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Motorcycles
Wooden Balls Speed Cycle Races (Jan, 1932)

Wooden Balls Speed Cycle Races
LES BLAKEBOROUGH, the well known English dirt track motorcycle rider, has recently invented an entirely new back wheel for his racing machine, which consists of a series of large wooden balls mounted on the rim in place of the conventional pneumatic tire.
The inventor claims his device makes broadsiding more rapid, and also makes it possible to broadside on hard surfaces.

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Motorcyclette Has Speed, Comfort (Feb, 1932)

Motorcyclette Has Speed, Comfort
FOR uniqueness in the way of vehicles, the two – wheeled “Motorcyclette” shown at right, takes all honors. The rider’s feet, which are used as brakes, stick out in front, while the rider leans over and clutches the cross bars atop the front wheel to keep from fallingover backwards.

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Seeks 300 m.p.h. With Motorcycle Powered By Auto Engine (Jul, 1935)

Seeks 300 m.p.h. With Motorcycle Powered By Auto Engine
THREATENING to smash all existing motorcycle speed records, Fred Luther, Los Angeles racer, has just completed assembling an unique motorcycle which he claims will exceed 300 m. p. h. Powered by a six-cylinder Plymouth automobile engine with fan end generator removed, his special racing job is now undergoing a series of speed tests on the Pacific Coast. The 1,500-pound machine has a wheelbase of 85 inches and an over-all length of 115 inches. The frame is a standard one which has been lengthened and reinforced with steel tubing. Luther steers his motorcycle through two large sprockets connected by a 3/4-inch chain. The steel plates, mounted in front of the rear wheel, act as brakes when lowered.

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Harley Davidson Ad: Fore-wheel brake (Oct, 1927)

Fore-wheel brake
First time in America!

The most advanced models in the history of the motorcycle industry, with improvements that are being talked about from coast to coast.

Outstanding feature for 1928 is the Fore-Wheel Brake — doubled safety. Other improve-ments are: Throttle controlled motor oiler—air cleaner—positive gearshift lock gate.

Greater stability! Increased safety! Longer life! Streamlines that make each model a beauty! Five minutes in the saddle will convince you that this is the mount you have been looking for.

No increase in prices. Solo Twins as low as $310 f. o. b. factory. See your local dealer. Send coupon for catalog.

Harley Davidson Motor Co.
DEPARTMENT P.S. MILWAUKEE. WIS.

New Model Sport-Solo Twin
Pace-setter for 1928! Has all the new features of standard Twin and in addition has smaller wheels—25″ x 3.85″ balloon tires—roadster handlebars. Dow-metal pistons, racing type, optional at slight increase in price. The ideal solo mount —wonderfully smooth acceleration and even flow of power.

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Luxury Side Car Is Streamlined (Sep, 1935)

Luxury Side Car Is Streamlined
DRESSED up in modern streamlining, the new motorcycle side car which is making its appearance on European highways is making a strong bid for popularity among motorcycle enthusiasts.
The latest side car of streamline design has a windscreen which extends well over the passenger’s head, with a head rest in the rear built up to follow the sweep of the air stream. Along the bottom edge of the screen is an adjustable ventilator which provides a flow of air to all parts of the car.
The blunt nose of the earlier model side car has been replaced by long sweeping curves.

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Motor Unicycle Proves Fast, Safe (Sep, 1935)

Motor Unicycle Proves Fast, Safe
A SPECTACULAR demonstration of unicycle operation was given in Los Angeles recently when Walter Nilsson, California inventor, drove his specially constructed machine 18 miles per hour in second gear without the aid of a pneumatic tire.
His unicycle consists of a single outer wheel driven by an inner wheel held in a stationary frame and powered by a one-cylinder motor. The engine is mounted motorcycle fashion between the rider’s legs. Steering is accomplished by means of a secret device which tilts the outer wheel while permitting the rider to remain upright.
With the arrival of a pneumatic tire, Nilsson expects to be able to attain 100 miles per hour.

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Motorcycles Crash Without Danger (Mar, 1934)

I just love this picture. She looks like she’s about to run someone down.

Motorcycles Crash Without Danger

MOTORCYCLES designed for use by novices in amusement parks or at fairs or carnivals are mounted in rubber cushioned frames that absorb the shock when riders crash into each other.
The rubber-protected frame is mounted on casters and fastened rigidly to the motorcycle to prevent tipping.
Riders get all the thrills of motorcycling here with absolute safety both for themselves and the expensive machines.

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