The 1948 Harley-Davidson WL looked very similar to Harley's Big Twin flatheads of the era.

1948 Harley-Davidson WL Pictures

Like its larger stablemates, the 45-cubic-inch 1948 Harley-Davidson WL motorcycle carried a tank-mounted instrument panel. The WL street model also had its drive chains on the right side of the bike, and its hand-shift/foot-clutch arrangement was reversed so that first gear was closest to the rider.

Like the Big Twins, the 45-cubic-inch WL carried a tank-mounted gauge panel.

The WL's first gear was located closest to the rider.

The Forty-Five engine was produced from 1929-1973, and also powered the three-wheeled Servi-Car.

With its broad powerband, the flathead V-twin was

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