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