June 2017 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Marcus Davin and his 1934 Harley Davidson VLD

Make: Harley Davidson
Model: VLD
Year: 1934
Country of Origin: USA
Engine: 1200cc, 74cu in Twin
Horsepower: 29 hp
Weight: 529 lbs
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Marcus Davin
City: Newport Beach
WD-40 Specialist Motorcycle

1934 Harley Davidson VLD

Congratulations to Marcus Davin of Newport Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his custom 1934 Harley Davidson VLD bobber. Marcus won a helmet provided provided by the WD-40 Company.

WD-40 now produces a line of specialty formulated motorcycle products WD-40 Specialist Motorcycle

Marcus has won three times before:
March 2017 with his 1939 Indian Chief.
December 2013 with his 1938 BMW R12.
September 2013 with his 1966 BMW R50/2.

Marcus has owned the Black and Orlando Orange VLD for two years. He brought it to the meet once before, but arrived too late to win. He told me that the VLD was the first Harley Davidson to go 100 mph right from the factory. I was able to find a site that said the high compression version of the VL had a land speed record of 103mph.

According to How Stuff Works:
"The 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD was one of the products that kept Harley afloat during the Great Depression."

"Harley's traditional Olive Green paint -- which had been used with little variation since 1917 -- was dropped as the standard color after 1932. It was replaced by more vibrant two-tones such as the black and Orlando Orange of our featured machine. Green, however, remained available for traditionalists."

Thanks Marcus for bringing it to our meet. See all the photos in our June 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.

Bike of the Month Gallery
Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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June 2017
1934 Harley Davidson VLD
May 2017
1972 Triumph T100C
March 2017
1939 Indian Chief
February 2017
1934 Cotton 500cc 25J
January 2017
1979 Suzuki GS750
December 2016
1949 Whizzer 20" Sportsman
November 2016
1972 BSA Lightning 650
October 2016
1974 Norton 850 Commando
September 2016
1969 BMW R60/2
August 2016
1971 Norton 750 Commando
July 2016
1951 Gilera Saturno Sport
June 2016
1949 Vincent Black Shadow
May 2016
1974 Norton Commando
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