The Harley-Davidson Model W, also known as the Sport Twin, was made by Harley-Davidson from 1919 to 1923. Harley-Davidson’s intention in introducing a new middleweight model was to increase sales by appealing to new riders with an entry-level product. The unusual engine layout imitated the British Douglas motorcycle flat-twin, with cylinders in line with the frame. It also offered several features that were meant to bring new motorcyclists into the market, such as a smoother engine than a big H-D v-twin’s, a lower center of gravity and a unit construction design that leaked less oil, in theory. The Model W set speed records on runs from New York City to Chicago and from the Canada to Mexico, but slow home market sales led to the end of production after four years.
This H-D Model W was in a collection for many years, and being in unrestored cosmetic condition it has a great deal for charm. We are informed that the engine “runs very well”.