The Harley-Davidson model that appears in this sculptural tribute is an accurate representation of the 1936 EL model — one of William Harley BS 1907’s last great innovations. In 1936 Harley introduced the “knucklehead” V-twin engine. The engine revolutionized American motorcycles, and combined with styling that incorporated Art Deco design, it made Harley-Davidson the preeminent American motorcycle manufacturer. The knucklehead engine remained Harley’s staple until 1948. This sculpture was created with assistance from Harley-Davidson and its Principal Stylist, Ray Drea.
Harley-Davidson motorcycle design used with permission.