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    Quote Originally Posted by jurassic View Post
    nice pic,i haven't seen that one.notice the flat rear fender braces.and the absence of the bottom motor mount cap. also it has the later style belt tensioner.this is an early pic of harleys second 6 bolt bike.their tagged 1905 model.
    No, It is most definately a different bike.
    Here is one that I believe it fitted with the optional "LANG" clutch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jurassic View Post
    nice pic,i haven't seen that one.notice the flat rear fender braces.and the absence of the bottom motor mount cap. also it has the later style belt tensioner.this is an early pic of harleys second 6 bolt bike.their tagged 1905 model.
    I agree with you Lonnie, that the early pic posted by Chris is of the second 6-bolt machine that Harley presently owns, which has a 1906 Model motor, and was tagged as their 1905, as posted by your second picture of the same bike. This same machine also morphed itself into the Second SNO job (Serial Number One) machine that was pictured on pages 16 & 17 of Willie G Davidson's book "100 Years".
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    Notice anything in this photo?

    Look to the far left. See the photos? It is listed as a 1905. It is clearly a different machine that the one in the 1963 photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarleyCreation View Post

    Anyway, the c1918 date on the first photo is an estimate because we know the woodshed was moved to that location in 1918. So that's the photo's earliest possible date. It could be newer.

    Paint color doesn't mean much, but being gray points to 1906. So does the sidecar frame. Motor? 1905 or 1906?
    Remember, what do we know for sure?
    The picture was taken 1918 or later, and the machine in the picture is gray.

    Did it leave the factory gray? We can't say for sure, because this is a 1918 picture.

    I've studied this picture and other picture's of the Lobby Bike that I have, and it is my belief, they are the same machine. This machine has a 1905 Model motor, and was morphed into the first Serial Number One bike. There is one thing that I noticed, that appears on both machines. It's a flaw that is identical on both machines.

    Contact me off line and we can discuss it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    Notice anything in this photo?

    Look to the far left. See the photos? It is listed as a 1905. It is clearly a different machine that the one in the 1963 photo

    uh chris,i think you need to read thru the posts again.the first picture you posted is of harley's SECOND six bolt bike,not the FIRST six bolt bike that is in the 1963 picture. harley has TWO of them.they have only had two 6 bolt bikes in their collection .the bike in the photo you posted is still in their collection.it is not the "lobby bike" or serial number one as they call it now. it is the bike that has had the 1905 number plate on the front fender.it still looks the same as it did in 1998 with one exception ,the fenders have been removed. the lobby bike as we all know was restored {again}a few years back.

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    here is a picture taken in the early 60's of both bikes

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    That is good to know that they have two of them. I was only aware of one and wondered what happened to the other.
    So if they have two 1905's and Bruce Linsday has one that leaves two unaccounted for?
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    .........or do they have one '05 and one '06????
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    it is true there are 5 real six bolt motors known to still exist .harley has the two bikes ,and one "buckboard" type six bolt ,that is a motor only,it was only recently discovered . bruce linsday has a bike with an original six bolt engine,and lonnie isam sr. has a bike with an original six bolt engine,that was discovered in florida about 30 years ago. so three belong to the factory ,and two are in private hands.

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