|From:||Mike||Electronic:||michael.schmitt -A- us.army.mil|
|Subject:||RE: Hummer vs. big bikes questions||Date:||Fri Oct 21 20:28:45 2011|
A couple things you might want to point out is that your '52 is the last year of production for the Model S, they did not make another 125cc until the Hummer came along in '55, and those had a magneto instead of a battery & generator. You should also point out that all the Harley lightweights in the "Hummer" series came out of Milwaukee, they were not foriegn production like the Italian bikes from the AMF days. Also note that in the first 3 years of production for the Model S they had the "rubber-band" suspension on the front girder fork and that yours has the "tele-glide" introduced in '51. I always used to chuckle about that, when H-D introduced the rear suspension for big twins in '58 the ads said Duo-Glide, Twice the Ride, I always told folks that my Tele-Glide was "half the ride".
Good luck at your first show and be sure to post a picture or 2.
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Saturday will be the first time I've ever entered anything in a car show. Been thinking of how to answer the questions I would ask. A lot has to do with the situation at the dealerships at the time. I've heard that the dealers didn't care for the teenagers that these were marketed to...
Here are a few thoughts...:
I've heard that the dealers didn't care for the teenagers that these were marketed to - and neither did their big-bike customers. What was the price difference between the little bikes and the bigger ones? I'm thinking of the later Model Ks as the entry level big bikes. Was this really thought of by H-D as a way of building a younger customer base for later big $$ purchases? My bike is a '52 (the last year for Indian?), so all the 'big bike' buyers would have to go to H-D or buy foreign ('not gonna happen...').
I have two good stories to tell interested folks at the show. First is how I got the bike in the first place and how I had it restored in honor of my Dad, and the second is the story behind the origination and marketing of the bike itself. I love them both. Guess I'll just have to find out which story is more interesting by the people's reactions.
This will be the first time I've ever entered anything into a car show.
I'm thinking now of not polishing it up like a 'show bike' in order to reflect H-D's original marketing concept that it is an entry-level bike. "If you want a 'real bike', just look at our '45s and bigger bikes over here..."
Thanks to HHC for being here!