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Goldenindian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 31, 2014
757
1,058
Marinette, Wisconsin
#3
https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/the-dawn-of-motobikes-and-truss-rods.51274/

good thread on the subject.....From your list, I would say....Sear chief was 1915 and Im sure Dayton had a moto-bike in 1915. The Indian moto was 1916, and the Harley started in 1917. Daytons, chiefs, and Harley's where all made by Davis, Indian being the only only that Westfield.
1914 is the "dawn" and I think pope/westfield was one of the first. I could be wrong.....

good question...love this stuff
 
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barracuda

I live for the CABE
Oct 27, 2009
1,777
1,763
Niles, California
#4
I'm going with Miami - this ad is from March of 1913: truss forks, double top bar, specified as a "Motor bike Model"...

merkel motor bike.jpg
 
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fordsnake

I live for the CABE
May 12, 2010
1,830
581
#5
The word "motorbike" is a misnomer. You need to be more specific; motorcycle, bicycle with a motor, or a bike that replicates a motorbike. George Hendee creator and the founder of the Indian launched his protoype motorbike with Hedstrom in 1902 (he wasn't the first to do this) He just promoted and bolster how great his bike was! They were in full production of manufacturing "Motobikes" by 1904. Indian also launched the Merkel Wheel that attached to any bicycle. Now, the "motorbike" bicycle frame is a different story.
 
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shoe3

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2011
1,032
808
Springfield, United States
#8
moto bike or motorbike or mobie bike, i believe double too tube with drop frame top tube. Great Western Laporte,Inc. had real early bicycle around 1911 era. Were talking bicycles here.
 

carlitos60

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 1, 2013
2,402
1,024
Kissimmee, FL United States
#10
https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/the-dawn-of-motobikes-and-truss-rods.51274/

good thread on the subject.....From your list, I would say....Sear chief was 1915 and Im sure Dayton had a moto-bike in 1915. The Indian moto was 1916, and the Harley started in 1917. Daytons, chiefs, and Harley's where all made by Davis, Indian being the only only that Westfield.
1914 is the "dawn" and I think pope/westfield was one of the first. I could be wrong.....

good question...love this stuff
Thanks for Your Answer!!!
 
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