Featured: GALLERY: The Petersen Automotive Museum Is The Latest Battleground For Harleys And Indians

GALLERY: The Petersen Automotive Museum Is The Latest Battleground For Harleys And Indians

By Alex Sobran
March 9, 2017

Photography by Alex Sobran

When I think of Harleys, or almost any motorcycle that isn’t from Italy or Japan for that matter, I’m reminded of the many encounters I’ve had with them; often a big loud blob of a bike that leaves me temporarily deaf as it passes by clad with every kind of leather tassel and strap and bag available in the catalog. Put in other words, I don’t like them. But, as with a lot of things in life, the judgement of a few should not extend beyond those few. I learned this during my recent visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum, where their new “Harley vs Indian” exhibit schooled me on the weighty history of these staples of 2-wheeled American culture.

While yes, the typical cruiser bikes were present, there was so much to complement them that I didn’t really mind the “Loud Pipes Save Lives” types on display alongside the more unique stuff. Flat track, dirt track, hillclimbing, mini-bikes, scooters, there is so much more to look at if the big cruisers aren’t your thing. I know my mind was changed for the better, and maybe you’ll see something that will do the same for you—because how can you not love that toy-sized, bright yellow Indian Mini Bambino?





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Rubens Florentino
Rubens Florentino
6 years ago

As you can see my avatar is a HD… but it is a Sportster, not a big cruiser. Im my humble opinion, if you need a bike with sound system, windshield, a seat that looks more like a couch, heated handles and lots of trunk room… perhaps you should consider buying a convertible car.

Sifu Alex
Sifu Alex
6 years ago

I’ll be visiting here this June. Can’t wait!