Vintage HOG! 1918 Harley-Davidson to Visit National WWI Museum and Liberty Memorial During Cross-Country Trek

Photo: National WWI Museum and Memorial

Crew from France to Bring Motorcycle to Museum and Memorial at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7

What: A team of motorcycle enthusiasts from France on a 5,600-mile odyssey across the United States in a restored 1918 Harley-Davidson Model J will pass through Kansas City and stop at the National WWI Museum and Memorial at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Beam-framed motorcycle with Model W drivetrain, patented by W. S. Harley and A. Ziska, Jr.

Why: Approximately 400 Harley-Davidson Model J’s deployed in Northern France during World War I. Found in a barn in France, Chistophe de Goulaine purchased this particular motorcycle in 2008 before embarking on a painstaking restoration process.

Harley Davidson 1918 with sidecar. Photo: Duch.seb / CC-BY-SA 4.0

De Goulaine, the pilot, and mechanic Pierre Lauvergeat created Operation Twin Links to honor the role of the U.S. in assisting France during World War I. The 5,600-mile journey began in Jacksonville, Fla., in early July and will conclude in San Diego. They plan to return to France by Nov. 11 to ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris to celebrate Armistice Day, as soldiers did at World War I’s end.

Photo: Twin links

The motorcycle, nicknamed “Bony,” has an 18-horsepower engine and a top-end speed of 55 miles per hour with its sidecar.

The trip is being documented on Twin links Facebook page.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 7
1 p.m. – Motorcycle arrives at Museum and Memorial
1:15 p.m. – Tour of the Museum and Memorial
3 p.m. – Tour concludes
(Note: all times approximate)

Where: National WWI Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64108

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