1936 Harley EL Knucklehead Classic Photo Art via Instagram

Before I joined the magazine publishing ranks (American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, Motorcycle magazine, and others) I was a photographer. And while I feel much has been lost in the art of photography with the popularity of cell phone cameras, a good photo is still a good photo. Interesting subject, cropping, lighting and composition draw people in.

1936 Harley EL Knucklehead engine. Classic design and art deco air cleaner.

I have just started using Instagram with my smartphone, and here are a few photos I took this morning of my classic 1936 Harley EL Knucklehead. I hope you find them of interest.

One-year only 1936 EL speedometer in Harley “skull dash” on my first year Knucklehead.

The 1936 EL Knucklehead was Harley’s first “modern” design with an OHV (overhead valve) design V-twin engine, recirculating oil, Fat Bob gas tanks, and wrap around oil tank under the seat. Not many of the first year Harley Knuckleheads were made, and they are becoming quite rare and valuable.

Floorboard and foot clutch rocker typical of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Many of the design cues introduced on the 1936 Harley Knucklehead are still being used today, including the split gas tanks with large speedometer mounted in the center. Also the horseshoe oil tank under the saddle with battery mounted inside.

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