One of a kind prototype motorcycle designed and made by John Heitchen of Buffalo, NY in 1912. As far as we know, it is the last one of a possible 3 that were built by Heichten.
4 stroke Twin Cylinder with cooling fins resembling those on the heads of 1900's period of Curtiss powerplants
Hand crank to start
Battery powered ignition system
Hand lever shifted 2 speed tranny is a 2 piece cast aluminum housing that is hand made along with other componants.
Front suspension resembles the dual fork with an enclosed coil spring system that were used on Pierce, Emblem & Monarch cycles
Rear wheel is rigid in the looping diamond frame
Both floorboards are fitted with pedals for the brake and clutch
The combined fuel and oil tank is made of copper.
Front wheel is 26", rear wheel is 28"
The engine turns over but I have never had it running.
This cycle was on display in 2000 for many months in Albany, NY in the New York State Museum. It was part of a show called "The Motorcycle Industry in New York State", including most cycles that were manufactured there from 1890's to present. It was organized by Geoffrey N. Stein, who was the Associate Curator for the NYS Museum. He also did all of the research and authored a book of the same name. We have a copy to include with the cycle.
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