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I bought some old popular Mechanics and other magazines 1930s from my neighbor. I just love looking at them and reading the old ads. I thought some of you might like to see these old motor cycle ads. If you are interested there are some old wood working machine ads also. I will post them from time to time if anyone is interested
I wish I could buy one of those Indians for the price in the ads
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That is neat
You notice they will take payments and free helmet to boot

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Way back when I was a kid, probably around 1950 or so, one of my uncles had a large V-twin Indian. Very classy cycle, it was probably pre WWII, with a lever shift.

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I would take a few at those prices. A brand new one in showroom condition would be worth at least 100x that much now I would guess. I don't think those helmets would help much in a crash though.

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The one on the right, whilst a different make looks very similar to my first bike in 1950, it was a 1934 250cc BSA and I swear to this day that it was responsible for Marlene, my wife of 59 years showing interest in me!

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When I was in high school I had a 1947 Indian 74. Mine was in pretty rough shape. Suicide clutch, shift lever on tank, no front brake, no ratchet gear on the kick starter. Tough to stop on an up hill red light. Had to put one foot on the clutch, one foot on the brake (no front brake) and one foot on the ground. With only two feet I usually ended up killing the engine. Not bad except the kick starter did not work. Turn the bike push down the hill get it started turn and head up the hill, often to find the same light was again red.

I did make the ratchet gear in metal shop and got an A for it. I joined the Navy at 17 and while I was gone someone stole the bike. It was not really worth stealing unless they wanted to sell it for scrap.

Harry did better than I did. The only girl interested in me and the bike at that time was as strange as the bike. Maybe I should have had a BSA.
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Check out the movie "The Worlds Fastest Indian". Available streaming and in DVD from Netflix. Anthony Hopkins. Great movie.

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Check out the movie "The Worlds Fastest Indian". Available streaming and in DVD from Netflix. Anthony Hopkins. Great movie.
That is an awesome movie. As an independent movie it did not get the publicity it should have. I used to read about him and sort of follow his records in Cycle News Newspaper. He was an amazing guy. If you like to cobble stuff together from nothing, or if you are old, or all the above you have to see this movie.

I loved the part when they were so impressed at how fast he was going. He told them it was stuck in second gear. They did not believe him.

The part when his heart was giving him trouble so he put one nitro pill in his mouth and one in the gas tank.

As far as I know he still holds some land speed records.

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[QUOTE=david_de;362985

As far as I know he still holds some land speed records.[/QUOTE]

I believe you are correct. In fact, I'm not sure if any of his records have been beaten, he broke the old records by such a wide margin when he set the new ones. I loved the scene where they had a pace car running beside him and the look on everyone's face when he really started to pick up speed.

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