Dealer restores 1937 Knucklehead, donates it to Detroit police

Publish Date: 
Dec 16, 2013

DETROIT, Mich. - The Detroit Police Department is one step closer to a museum with the donation of a 1937 Knucklehead restored and donated by Biker Bob’s Harley-Davidson in Taylor.

The dealer handed over the bike and keys Friday. The bike, valued between $20,000 and $30,000, will be on display at police headquarters, with the hope that one day there will be a museum to house it and other artifacts displayed in the lobby of the new police headquarters, including an old revolver used by officers, and posters for various Detroit Police events dating back to the early 1900s, according to the Detroit News.

“Not one penny of the cost comes from the city of Detroit,” dealer vice president Trey Hahn said. “There are so few of these out there.”

Harley-Davidson credits Detroit as the first city to employ police motorcycles in 1908, although other cities also claim to be first. The Knucklehead sat disassembled in storage for 35 years until it was found in 1974 during the “Fuzz-O-Rama” police car and motorcycle show. The bike cost $450 new.

Posted by Holly Wagner