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The Harley Davidson And Indian Wars

Author: Allan Girdler
Publisher: Crestline Books
ISBN: 9780785834182
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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

Author: Darvin Holmstrom
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ISBN: 9783613040083
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Harley Davidson Sportster

Author: Allan Girdler
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 0760352186
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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

Author: Allan Girdler
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 9780760323328
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Harley expert Allen Girdler and top photographer Jeff Hackett join skills to bring you a fast, fun and cool-looking history of Milwaukee's finest. Early singles and twins, Flat, Knuckle, Pan, and Shovelheads, along with Evolutions, Sportsters, and V-Rod are all here.

American Motorcyclist

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American Motorcyclist magazine, the official journal of the American Motorcyclist Associaton, tells the stories of the people who make motorcycling the sport that it is. It's available monthly to AMA members. Become a part of the largest, most diverse and most enthusiastic group of riders in the country by visiting our website or calling 800-AMA-JOIN.

Harley Davidson

Author: Voyageur Voyageur Press
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 9781610604024
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Millions of loyal Harley fans can’t be wrong. With their distinctive styling and sound, Harley-Davidson motorcycles have won the hearts of people--from all walks of life and from all over the world. "Harley-Davidson: The Good, the Bad, and the Legendary" captures just what it is about Harleys that make them so popular. This anthology is a tribute not only to this legendary piece of machinery, but also to the stories, history, and lifestyle behind its rise as the world’s most popular bike. If you’re still in awe of that first Harley, still riding and wrenching on Harleys, or still dreaming Harleys, then this book is for you.

The Harley Davidson Reader

Author: Arlen (CON) Ness, Michael Dregni, Evel Knievel, Jean (FRW) Davidson, Sonny Barger, Hunter S. (CON) Thompson
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ISBN: 9781610600415
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Liberator The Harley Davidson Wla In The Second World War

Author: Robert Kim
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ISBN: 9780692028759
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The Harley-Davidson WLA and other American military motorcycles performed crucial roles during the Second World War in the U.S. armed forces and other Allied armies worldwide. Liberator: The Harley-Davidson WLA in the Second World War for the first time tells the full story of how the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and other Allied armed forces used the Harley-Davidson WLA and other American military motorcycles during the war. The book traces the development of the WLA in 1940-42 from the civilian Forty-Five models of 1929-39, describes the evolution of U.S. Army and Marine Corps usage of motorcycles through the motorcycle-borne mechanized cavalry experiments of 1940-41, and addresses wartime use of motorcycles in each major type of U.S. Army unit (mechanized cavalry, armored divisions, infantry divisions, airborne divisions, military police, etc.) and in Marine Divisions, with detailed tables of organization and equipment for each. Moreover, Liberator: The Harley-Davidson WLA in the Second World War describes the use of the WLA, Indians, and other Harley-Davidsons in each Allied army that used them. It especially emphasizes their use by the Soviet Union, which was the largest user of the WLA, receiving more through Lend-Lease than the number used by the U.S. armed services. These countries include:- Soviet Union- Canada- United Kingdom- Australia- New Zealand- South Africa- India- Poland - France - Brazil- Iran- Republic of ChinaAlthough primarily focused on the Harley-Davidson WLA, the book also describes use of other Harley-Davidsons, Indians, and small motorcycles designed for airborne troops, in the U.S. armed services and other allied armies. These other models include:- Harley-Davidson WL- Harley-Davidson "Big Twins"- Indian 741, 640, 344, and 340- Cushman Model 53 scooter - Simplex ServicycleUnique human perspectives on the Harley-Davidson WLA and other American military motorcycles during the war come from the stories of several individual U.S. Army soldiers who fought on motorcycles, and the histories of a U.S. Army military police unit and a Red Army motorcycle battalion. These stories, several of them previously unpublished, are reminders of the men who once rode these machines during the war.This book will be of interest to enthusiasts of Harley-Davidson, Indian, and military motorcycles, and to military historians and preservationists worldwide.