Marion, Indiana was host to three Federation of American Motorcycle races, each of which was won by a Harley-Davidson. On his single-cylinder stock Harley, Otis Hagen came in first in both the 5-mile stock-machine race and the 5-mile private-owners race. The Novelty Race, also held that day, was won by Caldwell, another Harley-Davidson rider. Additionally, Caldwell came in second in the 5-mile stock-machine race and third in the 5-mile private-owners race.
Although twin engines were introduced the previous year, single-cylinder engines were still the mainstay of Harley motorcycles in 1912. Hagen’s single-cylinder wouldn’t have had more than 4 horse power, yet his Harley was powerful enough to win him two races at Marion. In this year, Harley had 4 single-cylinder models available, two with battery ignitions, two with magneto electric engines. Each had a “Ful-Floteing Seat” and a belt drive, and two had free-wheel control. 1912 prices started at a mere $200.