The Throttlestop Museum, located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, profiled this 1925 Harley Davidson 1000cc Board Track Racer replica that is on display in their museum.
The 1920s were great years for Harley Davidson. The company had claimed its place as the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, with a global presence in 67 countries. Their bikes showcased many technological advances, such as the ‘teardrop’ gas tank and a 74-inch 1212cc V-twin engine. In 1921, they broke a world record as the first motorcycle to win a race with an average speed of over 100mph — seriously quick at the time.
Board track racing was a popular motorsport during this era that was frankly a little tired of the traditional horse racing. The concept was similar to indoor cycle races we see today, using parallel wooden tracks. Not only were these motordromes developed for motorcycle racing, but in some instances, they were adapted to use for various car heats as well. The goal was to achieve nerve-wracking speeds on an oval track with a forty-five-degree slant. Having initially shied away from board track racing, Harley Davidson eventually answered the call by producing the Harley Davidson Board Track Racer.
This beautiful 1925 Harley Davidson 1000cc Board Track Racer replica is a work of art that has been duplicated precisely to match all its factory parts, including the frame, motor, forks, and a series of other pieces present on the bike. The purpose is to bring back the essence of these machines during the short-lived board track era, which was eventually canceled due to growing safety concerns.
The motorcycle is a direct drive unit with no clutch or front brakes, utilizing the rear wheels’ center sprocket pack. The design consists of a rigid frame, turned-down race handlebars, a racing seat, an external oil pump, Coker replica tires, and many other features focused on making the bike track ready.