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1936 Harley-Davidson EL


1936 Harley-Davidson EL Pictures
The engine of the EL earned the nickname "Knucklehead," which was inspired by the shape of its rocker-cover caps.
The engine of the EL earned the nickname "Knucklehead," which was inspired by the shape of its rocker-cover caps.

The 1936 Harley-Davidson EL motorcycle introduced changes that would influence the future of motorcycle design. Among them were changes to the rocker-shaft covers and air intake.

The tank-mounted instrument panel, still a Harley styling element, included amp and oil- pressure readouts.
The tank-mounted instrument panel, still a Harley styling element, included amp and oil- pressure readouts.
Introduced in 1936, the Harley-Davidson EL went on to become one of Harley's most-popular motorcycles.
Introduced in 1936, the Harley-Davidson EL went on to become one of Harley's most-popular motorcycles.
The 1936 Harley-Davidson EL offered this
The 1936 Harley-Davidson EL offered this
Shift lever well forward indicates this Harley EL
Shift lever well forward indicates this Harley EL
The "fishtail" muffler was another period styling
The "fishtail" muffler was another period styling
A real piece of Americana: a 1936 Harley-Davidson
A real piece of Americana: a 1936 Harley-Davidson
The EL proudly wears its California Highway Patrol badge.
The EL proudly wears its California Highway Patrol badge.
Black and white was a traditional police color; many departments also mounted additional lights.
Black and white was a traditional police color; many departments also mounted additional lights.
Evidence, ammunition, or just lunch, saddle bags
Evidence, ammunition, or just lunch, saddle bags
Cops appreciated Harley's rugged build, though presence of a rear suspension would have made long hours on the road more comfortable.
Cops appreciated Harley's rugged build, though presence of a rear suspension would have made long hours on the road more comfortable.

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