Entrance Autoseum. Ref. 1
Entrance Autoseum. Ref. 1

Autoseum museum MC room.
Text and pictures Björn Bellander Pics current 2016, 17.
9 pages
Official website Swedish version


Björn Bellander


See also my following websites about Autoseum
Introduction, American cars, English cars, German cars, French cars,
Veteran cars, Other cars, MC,
Sport Race cars

  Nils Hedlund, Harley Davidsson, Rumi, ESSE, Raleigh, Indian, Cleveland, J.A Granström,
La Parisienne, Thor, Links

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Hedlund NH

Info Hedlund. Ref. 1
Info Hedlund. Ref. 1


Nisse Hedlund


 Hedlund 500. Ref. 1

 Hedlund 500. Ref. 1
Nils Olof Hedlund has once saved me when he grounded one camshaft nock on my Ferrari Monza Scaglietti 1955.

After a club race meeting at Gelleråsen Karlskoga one of my roller lifter broke down. This Ferrari has a special construction with a small roller with needles and 2 hairpin feathers for each valve. As luck I didn't have to demount the hair feathers. I took the camshaft away. Read about this in my website Ferrari.

At this time he had his workshop in Sollentuna. Just about where The motorway for Uppsala began. The place is completely rebuilt today 2016.

The main thing for Nils Hedlund was to produce his own motorcoss engine. He had a one cylinders and a V2 variant. The V2 was used for side cross. The one cylinder engine according to picture was driven by Rold Tibblin to a second place in VM.
Totaly Swedish drivers with Rolf Tibblin, Sten Lundin and Bill Nilsson won 5 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze in VM cros during the years, all equipped with NH engines. The cycles were normally Husqvarna, Monark, Lito or NH.

When the low weight two stroke bikes came Nils Hedlund changed his interest to speedway and iceracing.

He produced about 200 engines together with the V2 variant. But during a long working life this could not give money enough. Instead he got other types of job like to construct and produce a gingerbread machine for Anna's Ginger bread.

His most important income was to ground trimmed camshafts for Volvo and SAAB. Every enthusiast at that time know about the K-cam for Volvo.

It was his knowledge about cam grounding that saved me in the beginning of 1970.

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Harley Davidsson

Info Harley Davidsson at Autoseum museum. Ref. 1
Info Harley Davidsson at Autoseum museum. Ref. 1HD and front Thor at Autoseum museum. Ref. 1
HD behind and front Thor at Autoseum museum. Ref. 1


Harley History

 Thor see page 10.

Harley Davidsson. Ref. 1
Harley Davidsson. Ref. 1

Harley Davidsson 1903 -

1953 it was on the way to be a catastrophe for HD when Norton was the name on all lips at Daytona Raceway.

HD could not accept this so they gave their test driver, Paul Goldsmith, order to bring back record from Norton, to drive again with a 37 hp bike and he raised the record for highest speed with 42 km/h.

HD was though created long before by the 2 mates William Harley and Artur Davidsson. They started to produce motorcycles in Milwaukee.

The two men were a good combination and already after some years they had developed a V-twin, a layout that should remain till today. They had close cooperation with Thor construction the engine.

They understood that in order to sell they must have several resellers and they created that. Already 1912 they had over 200 in America.
The models replaced each other but engine type and layout were the same. To get the name known they joined all types of competitions in America.

Like dirt track and hill Climb. At these types of tracks the English bikes could not compete. There only opponent was Indian, but this mark ceased 1953.

The main engine was designed 1926 and was still in production till 1972. American Machinery Foundry bought the company 1969 and it came into finance difficulties because of the US Tariff Commission.

The company went down on number of employees and became in conflict with the labors. The quality fell drastically and the cycle got the nickname "Hardly ablesome".

AMF sold 1981 and HD got its good reputation back. New models were developed and with background of nostalgia HD can sell cycles with a much higher price than the Japanese bikes and yet they have full time job.

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Rumi history

Rumi Club

Rumi. Ref. 1
Rumi. Ref. 1
Rumi 1940-end of 1960.

From the beginning Rumi was a foundry for details to the textile industry.

During WWII Rumi got job for details to submarines and torpedoes. When war was over Rumi decided 1950 to start producing smaller motorbikes.

For engines it should be a 2 cylinders. Motor is 2-stroke and 125cc. This one fits very well also for the, at that time, popular scooter.

During 1960 they got economical trouble and the company was liquidated.

The owner Donnino Rumi went back to what he liked best to be - a sculptor.

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ESSE 1919

Info ESSE. Ref. 1.
Info ESSE. Ref. 1.


Monark MC


ESSE. Ref. 1
ESSE. Ref. 1
This motorcycle ESSA is a real relic. The bike is built 1919 and produced in Varberg.

This is the beginning of Swedish Cycle depot development, which later became Monark.
This cycle has it's own frame and the engine is bought from EBE in county of Dalsland..

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Info Raleigh. ref. 1 
Info Raleigh. Ref. 1



Hjorteds mopedmuseum.

Raleigh. Ref. 1
Raleigh. Ref. 1
Raleigh  1899 - 1906, 1919 - 1933 1958 -1967

Raleigh had a production which changed very much. The mark started already 1899 with a mc equipped with a Schwann engine and vacuum controlled inlet valve.

The production stopped 1905 and restarted again after WWI 1919.

The mark used auxiliary producers of engines and gearboxes. 1933 the production stopped again.

The factory started with mopeds again 1956 and used their own constructions. All production ceased 1967?.

Read more detail in the 2 links and sub link Raleigh.

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Info Indian. Ref. 1
 Info Indian. Ref. 1Info Indian. Ref. 1
Info Indian. Ref. 1
Indian at Autoseum museum. Ref. 1
Indian at Autoseum museum. Ref. 1Autoseum museum. Ref. 1
 Autoseum museum. Ref. 1


Indian history



Indian Big Chief. Ref. 1
Indian Big Chief. Ref. 1
Indian 1901-1953

There were three mates that came together. Hendee, Hedström and Henshaw. They were the necessary mix of persons to start with engine driven cycles.

They wanted to see what such a thing was good for. They got together. Hendee wanted to build, Hedström designing and Henshaw was a helper.

These three were happy with the design and started to take orders before it was on wheels. This happened in Springfield 1901. The selling went on good. Perhaps in America in those days everything were able to be sold and specially motor vehicles.

For a long time they ordered engines from Thor factory, but soon they realized that there were more money in manufacturing if they had their own engine.

This happened 1907 when the V-twin was announced. The development went on and soon the front wheel had a plate spring.

The competition team pushed everything forward. Electric starter and also electric light came before WWII. Indian should become the only bike mark that could give Harley Davidsson a match as far as up to 1953.

Despite many attempts, with joining of Royale Enfield, Vincent and Matchless, to start again there were not any continued existence.

The Indian mark is so loved by people that production of parts has been started for all models.

Buying an old Indian is no spare part problem.

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Info Cleveland. Ref. 1

Info Cleveland. Ref. 1



4 cylinder pics


Cleveland. Ref. 1
Cleveland. Ref. 1
Cleveland 1920
Built in Ohio USA. 1915-1920.

In the beginning Cleveland started with two cycle machines. They were notable light. They sold very good mainly because of price and easy handling on the current roads at that time.

Later the frame was reinforced and engine volume raised to 270 cc. Note the ratio for the driving chain

 The magneto was taken away and battery ignition was mounted. The cycle was also equipped with light,

There were also some trials with 4 cylinder cycles 1926-29. These were very alike Hendersson and ACE.

The last effort from Clevland was a 350 cc four stroke machine. This was not accepted by the customers and the cycle disappeared from market.

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J.A. Granström 

Info J.A. Granström. Ref. 1
Info J.A. Granström. Ref. 1


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K.A. Granström. Ref. 1
K.A. Granström. Ref. 1
J.A. Granström 1919-22

In the childhood of motorcycle in Sweden there were many local black smiths who saw a possibility to build such a vehicle.

Not many succeeded to build a working mc and most became only for private use.

One who succeeded, even if not so many were sold was J.A. Granström in Linköping.  
The engine looks like to be from a outside producer. It may be a FN or Hendersson which Granström has bought.

He mounted a larger engine in his bike.
1922 was the last year for Granström.

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La Parisienne

La Parisienne. Ref. 1
La Parisienne. Ref. 1


This mc is noticed in MC encyclopedia as a French cycle. Otherwise there is nothing on network.


La Parisienne. Ref. 1
 La Parisienne. Ref. 1
The bike La Parisienne is named as being av cycle produced in Germany. In MC books the name is only mentioned as a French cycle from 1927. Other information cannot be found.

Museum info.
La Parisienne was build in München Germany and the frame is from Triumph in Nürnberg. The engine comes from Peugeot. The bike was produced during a short time before WWI.
On the right side of the petrol tank there is a manuell oil pump, to be used for extra oil at start and during driving.

Original carburettor, spar plugs and magneto device are missing. Original color was red.

The owner has once been engineer Axel Holmström, Lidingö, who equipped it with a tothed steel ring of iron, in order to be used on ice. This was before 1915. 

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Thor 1907-1919

Info Thor. Ref. 1
Info Thor. Ref. 1


Thor mc

Till Salu

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Aurora Machine Co

Aurora Machinery

Thor. Ref. 1
Thor. Ref. 1
Aurora Automatic Machine Co.

Indian Co which from the beginning not produced there engines themselves although Oskar Hedström constructed them. It was Heström who was the brain behind. The production was made by a sub company Aurora Automatic Co 1901.

Aurora even sold the Hedström engine to Reading Standard, Racycle and other mc cycle producers. Harley Davidson also used this system.
It is the normal way for a subcontractor to start produce there own model. This when company got enough knowledge. 1907 started Thor with their own mc. It was when Indian started to produce the engine themselves.

The first Thor mc was a one cylinder like Hedström's engine. It was a 2.25 or 3 hp engine with vakuum controlled inlet valve, Indian frame type and paralellogram front end. 1908 wirh a 5 hk 50° V-twin. The development continued and soon the engine from Thor was fully their own with push rod controlled valves..

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