Auto Engine Drives Motorcycle at High Speed (Jun, 1935)

Auto Engine Drives Motorcycle at High Speed

Assembled especially for establishing a world’s record of more than 300 miles per hour, an oversize motorcycle powered with an automobile engine has been making speed tests on the Pacific coast. The motorcycle, weighing 1,500 pounds, is powered with a six-cylinder Plymouth automobile engine with fan and generator removed.



These snappy bikes were displayed by the Antique Motorcycle Club at their recent convention in Fishkill, N. Y.

1911 Triumph with two speeds, belt drive and gas lamp belongs to Triumph Corp. of Baltimore.

Henry Wing, Jr., with his 1928 Douglas TT. a formidable English racer of the period.

POWER that turns mountains into molehills (Aug, 1954)

POWER that turns mountains into molehills

… and miles into minutes!
HERE’S power-riding at its thrilling best. From the moment you swing into the foam-rubber cushioned saddle . . . from the instant you twist the throttle of this breath-taking beauty, you’ll know why the Harley-Davidson 74 OHV is the one motorcycle every rider wants to own. See it! Thrill to a test ride at your dealer’s today. Ask about his easy pay plans. If you now own a motorcycle, get his liberal trade-in deal. For your copy of the action-packed, picture-filled ENTHUSIAST Magazine and illustrated literature, send 10 cents to Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Dept. P, Milwaukee 1, Wisconsin.

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What Paris Has to Show Us in the Line of Speedy Cycle Cars (Mar, 1922)

What Paris Has to Show Us in the Line of Speedy Cycle Cars

COMBINING lightness, speed and economy, the small car is becoming extremely popular. How it is establishing itself in England by remarkable speed records was graphically described in the February issue of POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY. On this page are the latest cycle models exhibited at the recent Paris auto show.



Because of its cheapness of operation, a two-seated auto car recently invented in Europe, is proposed as a substitute for the much larger and more expensive taxicab. It is so simply built, the maker claims, that anyone can drive it without previous experience or training. Somewhat similar in appearance to the side car of a motorcycle, it is propelled by a small engine and guided by a huge steering wheel nearly twice the size of an ordinary one.

Chariot of 1938 Ben Hur Drawn by Four Motorcycles (Dec, 1938)

Chariot of 1938 Ben Hur Drawn by Four Motorcycles

For the Ben Hur of the motor age, no four-horse team would do. Instead, the charioteer—stunting in a sports festival sponsored by a Potsdam regiment in Germany—rides on a rubber-tired chariot drawn by four motorcycles. “Reins” in the driver’s hands lead to the handlebars of all four “bikes,” which are harnessed together by three horizontal bars. The har-ness recalls certain farm tractors which are controlled by reins.

“Stream-Line” Harley-Davidson (Dec, 1924)

“Follow us, if you can!”

THEY all take your dust when you open the throttle of the new “Stream-Line” Harley-Davidson!

Everywhere, sportsmen are talking about this 1925 model of the world’s greatest motorcycle. Its rakish, stream-line design makes it the classiest mount on the road. It has more speed —more power. It is more comfortable (better springs and bigger tires). Yet the price is reduced!

Treat yourself to the thrill of a trial ride on the new “Stream-Line” Harley-Davidson. Test the speed, power, and vibrationless comfort of this marvelous motorcycle. But look out for “speed cops”—most of them have Harley-Davidsons too!

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Girls Who Drove Motors in Wartime Start Peace Parcel Service (Oct, 1924)

Girls Who Drove Motors in Wartime Start Peace Parcel Service

Parcels are being delivered all over England by a newly organized “motomessenger” service formed of girls who drove motorcycles during the war. The drivers wear attractive uniforms and use sidecars to carry express matter. Many of them are competent mechanics and take care of their own mounts. The service has proved popular with both employes and patrons.

Rocket-Cycle (Jan, 1947)

Rocket-Cycle Explained by Professor A. M. Low of London while Alec Jackson gets ready to take-off—along the surface, he hopes. Low has been experimenting with rockets since 1917. Four of his rocket-assisted motorcycles were demonstrated at the Wembley speedway meet.

Africa Hunter Brings ‘Em Home on Motorcycle (May, 1929)

Africa Hunter Brings ‘Em Home on Motorcycle

A MACHINE that can outrun beasts of the jungle is adding a new thrill to big game hunting in Africa. Donald Ker, an Englishman living at Gilku, in Northern Nigeria, recently introduced the motorcycle as a mount for his hunting trips in the Sudan. Already he has bagged seven leopards by use of his speedy machine. Each time, after the big jungle cat was shot, he lifted it across the handlebars of his motorcycle and drove it in to Gilku.

The motorcycle can follow paths and trails that would be impassable for an automobile, Ker explains, so it is an ideal mount for African hunters who need a combination of speed and the ability to get off the traveled roads. By invading the jungles with his motorcycle, Ker has been able to cut traveling time considerably and get away on week-end hunting trips.