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Torsby Vehicle museum mc gallery
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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.
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After the war 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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In city of Åmål Sweden one could 1923 see one EBE 500 equipped with side wagon driving around. It was a lady Selma Danielsson who used her mc all year around. But it was not for the EBE 500 that the motorcycle industry should made it's name. EBE is motorcycle history because a man from Gävle, KG Lindqvist, designed a small help engine for bicycles 1917. The name became EBE.
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The bicycle factory REX in Halmstad Sweden used Moto Sache engines in the beginning, but serial production was not started until 1923 when they changed to Villers and JAP engines. During WWII an electrical variant was produced. Later during the 50th small motorcycles and mopeds.
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The company was established 1874 by John Thomas Bayliss. He merged early with Penny Farthing Bikes and changed name to Excelsior. This company now produced both cars and motorcycles 1896. They were early involved in competition together with oldest mc companies in England.
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Rex.
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No comments.
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Indian 1901-1953. There were three mates that came together. Hendee, Hedström and Henshaw. This was 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.
Torsby vehicle smuseum MC. Ref. 1
The bicycle factory REX in Halmstad Sweden used Moto Sache engines in the beginning, but serial production was not started until 1923 when they changed to Villers and JAP engines. During WWII an electrical variant was produced. Later during the 50th small motorcycles and mopeds.
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 Year 1900 Johan Phelon and Harry Rainer merger together about a mac patent. The idea was that the engine cylinder head took the place of front frame pipe. This is a distinctive mark for a Panther motorcycle. All these cycles had this frame patent. Harry Rainer was killed in a traffic accident 1903 and he was replaced by Richard Moore.
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 Ariel.
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 Spare parts.
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 Husqvarna. Huskvarna was bought and all products that didn't suit Electrolux were sold. The motorcycle part was bought by Cagiva in Italy 1986. Sorry to say all these kind of fusions are leading to that the mark disappears from market some time later. In this case Huskvarna, as a company, ended all production and lots of good engineers and workers went out of job.
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 Archimedes boat enginer. 12 ps.
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 Scrap corner.
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 MC-collection.
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 Birmingham Small Arms produced 10000 rifles a week and 145000 machine guns before WWII. This was the latest result what 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.
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 BSA WM M20 1942.
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 BSA Slooper.
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 Sarolea was founded 1850 as a company working with parts for weapons and bicycles by Joseph Sarolea. He died 1894 but was succeeded by a very energetic man who managed the firm till 1949. During the time between the wars several models were announced on the market. These had 350 to 600 cc.
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FN was a company which was established just nearby Sarolea in the Belgian town of Herstal. Here they started to manufacture, what all other firms did, bicycles and motorcycles. The bicycle from FN had the curiosity to be driven by a prop shaft instead of a chain. This bicycle was on the market 1898. The first real motorcycle came 1901. It had a 133 cc motor and was driven by a riveted leather strap for "chain".  
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 FN is known for its unusual front spring construction which came after the WWI. They had bought it from Switzerland. 1959 FN produced their own mopeds with several different names. For ex. the sport model Rocket. Together with Sarolea they designed a type S. 1967 the last moped left the production line of FN.
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 It took more than ten years for Royale Enfield to establish starting in the last tenth years of 18 hundred. All was ended in bankruptcy 1907. This is one way for other companies to procure something cheap which match the buyers own interests. This was also done by Alldays and Onions. This is a name that indicate an import company. 1910 Royal started to produce cycles with, as most did, an imported engine. In this case Motosacoche and later JAP-motors. WWI brought of course side car models with a Vickers machine gun mounted.
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 Ernst Heinkel, 1888-1958, formed his company 1922 in Rostock for producing airplanes. He had earlier worked for Albatross. Well known fighter plane during WWI. He developed several successful types of airplanes. About this you can read as much as you like on internet. After WWII when war material were forbidden to manufacture in Germany by German owned companies, he started to make two stroke engines and delivered among others to SAAB the three cylinder variant.

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