Neighbor came down this evening and walked in the garage and as he strolls up to my newly acquired 2005 Softail Springer Classic, he says, "wow, beautiful bike, I haven't seen you on this one." ( I own/buy/sell alot/often. ) So I reply, yeah, I just got it and I really like it. To which he replies, " sure is sweet, looks just like an old Indian." Aaarrgghhh !!! So I informed him that it is/was modeled after the 1948 Harley Springer. I was INSULTED !!! But then, I got to wondering, honestly, who copied who? Or is it, who copied whom? Anybody know the history of these 2 beautiful bikes? I love old Indians too, but I do wonder who copied who/whom ? I sure like to convince myself that Indian copied Harley, but I really don't know. I know everyone has tried to copy Harley for the last decade or more, but back then???