Kicking A 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead For The First Time In 75 years

Carl and Matt Olsen (father and son) specialize in restorations that they ride and sell from their South Dakota shop, Carl’s Cycle Supply. All of the bikes that the shop produces are updated internally using state of the art technology, but maintain the charm and character of the original design.

After almost 6 years of work, Matt was very proud to show me this short video clip about his just finished 36 EL 1005, !  It’s the earliest 36 that I will probably work on in his lifetime! This bike will be Carl’s Cycle Supply’s submission for Mike Lichter’s Eternal Combustion Exhibit at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis. Matt will also display a Sears. The 36 Knucklehead started on the 2nd kick. Watch…

Zipper's

12 Responses to “Kicking A 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead For The First Time In 75 years”


  1. 1 Heavy Metal Jul 18th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful. If you don’t love Knuckleheads,you ain’t right.

  2. 2 Larry R Jul 18th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you, Cyril! It is great to see this bike fire on the 2nd kick.

  3. 3 Darin Maltsberger - Instructor@MTI Jul 18th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Awesome job, Matt. That’s a very cool ride and that startup is impressive. Thanks for the video.
    -Darin

  4. 4 Chris Hajer Jul 18th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Can’t believe he was wearing flip flops when he kicked that thing over. Beautiful bike.

  5. 5 Lance Dickwood Jul 19th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Nice . . .

  6. 6 Milton Bradley Jul 19th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Very Nice!

  7. 7 Joe Mielke Jul 19th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Congrats my friend!
    Joe

  8. 8 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Jul 19th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Great job Matt and Carl. Indians do it on the 1st kick.

  9. 9 live2rideaglide Jul 19th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hey guys, What sweet music an ol knucky makes. This is way cool. Great job and and super great
    article, Thanks Cyril , you made my day. Flattys , pans and knuckys for ever. Glider man

  10. 10 david uhl Jul 19th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    LOVE it Matt!

  11. 11 Joe Mielke Jul 20th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    First kick or not guys, your champions in my book!
    Peace
    Joe

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