Considered one of the most important motorcycle documentaries ever made, “On Any Sunday” (1971) is required viewing for anyone who rides on two wheels or is the least bit interested in motorcycle racing. The film is often credited for turning on an entire generation to the sport of motorcycle racing, which had previously lived under the shadow of other popular sports.
The enormous impact of “On Any Sunday” is no doubt due in part to Steve McQueen’s role as both producer and star of the film.
Although Sunday’s Greystone Mansion Concours D’Elegance in Beverly Hills, California was primarily a platform for rare cars, tucked away in a corner of the sprawling grounds lay a treasure trove of truly unique motorcycles.
As you’ve probably heard by now, one of the first pieces of debris from the Japanese tsunami to wash up in British Columbia was a Harley Davidson motorcycle. After a little detective work, the bike, which floated across the Pacific in the back of a moving van, was traced back to its owner in the Miyaga Prefecture.
In the most recent development of this story, Harley Davidson has announced that they will restore the bike to its original condition before sending it back to its owner in Japan.
After Harley-Davidson, no other manufacturer of American motorcycles has had as great of an impact on the industry as Indian. Below is a timeline that chronicles Indian’s rise to prominence, mid-century bankruptcy, and many attempts at revival.
A timelime of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, from the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer's humble beginnings to the present day.
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