1910 Harley-Davidson Single Belt Drive

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Harley Davidson's first bike sold to the public was back in 1903. Those first bikes were almost all single cylinder models, and that was to remain true until 2011 with the introduction of the F-head V-Twin.

In the last year before the introduction of the F-head, Harley sold an impressive 3168 motorcycles, and was on its way to becoming the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world a decade later. This model features a 1.75 inch wide leather drive belt with a jockey tensioner, which allows for a quieter transmission over chains or gears.

This bike will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.

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Price $210 new Production 3168
Engine 30 cu in (.49 liter) 1-cylinder Weight --
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(from Mecum Auctions Press Release) 1910 Harley-Davidson Single Belt Drive

  • From the Dr. J. Craig Venter Collection
  • Has credentials and paperwork
  • Model 6 30 CI F Head single with 28 inch wheels
  • Battery ignition
  • First year belt idler mechanism, 1 3/4 inch leather drive belt
  • Harley-Davidson Bar and Shield Trademark decal
  • Always serviced and maintained in running condition by his resident mechanic.
  • Serial number 6551

While the V-twin engine is the very heart of Harley-Davidson’s brand today, for their first six years of production, only single-cylinder machines bore the legendary bar-and-shield logo. The Davidson brothers and William Harley commenced actual production in 1905 in a small wooden shed, a recreation of which can be found in the Harley-Davidson museum. Harley-Davidson built a mere five machines that year and those first motors were 440cc and produced about 4 horsepower, which was very respectable in the day. By 1906 a new factory was built on Chestnut Street (this was later renamed Juneau Avenue and still functions as Harley-Davidson headquarters today) and about 50 bikes were built in the single-story building. These first models are known as the ‘strap tanks’, for the nickel-plated steel bands suspending the fuel and oil tanks from the frame. In 1907, the Harley-Davidson company was officially incorporated, and they built 150 machines, displaying their first V-twin prototype of 880cc in February at the Chicago Automobile Show, although it took 4 years to start production. Harley-Davidson was one among 150 motorcycle manufacturers in the USA in 1908, when their production leaped to 450 machines. By 1910, the year of this single-cylinder machine, they built 3,168 motorcycles, all of which were singles. This machine includes factory credentials and paperwork certifying it as a genuine, and very rare early Harley-Davidson, which cost $210. Harley-Davidson would offer a 2-speed rear hub in 1914 and a 3-speed gearbox in 1915, but in 1910 a belt drive with a jockey tensioner was the best Milwaukee had. The belt drive makes for a surprisingly silent and smooth transmission, without chain or gear whine. This 1910 Harley-Davidson Model 6 from the Dr. J. Craig Venter collection, is a very rare machine which is documented as original and the result of a comprehensive restoration.