Plymouth Monster and Bonneville in 1935: One Man’s Dream for the World’s Fastest Motorcycle

Thinking a good sized car engine in a motorcycle frame was the answer to a motorcycle land speed record, in 1933 Fred Luther set about building his dream, and hoping for a $30,000 payday if he succeeded. Not so strange. Later, guys like E.J. Potter and Tom Reiser were similarly inspired, but built machines for the quarter mile. Fred Luther began Read more

Featured Motorcycle: 1952 Vincent “Red” Rapide

The red bike pictured here is an extremely rare documented red Vincent Rapide Touring with the color-matched valanced fenders; some versions used a few black accents, were not solid red. The next time you visit the Museum you can review it and several other Vincents. The Vincent Rapide was the basic moderate performing machine, the Black Shadow Read more

The VanBuren Sisters and the Indian Powerplus

After experimenting with electric starting, and getting the Cradle Spring Frame worked out, Indian introduced its first Big Twin side-valve engine in the Powerplus, a remarkable machine for 1916. At that time most, not all, American motorcycles were rigid frame with inlet over exhaust engines. And for their transcontinental ride in the summer Read more

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