1956 Harley-Davidson KHRM ORIGINAL
Used 1956 Harley-Davidson K
New York, NY
1956 Harley-Davidson KHRM Introduced in 1952, Harley’s Model K Sport and Sport Solo motorcycles were an all-new design. They featured styling and influence that was part 125 Model S, part W 45 Sidevalve and part FL 61 OHV Big Twin, with other innovations incorporated. The Model K was an exciting and different motorcycle. It represented the most technologically advanced and modern motorcycle that Harley Davidson had produced to date. Based on the proven 45 Side Valve formula from 1929, the engine was a fresh design with larger cams, carburetor, and higher compression than the W. The engine and transmission now shared the same engine cases. The transmission had four speeds and a hand operated clutch. The K was the first Harley-Davidson to incorporate modern hydraulic dampened suspension at both ends, with telescopic forks in front and a rear swingarm and shock absorber combination. The K foot-shifted on the right and braked on the left not so much as to copy the British but to lay out the controls in anticipation of flat track racing. The engine had a relatively high (for a Side Valve) compression ratio of 6.5 to 1. The cylinder bore originally had a total displacement of 45.12 Cubic Inches, but that increased in 1954 to 54ci. It came with a 1 1/2” Bore Linkert “Bombsight” carburetor Model M-53. The engine produced 30 horsepower. Standard tires and wheels were Goodyear or Firestone and measured 19” by 3.25”, front and rear. The 1956 Ks were more refined than ever, and to receive extra recognition the 1956 K Models carried a special decal in color carrying the KHK letters on a Shield with crossed Checkered Flags at the top, placed on the sides of the oil tank and tool box. Happy and proud indeed will be the owners who ride these special KHKs in 1956 sayeth The Factory. The engine starts and runs well with good compression. It shifts well through the gears via an good clutch. Brakes and suspension work well. As many were, this particular bike has been made street-legal with the addition of a small headlight and taillight. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a rare Harley model with unrivalled ownership history in superb original condition.
November 26 2021 on USClassifieds4all