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    Here is the first copy of Volume 3 for the 1934/5 models, this time with 385 pages because of the extended 1934 model year making for 29 Enthusiast magazines this time. And yes, the half price postage offer is still running. Cover picture is a '34 in the Teak Red and Silver paint scheme.IMG_1866 (2).jpg

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    i would like to order all 4 as soon as they are available to purchase Steve.

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    Thank you and would those who ordered the set please Email me again, as I've over-cleaned my browser and lost a few earlier Email addresses.

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    And finally here is the first copy of Volume 4. That's a 36VLH on the cover in the striking Nile Green and Maroon paint scheme. This time 464 pages because of 36 Enthusiast magazines. Even though the VLs weren't made after 1936, there are still plenty of articles and pictures about them in the next couple of years. For you knucklehead guys, there are pictures and stories about the early overhead valve machines, with plenty of racing, speed records and distance runs.IMG_1867 (2).jpg
    More details on the VL Heaven Website. Volumes 3 and 4 have more pages, so cost more to print and mail. By the way, Volumes 3 and 4 also include the seasonal accessory supplements if you like 1930s clothing prices. Because Harley shortened the model years after the extended '1934', this volume includes the new model Enthusiasts for 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939.

    These should be shipping at the end of the week. Once again, if you are taking a set please contact me as the parcel company needs your telephone number.

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    Thanks for all those who ordered sets and about half of these went out Friday with the rest on Monday. I'll send tracking numbers individually.

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    I got my set. Wow quite the treasure trove! Itís hard to find good info about the 1930s but these are great! Seeing all these issues together is really amazing. So many stories and pics, great to get all the context.

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    I received my VL Years book set on Tuesday of this week and poured through all four volumes in two days. I don't fall into the category of cycle specification & restoration enthusiast, I'm more of a H-D factory, Milwaukee & Wisconsin motorcycling historian with the 30's time period being my favorite so this was a great way to obtain the Enthusiast issues included. In my initial run-through I highlighted 125 pieces of info to revisit with roughly 70 of them have to do with news & events that my family and their friends participated in as members of the Milwaukee Motorcycle Club and as H-D factory employees. Now I desire to find Enthusiast sets for 1939-1941 to complete the pre-war years.

    Thanks to Steve for assembling and making available this collection of material !

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    Thanks for the nice words guys and I'm thrilled Badger found his family in those numerous Enthusiast articles. I was hoping to find all pre-WW2 Enthusiasts for the last volume, but they have become hard to find and expensive. For those who think the books are not cheap, 113 original Enthusiasts at say $35 is $4000 and 12 color sales brochures at $160 is $2000, and the printer wanted his money up front for all the digitising. This is a low volume specialist publication, but I'm glad to find other AMCA members sharing my obsession, and pleased that the information on a pivotal time period for Harley is now out there. Seasonal greetings to all!

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    Dear All, I've just received this Email from Frank in California, and have his permission to post it in its entirety here:

    Steve,

    I have to be honest with you and tell you that I felt like a kid again on Christmas morning. I found your package in my mail box today and could hardly wait to open it up. WOW!!! I can't believe all of the information that you packed into THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON VL YEARS Volume 3. 1934/35 models. August 1933-December1935. I flipped through the pages so quickly just wanting to see what was on the next page and the next page and the next. Nearly four hundred pages of information and history about the VL that I know I would have never seen or known about without getting this book. I can't thank you enough for all of the GREAT information and knowledge that you continue to provide and share.

    Frank

    Thank you Frank, such feedback is hard to find...

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    Dear All, for a low volume specialist publication these are flying off the shelves. I'm down to 11 copies of Volume 1, so buy now while stocks last. If you don't want to pay eBay prices check out the VL Heaven website. Seasonal best regards to all.

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