Ignaz Schwinn was an American success story. Born in 1860 in Baden, Germany, he began work as a machinist at the Kleyer bicycle works and gradually rose to factory manager and designer. In 1891 he emigrated to Chicago where he continued working in the bicycle trade. He was industrious and attracted the attention of a wealthy Chicago financier, Adolph Arnold, and the pair set out in business as Arnold, Schwinn & Co. Within a few years (1911), they were building 100,000 bicycles per year and fielded a team of bicycle racers to promote their brand. Schwinn was a wealthy man by 1911, and decided to add motorcycling to his portfolio, purchasing the struggling Excelsior Auto Cycle company. Just as with his bicycles, Schwinn understood that racing success was the best form of advertising, and he backed special racing machines with professional riders, like Jake DeRosier, Charles Balke, and Don Johns. Schwinn’s limited production of racing specials were highly successful, reaching speeds in excess of 100 MPH in competition. The Excelsior Auto Cycle Co. had introduced a V-twin in 1910, with an F-head engine of 820cc and mechanical inlet valves, and a gear-driven magneto. The engine was enlarged to a full 61 cu-in. (1000cc) the following year. In 1912, Lee Humiston took his Excelsior V-twin to L.A.’s Playa del Mar board track, and became the first man in America to travel at 100 MPH. In late 1915, Carl Goudy captured the 300-mile event at Chicago’s famous Speedway Park Board Track, averaging over 85 MPH. The ‘Big Valve X’ in its ‘short-coupled’ frame was a purpose-built track racer, and at least as fast as any machine built in the world at that time. Advertisements reminded potential buyers that the bike was ‘still the only motor that has ever attained a speed of 100 miles per hour under FAM sanction and recognition.’ This spectacular example is believed to have been formerly owned and raced by Russ Harmon, and later restored by the Harmon family. Presently on display in the owners American residence, export clearance, shipping and arrival can be performed by Raidermoto.com to any country or port.
Hendee Manufacturing was at a highpoint of their history at the end of 1913. They had become the greatest motorcycle company in the world. They possessed the best technology and the largest capacity to manufacture two-wheeled motor vehicles. Their machines began with relatively small displacement single cylinder engines in lightweight diamond frames, to quickly evolve into industry setting engine displacements using advanced engineering and novel frame developments. They were solid, dependable transportation on the road and all-conquering on the competition circuits around the world. Entering the 1914 model year, Indian unveiled their astounding Hendee Special, the first motorcycle with full electrics including electric start. However the Indian was far superior to the current battery technology of the period and the endeavour became an expensive failure to the company. Hendee had to fall back on its standard roadsters such as this unrestored example of the 61 cubic inch V-twin that was available to the motorcycle enthusiast in 1914. Growing competition from the mid-west upstart, Harley-Davidson and also from Henry Ford’s Model T that just began to lower the cost of a car through the effective use of the moving assembly line, would begin to carve into Indian’s world. Production would fall from a high of 32,000 motorcycles the year before to 25,000 that following year. Indian manufactured a 4 horsepower single in 1914 but their bread and butter machine was this 7 horsepower 61 cubic inch twin that was available in several variants. This motorcycle was the two-speed model without electrics and sold for $275. The same Hedstrom engine powered all the models, and featured heavier inlet valve rocker arms and heavier valve domes. The two-speed transmission worked through a hand change situated on the right side of the gas tank, something that would remain with Indians until their last days. Hand controls included a left hand throttle and a right hand spark advance, both using Indian’s double link control with mechanical linkage. The engine sat low in Indian’s loop frame and road jars were uniquely quelled by their Spring Cradle Frame utilizing leaf spring suspension in both the front and rear of the motorcycle. This particular example has been beautifully restored to resemble those used by the medical core during in WW1. This spectacular bike is a concourse winner and presently on display in the owner’s American residence. Export clearance, shipping and arrival can be performed by Raidermoto.com to any country or port.
4 1/4 hp single cylinder side valve all chain drive 3 speed sidecar outfit. A most original bike with very low mileage, original rear phosphor bronze brake lining. tinware and unworn pedals and all fittings. A full history can be provided.
The 1916 Harley Davidson was only the second model to benefit from electrical lighting; previous models relied upon oil lamps or none. In addition to lights, the 1916 model debuted a modern starting technique that would become universal to motorcycling, and aptly called a ‘kick-starter’. Most differences to the 1916 J model were cosmetic, there were few noteworthy mechanical advancements. Among the few mechanical changes was a curved intake manifold to feed the venerable F-head V-twin, and the magneto was relocated behind the engine, and was switched on and off with a key. This particular example is in excellent original condition presently on display in the owners American residence, export clearance, shipping and arrival can be performed by Raidermoto.com to any country or port.
1917 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1000 CC V TWIN OUTFIT WITH DELIVERY BOX SIDECAR, In very original condition with acetylene lights and acetylene generator and all parts and accessories as they should be. It was featured in the James Flood Book of Motorcycles. Recently overhauled magneto, starts and runs well. Video available. Comes complete with fully enclosed, lockable and registered trailer for sale as is where is. Some spares and all necessary instruction books. The owner has given up riding and will only deal with genuine offers of $50,000 or above from people who know about veteran bikes.
1919 Harley Davidson Model J with sidecar – This patina perfect outfit won the FIVA trophy or the ``Best Preserved Motorcycle`` at the 2013 Quail Motorcycle Gathering (trophy included) USA. The legendary Bud Ekins owned this bike for 10 years, and signed documents from him are included with the bike. 20th Century Fox owned the bike before Bud. This was sold at Kirk White's 1971 Collector Car Auction (all associated paperwork, catalogue & other documentation included). It was also featured in a classic 1971 movie with Keith Carradine riding it (press kit, and DVD of the movie featuring the bike included). A wonderful unrestored vintage Harley with superb and well documented provenance. This is a museum quality bike and the present owner will need to be confident that this unique item goes to an appropriate home. Serious offers or possible classic car / motorcycle trades will be considered. For further information, shipping, price or provenance inquiry, please feel welcome to contact RaiderMoto.com during office hours on +61 2 66512405, cell +61 423 559656, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on Facebook RaiderMoto.com Advertised price may exclude shipping and be subject to currency exchange rate fluctuation – please contact to confirm location and current price. Need finance? – RaiderMoto.com can provide on the spot approval at better than bank rates to approved Australian customers (Mon – Fri) International Buyer? – RaiderMoto.com has offices & agents in six Countries Need shipping? – RaiderMoto.com ships worldwide by air-sea-road & provides full import/export, Customs & Quarantine services for every country
Introduced in 1919, the Sport had a 35.6 cubic-inch twin with horizontally opposed ``fore and aft`` cylinders. It was intended to compete against Indian's highly successful V-twin Scout, but it failed to win favour with customers and was dropped in 1923. The 1920 Harley-Davidson 20-J sported the olive paint scheme Harley switched to with its 1917 models. Styling changes were few during those years, the most notable occurring in 1920 when the headlight and horn switched places. All the V-twins displaced the same 61 cubic inches (1,000-cc) as before, though a 74-cubic-inch (1,200-cc) model joined the line for 1921. This particular example has been beautifully restored to a cut-down board racer fashion, and is in excellent original condition. Presently on display in the owner’s American residence, export clearance, shipping and arrival can be performed by Raidermoto.com to any country or port.
1921 AJS Model D, 889 cc and sidecar with original factory fitted sidecar. Matching frame and engine numbers - sold ex factory 94 years ago. Bike fully and accurately restored. Sidecar 80% completed. A beautiful and powerful combination.
AJS 1924 D1, 800cc V-twin. Restoration completed by me in 2010, about 1500km since. Strong runner and a very usable vintage machine. Stainless spokes, wired rims and a Pilgrim oil pump means trouble free riding. I have done 250km in a day on this bike, ridden in 2nd gear up one of the steepest climbs in Australia to Queen Mary Falls and displayed it on many occasions. It is a well known machine and much admired. Extensive photo collection of restoration process. Lighting kit included, new clutch fitted, all my spares included at this price.
Offered for sale is a late 1926, possibly very early 1927 Indian Chief outfit. An older restoration of an original bike. This machine has been in a private collection for many years and has recently been recommissioned. A fresh wiring harness has been fitted to the bike with all electrical fittings in working order. New 6 Volt battery fitted. Bike has been gone through during the recommissioning process with work to the carby and an overhauled magneto fitted. Starts easily, clutch and trans are good. Shifts well, rides well. Fitted to the bike is a nice princess style sidecar, rust free. This would make an excellent vintage rally bike. Please call for further information. I welcome inspections of this bike. Price is negotiable.
INDIAN 600CC SCOUT INDIAN RED WITH GOLD PINSTRIPING AUSTRALIAN DELIVERED SCOUT This gorgeous little scout has every possible extra that was available when it was delivered in 1924 Restored by us this Bike has been checked out and apart from some minor works on the magneto and a new petrol tank and paintjob just needed some TLC and a good service. Its a great little bike which starts and runs well.
Featuring the indomitable Indian Scout 600cc motor which was first released in 1920 this great little project bike is already half way there. The frame and cycleparts are pretty much on place. The engine is complete and assembled you just need to finish off the primary and transmission. Most of the parts seem to be there and its all simple technology. what is missing is generator (if you want to run lights (most people run a rechargeable camerabattery just topower the stop lamp.) Battery box magneto rear brakes (Indian never used front brakes until1928)