From:Dr Pepper
Subject:RE: RE: RE: RE: 1953 Hummer with 6mi Date:Tue Jul 24 03:38:07 2012
Response to:17578
Now I know, Thanks Travis

Hi there Dr. Pepper,
Yes these crash bars are quite unique, but they are not home made. In fact they were made by "Nation Built" whom made lots of accessory trim parts for motorcycles in general and Indian and Harley in particular. These were available in 1948 BEFORE the Harley ones in 1949. So if you wanted crash bars on your first year Harley 125 model these were your only option until '49.
I have only had a couple pair in my possession in all my years of dealing in these bikes and the pair that i put on my '48 were NOS !!!
hope this info helps you out,
Travis "The Harley Hummer Nut

10-4 Dave,I also found another set on the site last night, Travis Scott has them on a 48 in the members page.Very interesting and cool.The tank decal on the 53 went over my head,I need to read more! lol


I've seen several sets of crash bars like that, so I think they were an aftermarket item. Go over to the "Stuff" section, and look under "Hummers On the Nation's Capitol".

The guy with red shirt and blue pants posing with the group, and below wearing a black shirt while riding - you can't see the bars very well, but you can see the curve is much different from the bikes with stock bars - and very similar to yours. His also mounted on the footpegs.

That's Perry Tilley - also from North Carolina - maybe someone in NC made up one for him and five for his buddies?

I've also seen a couple of them at swap meets over the years. No, they're not stock, but whoever made them did a very good job.



Found a 48 in NC with home made crash bars that attached to the foot pegs,the owner sweared it was original Hummer so I left it at that. Found enough parts to start a new 1948 project~Life is good!