A while back, Rob Heyen found some clippings about my great, great grandfather in an Omaha, Neb newspaper while he was researching six-cylinder Fords. He posted them on the forum here:
Today, my mother and I were sorting through some old things and found a bunch of photographs of my great grandfather and his brothers posing with some of the motorcycles that they owned. They clearly had no brand loyalty as the photos show them on Indians, Harleys and Excelsior Hendersons. I have a couple of shots of the racer that I believe Edgar Hylen rode in the the race mentioned in Rob's posting. I also have one photo of Ed sitting on a bike that I can't identify. Can you guys help me out? The bike in question is the light gray one with the cylindrical tank. The other two are Indians.
1910 / 1911 "Flying Merkel"
I had one just like it.
The early ones are neat. I am always on the lookout for a pre 20 motorcycle project to cross off my bucket list.
I have never had a motorcycle, modern or antique. But I do like reading about their history, looking at photos of the antiques, and other people's family history with them.
I like antique motorcycles, and have nothing against modern ones. Many of my friends have them. I just never got into them myself.
Thank you Eric H for sharing this!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Four minutes to identify a rare 107 year old motorcycle. The collective knowledge of this forum amazes me.
I guess I inherited the motorcycle racing gene from Edgar. It was shortly after I started drag racing a three-cylinder Kawasaki 750, that my grandmother told me about Edgar and his brothers loving to ride. My grandfather hated them and nearly disowned my father when he came home with a nearly new Honda Super Hawk in 1962.
I do hope to own a '15 or earlier motorcycle some day, but I can't afford one at this time. If I ever get one, I'll ride it in the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run. Motorcycles up through '15 are eligible. We have one or two show up each year. They're really cool.
those are great photo's very cool. The old motorcycles cost way more than our T's do