Once I get this thing started, we can go zip around Old Man Gunther's barn and be back here before Uncle Johnny knows we took his cycle! The Welborn kids'll see us out their windows--they think they're such big shots, they won't top this!!
Is that an oil lamp on the rear fender?
Good thing for the side car holding it up!
It's a Solar self-generating carbide lamp.
Is that Grandma in the side car???
It's always nice to see the Harleys. Early 20's I'd guess. I'm guessing the passenger is a sister or girl friend with pigtails. The chores are done and now for some fun.
Richard,must be his sister or grandmother, he looks too young for it to be his girl friend!
He's a mean one! Show up at a biker party in bibs and hat on backerds. Has to be tough to ride with no shoes. That not grandma in the side hack, its his old lady!
I'm thinking 1917 by the looks of the headlight, horn and front fender.
My Great Grandfather's Indian wore that kind of headlight. Is that a Harley ???
Were the headlights accessory, and thusly not indicative of the motorcycle mfr. ???
I think several motorcycles used that same style of light in 17. The 17 Indian accessory book shows more than one [I think,been a while since I've looked] different headlights available in gas or electric.
I'm going to correct myself and say the headlight may have been used as far back as 15 [I think],and the bike could be a 16,but no earlier. I'm not near my literature at the present, so I'm shooting from the hip so to speak. I should have remained a lurker. Some one will straighten us out.
Dan, I believe you are in the right ballpark.
These illustrations aren't the best but I think 2378 fits the photo.
My books don't show an earlier horn.
I believe the rounded gas tanks came out in 1916.
I guess in answer to Burger's question, this shows HD supplied an electric headlight after 1915. I suspect the acetylene and electrics and horns were options from dealers or other suppliers for most years. Other folks will know more definitively.
This is a Harley twin.