Italo Harley Knucklehead Job

sini1sini2sini3sini4What can you expect from an Italian Custom builder doing a 1946 Knucklehead job? To integrate in his built some vintage Ferrari car accessories… By the way, 1946 was also the first year Ferrari vehicles became street legal. Before, they were only race cars. Would Enzo Ferrari have appreciated this homage? You bet! Based on a Harley EL and using the original 61″ knucklehead engine, this Italo American special construction features a Dino Ferrari carburetor, a 1935 Italian car speedo, and shift via a 1940 Ferrari Testarossa lever! Custom modified frame has a 32-degree rake with no stretch, wheels are 21″ front and 16″ rear, and body work (gas tank, oil tank, rear fender) are massaged aluminum by the Italo crew of Garage 65. Forza Italia! (pictures HRF)

13 Responses to “Italo Harley Knucklehead Job”

  1. 1 Massimiliano Sep 28th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Big and beautiful

  2. 2 Dave Blevins Sep 28th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Nice wheels and front end… very nice.

  3. 3 J Sep 28th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    That is COOL! Nice to see some fresh ideas on the old theme!

  4. 4 Bigwoody Sep 28th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Refreshing. Actually looks rideable so many don’t.

  5. 5 Conrad Nicklus Sep 28th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Actually, Ferrari did not sell or even announce selling street legal Vehicles until 1947 and the first one sold was a 125I in April on ’47. Also, Ferrari did not build a Testarossa until 1953 and even then it was a race car until 1956 when they produced the vehicle for road use. I dont know where they got the idea that the lever is from a 1940 Testarossa, Enzo Ferrari had no “names” for the vehicles until the late 40’s after the initial inception of the street legal versions were announced.


  6. 6 Cyril Huze Sep 28th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Conrad. The Ferraris we declared street legal in 1946, then sold for the 1st time for street use in 1947. For the 40 Testarossa lever, ask the Italian builder. He speaks English.

  7. 7 nicker Sep 28th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    A great scooter, regardless of the Ferrari issue.
    The lines are great and ya gotta love the originality.


  8. 8 marco Sep 29th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Buongiorno, sono il costruttore della moto , complimenti al Sig,Conrad Nicklus per la sua specifiche , infatti la leva selettore del cambio è di un ferrari testa rossa del ’58, dalla ferrari 246 gt del ’72 proviene il carburatore, mentre le ferritoio sul serbatoio della benzina sono riferiti ad una maserati 151/3 ln del ’65 Gia che ci sono il telaio e la forcella sono stati realizzati in tubi di acciaio al cromo-molibdeno ed entrambi pesano kg. 10,200 A presto Marco Cinquini

  9. 9 jatinder pal Sep 29th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    HMmmmmm…..interesting fine italian machine.

  10. 10 Freedomlaw Sep 29th, 2009 at 5:26 am


    In this blog, you are the Man!

  11. 11 Conrad Nicklus Sep 29th, 2009 at 10:20 pm


    Thanks! I was kind of wondering where the 1940 Testarossa thing came from!!

    Besides that I love the overall look and the fact that Ferrari parts were use, Ferrari is my favorite brand of car.


  12. 12 Conrad Oct 1st, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Good morning, are the manufacturer of the bike, congratulations to Mr. Conrad Nicklus for its specifications, in fact the gear selector lever is of a Ferrari Testa Rossa of ’58, the Ferrari 246 GT ’72 comes the carburetor, while the ferritoio tank of petrol are based on a Maserati 151 / 3 ln of ’65 while we have the frame and fork were made of steel tubing, chrome-molybdenum and both weigh kg. 10.200 A presto Marco Cinquini

  13. 13 Max Oct 23rd, 2009 at 5:23 am

    The bike has participated last weekend at the Italian championship and won for best custom of the event and in the category freestile. Congratulations

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