Flying Merkel V-twin bike Russell Taylor 1915 - motorcycle photo photograph For Sale
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Flying Merkel V-twin bike Russell Taylor 1915 - motorcycle photo photograph: $10
A superb and
rare photo of
the 1915 Flying Merkel V-twin motorcycle.
The Merkel Motor Company was founded by Joseph Merkel in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) in 1902. He
started out by producing single cylinder motorcycles. Merkel was among the most
innovative of the pioneer motorcycle companies. By 1905 Merkel had decided to
engage in competition, and produced several racing machines. Merkel's
motorcycles were to set many performance standards during the emerging American
racing scene. These machines and their riders enabled Merkel to develop a
patented spring front fork that was to become the forerunner of the modern
telescopic front fork. This fork became the instrument of choice on racing
machines of other builders. Also Merkel developed a monoshock rear suspension,
which was incredibly advanced for its age. Merkel's slogan became: "All
roads are smooth to The Flying Merkel". Merkel also used ball bearings as
opposed to bronze bushings in the engine. In contrast to primitive atmospheric
pressure intake valves, Merkel designed his own camshaft operated valve
operation system. Merkel also pioneered with his design of a
throttle-controlled engine oiler, that long preceded Harley's and Indian's use
of such a device.
The company was purchased in 1909 by the Light Manufacturing Company,
and was moved in its entirety to Pottstown Pennsylvania, producing
machines with the "Merkel Light" and subsequently
"The Flying Merkel" names. Joseph Merkel began
immediately experimenting with frame and suspension improvements, and new
engine designs. A young test rider by the name of Maldwyn Jones
rode one of Merkel's creations. An inventive mechanic and racer, Jones set up
the bike and defeated the reigning champion Erwin G (Cannonball) Baker in a ten
mile race. The following season, Jones turned professional and won three of
four races on a machine bearing "The Flying Merkel" logo on the tank.
Jones went on to become a national champion racer and helped Merkel achieve
recognition among performance enthusiasts.
In 1911 the Miami Cycle Manufacturing Company purchased Merkel, and
production was moved to Middletown Ohio. The Miami
Company, organized in 1895, was building bicycles and Motorcycles using names
best known as Raycycle, and Miami. The Merkel
acquisition gave Miami the high-end
product that it needed to be regarded as a premiere manufacturer. The factory
racing team by then expanded to include such names as LS Taylor, FE French, CF
Pinneau, and W Wikel. In 1914 The flying Merkel
won the National endurance run from Chicago to St Louis. Maldwyn Jones
then broke a world's record on the Vanderbilt Course. When he returned to Middletown he was given a
Engineering innovation, high quality, and racing successes were not
enough to sustain this progressive endeavor. The onset of war and, a
contracting market, and increased competition caused production of The Flying
Merkel to falter. The final Merkel machines were produced in 1917.
This non period photo reflects a very
interesting and historic piece of motorcycling and Flying Merkel history.
Therefore it is printed in a nice large format of ca. 8" x 11" (ca.
20 x 29 cm).
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Shipping costs will only be $ 7.00 regardless of how many photos you
buy. For 5 or more photos, shipping is free!
(Note: A. Herl, Inc. does not appear on
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expressed or implied. Sold as collectable item only. We are clearing out our
archives that we have gathered from various sources.
All items always sent well
protected in PVC clear filesand board backed
photographs that came from professional collections and/or were bought from the
original photographer or press studio! They are all of professional and
After many decades
of professionally collecting photographs and posters we are clearing out our
archives. They make the perfect gift and are perfectly suited for framing. They
will look gorgeous unframed and will be a true asset nicely framed with a
border. They are a gorgeous and great asset in every home, workshop, workplace,
restaurant, bar or club!
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questions before the sale ends.