Know Your Chopper

Some things are just funny.

Watching a guy try to kick over a motorcycle – and failing – is right up there on my list.

The first electric starter on a production motorcycle was fitted to the 1914 Indian Hendee Special, a 7 hp Twin, three- speed tank shift bike. The introduction of the Indian (which featured 6 volt batteries and charging system) didn’t ring the death knell for kick-starting. At $325 new, it wasn’t cheap and the system was somewhat less than reliable.

It was another 40 years until the Japanese began rolling out their first electric start motorcycle models until the systems became reliable enough to attract interest from buyers.

Know Your Chopper from JEFF TWA on Vimeo.

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