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
Curtiss 40 hp V8 2
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.
Glenn H. Curtiss's means of 'Fastest Man on Earth'.