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Let's start a new thread - Old Photos.

I'll open with this one of my father. He trained to fly B-25's in WWII. Never made it into combat as he was a little to late entering. He was the oldest of 4 boys, raised by his widowed Mom and watched his younger brothers enter service before him. Anyway, he served time in the U.S. Canal Zone, Panama. This photo is probably around 1939 or 1940, I can't say for sure but definitely taken somewhere near the C.Z. Dad really liked motorcycles, never rode much himself (especially after he married Mom!), but encouraged me to ride.

This motorcycle does not appear to be a military version to me. Any ideas on that?
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Let's start a new thread - Old Photos.

I'll open with this one of my father. He trained to fly B-25's in WWII. Never made it into combat as he was a little to late entering. He was the oldest of 4 boys, raised by his widowed Mom and watched his younger brothers enter service before him. Anyway, he served time in the U.S. Canal Zone, Panama. This photo is probably around 1939 or 1940, I can't say for sure but definitely taken somewhere near the C.Z. Dad really liked motorcycles, never rode much himself (especially after he married Mom!), but encouraged me to ride.

This motorcycle does not appear to be a military version to me. Any ideas on that?
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I posted these awhile back but they seem to fit in this thread.
This in my grandmother in one pic and my mother, aunt and uncles in the other sitting on an old Indian Scout. This has to be around 1929 or 1930. For years everyone thought it was my grandfather's bike but I doubt that. I think they were all visiting somewhere on a holiday and thought it a good photo op. The camera seemed to only come out on Holidays and special events.




PS My mom just hit 90 last month so I rented a convertible for her. She always reminisces about riding in the rumble seat of her brother's.

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My mom and stepdad about 1961-61 on this 1949 Panhead. The first ride I ever had on a bike as on this one when I was 5 years old. My dad rode me around town (Jonesboro, AR) and I loved it. I was hooked from that point on. A few years later at the age of 11, he started me on a Honda 50 (with knobby tires it was a dirt bike). I didn't weigh enough to make the kick starter go down and I couldn't reach the ground. He would start it, put it on the center stand, and I would rock back and forth until it came off and away I'd go. By the time I was 18 I was very good at hill climbing and racing through the trails as well as the local motocross circuit. I switched to road riding at the age of 18 and have been riding ever since.

My dad is 79 and his memory is slipping. Every time I talk to him he asks me if I'm still riding and if I have a Harley. I say yes and then he asks if it is a "74". In his mind that is the last engine HD made.

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This motorcycle does not appear to be a military version to me. Any ideas on that?
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that is a '36 VL, not military.

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My Avatar is me 46 years ago. If you click on images to the left you will see a picture of my grandfather 101 years ago on an Indian.
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My dad and I... probably somewhere around 1970
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My mom and stepdad about 1961-61 on this 1949 Panhead. The first ride I ever had on a bike as on this one when I was 5 years old. My dad rode me around town (Jonesboro, AR) and I loved it. I was hooked from that point on. A few years later at the age of 11, he started me on a Honda 50 (with knobby tires it was a dirt bike). I didn't weigh enough to make the kick starter go down and I couldn't reach the ground. He would start it, put it on the center stand, and I would rock back and forth until it came off and away I'd go. By the time I was 18 I was very good at hill climbing and racing through the trails as well as the local motocross circuit. I switched to road riding at the age of 18 and have been riding ever since.

My dad is 79 and his memory is slipping. Every time I talk to him he asks me if I'm still riding and if I have a Harley. I say yes and then he asks if it is a "74". In his mind that is the last engine HD made.

The 74 was a major shift up and lasted at the top for many years. Now there is a sportster with a 74 and another with the original 54 (883) cc
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67 650 English Bike; MAJOR PROBLEMS
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bought all brand new except scooter

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Dad on his 650 Triumph Bonneville (1962 ish pre-unit)
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Dad on his 650 Triumph Bonneville (1962 ish pre-unit)


I bought a new '68 Triumph Bonnieville. Loved that bike!
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