Harley-Davidson Big V-Twin Engine Cutaway View

Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot
Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot

YouTuber PitPat23 filmed this sweet video of a Harley V-Twin motor at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Wa back in 2011. It would be against the law for us to not share it with you! The Harley V-Twin (also known as the V2 Engine) a two-cylinder internal combustion engine where the cylinders are arranged in the configuration of a V. Although this particular motor is widely associated with motorcycles, V-twin engines are also produced for the power equipment industry – they are often found to be the heartbeat in riding lawnmowers, small tractors, and electric power generators.

The first V-Twin engine was created in 1889 by German engineer Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler; who originally made the motor as a stationary power plant, as well as for boat use. Today, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology has one of the few Harley mechanic programs in the US – students can get an AAS from that program – which is part of what makes today’s video so awesome. In this video, the class at LWIT rigged the motor up so you can crank it around with a socket wrench – pretty neat.

Check out PitPat’s video below – and tell us in the comments section below if you’ve ever had the chance to attend an exclusive Harley Davidson mechanic program like this one! How awesome is it that students get the chance to get their hands on the infamous Harley V-Twin engine? Have you ever been able to tinker with one of these sweet motors before?