Buffalo Cyclo Motor gas tank .... Unearthed, literally!!!

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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,722
QC
We found this gas tank buried in the sand in the basement of one of our old buildings (built in 1899)!!!
Must have been buried there for at least 60 years!!! And the condition is unbelievable.

Anyone know what it is from?
The decal seems to say: Buffalo Cyclo Motor and other stuff that I can't make out

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thehugheseum

I live for the CABE
Apr 5, 2011
1,063
Wilsonville, United States
nice find.....my bet is the tiny 2 stroke clip on motor like cyclomotor? i forget what they are called
 
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bikejunk

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 1, 2014
804
57
passaic NJ
Gas tank on my 17 triumph is 27 inches and holds 2 gallons -- probably a clip on motor -really cool to find -all i find in my basement digs are rocks
 
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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,722
QC
I have not yet been able to find any info on the tank. NADA. Must of been a small, obscure maker.
 

Tikibar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 29, 2015
359
Evanston, United States
Some info and a photograph here from the Canada Science & Technology Museum:

https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?i.d.=1976.0680.001



Details

Artifact no.
1976.0680.001
Manufacturer
Cyclemotor Corp.
Manufacturer Location
Rochester, New york, United States of America
Manufactured Date
Between 1919 - 1924
Context Function
GENERAL TRANSPORTATION
Context Technical
The engine drove a belt turning a large gear wheel attached to the opposite side of the rear wheel as the chain.
Context Canada
The 119cc Evans Power-Cycle was manufactured by the CycleMotor Corporation between 1919 and 1924, both as a complete machine and as a separate cycle-attachment engine. Various Evans motorcycles were exported to Europe. After CycleMotor ceased production around 1924, manufacture passed to Stock-Motorpflug A.G in Berlin, who made them until 1933 under license and sold them under the name ÂStock. Tax records from Berlin show Stock was only in business from 1924 - 1933. Later models had a 3hp engine with shaft drive. By the mid-twenties, however, motorcycle design had improved and prices had been greatly reduced for lightweight motorcycles; even small cars were now sold for under £100. As their production costs were high, cyclemotor manufacturers could not compete, and the era of cyclemotors and cycle-attachments came to an end.
Description
STEEL FRAME/ CHROMED HANDLE BARS/ METAL PARTS/ LEATHER SEAT/ RUBBER TIRES
Number of Parts
1
Artifact Finish
FRAME, FENDERS, WHEEL RIMS, REAR STAND ALL PAINTED BLACK/ TAN SEAT & HANDGRIPS/ BLACK TIRES/ CHROMED HANDLE BARS
Artifact Markings
DIAMOND SHAPED DECAL ON BOTH SIDES OF FUEL TANK READS: `BUFFALO/ CYCLEMOTOR/ TORONTO'/ IN CAST RAISED LETTERS ON ENGINE RIGHT SIDE IS: `PATENTS PENDING/ CYCLEMOTOR', & `NATIONAL/ TYPE R/ MODEL'/ PLATE ON SEAT REAR READS: `MAJESTIC'
Artifact Decoration
STAMPED INTO BOTH SIDES OF SEAT IS A DEPICTION OF A LION STRETCHED OUT WITH ITS FRONT PAWS RESTING ON A BICYCLES HANDLE BARS & ITS REAR PAWS RESTING ON THE SEAT
Group 1
Motorized Ground Transportation
Category 1
Motorcycle vehicles
Material
metal->chromium;metal->steel;skin->leather;resin->rubber
Length
187.0 cm
Width
55.8 cm

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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,722
QC
Some info and a photograph here from the Canada Science & Technology Museum:

https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?i.d.=1976.0680.001

buffalo_cyclemotor.png

Details

Artifact no.
1976.0680.001
Manufacturer
Cyclemotor Corp.
Manufacturer Location
Rochester, New york, United States of America
Manufactured Date
Between 1919 - 1924
Context Function
GENERAL TRANSPORTATION
Context Technical
The engine drove a belt turning a large gear wheel attached to the opposite side of the rear wheel as the chain.
Context Canada
The 119cc Evans Power-Cycle was manufactured by the CycleMotor Corporation between 1919 and 1924, both as a complete machine and as a separate cycle-attachment engine. Various Evans motorcycles were exported to Europe. After CycleMotor ceased production around 1924, manufacture passed to Stock-Motorpflug A.G in Berlin, who made them until 1933 under license and sold them under the name ÂStock. Tax records from Berlin show Stock was only in business from 1924 - 1933. Later models had a 3hp engine with shaft drive. By the mid-twenties, however, motorcycle design had improved and prices had been greatly reduced for lightweight motorcycles; even small cars were now sold for under £100. As their production costs were high, cyclemotor manufacturers could not compete, and the era of cyclemotors and cycle-attachments came to an end.
Description
STEEL FRAME/ CHROMED HANDLE BARS/ METAL PARTS/ LEATHER SEAT/ RUBBER TIRES
Number of Parts
1
Artifact Finish
FRAME, FENDERS, WHEEL RIMS, REAR STAND ALL PAINTED BLACK/ TAN SEAT & HANDGRIPS/ BLACK TIRES/ CHROMED HANDLE BARS
Artifact Markings
DIAMOND SHAPED DECAL ON BOTH SIDES OF FUEL TANK READS: `BUFFALO/ CYCLEMOTOR/ TORONTO'/ IN CAST RAISED LETTERS ON ENGINE RIGHT SIDE IS: `PATENTS PENDING/ CYCLEMOTOR', & `NATIONAL/ TYPE R/ MODEL'/ PLATE ON SEAT REAR READS: `MAJESTIC'
Artifact Decoration
STAMPED INTO BOTH SIDES OF SEAT IS A DEPICTION OF A LION STRETCHED OUT WITH ITS FRONT PAWS RESTING ON A BICYCLES HANDLE BARS & ITS REAR PAWS RESTING ON THE SEAT
Group 1
Motorized Ground Transportation
Category 1
Motorcycle vehicles
Material
metal->chromium;metal->steel;skin->leather;resin->rubber
Length
187.0 cm
Width
55.8 cm
Thank you, this is the info that I have been hoping to find
Max
 

Tikibar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 29, 2015
359
Evanston, United States
more info from the interwebs on the history of the Cyclemotor Corp



 
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