The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars

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Author: Allan Girdler

Publisher: Crestline Books

ISBN: 9780785834182

Category: Transportation

Page: 180

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In The Harley Davidson and Indian Wars, author Allan Girdler takes you on a colorful tour of the men and machines that competed to dominate the American motorcycle industry. This book chronicles the legendary machines such as the Knucklehead and the Four, as well as motorcycles like the Hummer and the Model CZ whose times came and went or, perhaps, never came at all. The racing history is also told with a flourish, from the days of total-loss oiling, wooden race tracks, and high mortality rates to the cataclysmic times of Class C racing, when roaring V-twin -powered beasts were manhandled on dirt tracks, asphalt, and through the nastiest terrain the country has to offer. The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars tells the story of these two makers, from the days when Harley-Davidsons were built in the Davidson family's back yard to the tragic demise of the Indian Motorcycle company. In The Harley Davidson and Indian Wars, author Allan Girdler takes you on a colorful tour of the men and machines that competed to dominate the American motorcycle industry. This book chronicles the legendary machines such as the Knucklehead and the Four, as well as motorcycles like the Hummer and the Model CZ whose times came and went or, perhaps, never came at all. The racing history is also told with a flourish, from the days of total-loss oiling, wooden race tracks, and high mortality rates to the cataclysmic times of Class C racing, when roaring V-twin -powered beasts were manhandled on dirt tracks, asphalt, and through the nastiest terrain the country has to offer. The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars tells the story of these two makers, from the days when Harley-Davidsons were built in the Davidson family's back yard to the tragic demise of the Indian Motorcycle company.

Indian

America's First Motorcycle Company

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Author: Darvin Holmstrom

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783613040083

Category:

Page: 224

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Harley-Davidson Sportster

Sixty Years

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Author: Allan Girdler

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760352186

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

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Go on a 60-year ride with Harley-Davidson's Sportster Things got a little weird in the American motorcycle industry after World War II. People hungered for new motorcycles, buying just about everything manufacturers could build. But on rare occasions a manufacturer produced a machine that nobody wanted. Such was the case with the Harley-Davidson Model K. The Model K had most of the features buyers wanted in a modern machine, like hand-operated clutches, foot-operated shifters, and cool-running aluminum heads, but it lacked perhaps the most important technological upgrade: a modern overhead-valve valve-train design. The Model K retained the antiquated side-valve design because of arcane AMA racing rules written when Harley-Davidson and Indian competed head-to-head on American racetracks, but by 1952 Indian was on its last legs. This should have made the Model K a massive sales success. What nobody counted on was the British bike invasion. Thanks to their modern overhead-valve engines, the lightweight British bikes humiliated the side-valve Harleys on the track and on the street. Upgrades to the Model K didn't help; Harley finally relented and introduced a new overhead-valve middleweight for the 1957 model year. Dubbed the Sportster, it was everything the Model K was not. More importantly, it was faster than the British competition. Thus began the Sportster's sixty-year reign. Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years tells the complete Sportster story. Noted Sportster expert Allen Girdler covers all the bikes--the XLCH, Caf_ Racer, XR1000, XLX, 883, Iron, Forty-Eight, Seventy-Two, and Nightster--that have made the Sportster one of the most iconic motorcycles on earth.

Harley-Davidson

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Author: Allan Girdler,Jeff Hackett

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760319772

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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The Milwaukee Marvel takes center stage in this colorful work written by one of the motorcycling industry's best-selling authors. This colorful volume not only tells the history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, it also features the legendary motorcycles that made the company an American legend. Features early singles and twins, Flatheads, Knuckleheads, Panheads, Shovelheads, Evolution bikes, and Twin Cam 88s. This edition is updated to include the 2003 Anniversary edition, the 2004 Sportster, the new V-Rod, and much more.About the AuthorsPhotographer Jeff Hackett's work has appeared in a number of Motorbooks International titles, including The Harley-Davidson Century and Allan Girdler's Harley-Davidson in the 1960s. He lives and works in Orange, Connecticut.Allan Girdler previously chronicled Harley-Davidson history in several Motorbooks International books, including The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars and Harley-Davidson in the 1960s. Girdler is a former editor of Cycle World, and currently a contributor to national motorcycle magazine.

The Harley-Davidson Reader

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Author: Arlen (CON) Ness, Michael Dregni, Evel Knievel, Jean (FRW) Davidson, Sonny Barger, Hunter S. (CON) Thompson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781610600415

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Page: N.A

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Wheel Man

Robert M. Keating, Pioneer of Bicycles, Motorcycles and Automobiles

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Author: R.K. Keating

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786479701

Category: Transportation

Page: 404

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Robert M. Keating's story is America's story. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1862 to poor Irish immigrants, he was just 13 when his father died suddenly. A precocious boy with a knack for mechanics, Keating filed his first patent at 22, started his own bicycle company at 28, and at 32 was producing one of the most innovative bicycle lines in the world in a state-of-the-art factory. Along the way he flirted with baseball, briefly playing in the major leagues and patenting the game's rubberized home plate. In early 1901 Keating developed and marketed a ground-breaking motorcycle before either Indian or Harley-Davidson, and later successfully sued both companies for patent infringement. His company also manufactured automobiles beginning in 1898, producing both electric and gasoline powered vehicles. At the time of his death at 59, Keating held 49 patents--everything from bicycle and motorcycle designs to lunch-chairs to a modern flushing device for toilets. This book tells the story of Keating and his Keating Wheel Company, a Gilded Age story of unbridled inventiveness that encapsulates America's transformation into a society that would forever move on wheels.

Harley-Davidson

An Illustrated Guide

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Author: Peter Henshaw,Ian Kerr

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 0785833536

Category: Transportation

Page: 400

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This illustrated guide is packed with interesting facts and follows the history of the famous Harley-Davidson company and the development of its famous bikes, which have earned a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere. The story dates from 1903 when Bill Harley and the Davidson brothers, with no thought of fame or fortune, decided to build a motorcycle that really worked. So successful was it, that it led to the gradual formation of a company that has survived through good times and bad. Through good times and bad, losing and winning back police contracts, as well as weathering various other vicissitudes, the company has achieved lasting success. In the end, Harley-Davidson came to the ultimate decision of giving its customers what they really wanted, not by providing year-on-year innovations, but by remaining true to the Founders' original concept. The result, as everyone knows, are bikes of mythic status, imbued with a mysterious quality of their own and generating a passion in enthusiasts amounting almost to a love affair. The name has come to personify America and is up there alongside Coca-Cola, Ford and McDonald's. The bikes are described in detail, not only in mechanical terms, but also with glorious photographs, and will be of interest to everyone who loves motorbikes: even aficionados of Japanese and European bikes, who have never even ridden a Harley-Davidson, will be able to recognize the unique marriage of style and nostalgia and the fact that there are no other bikes quite like them.

The Harley-Davidson Story

Tales from the Archives

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Author: Aaron Frank

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760360715

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

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The Harley-Davidson Story: Tales from the Archives is a fascinating, visually driven overview of the motor company's rich story, created in cooperation with the Harley-Davidson Museum. The story of Harley-Davidson is a classic American tale of spirit, invention, and the right idea at the right time. From its beginning in a small Milwaukee shed in 1903, William Harley and his cousins, the Davidson brothers, set in motion what would eventually become the world’s most iconic motorcycle company. While other motorcycle companies rose and fell through the teens and 1920s, Harley went from strength to strength, whether introducing its first V-twin motor or dominating race tracks across America. The Milwaukee Miracle even prospered during WWII, building war bikes for the armed forces. By the 1950s, they’d buried their last American-built competitor, Indian, and gained a hold over the US market that they maintain to this day. A remarkable story deserves a remarkable space to recount it. Such is the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, which opened in 2009. Harley-Davidson partnered with Motorbooks to create this book relaying Harley-Davidson’s story, as told through the museum’s displays and archive assets.

Indian Motorcycles

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Author: Egbert F. Eschenbacher

Publisher: Star Book Sales

ISBN: 9783868526158

Category:

Page: 176

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The Indian 1901-1978

The History of a Classic American Motorcycle

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Author: Tod Rafferty

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 0785833129

Category: Transportation

Page: 144

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Check out this in depth history and guide to one of Americas oldest and most popular motorcycle manufactuer. As the dominant manufacturer for the first two decades of this century, the Indian Motorcycle Company is a staple in the history of American motorcycling. This book presents an unparalleled illustrated hardware history of the company, with superb studio photography of all the significant models built from 1901-1953. In addition to the 52 years of Springfield machines, the handful of British and Italian cousins that followed, and several of the Indian specials built by individual enthusiasts, are covered

One Percenter

The Legend of the Outlaw Biker

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Author: Dave Nichols

Publisher: MotorBooks International

ISBN: 9780760338292

Category: Transportation

Page: 288

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One Percenter: The Legend of the Outlaw Biker illuminates the origins of the rebel mentality in America, from the annals of human history all the way to today's motorcycle clubs.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

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Author: Missy Scott

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313348898

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 178

View: 6089

Harley-Davidson sets the standard for making great motorcycles--and showing people how to enjoy them. Here's its story.

Harley Davidson, 1903-1968

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Author: John Carroll

Publisher: Haynes Publications

ISBN: 9780750923422

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

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For Harley-Davidson history buffs! Rare archive photos show the evolution of the Harley-Davidson from its pioneering machines in the early 1900s to the end of the Panhead era in 1965. An expert guide to this true American legend.

Harley-Davidson and Philosophy

Full-Throttle Aristotle

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Author: Bernard E. Rollin

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 081269807X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 292

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It’s no wonder descriptions of riding often resemble the words of Asian mystics and Jedi knights: The ride causes your senses to open completely. You experience only the present, the now. Readers who prefer revving a Harley to meditating in a Zen garden know that biking is just as contemplative as chanting in the lotus position. Here, philosopher-bikers explore this seeming dichotomy, expounding on intriguing questions such as: Why are the motorcycles the real stars of Easy Rider? What would Marx and Foucault say about Harley riders’ tight leather garb? What’s it like to live a dual life as a philosophy professor who wrenches his own 1965 Electra Glide? Would Jesus hang out in a biker bar or a coffeehouse? And more importantly, would He ride a Harley or a Honda? These witty, provocative essays give readers and riders a new appreciation of what it means to become one with the road.