Fighting Indians

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    There's a lot of history where Indian motorcycles have been used in military encounters : thought we could put some of them here.
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    New Zealand soldiers in the Pacific, circa 1943
     
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    Transverse engine Indian 841, designed at the request of the US Army for a shaft driven motorcycle capable of handling the harsh conditions of the North Africa deserts.

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    The Indian 841
     
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    Actually not sure who had the most in WW2 although just from WW2 Vets like my Dad said Indians were the preferred choice, one reason he bought his 1950 but my understanding is HD was more available to the public and Indian made some poor choices in Newer Models after the war which is one reason HD won out in the early 50's and Indian went down the tube .. Although not old enough to remember it but heard the '51 HD Hydra Glide was the Cat's Meow on what many were looking for ..
     
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    I own a Indian and a Harley. I have a Harley book that shows a bike Harley made for the desert in WW2. It was shaft drive and water cooled! Did not know Indian made a shaft drive for the desert. Sand would have eat a chain up.
     
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    Harley-Davidson on the Trail of Pancho Villa
    By Panhead Jim - February 27, 2014

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    In just two years, Harley-Davidson will be able to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first HD motorcycles to be used in a US Military combat role. Although the US Army had been testing motorcycles since 1913, it wasn’t until General “Black Jack” Pershing ordered them for use in the Punitive Expedition that they actually saw live combat. Pershing thought that motorcycles would be the perfect vehicle for traveling through the rugged deserts of Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa.

    At that time, Harley-Davidson was producing the J-series motorcycle which were powered by a 61 cubic inch F-head engine and capable of speeds up to 60 miles per hour. The US Army ordered these in a variety of configurations including standard motorcycles for troop transport, sidecar equipped motorcycles for command transport, sidecar equipped motorcycles with machine guns and sidecar equipped motorcycles to carry supplies and ammunition.

    Pershing and the US Army were very impressed by the performance of those machines during the 11-month operation in Mexico. This set the stage for an increased role for motorcycles in the US Military and their numbers soon swelled with the advent of WWI. The Pershing Expedition failed to achieve it’s goal of capturing Pancho Villa, who coincidentally was also a motorcycle enthusiast. His brand of choice was Indian and it is rumored that he used Indian motorcycles in some of his raids. It’s interesting to think that Harley-Davidson and Indian not only competed on the race track, but also on the battlefield…
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    This is very true was almost an exact copy of BMW's .. Just never understood why so few of them were made if do some research were far more chain drive WL's made than Shaft .. Going to assume until read different, is by the time they had the WL Shaft Drive truly ready, they decided on Jeeps or the Desert Fighting was close to over with ..
     
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