The bikes were based on an existing civilian model, the WL, and were used for police and escort work, courier duties, and some scouting, as well as limited use to transport radio and radio suppression equipment.
Recently a French company, Milwaukee Belle has launched a custom-built replica of the military-spec 1942 Harley WL Liberator. However, dubbed 883 XWL Warboy, the machine is, in fact, based on a 1994 Harley 883 Sportster XL.
Accessories are also available, including a canteen set, luggage rack ties, black-out mirror wrap and military-style fire extinguisher and bracket. The Warboy also has a full complement of modern touches, such as electric start, front and rear disc brakes, 12-volt electrical system, Fournales rear shock-absorbers and a five-speed gearbox instead of the original WL’s three-speed hand-shift gearbox.
According to its creator, the 883 XWL Warboy is perfectly street legal and totally reliable thanks to its modern technology.
Milwaukee Belle plan to offer this bike in various versions, including WLA, WLC and South-African Desert-spec models, while Civilian and Racer versions will also be available. You can find out more on the subject by sending an e-mail at [email protected].