Collections  »  Motorcycles

The Curtiss Museum exhibits a truly excellent and varied collection of vintage motorcycles and antique motorcycles. More than half of the motorcycle collection pre-dates WWI. Of special interest is an exact reproduction of Curtiss's 1907 World Record V8 Motorcycle (136.4 mph). Another interesting bike is the 1915 Williams "Clady's Model" that sports a three-cylinder rotary engine fixed to the rear wheel.

Our vintage motorcycle and antique motorcycle collection presently consists of:

  • 1903 Curtiss Hercules
  • 1907 Curtiss 8 Cylinder (Reproduction)
  • 1908 Curtiss V-Twin with Sidecar
  • 1909 Curtiss V-Twin
  • 1910 Curtiss Single Cylinder
  • 1912 Curtiss Single Cylinder
  • 1915 Williams Clady's
  • 1917 Henderson
  • 1922 Evans
  • 1924 Ner-A-Car
  • 1930 Harley Davidson Hillclimber
  • 1936 Indian with Sidecar
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Curtiss 40 hp V8 2

Curtiss 40 hp V8 2

1907

In 1907 Curtiss developed a 40 hp air-cooled V8 for an aeronautical customer. He was tempted to mount this engine on a motorcycle, and did so. The result was a shaft-drive motorcycle capable of speeds upwards to 140 mph.

1907 World Record - 136.4 mph
1907 World Record - 136.4 mph

HIGHLIGHT

Glenn H. Curtiss's means of 'Fastest Man on Earth'.

[ Museum's exact copy of this motorcycle - the original is in the Smithsonian. ]