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Old 06-08-2011, 06:35 PM   #23
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some cliff notes on Cleveland gleaned from Suchers book Inside American Motorcycling.

Cleveland 1915-1929.

Cleveland Ohio.

Built Cleveland and Chandlers auto's.

The 2 stroke was 13 cubic inch nobody talked cc's back then.

The 2 stroke was phased out in 1925.

There was a lot of back room business back then and Indian and Harley for many years engaged in annual meetings to among other things agree on price fixing of comparable models. Arthur Davidson also pushed for Indian/Harley dealers to not handle other brands though many favored the Cleveland 2 stroke as an entry model.

They went to a small 4 cylinder, and then a 45 (750) and then a 61 (1000) in 28/29. This red bike is a 1929 so I'm assuming it is a 1000.

Less than 500 of each of the 750's and 1000's were made before they pulled the plug on Cleveland motorcycles.
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