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Boss Hog: 1920

Boss Hog: 1920

New York circa 1920. "State Trooper on Indian motorcycle." The motto on his badge: "Excelsior." 7x5 nitrate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

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That is not a Scout. It is a 74 cubic inch "Big Chief".
BTW, "Hogs" are Harley Davidsons. Indians were never referred to as such.

The Indian Scout

600cc's of power and no front brake. It would have been a comfortable ride with those big springs on the seat.

No front brakes

There would be no way to stop this bike in a hurry. Jamming on the rear brake would be tantamount to throwing out an anchor!

Not wood shavings

New York State's motto.

But "Excelsior You Fat Head" that's something else.

What, no safety gear?

Apart from his boots. A far cry from today's motorcycle cops.

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