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Is this a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7D?

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From reader Will A. comes an old photo and a question:

"The other day my sister reminded me of how our dad had mentioned riding an Indian Motorcycle when he was young. He didn't own one but I suppose it belonged to a family friend. I also knew an old local blacksmith who said he rode bikes in the old days. I don't recall what he rode.

While going through the old family photo albums I ran across the attached picture. Unfortunately the original was lost and this is a scan of the copied, damaged original.

I'm wondering if somebody might be able to identify what his bike is. The picture was taken on the family farm in Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach), Virginia."

Do you know what year, make and model the bike in the photo is? Our best guess is that it’s a Harley-Davidson from the early 1900s. Could it be a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7D?

Leave your answers in the comments below!