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I'm sure all you motorcycle Guru"s already know this but......

I didn't and wanted to share it with the others who didn't.

 

I read the following artical in a schedule of events paper for the "Little Sturgis Rally".

 

Because of their maneuverability both on and off the road, motorcycles were put to military use as early as 1915, says Ed Youngblood of Westerville, Ohio. Mr. Youngblood is as outside contractor who works as a curator for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickeringtom, Ohio. In 1916, the U.S. Army used Harley-Davidsons with sidecar-mounted machine guns to chase Pancho Villa, he relates. Appropriately, Pancho Villa eluded them aboard an INDIAN motorcycle.   :bvictory:

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Poncho had a 1914 Indian with electric start. The first year with an electric startand swing arm. Most electric start Indians were recalled or owners disconnected the starter because the batteries at that time sucked.The millitary would order most of their bikes with magnetoes because the battery lead would break under the vibration.
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