Any motorcycles ever manufactured in Michigan?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by zoo mob, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. zoo mob

    zoo mob Been here awhile

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    Just wondering if there were any marques that produced bikes in Michigan? It seems like there would have been some synergy with all of the early auto brands made here. Anyone?
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  2. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    "Synergy" hadn't been invented then. It took til Honda pasted on the back window of a LMB to mainstream it. :lol3 Just jackin ya, good Q. As an anythingwithanengine enthusiast, I'm still intrigued by the car/truck regional history. Walter truck, FWD, Oshkosh, Lombard tractor in Maine, Rokon in NH, Indian motocycle in MA, etc
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  3. pbarmy

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    Yales were made in Toledo,pretty close.:wink:
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  4. zoo mob

    zoo mob Been here awhile

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    ADK master of the casual pace

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    Henderson!!! The greatest inline 4 ever built.Made in Detroit!!!!!
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  7. zoo mob

    zoo mob Been here awhile

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    Thank you, that settles it, I must own a Henderson. Now, to start saving.
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    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Whizzer motorbikes were made in Pontiac, and Ruttman minibikes in Dearborn Heights.

    The Henderson was originally built in Detroit. Ignaz Schwinn bought the company in 1917 and moved it to Chicago.
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    Powerbike built in Saginaw. Sort of a powered bycycle with the motor mounted low behind the rider.

    Triumph Manufacturing Co. of Detroit in 1912 and '13.Two models of F-head 4-stroke singles. The "A" single speed and the "B" two speed .

    1913 Detroit Bi-Car. Center hub steering, bucket seat, leaf spring rear suspension. One year only.

    1911 Detroit. Single cyclinder , big tube frames. one year only..
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  10. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    Those are all what Classic Bike Magazine used to call NAIT; Not Appearing In Tragatsch. What reference did you find those in?

    A post in this thread already appears in google, but no other sources list early Michigan m/c manufacturers.
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    Medical Marijuana!:evilFuckin absolutely the worst drivers in the world tho,shit roads and crappy no fault insurance.Guess I'll stay in Ohio.:lol3
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  12. bk brkr baker

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    Standard Catalog of American Motorcycles
    !898 _ 1981
    Jerry Hatfield

    Published by krause publications in 2006
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  13. zoo mob

    zoo mob Been here awhile

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  14. Detroit Steve

    Detroit Steve Homely Adventurer

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    To name a few..




    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  15. zoo mob

    zoo mob Been here awhile

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    Hmmm, since we're in the "old school" forum, I was thinking of classic motorcycles manufactured in Michigan, not modern customs assembled in Michigan. Thanks though.
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    Detroit Steve Homely Adventurer

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    sorry for your lack of humor.
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    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    So you'll have to get a pre-1917 model, then. Too bad, because this 1922 model has great character, and looks well built:

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    The 1917 and older models are pretty cool, though. Here is a 1917, apparently the last model from Detroit?:

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  19. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    This one wasn't made in Detroit, being a 1930 or 1931 model, but it is really cool. With those sweeping pipes, Victory would be proud to unveil this as a 2013 model...

    [​IMG]
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    Looks like a modern Harley "clone" engine and transmission in there along with CNC machined bits (controls, mirrors, etc.) scattered about, so I doubt it's a '30 or '31...
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