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Harley-Davidson Model J | 1917 Harley Davidson Model J
Harley-Davidson Model J
Harley-Davidson Model J
Harley-Davidson Model J | 1917 Harley Davidson Model J Harley-Davidson Model J | 1917 Harley Davidson Model J

1917 Harley-Davidson

Model J

Smart Sidecar

Harley-Davidson produced its first V-twin, a seven horsepower model, in 1909. Subsequent, more powerful versions were suitable for the addition of a sidecar, making them a viable, less expensive alternative to roadsters and other two-passenger automobiles. The 60-cubic inch J Model was considered a successful design and remained in production from 1912 to 1929. Not intended to denote a connection with the military, olive green paint was standard on Harley-Davidsons of the day.

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