1942 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, Solo WLA Type II


The Harley-Davidson WLA is the Army version of the WL civilian series motorcycle during WWII. The WLC is the Canadian Army version of the civilian WL series. Over 90000 WLA motorcycles were produced during WWII. The WLA was used by the military police, document transport, escorting duties and reconnaissance. The WLA was rarely used in a combat assault being vulnerable to almost any munition.


Engine type............................V2 four cycle, 45.15 cid, Linkert Carburetor

Transmission/final drive...............Chain Drive

Weight.................................540 lbs

Suspension.............................Coil spring leeding link for the front, rigid rear susp[ension

Brakes.................................Mechanically actuated drum

Wheelbase..............................4 feet 11.5 inches

Length.................................7 feet 4 inches 

Maximum speed..........................65 MPH



Copyright 1995 Charles C. Roberts, Jr



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