1954 Front Fender "Medallion" ?

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Michael_Germany_1956
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1954 Front Fender "Medallion" ?

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Post by Michael_Germany_1956 » Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:09 am

Hello!

One of the most important parts is missing on my 1954FL, the front fender emblem,
the 1954 "Anniversary Medallion".
Harley-Davidson celebrates its 50th Anniversary in style. An attractive logo is created, depicting a "V" in honor of the engine which had brought the Company so far, with a bar overlaid reading "Harley-Davidson" and the words, above and below, "50 years--American made." A medallion version of this logo is placed on the front fenders of the 1954 models.
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Source: http://www.harley-davidson.com

The original Medallions are very scarce and very expensive, is there a chance to find a good
reproduction, in polished brass, like the original Medallion?

Thanks for your help!

Greetings from Germany Michael

P.S. From another topic in this forum:

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Post by panhead » Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:10 am

You're not the only one looking for one! Sometimes they are for sale on eBay for skyhigh prices.

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Post by john HD » Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:35 am

during the last 2 years at the davenport swap meet i have seen a few people reproducing the 54 and 55 medallions.

i got a repro one for my 55 that is a quality piece for about 1/4 the price of an original.

as panhead stated the originals do show up on e bay now and then. be prepared to pay a healthy price.

if you could get someone to loan you one you could have a jewler make a casting of it. that is what the fellow i purchased mine had done, he made extras to cover his costs.

if i ever completly finish my restoration i will purchase an original, i just can't justify the cost at the moment (i could have my motor and trans rebuilt for the cost of an original) and i am happy with my repro medallion.

good luck on your search, they are out there!

john

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Post by john HD » Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:43 am

oh yeah, i forgot to mention.

don't feel bad about the price of the medallion, try finding and paying for the one year only speedo for my bike! the one no one makes!

i bit the bullet and had one made last year!

i had to, it is the first thing people look at after the fender medallion!

john :D

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Post by Michael_Germany_1956 » Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:10 am

Thanks, John!

A Reprocution would be fine for me, at this time, money is very short, and I am not able to buy an Original.

A Adress or a E-Mail Adress of a Manufacturer of the Reproductions would be nice, if someone can share one...?

Regards


Michael

P.S. "Davenport Swap Meet", is this in the USA, or GB ? :?:

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Post by john HD » Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:21 am

micheal

here is the site for davenport http://www.chiefblackhawk.org/

it is in davenport iowa u.s.a. if you ever get to come to the states for any reason, this meet would be worth it. i have met folks from all over the planet there!

if i see or hear of someone with repros i will post it here.

john

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Post by panhead » Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:22 am

Davenport is in the USA.

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Post by Michael_Germany_1956 » Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:35 am

Thanks to John & Panhead!

I am suffering from "Aviatophobia", in german Language "Flugangst", my last Flight was to and back from Canada, with the Germany Army in the late 1970s, we were in Shilo/Manitoba for Training with our LeopardII-Tanks.

So, no Davenport for me, sorry... :?

Regards


Michael

P.S. John, I have seen "Reproductions" of the 1955 Front Fender Medaillon, they were made in Poland, the Casting and the Finish was very poor, the Price was about 50,- Euro.

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Post by jlaley » Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:38 pm

I was browsing and came across this. It says new reproduction. Still pretty high for a re-pop. I need one for my '54 also. Jim

http://www.harleyhummer.com/store/view_ ... 51168bcb22

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Post by john HD » Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:53 pm

seems reasonable to me, i paid a little more than that for mine.

if you consider the time it would take to find an original for a pattern, then have it made it seems to be a fair price.

i just saw an obviously repro '55 medallion on ebay being sold as original. oddly it was about 200 bucks too!

john

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