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The History Of American Motorcycle Racing

motorbike The Orient

The first known American motorcycle race took place in 1901. It showcased one of America's first motorbikes The Orient. By 1903, two new motorcycles were introduced to the public: The First Indian and Harley-Davidson models. Racing was now about proving which motorcycle was fastest. Manufacturers entered their own motorcycles into races. There were even officials company teams. Early races took place on dirt or wooden bicycle tracks. In 1909, a new race was conceived specifically to push speed limits. These "Motordrome" races were extremely dangerous.