Excelsior 1919 Boardtrack Racer.
The captain of the Excelsior racing team, Bob Perry had a special relationship with the Schwinn family.
Ignaz Schwinn, the owner of the Excelsior Motorcycle Company envisioned Perry as a future executive in the company
and did not want him to race, but Perry wanted to race and was on hand to ride one of the new 1919 61 cu.in. OHC machines in
its debut at Ascot Park, Ca. on January 4, 1920. The Excelsior team arrived early for testing and discovered that the extremely
powerful new engine performed like it could fulfill Schwinn's hopes for a racer that would beat the Indian and Harley-Davidson
works machines. On January 3 it was announced that Bob Perry would ride the Excelsior on full throttle around the Ascot oval.
He crashed and was killed when he lost control entering a turn at a speed estimated between 95 and 100 miles per hour.
"Schwinn was devastated. The Excelsior team withdrew from the Ascot event, and Ignaz Schwinn went into the racing shop and
personally destroyed all of the overhead cam engines with a sledge hammer.
Not one of the machines survived.
This 1919 Excelsior Boardtrack racer was carefully recreated by Paul Brodie, using 6 known photographs of several of the
Excelsior 1000cc, 61 cu.in. OHC V-twin.
Approx. 49HP @ 6000 rpm
Speed 120 mph+
Yesterdays Antique Motorcycles
1917 Excelsior motorcycle (55+year start up)
THIS BIKE HAS NOT BEEN KICKED OVER IN OVER 55 YEARS_CJ Vintage preserved this original 1917 excelsior using all the original parts. THIS BIKE WAS PURCHASED FROM THE LEE ROY HARTUNG COLLECTION
Filmed at the Canadian Vntage Motorcycle National Rally 08
Paris Ontario Canada
1915 Henderson Motorcycle Model E
1915 Henderson Motorcycle with modern rims and tires. It has later 1918-19 front forks, which is all I had at the time. I will change these when I paint later. This bike was rebuilt to ride in the 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball which I did not participate. Runs beautifully, with plenty of power to climb hills and get up with traffic. Wonderful ride!
Indian 1915 8 valve boardtrack film.wmv
Starting a 1915 Indian 61cu.in. boardtrack racer at Yesterdays Nederweert Netherlands.
Look at the flames coming out of the ported cylinder heads.
This bike was found dismantled in an Australian collection some years ago.
Boy, we have a hard life........
Vintage Motorcycles from 2010 Concours d'Elegance [1080HD]
Harley Davidson, Crocker, Excelsior, Thor, Pierce Arrow, Indian, Sears, Reading, Flying Merkel, Henderson motorcycles and bicycles. Most are nearly a hundred years old and still running and riding. Legendary pieces of history and the forefathers of 2-wheeled racing events. It's only natural... if it has wheels and an engine... we HAVE to race it. Human 101. That's what we do!
1915 Excelsior V Twin
1916 Excelsior Board Track Racer
1936 Crocker Twin
1913 Sears Dreadnaught Twin
1915 Harley-Davidson Twin
1913 Flying Merkel Twin
1910 Pierce-Arrow Single Cylinder
1919 Pierce Bicycle
1939 Indian Scout (4 of them)
1909 Harley Davidson Single Cylinder
1915 Harley-Davidson 11F with sidecar
1909 Reading Standard Twin
1929 Harley-Davidson DAR Board Track Racer
1909 Thor Road Model (how many paved roads were there?)
1936 Crocker Small Tank
1934 Harley-Davidson Twin
1938 Indian Four
If you're not watching this in full screen in HD... what's wrong with you? Quit it. Go big.
Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout
This is the 1920 Indian Scout built and driven by Burt Munro. Jay Leno on commentary. Three times during the '60's it set the World's fastest flying mile record for motorcycles under 1000cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This is not the reproduction used in the "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Anthony Hopkins, but the actual bike that set the record. Fortunately this is the second year of the Concours d'Elegance to feature motorcycles on the green. This year they featured the salt flat racers and their contribution to Hot Rodding. I was very lucky to see and hear this amazing piece of history.
For more information about Burt Munro, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro
Or buy "The World's Fastest Indian" because it's a true story. It's one of my favorites, and surely will not disappoint any gear head. Anthony's perfectly cast for the role.
Leon Bollee 1897
Leon Bollee 1897.
Yesterdays motorcycles. Netherlands.
ca 1897 Leon Bollee Tricar-Tricycle .
Single cylinder ca 800cc 4-stroke engine
Automatic/atmospheric inlet valve
Hot tube ignition, so there is no spark plug used for the ignition.
Instead of a spark plug ( not yet invented/perfected in 1897 ) there is a hollow tube outside the cylinder head as an extension of the combustion chamber. An external gasoline burner heats up the tube to red hot and this provides the heat/spark to ignite the compressed air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber.
There is a 3-speed gearbox which works remarkably well.
Flat leather belt drive to rear wheel.
Braking is by moving the complete rear wheel with drive pulley forward against the brake block.
This also reduces the tension on the drive belt and the belt will run free on the front drive pulley.
By moving the combined hand lever / gear change lever backwards the belt drive will be tightened ( clutch ) and one is on the move again.