Focus: Vince's 47 Knuckle


We all yearn for that killer swapmeet deal or sweet garage find when buying a motorcycle. The stars align for a brief moment and you come across a bike that you need to own. You might have to kill some time haggling over the price tag but for the most part, sellers are willing to meet you half way. This would be the case for Vince and his recent purchase, a 47 knuckle

"My wife's friend was taking her morning walk and stumbled upon a bike at a yard sale, called me and said that there is a bike for sale with the same front end as your 1969 HD. I asked to speak with the owner, he said it was a 47 knuckle and wanted 6,000 dollars for it. I told him if he would roll it in the garage I would be there in 45 min. A friend and I drove to south Pasadena spoke with the gentlemen and said he owned the bike for the last 30 years. The knuckle was sitting for the last ten years and did not run. I offered him 4,000 dollars he accepted the offer. We took the knuckle home drained the gas tank, cleaned out the carburetor, bought a battery and started right up. Been riding it since."

Bike Owner: Vince La Salvia

Location: Upland Ca

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1947 FL Knucklehead

Frame: 47 Straight Leg

Fork: HD Springer

Tire/wheel size and style: 16" rear 21"front Drum brakes

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Commented on 3-5-2013 At 09:51 am

I love hearing stories like this.

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 10:20 am

Oh wow what a find! the engine alone cost 4 grand

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 11:11 am

This never happens to me. :(

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 11:41 am

I just threw up in my mouth....but suuuuper stoked! that's the reason we are into this stuff!

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 11:41 am

I just threw up in my mouth....but suuuuper stoked! that's the reason we are into this stuff!

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 11:59 am

so lucky! I live in South Pas god damn it!

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 12:44 pm

Wow! That's a great deal! Good to hear that it's being ridden and not stored away.

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 01:52 pm

stories like this make my day! that's amazing!

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 02:01 pm

If you had paid $6k for it, you would only be the "2nd most hated person" on ChopCult, but seeing as you got it much cheaper than that, well...sorry.

Haha, just kidding. Man, thousands of CC members are thinking the same thing after reading this: "How come that always happens to some dude in California, and never to anyone around here?!"


Commented on 3-5-2013 At 04:18 pm

You suck !! ........ah just kidd'n

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 05:47 pm

What? He wouldn't have accepted a $3,000 offer????

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 06:34 pm

what a beeyootiful ride..luckee sumbich

Commented on 3-5-2013 At 07:12 pm


Commented on 3-5-2013 At 08:38 pm

Aw, wth...that's less than half the price of a new Sporty. O.o I need to find me one of those around here!


Commented on 3-6-2013 At 09:32 am

I Never find deals like that around here! What a great find!

Commented on 3-6-2013 At 05:47 pm

I'll trade ya a softail. Man thats beautiful!

Commented on 3-7-2013 At 08:27 am

From the looks of it I'd say a lot of additional work (and money!) went into it if it had been sitting for 10 years. So not only did he save a bike and make it (in my opinion) super-class, he didn't just flip it to make a quick buck. Nice one!

Commented on 3-7-2013 At 10:34 am

"Oh wow what a find! the engine alone cost 4 grand"

Really you can get knuckle motors for 4 grand?!
Very classy bike for sure.

Commented on 3-8-2013 At 03:49 pm

try 8 grand for a titled knuck motor,even 10k. Check out robsusedharley. if'n you find one for 4 you best jump on it if ya got the dough. Although these websites should not dictate the going price they often do

Commented on 3-12-2013 At 05:55 pm

awhhh that freaking ridiculous!!! good on ya dude

Commented on 3-12-2013 At 06:14 pm

Hey that looks like Vince's knuckle!!!

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