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MC Collection Stockholm
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Alcyon 1904

Info text about Alcyon. Ref 1
Info text about Alcyon. Ref 1

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Alcyon 1904 at the museum. Ref 1
Alcyon 1904 at the museum. Ref 1

This French motorcycle was produced 1904. The company was started by Edmond Gentil already 1890. At that time bicycles was the main production. 1902 they started to try with engines mounted in their cycles. They had a professional bicycle team. It was active as late as 1955. Still today you can find their cycles, Alcyon, for sale on internet. The company tried many different products on this line and also cars. There were all types of engines of their own and also other brands. The cars were good selling in the beginning but in the 1920th they produced some really bad models and the car production ceased.. In the beginning of 1900 they had great success with a model designed by Zurcher with a 348 cc engine. It was a 4 valve motor. 1912 the factory team won Isle of Man TT with this mc. After 1945 they produced in the beginning some motorcycles with engines from other marks. The firm concentrated then mostly on 48 cc mopeds. It is unsure when the production ceased, some say 1955, while other sources say 1957 and lately some say 1968.


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Aermacchi Racer 1969

Info text about Aer Macchi Racer 1969. Ref 1
Info text about Aer Macchi Racer 1969. Ref 1

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Aermacchi racer 1969. Ref. 1
Aermacchi racer 1969. Ref. 1

Aer Macchi was an Italian company. It was unlucky when Harley Davidson bought so many shares that they could decide what to do. Harley was going to sell smaller models and they wanted them to be produced at Aer Macchi. There were no money in this so Harley sold it 1978 to Cagiva group. This group bought also Husqvarna when Hans Werhten rationalized production to freezers. In other words Husqvarna gave away mc production to Cagiva for a small sum of money. Today, 2008,  BMW has bought the rights for Husqvarna.  Macchi was from the beginning an air plane producer. This was a good market during the 1920 and 1930th. Among their models there was a flying boat, which you can find the last existing example at the Swedish Air Force Museum. See my site. This Macchi purpose should defend the northern coast in Sweden. The only problem was that there was ice on the lakes and sea. 
Aer Macchi started with mc production 1948 with a typical Italian design. This cycles had 123 to 172 cc and 272 to 346 cc with single cylinder both series with side valves or overhead valves. 1960 they had economical difficulties and was bought by Harley Davidson.


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Ariel Cross HS 1955

Info text about Ariel Cross 1955. Ref 1
Info text about Ariel Cross 1955. Ref 1

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Private Ariel site

Ariel history

Ariel Owner Club
 

Ariel Cross 1955. Ref 1
Ariel Cross 1955. Ref 1

Ariel 1902-1970
One of the most successful marks in England. In the beginning of mc history the development went ahead like stepping in stairs. For Ariel it started with bicycles 1870. At that time James Starley invented the wire spoke wheel. This was a necessary invention for motorcycle progress. Benz used it on his first 3 wheeler 1886. Next step was the invention of rubber tire which hadn't go applicability until 1898. The wire spoke wheel was produce by Starley's company, which later became Ariel. Their first motor bicycle came 1901 as a three wheeler with DeDion engine. Ariel went of course bankruptcy as all other firms, but was saved by Charles Sangster. He got Ariel on feet again with a 2 stroke motor, 3 geared box and kick start. Charles son Jack took over and continued with Jap engines until a famous designer named Val Page was employed. He brought with him a concept for a four cylinder engine which was called Square four. This type was kept together with twins as far as to the end of 1970 when discontinuing was inevitable in spite of a possibly contract for the English defense. Ariel got constructions from BSA who had taken it as war booty. With these Ariel made their models Arrow and Leader.


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Adler MB200 1954

Info text about Adler 1954. Ref 1
Info text about Adler 1954. Ref 1

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Adler MC-1

Adlerwerke history

Adler Motor Veteran Club

 

Adler 1954. Ref 1
Adler 1954. Ref 1

It was a pity that the mark Adler disappeared from the market in the middle of 1950. Ahead up to WWII they had nice production of cars, motorcycles and office machines. This should have been a security that the firm would handle the competition after the war. But no. First the border failed to modernize the car production of Adler and this production was ceased 1948. Adler should concentrate on motorcycles and office machines. The mc production had to be merged with Triumph as the factory was placed in the English zone and the English had put their hands on the latest design of their mc. It was not possible to produce the same cycle both in England and Germany. This was the end of a great mc production since 1899.  Now Adler had only the office machines left. This part was bought 1960 by the American Litton Concern. They sold it 1978 to Volkswagen and they sold what's left 1997 to Olivetti in Italy. Lastly when the computerizing entered all was reconstructed to a Holding Concern. This used to be the end of a company where several different companies had taken all money. In this case it was only the buildings left. Those were rebuilt to factory works for different companies. This is the normal way to end a company.


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ACE 1923

Info text about ACE 1923. Ref 1

Info about Henderson 1912. Ref 1

Info about Henderson D 1915. Ref 1

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ACE a legend

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Henderson D 1915. Ref 1
Henderson D 1915. Ref 1

ACE 1923. Ref 1
ACE 1923. Ref 1 ACE 1923. Ref 1
ACE 1923. Ref 1

William Henderson was one of the brothers whose father was vice President in Winton Motor Car Company. William got his education here and became interested in motorcycles. His father was not pleased with this because he found that it was no long term money in motorcycles. Despite this William got money from his father to start his company Henderson & Co. Here he designed his 4 cylinder engine and it was mounted into a mc frame. The production was modest and when his design became known he realized that he needed more money to get the production resources. Therefore he sold his motorcycle concept to Excelsior in Chicago. Here William became chief engineer. In the end of 1918 the brothers got tired on Excelsior and instead started their own firm ACE in Philadelphia. Here he built a new four cylinder engine. This one was not allowed to have any part alike his old engine.  It was good success and the future looked good. Unfortunately William died in a motorcycle accident when a car hit him test driving a new cycle 1922. This was very ill-timed when a new cycle was on the way to be launched. Now it was shown how important William was for the firm and it was declining.  At last there was nothing more to be done than to sell. Indian bought the ACE license 1926. The motorcycle was now built under the name of Indian up to 1942.

Henderson model D 1915. Ref 1 Henderson 1912. Ref 1
Henderson model D 1915. Ref 1,                           Henderson 1912. Ref 1


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Brennabor 3.5 1904

Info text about 3.5 1904. Ref 1

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Brennabor

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Brennabor. Ref 1
Info text about 3.5 1904. Ref 1

This firm was established already 1871 by the three brothers Reichstein. In the beginning they produced baby carriages and up to 1930 they were the biggest producer in Europe. The carriages were made of rattan. 1902 motorcycles were in series production. The models could be delivered with 2,3 or 4 wheels. Cars were produced up to the second war end, when the factory was dismantled and moved away to the east. The baby carriage  was started again in modest scale in East Germany. The former products were never started again after the war and the buildings are now occupied by different firms among them gear wheel production for ZF.


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Brough WE 1913

Info text about Brough WE. Ref 1

Info text about Brough WE. Ref 1

Links

Solvang MC museum USA

Brough W.E. Ref 1
Brough W.E. Ref 1

William Brough started to produce motorcycles 1908-25. His mc:s models had what popular were called "flat tanks". In the beginning he had only single cylinder engines. Later he also had a flat twin. The production continued of these standard cycles up to 1926. This is the same year as Daimler and Mercedes factories merged.


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Brough Superior SS100 1925 Info text about Brough Superior. Ref 1
Info text about Brough Superior. Ref 1

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Brough Superior MC Club

Brough Wiki

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Brough Superior Story

Brough Superior SS100 1925. Ref 1
Brough Superior SS100 1925. Ref 1

William Brough's son George was part owner with his father, but started also a company of his own in Nottingham and produced a cycle called Brough Superior 1921. The father didn't bother about this and continued with his standard models named Brough W.E. Standard.
All those cycles that George delivered were specially ordered and he controlled them personally. This involved that they were assembled twice. First time to see that all part did fit well together and second final assembling. George did test drive every cycle and signed every part. The Superior is famous for that Lawrence of Arabia owned several. Lawrence died in an motorcycle accident in England after his session in Arabia. The actual cycle is still living in England. From 1928 to 1935 they were delivered with JAP engines and then with engines from Matchless. Read more in the link Story to the left. 1940 George concentrated upon parts for airplanes. After the war he produce precisions tools and also spares for his motorcycles. This went on till his dead 1949.


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BSA Gold Star Cross 1957

Info text BSA Gold Star. Ref 1
Info text BSA Gold Star. Ref 1

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BSA Gold Star Owners Club

BSA Wikipedia

BSA Gold Star Cross. Ref 1
BSA Gold Star Cross. Ref 1

BSA 1903-1990
Birmingham Small Arms produced  10000 rifles a week and 145000 machine guns before WWII. This was the result that William III in the end of 1600 century understood that he needed a war industry independent of foreign countries. Already 1903 the first bike was built, although it had an Belgian Minerva engines. These bikes were green which became the BSA color. Till WWII several different models were sold with increasing volumes. Names as Sloper, Blue Star and the M-Range. The last well known for it's use by AAA as support bike on the English roads. During WWII they delivered lots of model M20 for the defense. BSA took as war booty over the MC design apartment but didn't used it. Instead Ariel got it in their hands. After the war BSA started with a cheap machine and sold ca 500000 till 1963. This was a copy of the DKW 2-stroke bike converted to inch and mirrored. Well known are all A-models like A10, A65, Gold Star, Rocket, Spitfire and so on. The declining production from BSA forced action together with Triumph and Norton. This turned out to be a failure when the employers wanted to decide themselves. Four years later all were fired and a national company NVT started to produce spare parts for these English bikes. Some new production were aimed but with foreign engines in the end of 1990.


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Benelli 750 SEI 1976

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Info text Benelli 750. Ref 1

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Benelli UK

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Benelli SEI 758. Ref 1
Benelli SEI 758. Ref 1

Benelli 750 SEI
The mark Benelli exist only because of the 6 brothers mother. She took the family fortune and bought them a mechanical workshop. Here she started a small firm for her children 1911. They took care of vehicles and specially motorcycles. It was not long until they had put a cycle of their own together. They started during time between wars to produce 75 cc and 175 cc machines with single overhead cam. With this they won for three years the Italian championship title. One of the brothers, Toini, who was the driver was badly hurt in an accident. Later they went on with double overhead camshafts.
The factory was destroyed during the war, but was rebuild by the brothers. Now they were popular again and had a production of over 500 cycles a day. In the end of the 50th the production decreased and finally they must let de Tomaso in as a financier. Now a new happy time started and Benelli production change to heavier engines up to 1000 cc.


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BMW R71 1939

Info about BMW R71 1939. Ref 1
Info about BMW R71 1939. Ref 1

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BMW R71 1939. Ref 1
BMW R71 1939. Ref 1

BMW's constructor Max Friz designed the first motorcycle. BMW R32. It was equipped with a 2 cyl. boxer engine which was mounted crosswise in the frame. The cycle had a separate gearbox and propelled the rear wheel by a shaft. BMW has kept this principle since then. A single cyl. cycle was also produced although still with separate gearbox and propeller shaft. After R32 R39 and R2 came. R39 had hard soldered frame and plate spring for the front wheel. During WWII they delivered a model R75 with side carriage. See also R75 from Sinsheim. It had also drive for the third wheel. Zündapp had also a similar cycle. With a 500 cc BMW got first price VM 54 and 56. You can find all different BMW in the link.


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BMW R47 1927
Info BMW R47. Ref 1
Info BMW R47. Ref 1 BMW R2 1931-1936. Bild tagen på BMW museet Munchen. Ref 1
BMW R2 1931-1936. Bild tagen på BMW museet Munchen. Ref 1

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BMW R47 photoes

Hall of fame

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BMW R47 1927. Ref 1
BMW R47 1927. Ref 1 BMW R47spring system front. Ref 1
BMW R47spring system front. Ref 1

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Crocker Big Tank 1939

Info Crocker. Ref 1
Info Crocker. Ref 1

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1940 Crocker

Albert Crocker

Vintage Crocker

Crocker Big Tank. Ref 1
Crocker Big Tank. Ref 1

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Douglas 1914

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Info Douglas 1914. Ref 1

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Douglas Wiki

Douglas History

Douglas Vespa

Douglas Dragonfly

Douglas 1914. Ref 1
Douglas 1914. Ref 1

Douglas 1914
The brothers William and Edward Douglas started a black smith 1882 in Bristol.  This was first aimed for a foundry and also later when they had come in contact with Light Motors. This firm had a 2 cylinder engine and this motor was used for Douglas first motorcycle 1902. Light Motors was in difficulties 1907 and Douglas bought Light Motors. In this way they were now the owners of a motorcycle engine. This should in the hands of Douglas brothers be developed as long as they were in the business. During WWI Douglas produced 70000 motorcycles for the army. Many of them when transported to the theatre of war were sunk by submarines. After war Douglas mounted disc brakes and cylinder volume was raised to 600 cc. As all producers in the beginning of the 50th the Douglas production was decreased. Their last model with which they hoped to get on feet again was called Dragonfly. It looked a bit different. Many loved it as a working and daily mc, but it didn't sold enough. The Douglas production ceased 1957. They started to be reseller for Vespa and Gilera. Vespa was mounted in the old factory locals.


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Douglas E.W. Sport 1927

Info Douglas E.W. Sport 1927. Ref 1
Info Douglas E.W. Sport 1927. Ref 1

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Douglas MC Club

 

Douglas E.W. Sport 1927. Ref 1
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Douglas E.W. Sport 1927. Ref 1

Douglas E.W. Sport 1927. This model was very stable and was often used for side car mounting. This was very popular during the period between wars. The owners often used it for dirt track competitions  and also TT as on Isle of Man.


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Douglas DT5 1928

Info Douglas DT 5 1928. Ref 1
Info Douglas DT 5 1928. Ref 1

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Dirt track pictures

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Douglas DT5 1928. Ref 1

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Ducati Mille 1986

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Info Ducati Mille. Ref 1

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Ducati

Ducati Wikipedia

Ducati MIlle. Ref 1
Ducati MIlle. Ref 1

About Italian motorcycle producers one often think that the company is started by two or more brothers who also raced their products. That is not the case with Ducati. The company was started by a rich family who carefully investigated the market and what was needed 1926. The only truth with this was that there were 2 brothers who were the leaders. The products were parts for radio communication and this was very rapidly developed during this time. When WWII started they had much to do, but the factory was destroyed by bombing attacks 1944. Anyway the Ducati family had prepared for the end of the war and constructed a motorbike in order to sell when peace had come. They had designed an engine for this. It was a lucky move. Everything started at the Milano Fair 1946. Fabio Taglioni developed the Ducati engine much more in the end of 50th. With the help of Mike Hailwood their design was widely known. The company was active up to 1983 before the Cagiva group bought it. This group got also economical troubles and the production decreased. The group was sold to Texas Pacific Group and Ducati is still 2008 under the wings of this firm. Ducati is still produced by Texas Pacific.


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Excelsior Manxman 1935

Info Excelsior Manxman 1935. Ref 1
Info Excelsior Manxman 1935. Ref 1

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Manxman Wikipedia

Excelsior MC:s

 

Excelsior Manxman 1935. Ref 1
Excelsior Manxman 1935. Ref 1

This brand, Excelsior, has been developed through the old known way that a business started 1874 producing bikes. This changed 1896 to assemble motorcycles. Excelsior was early involved in motor bike competitions and is also one of the oldest mc company in England. 1910 they changed their first name Bayliss to Excelsior Motor Company. 1935 they designed a very popular model named Manxman. This motorbike was offered with 250cc or 350cc engine. 1940 they designed a mini mc for paratroops. This one was very much discussed if it was of any use or only a troublemaker. The production of motorbikes ceased 1965 and after that a period of producing spare parts followed.


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Flying Merkel 1911

Info Flying Merkel. Ref 1
Info Flying Merkel. Ref 1

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Flying Merkel

1911 Merkel

Flying Merkel. Ref 1
Flying Merkel. Ref 1

This brand was produced by an innovative team in Wisconsin USA. They tried several innovations which were not widely used until in the 50th as a standard for motorbikes. It was equipped with a modern front fork and it had inbuilt springs in sliding pipes. Rear spring, a powerful 1000cc engine and kick start. In spite of this the company, started 1902, didn't survive year 1915.

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Gladiator 1913

Info Galdiator 1913. Ref 1
Info Galdiator 1913. Ref 1

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Gladiator 1913. Ref 1
Gladiator 1913. Ref 1

Gladiator was produced by K.G. Karlsson workshop Skövde Sweden. 1912-1919. It was a light mc with reinforced frame. On the picture you can see that there was no clutch. Later they offered clutch as extra 1912. 1919 their works was on fire and it is suspicious that it was some kind of insurance fraud because the owner had questionable business. After the fire the company was bankruptcy. 


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