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Lot S127: 1928 Harley-Davidson JD // With Sidecar
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The Model J soon proved a reliable companion, and was updated regularly with engine and chassis improvements, like strengthened forks, better oiling, stronger valve gear, better oil retention and an increasingly streamlined look over time. By 1928 the J had finally gained a front brake, which speaks mostly to the fact that more roads were being paved in the U.S. and were no longer simply dirt or mud, where a strong front brake could prove an actual hazard. The last and best of the Js—the JDH—even borrowed the twin camshaft timing chest from Harley-Davidson’s factory racers for serious performance. Over its 15-year production run, the Model J defined Harley-Davidson, and the last of the line, the JD, was a solid favorite for its reliability. Proof in the pudding today can be found at events like the Motorcycle Cannonball, where JDs swamped the finisher’s field in the 2012 event in which they were eligible.
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