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1942 Harley Davidson WLA | 1942 Harley-Davidson Classic Motorcycle in Mountain View AR | 4339127020

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1942 Harley Davidson WLA is a 1942 Harley-Davidson Classic Motorcycle in Mountain View AR
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Used 1942 Harley-Davidson
Mountain View, AR

...............t proved its true grit was the Harley Davidson WL. Reliable, easy to fix, and most importantly, tough as could be, the bike possessed everything the military needed. Starting in 1940, Harley Davidson quickly switched its production almost exclusively to bikes for the U.S. military. The WL, formerly a civilian bike, became the WLA and was strictly intended for military purposes. Throughout its time in service, the WLA would prove its reliability and toughness over and over again. The WLA was so popular in World War 2 that it earned the nickname “The Liberator” overseas as they were ridden into European towns once occupied by axis forces; and the name has stuck with the bike ever since.The WLA utilizes Harley Davidsons infamous 45 degree V-Twin flathead engine which was first introduced in 1929 on the Model D. The engine gets its name from the fact that it employs a side valve system rather than the now more common overhead valve system. The valves were placed in recesses at the top of the cylinder walls next to the piston allowing the top of the engine to be flat. This system is considered to be much less complex as well as being more reliable and easier to fix then the more complicated overhead valve system. One of the biggest advantages of the side valve system was its ability to be easily and cheaply manufactured which was vital during the wartime efforts. The WLA’s flathead motor also utilized a recirculating oil system, which was a first for Harley Davidson and allowed for far less maintenance to the engine. The frame of the WLA was borrowed from the civilian version of the motorcycle, the WL, with some slight modifications to allow for the mounting and carrying of additional gear including the Thomps............
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