Motorcycle & Car Images
1912 Indian Factory Board Track Racer
Indian racers dominated the board tracks for years unchallenged by other marques. There is no throttle control on the pre-set, wide-open Hendee carburetor. Speed was controlled by a magneto kill button on the handlebars.
1913 Flying Merkel
1948 Imme R100
1951 Vincent Black Shadow
There have been more stories, folklore, and exaggerations said about the legendary Black Shadow than any other motorcycle. The design was radical and the performance even more so. The only modern machine to compare it with would be the Britten. The ability to cruise at three figure speeds and with a maximum often exceeding 125 mph put this motorcycle so far ahead of anything else available at the time.
1952 Harley Davidson K Sport
The ‘K’ model was introduced in 1952 and was designed to compete with the British imports. Foot shift, hand clutch and hydraulic damped suspension front and rear moved the flathead 45 closer to the competition. Even with these improvements, more power was required before the “K” could run with the British vertical twins. Elvis Presley owned an identical model to this one.
1953 Victoria Bergmeister
When introduced in 1951, the Bergmeister (Mountain Master) was radically different. A V-twin, but mounted transversely, with streamlined engine cases that even enclosed the carburetor. A series of chains instead of the usual gears are used in the transmission, resulting in quiet operation. Smooth and powerful, sufficient to have a side-car attached, it was a unique quality product from post-war Germany. This was the first motorcycle donated to the museum.
Donated by Dave Hooper, Birmingham Al.
1954 Cushman Highlander
The Highlander was Cushman’s low cost leader, a basic entry level machine to hopefully get you hooked on the two wheeled experience. In the hands of a novice rider, there was minimal bodywork to damage in the likely event of a spill. These little vehicles were incredibly tough, having to take hard use from the youth of the day.
1973 MV Agusta 500
One of the bikes ridden by Phil Read to win the 1973 500cc world championship, this design was MV's final GP offering. Reputed to be designed at Ferrari, this motor was known as the "Narrow Angle" due to the four valve, pent roof design. Also the large capacity sump and minimalist fins indicate oil cooling was a priority. Monoshock rear suspension was tried and discarded. The frame still carries the shock mount.
1982 Honda CX650TC
The Honda CX500 was an extremely complicated machine that featured turbocharging to boost power, but was not lighter, or quicker than a 1,000cc sport bike. The turbo was an example of high technology and complexity making a motorcycle glamorous without making it functionally superior to alternative high performance choices.
Words cannot describe what a small team of talented engineers in New Zealand have achieved in creating this machine. The Britten is novel, an original design setting new trends in chassis and suspension technology. Sadly, John Britten, the team leader and chief designer, passed away in late 1995. He built only ten machines; this one is number seven. Britten won the world British, European, and American Racing Series (BEARS) in 1995, and had many successes on the racetrack.
1997 Honda NR750
The Honda NR 750 is a technical wonder, and no effort or expense was spared to build the most advanced design of any street bike. The most striking feature is the use of four oval pistons. Virtually a V-8, the cylinder bores are siamesed, with each piston using two connecting rods. Each oval cylinder has eight valves and two spark plugs. Liberal use of titanium, magnesium and carbon fiber, even a titanium-coated windscreen adds to the specification. Reputedly one of 200 built, this unique machine was not available in the U.S.
2008 Ducati Desmosedici
The dream of a true GP replica has finally come true with the availability of the Desmosedici. This street legal motorcycle offers a stunning wealth of performance and technology directly from Ducati’s experience in MotoGP. Derived from the Gran Prix model GP6 which competed in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, it is the ultimate expression of the most extreme racing machine in MotoGP today.
1959 Lotus Type 16 Formula 2
1984 Lotus 95T
The 95T was the third design by Lotus with turbo power. The tiny Renault V-6 could deliver 1100 + hp for short qualifying runs, but had to be detuned to 750 hp during the race. Its compact size allowed the designer, Gerard Deucarouge, to build a sleek body and chassis that would cheat the wind. While this enabled it to earn decent starting positions, the fuel thirsty turbo required the boost be turned down to finish the race on the 220 liter maximum fuel allowance rules of the day. The team’s 2 drivers were Elio DeAngelis and Nigel Mansel who collectively earned two 3rd place and three 4th place finishes. DeAngelis, in addition, was a consistent finisher in 12 of 16 races. Lotus subsequently finished 3rd in the Contructor’s World Championship that year. Both drivers were allowed to purchase their cars at season’s end, this car belonged to DeAngelis. Its original Renault was allowed to be sold with the car, one of the few F-1 engines in private hands.