Oldest V-Twins

refs:

http://www.cybermotorcycle.com/

http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/

http://www.vintagebike.co.uk

http://www.eurooldtimers.com

http://corpsesfromhell.blogspot.com/

 

(pre-HD)

 

Griffon, France (1902-1928) Griffon 1902 racer

This Griffon V-twin racer is from 1902.., powered by the world's first petrol (gasoline)-powered V-twin engine, made by De Dion Bouton of France.

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NSU (1901-1963) in Germany introduced V-twin Motorcycles in 1903..

Here is one from 1904: NSU 1904

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Minerva Motocyclettes, 1900-1909 (Belgium) Minerva History A 7hp V-twin was developed in 1904 and was on sale to the public in 1905: `"The bike produced 7 hp. Jan Olieslagers participated, with this motorcycle, in the first world championship for motocyclettes, organized in Paris - Parc des Princes. He rode the 49 kg bike at a maximum speed of just over 100 km/h and ended first in the qualifying series. In the finals, a broken crankshaft ended the race for Minerva". Minerva Racing

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Curtiss (USA) 5hp v-twin racer, 1904: 1904 Curtiss some sources say Curtiss had his v-twin by 1903.

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J.A. Prestwich Industries (J.A.P.) produced v-twin engines from 1905 and their own motorcycle with a v-twin engine in 1906

 

Griffon, France (1902-1928)

This is the Griffon 1905 V-twin Griffon 1905 v-twin

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Puch, Austria (1889-2003)

This is a Puch model 5 V-twin (1905-1908) Puch, 1905

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Alcyon, France, 1890-1957: Alcyon v-twin 1905 Alcyon, 1905

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Bock and Hollander, Austria, 1905, 1906 Bock and Hollander 1905

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Peugeot made their first V-twin motorcycle in 1905 Peugeot, 1905:and Peugeot, 1905

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Laurin and Klement (Bohemia /Austria/Czecholsolvakia) 1898 - 1908

...This is a Laurin and Klement v-twin from 1905 Laurin and Klement and Laurin and Klement

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Chater Lea (London and Letchworth, England (1903-1927)... V-twin from 1905 Chater Lea 1905

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Matchless Motorcycles, Plumstead, London, England, 1899-1945 (and 1987-1993)

Matchless powered by a JAP engine, 1905: Matchless 1905

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The predecessor of AJS, (Wolverhampton, England), J, Stevens and Co, produced their first V-twin in 1905

 

Acme Coventry, England, 1900-1933 produced V-twins from 1905

 

Indian (Hendee Manufacturing/ Indian Motocycle manufacturing Co (sic), 1901-1953, Masachusetts, USA...first factory racer built in 1905

 

Zurcher (Zedel) V-twin engines (Switzeland and France), were supplied to various manufacturers. This is a 750cc Condor, 1905:

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Rene Gillet, France: In 1905, "for 1905 the firm advertised nine different models, including five v-twins" this one is from 1907:

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Norton V-Twins using Peugeot 700cc Engine at Birmingham MCC race , Rose Hill, 1906, set the world speed record. (Indian Motorcycles in USA had built a v-twin racer the previous year - 1905 - but Norton had a V-twin on their range from 1906, whereas Indian listed them from 1907) Harley Davidson didnt build a v-twin until 1907-1909: Norton 1906

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Moser, Switzerland, 1906, 330cc: Moser 1906

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Moto Reve (Geneva, Switzerland), 274cc V-twin, 1906: Moto Reve 1906

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Indian (Hendee Manufacturing/ Indian Motocycle manufacturing Co (sic), 1901-1953, Masachusetts, USA

Factory Racer v-twin made by Indian in 1906 Indian factory racer

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1907 Norton - this won the very first IOM TT race 1907 Norton

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Indian (Hendee Manufacturing/ Indian Motocycle manufacturing Co (sic), 1901-1953, Masachusetts, USA

Indian's first production v-twin, 1907: 1907 Indian

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Minerva Motocyclettes, 1900-1909 (Belgium) This v-twin is a 600cc from 1907: 1907-minerva-600cc-760x570

 

Lewis Cycle and Motor works, Adelaide, Australia, (1899-mid-1920s) built a prototype v-twin in 1907 using a Belgian Minerva v-twin engine:

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1908: NLG (North London Garage), Highbury, London, England (1908-1915)

This machine (ridden by Will Cook), with a Peugeot 944cc engine, won the very first official race at Brooklands on April 1, 1908...more info here: 1908 NLG

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SAROLEA, Belgium, 500 cc v-twin, 1908: 1908 Sarolea

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Motosacoche, Switzerland (1899-1956), V-twin production started in 1908...

This is the 1908 model: 1908 Motosacoche

 

Thor, USA, 1908: 1908 Thor

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Reading Standard, USA, 1908/1909: 1908 Reading Standard

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NLG (North London Garage), Highbury, London, England (1908-1915)...

1909: An NLG ridden by Will Cook with a 20 hp, 90 degree, 2,700 cc JAP engine

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Rex, 1909

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Clyno Motorcycles, Thrapston, Northants...exhbited a 774cc AJS-poweredv-twin at the 1909 Stanley Show...they were in production the following year

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In England, Premier produced their first v-twin in 1909

see pic here: http://www.photoarchives.co.uk/acatalog/O___P_Rare_Ones.html

 

AND FINALLY, Harley Davidson join the V-twin trend in 1909 (but the model was faulted and halted (after 27 had been made) until 1911):

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Meanwhile, in 1910, production of v-twins above continued and other manufacturers around the world were producing v-twins...

 

Magnat-Debon, France, 1910

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Royal Enfield, UK, 1910

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here is one from 1911:

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Trump Motorcycles: Liphook, Hampshire, UK, then Birmingham and Surrey, 1910 JAP-engined v-twin

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Flying Merkel, USA...V-twin appeared in 1910...this one is from 1911:

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USA, The Cyclone: A board track racer, 996cc-v-twin was produced from 1910:

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USA, Excelsior produced v-twins from 1910:

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Rene Gillet, France, produced this double v-twin in 1911:

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UK: Humber motorcycles: "Success with one of Pennington's 340 cc two-speed V twin engined Humbers in the first ever Isle of Man Junior TT in 1911 boosted the motorcycle sales."

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1911: Harley Davidson, USA, produces its first efficient v-twin:

 

 

The marque became so loved that fans routinely ignore all the pre-Harley Davidson history above, mythologising HD as the inventor of the v-twin that everyone else has copied.

 

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