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    Thread: My grandfather on one of his motorcycles- 'in 1915'

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      07-26-2012 09:04 AM #1
      Going through some stuff, I came across this old picture of my grandfather.

      Sorry for the lack of quality, but it is a cell phone pic of a photocopy of an old newspaper clipping from 1976. The blurb in the newspaper next to the picture says it was taken 'about 1915' although I have a feeling it was more in the mid 20's.

      I never met my grandfather as he died 2 months before I was born. I don't know anything about old bikes, but my father tells me he had an old Indian and an old Harley.

      Can anyone ID and date the bike in the picture?

      Somewhere, I have another picture of him on the other bike, which has my grandmother sitting in the sidecar smiling. By the time I was old enough to have any memory of her, she was in her 80's so seeing her as a young girl on a motorcycle is pretty cool.



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      07-26-2012 12:39 PM #2
      I think you're right about the date, the Oldsmobile Six in the billboard is $750, and here's an ad for a 1927 that was a couple hundred more, but looks about the same. I'd guess mid-20s for the picture. The tires on the bike are also way too bulky for a 1915 machine, so I'd guess the bike is early to mid-20s as well. The headlight is positioned right for something like a 1925 Harley Davidson.



      check out the side view of this 1925 Harley:

      it even has the same diamond design on it.
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      07-26-2012 02:23 PM #3
      i'm pretty impressed with the 1st response in this thread. well done!

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      07-26-2012 03:58 PM #4
      Excellent. After looking at your picture and mine closely, you can see the sidecar on my grandfathers bike. I didn't notice it before.

      I like how he is wearing 'proper' riding gear as well. (at least boots, pants, jacket, scarf). Was wearing of helmets common back then?


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      07-26-2012 11:35 PM #5
      Very cool picture, and it is really neat that you have it and the one with your grandmother in the sidecar.
      Riding around on a 1920s motorcycle would be very unique, even for back then. I don't know if motorycles were as popular back then as they are now?
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    6. 07-27-2012 12:43 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by PowerDubs View Post
      Excellent. After looking at your picture and mine closely, you can see the sidecar on my grandfathers bike. I didn't notice it before.

      I like how he is wearing 'proper' riding gear as well. (at least boots, pants, jacket, scarf). Was wearing of helmets common back then?


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      A leather skull cap like a pilot would have worn at the most. It looks like it might be cold out which is why he has a scarf.

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      07-27-2012 06:18 AM #7
      Very cool Josh.

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      07-28-2012 02:48 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by ANSAracingb View Post
      Very cool picture, and it is really neat that you have it and the one with your grandmother in the sidecar.
      Riding around on a 1920s motorcycle would be very unique, even for back then. I don't know if motorycles were as popular back then as they are now?
      They were MORE popular then!
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      07-28-2012 11:55 AM #9
      It's a Harley Model JD. My uncle's friend had one with a sidecar also. The last year for the JD Model if my memory serves me was 1929.

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