Scratch’s Garage 97-point 1940 Knucklehead FL
We first met Scratch back in 2014 when he rode up to our studio on his 1946 Harley-davidson FL Knucklehead called Jessie. Let me repeat: He rode into our studio. See, Scratch has owned that bike since his 20s and has been riding it ever since.
When we heard that he had a 1940 Knucklehead he had restored to showroom condition, we jumped at the chance to see it. In a world full of weekend warriors and internet tough guys, Scratch is the real-deal rider who not only appreciates these old bikes but can accurately bring one back from the dead.
HOT BIKE: WHAT DID THIS RESTORATION START LIKE?
SCRATCH: I’ve been building bikes off and on my whole life, not as business. I got serious about restoring bikes after I was done with the touring business. I’ve been hard at it five to six years now.
It’s nice if you are going to start a restoration that you start with a complete bike. Unfortunately, in the case of this Knucklehead I only had the motor that came with a title. I literally had to go out and find all the parts, including the frame, handlebars, sheet metal, everything one piece at a time. A lot of these parts were one year only because it was a transitional year between the early bikes and what would become known as the later ’41–’47 Knuckleheads.