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Motorcycle Mama: 1941

Motorcycle Mama: 1941

October 1941. Berkshire Hills County, Massachusetts. "Members of a motorcycle troop out to enjoy the fall coloring along the Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires." Medium format acetate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Because those early Harleys had a hand shift, the rider had to have a foot clutch. It was easy for one's foot to slip off the clutch and, if the motor was running and the bike in gear, it could lurch forward a number of feet. This was extremely dangerous at intersections.

When I was a bike rider in the late '50s it was not uncommon to see a fallen rider lying in the middle of an intersection.

The other AMA ...

The American Motorcycle Association, founded in 1924 (and "whites only" until the 1950s).

I'm disappointed

If they were a motorcycle troop, they had a name. I wish John Collier had captured it so we would know if we're looking at the South Side Devils ... or the East Side Demons.

[It's right there in front of your nose! - Dave]

You are correct. I was thinking of something more rebellious. As best I can make out, the name on his shirt is Bridgeport M.C., so they rode about 75 miles north to see the foliage. The patch has a nice, sort of Art Deco style.

Definately a vintage biker photo …

... because if it was taken today, the dude would have a seriously huge gut.

["Definately"? Sic! -Dave]

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