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1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

1911 was a very big year in the history of Harley Davidson. The motor company expanded from 150 employees in 1910 to 550 at the end of 1911. They put out a stunning 5,625 units, more than double the 1910 production. All were model 7, and most were the 30 CID single cylinder but the Model 7 D featured a …

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1912 Indian V-Twin

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

1912 was a very good year for Hendee Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. So good that the Indian brand would sell 32,000 units in 1913 to make them the largest manufacturer of motorcycles on the planet with 42% of the US market. The company didn’t officially change it’s name until 1923 when it became the Indian Motocycle (no r) Company.

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1924 Indian Scout

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

Indian introduced the Scout in late 1919 as a 1920 model. Designed by Charles B. Franklin the Scout would continue in the Indian line up until it was interrupted by WWII as one of their most popular brands. Indian didn’t resume the Scout after the war, opting instead to give the name to an all new parallel twin model in …

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1949 Panther Model 100

In England, Standard, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

Established in 1904 Phelon & Moore’s first effort was a single cylinder four stroke that not only used the motor as a stressed member of the frame but was a two speed and was the FIRST completely chain driven motorcycle. Their first Panther was launched in 1924, but the Brand became Panther in 1930. The Panther model 100 was launched …

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1934 Harley-Davidson CB

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Harley Davidson experts. I need your help. I am researching this motorcycle, and I can’t find any information to corroborate the seller’s claim that this is a 500 cc motorcycle. Everything I can find indicates that the model C was a 750 cc and the B’s were 350 CC. Bueller? Anybody??

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1947 Ariel Red Hunter

In England, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Val Page was the original designer of the Ariel Red Hunter in 1932 but Edward Turner had a huge influence on the line shortly before the war. By 1947 the Red Hunter (all of which had a red fuel tank and a distinctive red stripe on the wheels) included hydraulic front forks and a plunger rear setup.

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1915 Harley-Davidson Model 11F

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The 1915 HD Model 11F was one of the most advanced motorcycles available on the planet. It featured an overhead valve V-Twin motor (only the intake valve was overhead-the exhaust valve remained flathead) that had an automatic oiler. A magneto was offered and the Model 11F had a proper transmission and clutch. The Model 11J offered electrical lighting but cost …

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1939 Velocette KSS

In England, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

By 1939 the K series Velocette featuring the overhead cam single had been in production for 14 years. The ‘39 was a Mk2 motor that was extensively and successfully raced in Europe, particularly at the Isle of Man. The KSS was a detoxified version of the racing bike that included electric lighting, illuminated speedometer, electric horn and the positive stop …

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1921 Harley Davidson Model J Solo

In America, Vintage by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The HD model J was introduced in 1915 with the 61 CID flathead V-twin. By 1921 there were two model J’s and two JD’s (Solo and Sidecar). The JD used a 74 CID motor and there were three variants of that motor offered: A=High Speed Police, B=High Compression for high altitude use, and E=Special Racing Motor. The J and J …

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1916 Harley-Davidson Model J Twin

In America, Cruiser, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

The 1916 Model J brought about a couple of moderate changes for Harley-Davidson. It was the first year they got rid of the bicycle pedals and featured a kickstarter, plus the styling of the tank took on a rounder aesthetic. This was also the last year Harley painted their bikes in grey before they switched to the also-iconic Olive Drab.

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Incomplete – 1933/4 Comerford-Special JAP Speedway Racer

In England, Race, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

Post Sale Update: This Comerford Special sold for $5,799 after 25 bids on eBay. This vintage speedway racer is missing a whole lot of parts and I suspect it’s probably doomed to spend the rest of its life as a display piece, but just look at it! Here’s a textbook example of classic cool, even if the engine is missing …

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1936 Sunbeam Model 9

In England, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

Harry Sucher (RIP) was an early member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and one of the most knowledgeable men out there on classic motorcycles – he wrote impressive histories on both Indian and Harley-Davidson. As you might expect from such a guy, he also had a great personal collection of motorcycles, one of which was this Sunbeam Model …