Flashback. 1912 Indian Board Tracker.

1912Indian6ValveBoardTrackRacer11912Indian6ValveBoardTrackRacer2High powered engines (100+ mph) in sparse frames. No brakes. Just a kill switch. At the beginning of the 20th century, the daredevils riding these machines on wooden planks with up to 60-degree corners, protected only by leather helmets, attracted each weekend huge crowds all over the country.

Harley-Davidson and Indian were reigning supreme in most races. As severe injuries, deaths of riders and even of spectators grew in numbers, the plug was pulled on that form of racing. But the gorgeous machines remained to be admired by the next generations.

On display at The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. Photography @ Doug Mitchel.

9 Responses to “Flashback. 1912 Indian Board Tracker.”

  1. 1 Sharkey Dec 23rd, 2015 at 9:17 am

    The definition of elemental…

  2. 2 Bob Wilson Dec 23rd, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Sharkey. Can you do better in one sentence?

  3. 3 Ray Dec 23rd, 2015 at 9:22 am

    So pure, so beautiful.

  4. 4 JohnyLetGo Dec 23rd, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I would kill to own it!!!

  5. 5 Matt W. Dec 23rd, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Beautiful machine!!

  6. 6 richards Dec 23rd, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Beautiful bike! Incidentally, the MC museum in Anamosa Iowa is top notch. If you have the chance go there…

  7. 7 Woody's Dec 23rd, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Just beautiful!

  8. 8 Seymour Dec 23rd, 2015 at 7:09 pm


  9. 9 Stony Crane Dec 28th, 2015 at 11:01 am

    It’s a beaut! Plus those guys had very large attachments, lol.

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