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February 1, 2014

Tennessee State Police Motorcycle “Yellow Jackets” On Harley Panheads!

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.

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In the 1950’s, traffic fatalities were on the rise as drag racing became prevalent among teens across the nation.  Many police departments formed special units to help curb this trend and motorcycles were a logical choice for patrolman needing a fast and maneuverable vehicle.  These police squads were often just called Traffic Enforcement or Motorcycle Units, but some cities chose more colorful names, like the Pittsburgh Hot Rod Squad. More on Tennessee State Police Motorcycle “Yellow Jackets” On Harley Panheads!

Filed under Classic Harley History, History, Panhead Jim's Blog by PanheadJim

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January 19, 2014

The Vintage Motorcycle Flying Squadron

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.

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The gentlemen in this picture are members of the Flying Squadron, a motorcycle unit of the American Red Cross in Great Britain during WWI.  Made up of more than a dozen young men, the Flying Squadron was on duty 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  Even after dark, two members of the Squadron were always on active duty with the others “on call” if a problem should arise.  All Red Cross calls that were made after midnight were routed to the Squadron’s direct line. More on The Vintage Motorcycle Flying Squadron

Filed under History, Panhead Jim's Blog by PanheadJim

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January 5, 2014

Alfred LeRoy Rides Classic Harley Sidecar 50,000 Miles With No Legs and One Arm

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.

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Alfred LeRoy was not your average cross country motorcyclist.  At age 15, he was struck by a train, losing both of his legs and half of one arm.  Once released from the hospital he was determined to ride a motorcycle and after eight years of saving he purchased his first.  He had many different custom machines over the years, including makes like Minneapolis and Thor, but his 1916 Harley-Davidson J-series is probably the most well known.  It is on this motorcycle that he completed a 50,000+ mile solo tour of United States in the late teens. More on Alfred LeRoy Rides Classic Harley Sidecar 50,000 Miles With No Legs and One Arm

Filed under Classic Harley History, History, Panhead Jim's Blog, Trike & Sidecar by PanheadJim

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