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  1. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Mr. 36654 Well-Known Member

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    Hmm....The story seems a bit light on that group called the Wehrmacht that made extensive of motorcycles in the early years of the war when they helped the light infantry to keep pace with the Luftwaffe air campaign.

    There's also little mention of that other American company, Indian.
     
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    BIG omission - especially given their commitment to supply for WWI.(https://www.bikerandbike.co.uk/rise-fall-indian-motorcycles-world-war-one/) Nov. 2017.
    And then, there was WW 2 and the Scout - here's an 841 from Barber Motorsports Museum sporting the big V (and shaft drive) before Moto Guzzi went wild with it. Craig Johnson has a great WW2 Scout rebuild story in the preface to his second to last book, An Obvious Fact, which carries a motorcycle theme to it and centers on the town of Hulett, Wyoming during bike week/(month).
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    Her's a 741 for comparison of engine mountin.
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    My dad had a surplus WLA when I was young. He called it a Harley 45. The New Orleans Police Department used the Servi-Car three-wheeler with the same 750cc side valve engines into the eighties. These machines remained in production until 1975...

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