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Bike Of The Week 1914 Indian

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This weeks bike of the week is a 1914 Indian.

The electric starter was first introduced on a 1914 Indian. The starter was invented by Charles F. Kettering in 1911 for automobiles. Starters suitable for motorcycle use were developed by Westinghouse of Pittsburgh, PA. Electric Starters were state of the art at this time, although battery technology of the day did not have the necessary power, so the starters did not work as reliably as they could have.

Indian implemented the starter a year before the legendary kickstart, which came out on the 1915 models of both Indian and Harley-Davidson. Most motorcycles prior to this year used pedal cranks to start the engine.

Harley-Davidson did not introduce an electric starter in their product line until 1965!

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