Category Archives: Motorcycle photos
This Indian Sales agency in Washington, DC, was operated Herb Reiber who enjoyed a long career in the motorcycle business that began in the twenties, and continued on to the mid-sixties. He first worked for Harley-Davidson as: a service instructor, a rider on the factory hill climb team, and was part of Harley-Davidson’s racing department. He was also instrumental in the building of the 45 CI, V-twin, twin-cam, overhead-valve engine that was campaigned in 1928 on the hill climb circuit.
Later Reiber ran the Indian Motorcycle dealership pictured here, and also handled several other machines built by British makers, including the Vincent, A-J-S, and the Matchless. The photos are courtesy of Art Lumsden and he believes the top image was taken in 1953 and shows the new Indians used by the Park Police to lead the Eisenhower inauguration. The combination showroom and parts department in the late-forties can be seen below. You can visit with the Antique Motorcycle Club of America here. 100s more motorcycle photos can be found here on The Old Motor.
The sign on Mudford & Sons Motor Garage, tells us a bit about the enterprise and reads as follows: “Overhauling & Vulcanizing A Specialty”. The garage was located in Stratford, New Zealand, a fairly small town on the western side of North Island.
The circa 1914 photograph was taken by James McAllister and shows the following vehicles left to right: a circa 1914 Model “T” Ford, what appears to be a Triumph motorcycle and a circa 1912 touring car by an unknown maker that appears to be American-made. View the two enlargements below to see more details, and let us know if you can date the Ford and identify the others. You can learn about tire vulcanizing and repairing in the period here.
The Model “T” Ford truck below was used by Thomas, Olliver & Thomas of Kaponga, which is also located on the western side on North Island and just southwest of Stratford. This photograph was also taken by James McAllister and shows a circa 1914 Model “T” Ford converted to a truck with a double chain-drive conversion. Note the ornate pinstriping and signage on the truck body. Photos courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand, via Isabelle Bracquemond.
These days, most three-wheeled motorcycles you see are strictly recreational affairs, but that has not always been the case. In the early part of the twentieth century, the Minneapolis Motorcycle Company’s Michaelson Tri-Car and the New Era Autocycle Delivery Van were just two of many trikes being built to meet the demands of urban merchants for quick and inexpensive transport in increasingly congested city traffic. In later years, conventional motorcycles with utility sidecars would perform similar duties, but the Indian Scout 101 Dispatch-Tow in our photo today was meant for a more specialized purpose.
It is equipped with disc wheels and a non-factory box, and the tow hitch attached to the front fork identifies it as a service vehicle for either a car dealer or repair shop. You can read about how these units were was used here on The Old Motor. This one, possibly dating from late 1930, is much less common that the more familiar Harley-Davidson Servi-Cars and is one of the earliest types built by Indian. Photo courtesy of Chris Price and the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.
*Update* Reader Robbie Marenzi has replied that the rear wheel appears to be like that used on an Austin Bantam and we agree, take a look here.