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AMERCIAN DREAM: Prism Supply’s 1952 Harley-Davidson ‘Bronco Bronze’.

Nearly everyone has their own definition of the ‘American Dream’, but the original meaning was not a dream about individual wealth; it was a dream of equality, justice and democracy for the nation. The unfortunate reality was, however, that there was a time in the 1950s when there were barriers in place for people of color to do many things, such as buy their dream motorcycle – even when they had the means to do it. These were unprecedented times in America’s history. United States soldiers were fighting against communism in the Korean War while, on their own soil, racial tensions were heightened; one of history’s most well-known Supreme Court cases, Brown v. Board of Education, centering around racial segregation in schools, was taking off. The case became a cornerstone of the civil rights movement during a period where the country’s values were in question.

At the same time, it was also a pivotal time for the economy, as the country was recovering from the Great Depression and World War II. The more materialist ‘American Dream’ was starting to feel like a reality. The manufacturing industry was booming and providing many with well-paying jobs – people had more money than ever before, and they wanted to spend it. Cars, motorcycles, homes and consumer goods were being bought like they were going out of style.

BLACK & BRASS BOBBER: 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA.

‘You’re never too old…’ that’s where the quote should end, because time and again, no matter what the endeavor, human beings prove that you’re simply never too old or past your prime to give anything a go. Sadly in the motorcycle world, too many people are sold the false belief that if you don’t start young, then you shouldn’t start at all. Well, your honour, here we offer up Exhibit A as proof positive that learning to ride or build bikes is something you should simply not delay. As family man Stephan from Germany delivers up this stunning home-built 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Flathead Bobber.

“I work as a Project Manager in a medium-size machinery factory. My background is actually electronics engineer.” Stephan who hails from Hamburg tells us. He’s always held dreams of owning a Harley and lusted after Milwaukee muscle for as long as he can remember, so back in 2015 and then aged 34, Stephan decided it was time to get his motorcycle license and learn to ride. But rather than buy a little 250cc machine, he chose a Sportster 48 as his first bike and quickly settled into the V-Twin lifestyle. A lifetime member of the Forty Fivers Motorcycle Club, the Sporty was given a brief custom overhaul and it was time to move on.