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Old 10-30-2006, 12:39 PM   #98
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Originally Posted by John™
God, that's beautiful!

Here's the Flying Merkel that sold at Barber's Auction a couple of weeks ago...It was he first of that model built!

IMO, the best of it's time. Fantastic race bikes!
They used ball bearings as opposed to bronze bushings in the engine.
They also developed a patented spring front fork that was the forerunner of the modern telescopic front fork.
Also... The monoshock rear!
Insterad of primitive atmospheric pressure intake valves, Merkel designed a cam actuated mechanism.
Merkel also invented the throttle-controlled engine oiler waay before HD and Indian.
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