”American motorcycle manufacturers went through some tough times, much like the American auto industry did during the 1970s,” Andrew Beckman, archivist for the Studebaker National Museum, in South Bend, Ind., told Design News. “But they’ve been able to weather that and rejuvenate themselves.”
In a new exhibit, the Studebaker Museum is allowing visitors to glimpse some of America’s most notable bikes, from the crudely motorized Yale Single of 1910 to the 2013 Harley-Davidson FLST Heritage Softail. The new exhibit includes 24 motorcycles from manufacturers such as Yale, Indian, Excelsior, Harley-Davidson, Cushman, and Victory. The exhibit includes scooters, simple motorized bikes, luxury motorcycles, and military products.
”Some of the early ones were very primitive -- basically bicycles with motors strapped onto them,” Beckman told us. “But collectors still think nothing of jumping on and riding them.”
Studebaker’s exhibit will run through May 10. Check it out by clicking on the photo below.
The 1910 Yale, which looked a like a bicycle with a motor strapped to it, employed a 3.5-HP, single-cylinder engine. The Yale was originally a product of the California Motor Co. of San Francisco, which later became the Consolidated Manufacturing Co. of Toledo, Ohio. A 1910 Yale cost $200 new.
Ah, I see. Thank you. I recall now that the musuem was mentioned, but somehow missed that although the slideshow title generically refers to American Motorcycles, the content is based on the musuems collection. I blame reading DN at work and being distracted.
Sorry we didn't include Buell, Oppenheimer, but the slideshow was about the Stuebaker Museum display. To get in the display, and therefore in the slideshow, someone would have to temporarily contribute a Buell bike.
We do have differing viewpoints. I favor seatblet laws to protect people from their poor decisions for financial healthcare savings for the rest of us. You are against seatbelt laws to allow peoples poor decisions to cost them their lives, presumably to protect the rest of us from their equally dificient subsequent offspring, or simply to protect the rest of us from having to coexist with them.
A side benefit of my position is more people survive. The main benefit of yours is they don't.
When you talk about American Motorcycles you have to mention the Thor Motorcycle Co from Aurora, IL. They actually manufactured all of the engines for Indian in the early years and made engines or parts for almost all of the early motorcycles. Even though they did not make Harley parts their race director went to Harley and made that a winning team. The other item, though not strictly American, is the old Guggenheim Art of the Motorcycle show. I was lucky enough to see it and smart enough to buy one of the rare books. That show was amazing.
The Buell is indeed a wonderful machine, but way beyond my budget. But possibly if they keep making them long enough there will be some used ones selling for less. Although it is not clear why somebody would choose to sell one. But even that wonderful machine is not immune to idiots that turn in front of them illegally. It is really hard to avoid a car that pulls right in front of you making that illegal turn.
What a dumb argument against seatbelts. Completely aside from reducing injuries in collisions, the most valuable thing is keeping the driver in a position to control the vehicle. Hard turns and big bumps can jerk the driver away from the optimum position and lead to por control, while the belt holds one in just the right spot, if the belt is correctly positioned.
Besides that, we can thank the idiots who didn't wear seatbelts for our deadly airbags that we are forced to buy. I really would choose to not have a big explosive charge a few inches from my chest, especially now that it is found that Takata made all of those units incorrectly, allowing steel fragments to blast the driver. THAT is a hazard that I would choose to avoid, since it has been shown that thoractic perforation by high velocity metal fragments is hazardous to one's health. Yes, we can blame all of the fools who would not wear seatbelts for this airbag mandate.
I'm not "whining", as you so kindly put it. I'm just pointing out the hypocrisy of our laws.
Hey, I get it. Even though this great nation was founded on libertarian priciples, the vast majority have been retrained into believing more government is good for us. It's a cyclical thing that just hasn't yet come around full circle to bite us in the backside again - but it's about to History repeats itself because we're too arrogant to learn from it.
Wow - I'm glad I gave you a chance to rant on seatbelts. Honestly, I don't recall ever NOT wearing one whenever I was in a car - law notwithstanding. However, you and I have differing viewpoints when it comes to assuming healthcare costs for someone eles's responsibility. I prefer not to draw a line when it comes to personal responsibility for risky behavior, because I don't believe there's a way to assess what and how much constitutes acceptable risk in a manner that satisfies everyone. I'm just not sure that protecting fools from themselves is really doing them and everyone else a favor in the long run. Survival of the fittest has individual motivation and responsibility built right into it in a manner that is consistent with the rest of nature.
As to the nature of diesel engines, you really ought to take a Jetta TDI for a spin on hilly terrain before claiming they can't be fun. My Jetta Sportwagen TDI is a real kick in the pants to drive, and I've had some sporty vehicles in my day.
I'm not convinced that such a motive force couldn't be scaled down for a motorcycle, but I agree that a lot of preconception inertia would have to be overcome. However, I believe getting that much thrust at 100 mpg could be very convincing,
As much as I don't like laws that tell me what to do, anyone that does not wear their seatbelt lacks a fundamental understanding of physics, or does not place much value on their life (or both). Its a shame we even need seatbelt laws, but it seems there are enough ignorant people (either ill informed or lacking intelligence, or both) that otherwise would not wear one, that such laws are necessary (not to protect them from themsleves, but to protect us from the burden of their healthcare costs due to preventable injury).
Unlike other calculated risks, like skydiving or even riding a MC, with seatbelt non-use there is no visceral thrill to be enjoyed, nor skill to overcome the danger (for the passenger - for the driver, no seatbelt to hold you in place to properly utilize those skills).
What is even the point of not wearing one? If its uncomfortable, or wrinkles your clothes, you don't have it adjusted correctly. If its just not wanting someone to telling you what to do, then don't wear it becuase the man tells you to, wear it because it would be stupid not to.
...and one reason they don't have many diesel MC's is because of the required pollution controls to make diesel clean enough. They would be too heavy, too bulky. Plus, at least in the US, the culture is that MC's are for fun, not for transportation. At least in the US, Diesel and Fun don't often go in the same sentence.
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
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