Knuckleheads of Born-Free 10

We scour the show for all the rare H-D Knuckleheads that come out for Born-Free

Harley-Davidson’s Knucklehead is one of the rarest, most expensive and most revered vintage powerplants still being used by builders today. Because of the simplicity, style, and heritage of the bike, it’s still the first choice for many customizers that can afford one. And, of course, Born-Free doesn’t just have tons of them chopped up and out on display, no, it gave away an epic barn find as well.

Knuckleheads were made from 1936–1947, straight through the middle of WWII, which meant that supplies needed to build motorcycles were also needed for the war effort. Throughout these years, there were countless small changes and many single-year-only parts, which makes them not only hard to find but hard to know and understand as well. For example, the bikes were made with several different configurations based on what part of 1936 it was manufactured. I’m no Knucklestorian, but I can appreciate the story of these bikes, their beautiful design, and what each of their riders has done to make their bike their own.

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1936 Harley-Davidson EL

1936 Harley-Davidson EL

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Knucklehead with a pink tank and green frame

A Knucklehead with a pink tank and green frame?? Love it. Far-out rules.

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A winning Knucklehead from the Race of Gentlemen with bee design

A winning Knucklehead from the Race of Gentlemen

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clean knucklehead chopper

Another clean looking rider

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scroll work on knucklehead chopper

Awesome scroll work on this sprung Knucklehead

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knucklehead chopper with flame gas tank

Chris Huber's Knucklehead from the cover of Street Chopper

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simple black knucklehead chopper

Clean and classy, this chop is more mild (but probably more rideable) than many of the other Knucklehead chops

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knucklehead chopper with yellow paint job

Dennis Babin did some incredible paint and molding on this survivor

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pink knucklehead chopper with paint splatter design

Kiyo's single-cylin Knuck gets me every time

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red and black knucklehead chopper

Merging a few different styles—it all looks good to me!

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tall skinny red chopper

Tall and skinny Knucklehead in the Invited Builder paddock

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