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RL 45

CountryUnited States
ManufacturerHarley-Davidson Incorporated
Primary RoleMotorcycle


ww2dbaseThe RL 45 motorcycles were built by the manufacturer Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States between 1932 and 1936. With Harley-Davidson being one of only two American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression, RL 45 motorcycles were found in US military service. A number were sold to US-friendly nations such as China, while the Japanese manufacturer Rikuo Internal Combustion Company built them under license until 1958.

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Last Major Revision: Aug 2015


RL 45
MachineryOne 45.32 cubic inch (742.7 cc) flathead V-twin engine rated at 18.5hp
SuspensionLeading link spring fork
Length1.46 m
Weight0.2 t
Speed70 km/h


Chinese Army RL 45 motorcycles with side cars, date unknown

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