1961 models

1961 sales ad

1961 sales ad

The model line up remains unchanged for 1961. new features include a new gas tank emblem.
A single fire ignition system is introduced using a Manual advance dual point timer. also a redesigned pushrod assembly.

 Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1961 Panhead

How to restore your Harley-Davidson by Bruce Palmer 111

Riding vintage website

the Jocky Journal web forum

hydra-glide.com The panhead and flathead site

The Harley Davidson Panhead service manual 59-69

1961 models
model engine type actual displacement compression factory options
FL sport solo 74 c.i.high compression 73.66 c.i. 7.25:1 ___
FLF sport solo footshift 74 c.i.high compression 73.66 c.i. 7.25:1 F=foot shift
FLH super sport solo 74 c.i. high compression 73.73 c.i. 8.0:1 __
FLHF super sport solo foot shift 74 c.i. high compression 73.73 c.i. 8.0:1 f=footshift

NOTE: the ” F denoting foot shift will not be stamped in serial number.

1961 models available colors
paint stripes speedometer
black _____ Warner speedo with italic "Day-Glo" green numbers and hash marks with gold painted center
pepper red _____ _____
*hi-fi red _____ _____
*hi-fi green _____ _____
*hi-fi blue
_____ _____
birch white _____ _____
police silver _____ _____

standard paint is two tone with standard color tank top and birch white side panels.

*extra cost hi-fi red, hi-fi green,hi-fi blue

* standard solid color could be ordered at no extra charge.