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Can you identify these bikes?

My sister recently sent me these pictures of my grandfather on his motorcycle. She found them while she was clearing out my parents now empty home. Sigh. She thinks the pictures were taken sometime between 1915 and 1924 or so in or around Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. My grandfather passed away about 35 years ago.

Does anyone have any ideas on what types of motorcycles these are? I'm just curious to fill in some of the gaps as I never really knew my grandfather.



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Unless someone here knows their antique motorcycles, I would call or drop a note to Dale Walksler, curator and founder of the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC. He has a vast knowledge of antique and vintage bikes.
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Those are great photos! That's awesome to have a piece of your family history like that.
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I can't help you with the identification, but I thought I'd insert this photo of my Grandpa, (behind the bike), during WWI. Anybody who knows their military history and can ID this bike please chime in.


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Unless someone here knows their antique motorcycles, I would call or drop a note to Dale Walksler, curator and founder of the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC. He has a vast knowledge of antique and vintage bikes.
I did as you suggested and much to my surprise, I actually heard back from them. Not many places I deal with take the time to help a fellow out so it's a great feeling when someone does.

Their opinion is that the bike in the top photo looks to be a 1913 Indian Twin, and the second bike looks like a 1912 Excelsior with belt drive. Now I'm going to do some searching on these two bikes and see what kind of machine my grandfather was messing about on.

Thanks for the suggestion on where to get some information!
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I did as you suggested and much to my surprise, I actually heard back from them. Not many places I deal with take the time to help a fellow out so it's a great feeling when someone does.

Their opinion is that the bike in the top photo looks to be a 1913 Indian Twin, and the second bike looks like a 1912 Excelsior with belt drive. Now I'm going to do some searching on these two bikes and see what kind of machine my grandfather was messing about on.

Thanks for the suggestion on where to get some information!
Excellent! I'm sure WTT will help you as much as you need. If you're ever close to Maggie Valley, NC, it's worth a stop to see this place. I'm headed there in couple of weeks as part of a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Good luck.
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The second photo does look like the 1912 Excelsior 998cc V-twin... On December 3rd 1912 at the one-mile track in Playa del Ray, California, it was the first motorcycle ever to officially surpass 100 mph, which is why your grandpa had to get one.

http://www.superxowners.com/history/early/ehistory3.htm

http://throttleyard.com/2011/03/30/x...ior-autocycle/

It had a long leather belt for the final drive... This one has a $28,000 tag on it:




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