Is this a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7D?

| 2/2/2011 9:10:50 AM

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From reader Will A. comes an old photo and a question:

"The other day my sister reminded me of how our dad had mentioned riding an Indian Motorcycle when he was young. He didn't own one but I suppose it belonged to a family friend. I also knew an old local blacksmith who said he rode bikes in the old days. I don't recall what he rode.

While going through the old family photo albums I ran across the attached picture. Unfortunately the original was lost and this is a scan of the copied, damaged original.

I'm wondering if somebody might be able to identify what his bike is. The picture was taken on the family farm in Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach), Virginia."

Do you know what year, make and model the bike in the photo is? Our best guess is that it’s a Harley-Davidson from the early 1900s. Could it be a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7D?

Leave your answers in the comments below!

Paul Whaley
2/10/2011 6:26:28 PM

harley didn't start making V twins until 1909 The last year for the belt drive was 1911 the model would be 5D for either year 1909 or 1910. based on the shape of the tank it most likely is a 1911 and would then be 7D model

Sandi DeGeer-Borg
2/10/2011 10:41:31 AM

1911 appears that it is a 7A-this was pre-1911 The 7D is a V-Twin

Tod Rafferty
2/10/2011 9:16:57 AM

1911, yes. But the bike appears to be a single, Model 7. The 7D was a twin.