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    Would it be too elementary of me to ask for a "quiz" thread?
    I'm still learning what's what on Indians, and often grab a book (Iron Redskin, Hatfield's) to find what year they changed to, for instance, the trailing link front fork. I'm interested also in learning the year progression of knucklehead changes. Some folks have mentored me at the meets, but this study is year-round, and I know I could learn a lot from the rest of you.
    On Facebook (yeah, I admit it) I like to try naming the year, and why, of some bikes. Nobody else wants to play.
    If someone posted a picture of a 25 Scout I could get it within 3 years, I think. Early 30's chiefs are still a mystery to me. I'm guessing most other makes by whether they have a front brake, or transmission, or size of tires.
    Why have I been in this club for 26 years if I'm still clue-less?
    How about a quiz thread? or ID that bike?
    thx for your consideration.

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    I think that is a good idea, filibuster and could be fun too. I think it would be interesting for someone to post a few good pictures of a bike, and then let people guess the year, and what distinctive, (or obscure) features are particular to that year. I think the details of a certain year are what make bikes interesting. Good examples are bikes like '51, and '52 H-D FLs, or '32, and '33 Indian Fours. There are a number of bikes that are almost identical over a few years, so it would be interesting for knowledgeable people to reveal the differences.
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    this is a good idea.
    I am very familiar with most year HD's, but ignorant on Indians & pretty much all other makes.

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    I would probably always LOOK at a "Quiz" page.... but since I don't KNOW too much, I'd rarely answer, but on the other hand, I could possibly LEARN more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I would probably always LOOK at a "Quiz" page.... but since I don't KNOW too much, I'd rarely answer, but on the other hand, I could possibly LEARN more!
    been around this club 27 years, and I don't know a dam thing!
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    I have an interesting pair of pictures. Both motorcycles are Big Chiefs from the 1920s. The Big Chief didn't change a lot during it's run, but there were many small changes. Curious to see what others can spot on these 2 years.



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    Well... for starters, they are two different cops! I also think the one should put his side stand UP! Eh, I told you I didn't know much! HAHA!! Very cool pictures though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Well... for starters, they are two different cops!...
    Yer right Jim!

    His Dudley Do-right chin dimple is missing in the second pic.

    Beyond that, the first one has an HX carb, and the other has a Type A DLX.

    That's all I know..

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    Front ends are pretty different, no brake on the older one and the links go through the fender instead of in the indents on the later one. And is that a painted primary on the older one? (....see, I went for the easy ones first!)
    Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

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    Harry, you spotted one of the more obscure features of the first 2 years of Big Chief. The links go through the '22-'23 fenders, and outside after that.
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