Motorcycles Harley-Davidson versus Indian Exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum

23:51  27 march  2017
23:51  27 march  2017 Source:   Automobile

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This exhibit details the founding of both Indian and Harley - Davidson in the early 1900s and the subsequent five-decade battle to become the world’s premier motorcycle manufacturer. Over a century after producing their first motorcycles

A new exhibit showcasing the rivalry between American motorcycle manufacturers Harley - Davidson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Indian (originally Hendee Manufacturing Company) of Springfield, Massachusetts, rolls into the Petersen Automotive Museum this weekend.

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It’s an interesting show that is crammed into the Richard Varner Family Gallery of the museum . Considering the square footage of the Petersen , more space between Two of the show’s highlights are the oldest bikes in the exhibit , a 1902 Indian Camelback and a 1908 Harley - Davidson Model 4.

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A new exhibit showcasing the rivalry between American motorcycle manufacturers Harley-Davidson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Indian (originally Hendee Manufacturing Company) of Springfield, Massachusetts rolls into the Petersen Automotive Museum this weekend.

Vintage motorcycles, scooters, minibikes, and trikes are featured and showcase the similarities and major differences between the two brands. Harley-Davidson still builds motorcycles in the U.S. and abroad for over a century. Since 2011, Indian is currently owned by Polaris Industries and builds its motorcycles in Iowa.

1902 Indian Camelback© Automobile Magazine Staff 1902 Indian Camelback

It's an interesting show that is crammed into the Richard Varner Family Gallery of the museum. Considering the square footage of the Petersen, more space between the motorcycles would have been optimal, but the show is still certainly worth a look for history and biker fans.

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Experience the history of the classic Indian versus The history of the intense competition between Indian and Harley - Davidson is the subject of a new exhibit at The Petersen Museum in Los Tags: museum , Indian , 1909 Harley - Davidson , Petersen Automotive Museum , Indian Flat Track.

The Petersen ’s newest exhibit will celebrate the century old rivalry between Harley - Davidson and Indian . The exhibit explores the history of competition between the two American motorcycle manufacturers. It will be held in the Museum Richard Carter Family Gallery

Two of the show's highlights are the oldest bikes in the exhibit, a 1902 Indian Camelback and a 1908 Harley-Davidson Model 4.

Both machines look more like bicycles with small engines than motorcycles, but it is easy to see the differences between the two makers.

1908 Harley Davidson Model 4© Automobile Magazine Staff 1908 Harley Davidson Model 4

The blue Indian Camelback was named for the hump-shaped fuel tank and shows the company's founder George Hendee's early penchant for building bikes with a lot of flair.

Harley's Model 4 with its gray strap tank represents William Harley and Arthur Davidson's dedication to durability and practicality.

Other highlights in the show include a a 1920 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer, 1925 Indian (Altoona) Hillclimber, 1939 Indian Sport Scout, 1939 Harley-Davidson Model El (Knucklehead), 1946 Indian Chief, and a 1958 Harley-Davidson XLK Sportster.

1920 Indian Daytona Racer© Automobile Magazine Staff 1920 Indian Daytona Racer

There are a number of other gems in the show and a few duds too like the 1963 Harley-Davidson Topper — the only scooter built by H-D.

Check out the gallery above to see our favorites. The exhibit continues at the Petersen Museum through early February 2018.

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