A 1942 HarleyDavidson WLA America's WW2 Liberator

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Though both the 1942 Harley-Davidson XA and the Harley-Davidson WLA were designed for battle, only the WLA saw action in World War II. The WLA used the same fuel tank and gauge as peacetime Harley-Davidsons, but all were painted military olive drab. On the right is the blackout taillamp used when minimizing light was a combat-zone imperative.

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The Harley-Davidson WLA stands as a remarkable testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the era. Through its service in World War II, the WLA earned its place in history as an iconic military motorcycle. Its robust design, reliability, and versatility made it an invaluable asset on the battlefield and a symbol of American military power.

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Indeed, the Harley-Davidson® WLA Military Motorcycle was truly one of the technological heroes of World War II. Cycle History. This 1942 Harley-Davidson ® WLA, US Army Motorcycle was rebuilt and restored by the EWM restoration crew. As was common with many of the military motorcycles after World War II, this one was sold for civilian use.

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1942 Harley Davidson WLA Harley-Davidson was the main supplier of motorcycles to the United States military during World War II. More than 88,000 WLA models were produced for the U.S. Armed Forces and its Allies, such as Great Britain, Canada, and Russia. The U.S. Army used vehicles such as this primarily for messengers and military police duties.

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By this time, Harley-Davidson was one of only two motorcycle companies to have survived the Great Depression and again began producing vast numbers of motorcycles for the US Army in World War II, numbering almost 90,000 to the United States and its allies. Because of their work, Harley-Davidson received two Army-Navy "E" Awards, one in 1943.

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The Harley-Davidson TA Knucklehead. The TA Knucklehead was an experimental three-wheeled motorcycle developed by Harley-Davidson in the early 1940s with a view to selling it to US military buyers. The TA is powered by the 68 cubic inch Knucklehead V-twin and it sends power via a driveshaft to the narrowed automobile axle rear end.

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This page updated 8-30-2022. Harley-Davidson won the Army-Navy "E" Award four times during World War Two. The first time was May 12, 1943. Harley-Davidson motorcycles were first used by the U.S. Army when it ordered twelve motorcycles with machine gun mounted sidecars for General Pershing's 1916 Mexican Excursion.

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The US called upon Harley-Davidson to produce a specialized motorcycle for the armed forces in 1940, and the result was the WLA, which was affectionately known as the "Liberator" by those serving on the frontlines.. Designed for combat and transportation, the motorcycle was a robust machine capable of enduring the unforgiving conditions of war.

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Harley-Davidson began producing limited numbers of the WLA for the US Army in 1940. Based on the then current WL model, a 45 cu in (738 cc) flat-head, solo-seat v-twin, the suffix "A" means Army. The "W" series had been developed from the "R" series, produced between 1932 and 1936, and "L" signifies high-compression.

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Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA in smaller numbers as early as 1940 as part of their general military expansion as WWII took its hold. In 1942 after the United States joined the war the production numbers of the WLA skyrocketed, over 90,000 would be built between 1942 and 1954, with enough spare parts to build an additional 30,000.

A 1942 HarleyDavidson WLA America's WW2 Liberator

The WW2 Harley-Davidson WLA was the original adventure bike. As seen on Silodrome, the WLA was created for the military at the beginning of WW2. Over the years of conflict, Harley built tens of thousands of the meanest matte green motorcycles the world has ever known. Harley reworked the WL bike made for citizens to be a tough overland machine.

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Later versions became the first Harley-Davidson's to use a telescoping fork front end. Production of the XA was the highest of the WWII prototypes, with 1,011 units built for military testing.

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Harley-Davidson WLA: The Main US Military Motorcycle of World War II . Harley-Davidson WLA is the story of an iconic model in the long history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the WLA, which was used by Allied forces during WWII and developed for the U.S. Army's mechanized cavalry. Known today as the "Liberator," this book will unveil the.

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1 of 18: An ultra-rare military trike from Harley-Davidson…. During World War II, Harley-Davidson hit a home run with their WLA model, a flathead-powered military motorcycle that would come to be known as the "Liberator.". The WLA boasted several changes from the WL civilian model, which included blued and parkerized finishes, blackout.

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The Harley-Davidson WLA is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was produced to US Army specifications in the years during and around World War II. It was based on an existing civilian model, the WL, and is of the 45 solo type, so called due to its 45-cubic-inch (740 cm 3) engine displacement and single-rider design. It acquired the nickname "Liberator"

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Harley-Davidson WLAs: Motorcycles used in WW2. Interestingly enough, Harley started producing the Harley-Davidson WLA before the U.S. officially joined the war. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, H-D increased production to over 90,000 models until the war's conclusion in 1945. As part of the "Lend-Lease" program, many military motorcycles.