Friday, January 8, 2010

Classic Vintage Motorcycles: Cyclone

The Joerns Motor Manufacturing Company located in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the builder of the 'Cyclone' motorcycle between 1912 and 1917.

Although the Cyclone had a short-lived history, the motorcycle did receive notoriety on the board-track and dirt-track racing circuit. In 1914, a Cyclone broke the one-mile speed record perviously held by Excelsior, coming in at just over 35 seconds. Over the next few years the Cyclone won several races, earning it the nickname of the "speed demon."

The Cyclone 1000's 61ci (996cc) 45 degree V-Twin SOHC engine was designed by an engineer named Andrew Strand, who worked for the Jackson Automobile Company in Detroit (Jackson Auto's car placed 10th in the 1911 Indianapolis 500).

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