|Subject:||RE: Too Many 1931 KJs ???||Date:||Wed Feb 26 09:44:44 2014|
My KL is 35143. My father had it registered as a 1931. I have a copy of the old Excelsior-Henderson roster from the 80's (I think) which list Doc Cleveland as the owner of KL35143 and identifying the bike as a 1930, go figure. Casting date on the cases is early-ish 1930.|
I have photos of the bike taken by John Scharle after buying it used in the 19030's showing the large headlight, DU-7 generator, and brake pulling from the top. Was everything rolling changes? I can't imagine with the depression setting in they would throw out old parts to use "new" stuff only.
I bet Perry is right about 35000 being a better cut-off point. Based on Dave's observation alone the number of bikes left doesn't add up,considering 1930 was a full production year whereas production was ceased in the spring of 1931.
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It seems that an inordinate amount of 1931 KJs still exist.
There seem to be a lot of 1929's, and a lot of 1931's out there, but not too many 1930's.
Could Ballak's serial number list be wrong? They show
1929 - s/n 28000 (between 4000 and 5000 bikes)
1930 - s/n 33000 (between 1000 and 2000 bikes)
1931 - s/n 35000 (unknown when they stopped, but the highest serial number I've seen is 36862)
Does anyone have a bike with serial number 35xxx or 36xxx that has a title that says 1930?
It just seems odd that so few 1930's have survived.