July 2018 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Rich Hutchins with his 1930 Harley Davidson VL

Make: Harley Davidson
Model: VL
Year: 1930
Country of Origin: USA
Engine: 61 cu in
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Rich Hutchins
City: La Mirada

1930 Harley Davidson VL

Congratulations to Rich Hutchins of La Mirada for winning Bike of the Month with his 1930 Harley Davidson VL. Rich won a trophy provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Rich is a third generation motorcyclist. This bike has been in his family since 1939 when his Grandfather Dick Hutchins bought it used for $150.00 up in Visalia, CA. He put $50.00 down, and made $7.50 monthly payments.

Dick rode it down to Los Angeles after the war and started working at Los Angeles Harley Davidson. After working as a mechanic for years, he purchased the dealership in 1959. In 1978, he moved to Yucca Valley and opened Hutchins Harley Davidson. He ran the business in Yucca Valley until 2011.

Dick rode until he was 90 years old, and passed away in October 2017 at the age of 94.

The VL was restored in the 1980's and on display in the store until 2007. It is nearly 100% original except for the front forks that were replaced in the 1940's. Dick's brother was using the bike, while he was stationed in Italy and wrecked the front end. He had it fixed before Dick returned to the States.

Rich inherited two of his Grandfather's bikes and promised to bring the other one to our meet soon.

Thank you Rich for bringing your Harley for all of us to see. See all the photos in our July Gallery.
The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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July 2018
1930 Harley Davidson VL
June 2018
1971 Bultaco Sherpa T Model 49
May 2018
1972 Norton Commando 750
April 2018
1953 MV Agusta Supersport 125
March 2018
1973 Honda CB750 four
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1966 BMW R60/2
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1929 BMW R63
December 2017
1934 Moto Guzzi GT16
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1951 Ariel Square 4
August 2017
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