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Board Track Replica: A Chopper Profile


Board Track Replica Pictures
The Board Track's basic handlebars.
The Board Track's basic handlebars.

The Board Track Replica is a custom motorcycle built by Gene Williams. Below are more pictures and details of this powerful chopper.

Harley-Davidsons of the 1930s had a hand-shift transmission and foot-operated clutch -- as does this board-track replica. There’s also no front brake, so the only handlebar control is for the throttle, leaving

the bars devoid of levers.

A look at the roaring Knucklehead engine.
A look at the roaring Knucklehead engine.

Board-track racers of the 1930s typically had no brakes and certainly no lights; being a street-legal bike, this replica has both, though there’s a brake only on the rear wheel. The Knucklehead engine got its name from the large valve-cover bolts that looked like knuckles on a fist. A kick-start lever stands tall next to the rear exhaust pipe; 1930s Harleys didn’t have electric start, and neither does this bike.

The springer front fork of the Board Track Replica.
The springer front fork of the Board Track Replica.

The springer front fork is a period Harley piece. The Knucklehead engine has been modified with two carburetors instead of one, along with exhaust pipes that exit on both sides of the bike; the front cylinder to the left, the rear cylinder to the right. The tall shift lever for the transmission can be seen culminating in a knob at the rear of the fuel tank; the foot-activated clutch pedal is mounted ahead of the footpeg.

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