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    Default Harley Davidson or Indian Salesman Sample?

    Hello all,

    First time posting for me. I found this motorcycle at an estate sale and I have never seen anything like it. I was told by one person online that he thought it was a sample that a Harley Davidson or Indian salesman may have used to sell full size motorcycles. There is no branding marked anywhere on the bike. It is 10" tall by 19" long and pretty heavy. Tires appear to be real rubber and it has all moving parts including chain and wheels. Any thoughts. Unfortunately, seat is missing and top headlight is unattached but I do have as shown in pic. Any input would be very welcome. Thanks guys!
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    Modern made model made by someone who eats a lot of rice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    Modern made model made by someone who eats a lot of rice.
    With mushrooms.

    ....Cotten
    PS: I would have guessed it was a carousel ride by the guide wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wbgood515 View Post
    I found this motorcycle at an estate sale and I have never seen anything like it.
    I thought I saw someone posted that they thought it was a carousel ride. I think this is a good possibility, to one of those portable rides that folds up and is pulled as a trailer as a rental amusement. Anyone have any objection if I post this on the Facebook AMCA page? With the huge number of members there we might get a lead.

    Mike Love

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    Hi Mike,

    The piece that looks like it is a guide for a carousel ride is actually the top mount headlight. It is just broken off so I sat against the tire so it could be included in the pic. Feel free to post anywhere you like as myself and another person I found online have the exact same bike and can find nothing on them.

    Best,

    Wes

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    Wes!

    If there's two, and they match reasonably,... its a conspiracy.
    (It reminds me of when that fella tried to resurrect Indian with a wooden motor.)

    The photo doesn't give the impression that any of it works.

    But I like the personal touch of how the rear fender (had to be 'real' for something..) was relieved for the massive chain.

    ...Cotten
    PS: I've planned something similar for my alley entrance, to compliment my front (attached).
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    Default 2 Found exactly like mine

    Hey Gents,

    Quick Update

    These are the other 2 bikes out there just like mine. Neither owner has any more info but both have been looking hard.To clarify,while this looks like a real motorcycle, it is only 19 wide by 10 tall. Both of theirs still have seat intact where mine is missing. I have traded messages with both owners and all agree that what we have are all identical with the exception of style of handlebar for one of the owners.

    Here are links with pics and info on their respective bikes.

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    https://picclick.com/DieCast-Metal-H...140325881.html

    #2
    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/sto...-sample-harley

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    One thing you can be sure of is that neither H-D or Indian would ever have sent some poor soul out with such a poor representation of a bike to attempt to sell it to potential customers. They both had available to them fine craftsmen and good foundry and machine work. Those are just some poorly done folk art pieces.
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    As Robbie said, it's folk art at best, but if there are 3 out there, it's probably modern Americana from another country.
    Eric Smith
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    The price on my "lawn art" just went up a thousand percent....

    ...Cotten
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