Early 20th Century Motorcycling Journal. Seventeen pages of handwritten entries on lined paper, 3.5" x 6", September through November 1914. The unnamed author records the events of six road trips through southwestern Pennsylvania on an Indian motorcycle. The front and back cover cloth has become detached in places. Included is a penciled drawing (5.5" x 7.25") of an Indian motorcycle from the period. The journal is in overall near good condition.

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    The journal author, likely a female, records interesting details about early motorcycles, making several references to the "Indian". The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company was the largest manufacturer of motorcycles before WWI, when Harley-Davidson took that position. Those early motorcycles, though, were not dependable. This journal records that the motorcycle's tires often became flat, the engine overheated, and the clutch once became inoperable. Rough roads caused many of those problems. During "Trip No. 2", "Everything went fine until we left Kecksburg [Pennsylvania] and then--oh Gee--it was bumpity bump Bump Bump. . . . It was the first trip we had on the Indian." Despite the problems, the author enjoyed the rides, recording at the end of the journal, "Thus ended the good times of the summer of 1914." On the cover of the journal is an advertisement for a "dealer in beef, mutton, lamb".

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