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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Motorcycle History - Things Your Dad Never Told You

History can be a very boring subject. I think history is best learned when one is an adult. Only then does it make much sense. Memorizing dates and events was the way I remember history classes for me. When I began writing about motorcycles, I was immediately drawn to the history of motorcycles. Wow, history was becoming interesting.

I have a new Motorcycle History subject on my site. This was started on the old site when I attempted to make motorcycle history more interesting by creating a quiz for each history article I wrote. These were fun quizzes with only 10 questions and multiple choice answers. The first such quiz was Harley-Davidson and a Quiz Too. I added four more such quizzes over the years.

I also wrote some motorcycle history articles that were related to motorcycle books that I had read or motorcycle books that I had reviewed for the site. An example of one such history article was Indian Motorcycles. An example of a book review was The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars - A Book Review.

Well, maybe history will never be on the top of my "must read" list but I had a lot of fun creating these motorcycle history articles, book reviews, and quizzes. Take a look at the Motorcycle History subject and judge for yourself.

By the way, my Dad was never a motorcycle guy. He was into cars. However, the things he never told me could fill a book.

1 comment:

"Joker" said...

Thanks for a very interesting post Walter.

I already had a good working knowledge of the Motor Company's history, but there's always more to learn. I guess I must've been paying attention - I got 100% on the quiz, and I didn't cheat!

Now, here's a question for you.

Why does the motor company use the counter-balanced Twin Cam on only the Softail models? Why not counter-balance them all, or rubber mount them all? Apparently the counter-balancing mechanism must take up some room, since the oil lines are run outside the engine on only these models. Just something I've been wondering about.