The Time Traveller's Bikes
evo India|July 2018

Want a slice of the fifties? Or perhaps you feel like a wild child off to Woodstock? Here are two Harleys that will take you travelling through time. Backwards, and yet not quite

Aninda Sardar

I’VE GOT ELVIS HUMMING IN my head and I’m feeling all shook up on this wide open cruise. It’s so easy to imagine myself in a leather jacket, strong boots, long gauntlet gloves, jauntily tilted cap and goggles as the white walled tyres of the Harley-Davidson Deluxe hums on the highway. A tonne of chrome. Huge teardrop petrol tank. Valanced mudguards. Lovely leather solo seat. And 300 kilos of metal between the tyres! This motorcycle is all about heading back to the fifties. A decade when the world was coming out of the shadows of a devastating war, and America was celebrating its new status as a superpower with opulence.

The sixties may well have been all about swinging but it was truly the fifties when things started to take off. Especially in the world of motorcycling. Sure, there were some fantastic motorcycles that were built before World War II but it really was in the post-war era that motorcycles started becoming a lifestyle proposition. You chose to ride a motorcycle because you wanted to be cool and badass. Not because it was cheaper than a car. Across the Atlantic, in the UK, the other winning country that was madly into motorcycles, the youth had woken up to the café racer. Which was appropriate given UK’s twisty B-roads. Here, in America however, things were different. The wide open country meant that your motorcycle needed stability more than agility. The result was this. The cruiser.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM EVO INDIAView All

Yes, it's another special edition Polo

Matt Edition of the Polo GT will arrive in time for the festive season

1 min read
evo India
April 2021

Mother of Pearl

Lamborghini has brought in the Urus Pearl Capsule to India, along with the MY2021 Urus

2 mins read
evo India
April 2021

Making tyre buying easy

CEAT Tyres has gone the extra mile to make tyre shopping easier with its new label ratings system

1 min read
evo India
April 2021

Wellness forever

Volvo India plans to accelerate its growth by launching four new cars by 2022

2 mins read
evo India
April 2021

Victory mountain

Named after a temple in Cambodia, the Bayon is set to strengthen Hyundai’s SUV lineup

1 min read
evo India
April 2021

The fourth SUVW

5-seater Tiguan to return in petrol-only avatar

1 min read
evo India
April 2021

Heritage drive

Headed by GVCVC, the Palace to Palace Vintage Drive had some of the rarest cars plying on Goa’s streets

2 mins read
evo India
April 2021

BIJOY KUMAR Y

Bijoy rants against the proliferation of electronics in our cars!

3 mins read
evo India
April 2021

“Stellantis is a huge opportunity for PSA and FCA”

Speaking to Citroen India’s Senior VPs Roland Bouchara (SVP sales and marketing) Eric Apode (SVP) and Saurabh Vatsa (Sr director, marketing) on the C5 Aircross, dealership ramp-up, the C-Cubed program and synergies with FCA

5 mins read
evo India
March 2021

McLAREN V2.0

McLaren’s first decade was a whirlwind of super and hypercars, highs and lows, and endless special editions. Now the Artura’s here to start the next chapter

10 mins read
evo India
March 2021