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The Harland Krause Motorcycle Photo Album

* Updated * Reader Peter Christianson has identified the car as an early Wills Sainte Clair. Here is the forth batch of photos from the Harland Krause Motorcycle photo album and this time the images show a couple of the automobiles that were involved with the group of riders. The feature photo and two more (below) show a late-twenties roadster fitted with a wooden rack on its rear bumper used for carrying an Indian Scout hill climbing machine to events. The first two photos are taken in front of a motorcycle shop, and the third one shows the machine unloaded and being worked on along with others at a hill climb.

The last photo at the bottom of the post shows a Model T Ford that was converted into a speedster, it is wearing an attractive body and a set of accessory wheels. The Ford advertises the Smith & Enander Motorcycle shop in Rockford, Illinois that Harland Krause was associated with and a battery and ignition shop. It may have been used at about the same time as the small Indian-powered car we looked at last time. You can view all of the earlier photos in the motorcycle photo album here that are courtesy of Michael DeBock.

Indian Scout hill climbing machine

Indian Scout hill climbing machine

Model T Ford Speedster

7 responses to “The Harland Krause Motorcycle Photo Album

  1. I’m wondering if indeed that is a Model T speedster. Look at:

    1. Hood and radiator profile front-on much more “massive” than the diminutive Model T’s.

    2. Vastly extended frame/wheelbase vis-à-vis Model T.

    3. If the protuberance below the frame rails is the flywheel housing , which in the Model T was coupled directly to the planetary transmission, then the driver’s position would dictate some sort of linkage or rods from the control pedals to the tranny.

    Just doesn’t look right to me. A guy in my home town had a speedster, this was just after WWII, and it was a standard Model T as far back as the driver’ seat ( no front fenders or windshield though ) and then just a tapered tail at the rear.

    • Stewart, Thanks for your thoughts about the speedster. It has so many accessory pieces on, it including a radiator shell that one would be lead to think it was not a Model “T” Ford, but it is in fact based on a “T” chassis.

      We have since found another photo of it taken from the front that confirms that it is a Ford and it will be posted in the next installment.

  2. The Indian is a very special ‘Altoona’ hillclimber, c.1925/6, a factory-built sidevalve 61ci (1000cc) racing machine available to select dealers who sponsored successful racers. The sport of Hillclimbing took off in the mid-1920s in the US, and is very different from the European ‘hillclimb’, as our version is a vertical drag race! All that’s needed is a very steep hill, and after Board Track racing was de-sanctioned, Hillclimbing became the most popular and closely contested motorcycle sport in the land, with tens of thousands of spectators coming out for important races.

    There’s a glimpse of a Super X racer in one of the photos; Excelsior’s 45ci (750cc) sports machine. Excelsior was owned by Schwinn, and Indian and Excelsior dominated the 750cc class of Hillclimbing through 1931, when Schwinn pulled the plug on motorcycle production in favor of his mainstay, bicycles.

    • photo # 1 is a Daytona factory racer. The engine crankcase is the same as a Powerplus, but the cylinders, among other things are special racing. The second photo with the Super X shows a Indian that could be an Altoona factory racer. I own both an Altoona and a Daytona. The Altoona has a bronze timing cover, nothing like a Powerplus.

  3. Have an old Indian racer ,which was raced at Daytona back when it was still on the actual beach.
    Anyway, the hi perf motor is stamped KRAUSE. Anyone know if this Harland fella built Indian race motors, especially since the bike is fom Beloit area.

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