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Dapper Dan, the Studebaker Motorcycle Service Man

Dapper Dan the motorcycle-mounted service man was the good will ambassador for Franciscan Motors, which sold and serviced the Studebaker and Erskine. The firm was located at 608-610 West Central Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The motorcycle was the vehicle of choice from many dealerships back in the period for road service because of its…

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A 1934 Henderson KJ Streamline Dream

The brainchild of Orley Ray Courtney, the unique style of this dramatic piece of rolling sculpture cannot be denied. A lifelong devotee of two-wheeled transport from his teen years on, Courtney made his living shaping sheet metal, first for McFarlan and Duesenberg in Indiana and later with Oldsmobile. His concept for this bike arose out of his…

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Saint Louis Motordrome Racing

This is our third in a series of photos showing the track, riders and machines that “Rode The Boards” in St. Louis. This appears to be John B. Hoefeler with his Excelsior Auto-Cycle. The other rider with the No Tsu Oh Oil Jersey is unidentified. Note the total lack of front or rear suspension and…

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An Incredible Achievement : The Trojan & Nagl Torpedo V4

Last week we featured a very interesting video of a 1908-1909 Trojan & Nagl V-4, which was replicated by Pavel Malanik, a well known restorer from the Czech Republic. Pavel and his friend Josef Kubista have been in contact with us since and have sent along these photos and more information. The following is Josef Kubista’s description…

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Joe Tracy and Friends 1900-1903

We have just opened up a fresh scrap book recently from the Peter Helck collection that is filled with wonderful early racing and motoring scenes. This set of photos shows well known, early racing driver Joe Tracy evidently before his racing career started, at the time when he worked as a chauffeur and assisted early…

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An Early Indian Twin…

Two wonderful postcard images of an Indian Twin, that I am guessing to be c.1912-1914. With the cards came this registration certificate which may or may not be for this cycle. Maybe with the serial number on the registration, an Indian expert can tell us if this might be for this machine or not?

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Hand me that car…um motorcycle!

Imagine heading to your job everyday on this Indian Big Twin handcar. That is what one gentleman did while employed as a railroad worker for the Texas and Pacific Railway sometime in the 1920s. You can also see 100s more unique motorcycle photos here on The Old Motor.

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