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Origins

This motorcycle was assembled at a Harley Davidson store in Germany. The bike was purchased from an older lady whose husband had acquired the bike many years before. He purchased the bike from the original owner transported it in parts during the Second World War.

Despite being launched in the middle of the Great Depression, when Harley-Davidson’s sales were at a twenty-year low, the RL continued in production, helping Harley-Davidson to become one of only two American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Depression.  Influenced by the way in which the automobile industry had used Art Deco stylings, Harley featured a stylised Art Deco style image on the motorcycle’s fuel tank.

Harley offered a competition-bred RLDR 45, and also produced a three-wheel Servi-Car (or ‘Service-Car’) model.