THIS SECTION COVERS FRONT FENDERS, REAR FENDERS, VALANCES AND BELT AND CHAIN GUARDS
The evolution of fenders on the F-Heads from 1910 onwards is fairly straightforward to understand for the purposes of preservation or restoration. There has been some debate regarding whether 1911 and 1912 models should have valances on the front fender but generally it is accepted that the 1911 models should not and that the 1912 models should (details below). The valances were not available separately.
The profile (cross section) of fenders from 1910 through 1913 are the same.
For 1910 the fenders are 3 ¾” wide, they have no side valances but they do have the cut-outs to accommodate the narrow forks.
For 1911 (part number 3471 for 28″ wheels) the fenders are the same as 1910.
For 1912 the fenders have added side valances but they retain the cut outs required for the early, narrower forks. The side valances remained for all models, for all years thereafter. These valances are the same as those used on the 1914 and 1915 models.
For 1913 the forks were widened so the cut-outs were no longer required.
For 1914 and 1915 the fenders were widened again to 4 ½”.
For 1916 they were widened again to 5 1/2″ and flat riveted braces were introduced to replace the bicycle type (wire) stays of previous years.
Year Part No. Width Description
1911 AI106A 3 ¾ “ Side indents, no side valances
1912 AI106A 3 ¾ “ Side indents, with side valances
1913 BI106A 3 ¾ “ No indents, with side valances
1914 CI106A 4 ½ “ (10A) No indents, with side valances
1914 CI106B 4 ½ “ (others) No indents, with side valances
1915 DI106 4 ½ “ No indents, with side valances
DISCUSSION – What year models have side valances?
N.B. Mudguards were the original term (from the bicycle days) and they are the same as fenders. Side valances are also referred to as ‘skirts’. When specific model literature is examined;
The ‘1911 Parts and Prices List’ clearly shows that the 1911 fenders did not have side valances. The ‘1912 model brochure’ shows models 8, 8A, and 8D all with front skirted fenders even though the two machines on the front cover are skirt-less!
‘The Legend Begins’ also shows the 1911 models without skirts and the 1912 models with skirts; clearly different. However, the ‘H.D. Parts booklet 1910-17 inclusive’ lists just one part number; AI106A for all models with 28” wheels from 1909 through 1912. As 1909, 1910 and 1911 clearly didn’t have skirts, the implication is that neither did 1912’s models. They cannot both be correct (or maybe they are)!
Having said all this, anyone who has read enough old H.D. literature, brochures, advertisements, etc. will know that just because something has been written down, or even photographed, that does not necessarily make it correct.
1912 and 1913 front fenders. Both examples on the left are the same dimensions with the same skirts and same stay brace mounts. The top fender (original paint) has no fork cut outs and is for 1913, all models. The lower fender (original -repainted) has the fork cut outs and is for 1912, all models. The fender on the right (original stripped) has no cuts and is therefore from 1913.
1913 close up of no cut outs. 1912 with cut outs
Both examples photographed from above. The original paint item is the 1913 type.
The profiles of the rear fenders are the same as their front equivalents. As with the front fenders, the rear fenders for the period 1911 through 1913 are 3 3/4″ wide and for 1914 through 1915 they are 4 1/2″ wide. The 1911 part (I105) is slightly different in shape to the 1912-13 (BI105) but essentially they are the same for both single and twin cylinder models.
Year Part No. Width Comment
1911 I105A 3 ¾ “ With BK263 side guard on all models
1912 BI105 3 ¾ “ With BK263 side guard on all models
1913 BI105 3 ¾ “ With BK263 side guard on all models
1914 CI108 4 ½ “ With BK263 side guard on 10A only
1914 CI105 4 ½ “ No side guard (models other than 10A)
1915 DI105 4 ½ “ Magneto models
1915 EI107 4 ½ “ Electric
BELT AND CHAIN GUARDS
All models from 1911 through 1913, singles and twins, chain and belt drive, were equipped with a guard fitted to the left hand lower section at the front of the rear fender. This was to protect the belt from slapping against the sharp edge of the fender and later on the chain drive models, to protect the fender from damage caused by the chain. It is also fitted to the model 10A; the belt drive machine of 1914.
The Harley Davidson part number is BK263 – Side Guard for rear mud guard. In 1911 it was part 3621 – Belt Protector.
What started out as a belt protector later became a fender protector. These images show why they kept the part on even after the introduction of the chain drive.