I don't like the couple thousand digit discrepancy between the belly numbers and case number! And not sure on the case stamping either. need to compare more examples, but 1001 is easy to fake as the characters don't have many identifying oddities! JMHO Robbie
Did you note that the belly numbers are very high 1952s, which I would think would be perfectly fine 53K1001?
You're right Mark, I was looking at them as 53. So they are likely OK. Still too much money in my world. But if someone already had a '53 K it would be a good project. But then it would end up in a static display somewhere and what's the point of that! Robbie
From my perspective, it seems pretty obvious that number pad has been cleaned more than the surrounding cases. Can't say about the number pad being too flat, but the fact that somebody might be extra careful with the numbers on the #1 job for a new model year does not seem surprising at all.
The number pad on my 53 appears to be sharper and cleaner but who knows, I've heard a story once that back in the day the factory offered '52 and '53 K owners the oppertunity to have their cases swaped out for the later trap door cases. Awful big on their part if it's a true story ..
As far as the factory offering trap door cases in exchange for the non-door cases--- I was working in a Harley shop in 1958 and on into the '60s. I had to race a poorboy KR, 'cause I couldn't afford a real KR. I worked alongside Roy Andres, Leonard's brother, and Brad's Uncle. I never heard of any thing like this exchange, and I am sure I would have. Leonard always said I needed to upgrade the tranny gears, but I don't remember anything about the cases. My race bike was a '52 K , with a whole bunch of work done inside, but no tranny door.
hi patrick , if there was a bunch of sevens like you say, then that number boss must have been ground down at least twice , because as far as im given to understand k models (except kr's) were only made between 52 and 56 , so it couldnt have been an original stamped 57K. i cannot see that thats been done as it would leave the boss looking very different to a standard one
Dude, check out that jibhead, he's crazy. Hasn't been sober for 40 years
You got my curiosity ramjet, how did that hot rod '52 K fair against the factory KR's ? It would be very interesting to hear some the old mods that were performed, we're always fortunate to hear from a racer from back in the day.. Tim
Hi Cody, I'll try to get a couple of pictures up. Do you race the vintage stuff now ? I have friends that are running the KR bikes on AHRMA races. With the stuff that is available today I don't think anyone would want to build a racer the way I did back in the day. It started life as a stock K model, but it had lightened flywheels and drilled rods and needle bearings in the cam cover, and lightened pistons and KR heads and barrels, and some real wild cams. A Fairbanks mag supplied the fire. Great running bike and won many races.