...my grandfather, in 1928. I'm told by the "experts" on ADVrider that it's a +/- 1927 JD Harley. It's pretty beat up, but if you could have heard some of his ride stories, you'd understand! He always said, however, that the bike was "old" when he bought it, so I can understand the damage due to rough treatment, but it doesn't explain the patina. I'm still trying to sort that one out. He maintained to the end that the woman on the back was his cousin, but behind his back nobody in his family believed it (not sure why it matters, since he was young and single back then).Al Smith was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928 (he lost the bid to Herbert Hoover - the Republicans were popular in the middle of a time of national prosperity... wait, what was that year again? Oh well...). He was also a strong opponent of prohibition, so good on ya', Al. And you, too, Gramps!