Jay Leno's 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead had already been sitting for years when he bought the it, and the former Tonight Show host left it resting for a few more decades in his own garage before getting it running. Still, with little more than a tune-up she was ready to see the road again. Leno added a set of mirrors, but otherwise this Harley has remained in original condition. Now's he's showing the world by taking the bike for a ride on Jay Leno's Garage.

In Leno's view, this is the cycle that's the catalyst for Harley-Davidson's iconic status today, thanks to the model's styling and technical innovation for the time. Despite being nearly an octogenarian, the bike has no problem keeping up with modern traffic. Although, the combination of a foot clutch and hand shift doesn't look too easy to get used to. Leno even rounds out his look at the Knucklehead with a little archival footage of people enjoying these motorcycles back in the day.


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