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Old 11-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1959 Harley Sportster

I recently picked up a 1959 Harley Sportster on a trade, and I have some questions regarding OEM equipment. This bike has been chopped and has a stretched front end, and also has the stock wheel with drum-styled brake. I noticed that there is no electrical on the front brake, in order to operate the rear brake light. Can someone PLEASE shed some light on this issue?
I want to restore it and ensure it is safe and legal, so I need to know what I can and can't do...

Thanks in advance...
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The switch for the brake light is on the brake hand grip.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not sure, but according to this forum there was not front brake switch until 1969. You may not have one. See the 6th post down on that page.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No switch on front brake. I had a 66 xlch, same way.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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68XLCH has no front brake lite switch also(before ralph nater)
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can you post a picture? I'd love to see it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A lot of those older bikes don't even have front brakes...consider that.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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No switch on front brake. I had a 66 xlch, same way.
I agree on the '66 XLCH. I looked at one today.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I got a Buddy that has a 60' setting covered in the shed that he had about 200 miles on a complete rebuild when his Wife made him park it in about 1998. I've been trying to buy it from him for years. It will need a good going through, but should be excellent once road ready. Does anyone know what the realistic value of this thing is. I've seen it under the cover, and lifted the cover, but there isn't anything sitting on it. It looks pretty nice. He would not let me sneak a pic. But figuring average value for this? I know wide guess. I just want to find out if I've been lowballing him or not..
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Had one in 1969. No front brrake switch, on back of rear brake pedal.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:43 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Antique Motorcycle Club of America. Thirty bux a year buys a full-color quarterly magazine that's well worth the price, but if you're serious about restoring (not half-assed renewing/repainting/customizing) that '59, that's the organization to join. Google it.

If you din't know bikes had no front brake-brake light switches before the '70s you can't be blamed. That was the normfor all motorcycles until 1968 & the US Gummint put the safetly-nazis in charge of "automobile safety." and the new federal bureaucrats had to start writing regulation after regulation to justify the money in their gummint paychecks.

Yours also shifts on the right and (rear) brakes on the left foot (changed around to be "uniform" in 1973 with a jury-rigged, modified brake pedal used as a foot-long shift lever, for a couple of years).

Shift-on-right was the old English bike system copied by H-D when they brought out the sidevalve ("flathead") 45 c.i. "K" model (unit construction, not separate transmission like the old "45 Harley) that your OHV Sportster is based upon, in 1952. The OHV Sportster came out in 1957.

There's a whole world of information, and owners and restorers dedicated just to Harley Sportsters. Look up the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and take the first step. You'll like it!

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