Friday, September 24, 2010

Harley Liberator WLA

Well I know there are a lot of motorcycles lately but I couldn't keep this one from you! Last Wednesday I heard the roaring sound of a Harley on our street, and this Liberator WLA was parked directly in front of our store. Apparently a couple of days before the same owner of this amazing piece of history came into the shop and Matthijs had a conversation with the guy about his bike. He promised to come back with the bike and so he did.

He is the proud owner of this Harley Davidson Liberator WLA that he has had in his possession since the 1980s. At the time he was working as a contractor and one day, he was at work at a house that belonged to a big bike enthusiast who built and restored bikes like these. A friendship developed and in exchange for working on the house (as the contractor was a handy guy but not to familiar with building bikes) he would get the bike. Something that 's hard to imagine nowadays. A lifetime friendship between the house owner and the contractor and his bike was the result.

Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA in small numbers in 1940, as part of a general military expansion in canada. The later entry of the United States into World War II saw significantly increased production, with over 90,000 being produced during the war (along with spare parts for many more). Production of the WLA ceased after the war, but was revived for the Korean War between 1949 and 1952. The headlight has been repainted in the army green shade by the owner as it was originally brown. 

Oh, and he bought a nice pair of Engineered Boots to go with his bike...

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