by Christina Duane
Orange County Legend -
Still towering just South of Mission San Juan Capistrano
and set high above I-5 and the Pacific Ocean lies what
remains of "Old Motorcycle Hill". The giant hill, known
as the "Gibraltar of the Pacific", was first conquered
March 18th 1917 by adventurous motorcycle enthusiasts
wearing nickers and stylish wool caps. Motorcycle hill
is now carved out by interstate and being graded by
a developer, as another piece of history seems to virtually
just in it's shadow in a San
Juan Capistrano showroom, the legendary motorcycle
that took the hill has roared back to life. America's
first motorcycle was made by Indian Motorcycle Company
and America's first was also America's fastest.
the end of 1911, Indian possessed every American speed
and distance record, 112 in all. In 1921, Cannon Ball
Baker rode his Indian Scout from New York to Los Angeles
in 179 hours and 28 minutes. He used 40 gallons of gas,
averaging 20 miles per hour.
was an Indian that won the first ever Daytona 200 in
1937 on the beach. Ed Kretz was the winning
rider famous for his bravery, conditioning and determination.
In 1948, Floyd Emde won Daytona on his Indian Scout
setting a new course record and finishing five miles
ahead of the next American made motorcycle. Emde was
also a favorite rider at Old Motorcycle Hill.
two world wars, it was the Indian that carried thousands
of American GI's into battle, chosen for its reliability.
one hundred years after the first Indian Motorcycle
roared to life, they are at it again, creating a collection
of exciting new models that have been created with the
same commitment to hand crafted quality, exhilarating
performance and technological excellence that made Indian
Motorcycles a legend.
Indian Motorcycle, from the Scout, to the Spirit, to
the Chief, are true American originals designed and
built in the United States. These incredible machines
of power, comfort and American Craftsmanship re-kindle
the spirit of the pioneer riders that captured Daytona
and conquered Old Motorcycle Hill.
can catch a glimpse of Motorcycle Hill and
relive it's History in the Indian
Motorcycle Showroom in San Juan Capistrano where
the new Indian Models are displayed along with historic
photos of Orange County past.
the gateway of some of the most scenic motorcycle Highways
and at the base of what was once Old Motorcycle Hill,
legends are reborn. Every motorcycle enthusiast should
see these incredible new bikes made in the image of
their legendary predecessors.
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