JD stock, but the green and red machine will likely make a good impression next week in Vegas.