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    Question Cyclone production numbers

    I was talking to a guy the other night and he claims the company that made the Cyclone motorcycles only produced 6 of them from 1912 to 1917 and that they were only painted yellow.
    I have tried to search here for some information but it seems that I recall that they also being painted blue and although I don't know the amount of motorcycles made, I have to believe that there were more than 6 if they were being used in racing and hill climbing.
    Is there some one here that can point me in the proper direction.
    Chuck
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    I can't recall production numbers off hand Chuck but your definitely right on the "blue" theory. Here's a shot of J.A. McNeil on a clearly NOT yellow machine. Somewhere I have pic of Don Johns on a blue machine as well. You've renewed my interest in Cyclone again. I'll do some searching and see if I can't help you out. I do think that there were more machines built than six though. In the meantime maybe somebody else will read this and provide you with some answers!

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    I can't vouch for accuracy on this site but it's something to start with.......

    http://www.ridermagazine.com/output.cfm?ID=1701325
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    It dawned on me that Walneck's back issues are available on google books. I asked about the hybrid mentioned here... http://books.google.ca/books?id=igE3...rcycle&f=false .... in an earlier thread but nothing came of it. The article starts on pg. 24 and if nothing else it's a pretty good read. It mentions at least two dealerships on each coast so there had to have been a few bikes made in the Cyclone run.
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    Thanks Cory,

    I found a couple of articles to, one was the half million dollar auction you posted
    I learned something about them last night, I always thought that they were built specificaly for racing and hill climbing the article mentions "road bikes" I couldn't find anything to the amount of them produced I realise that they were only in business for about 7 years and if the 6 or 8 are close to being true, then it only ad's up to one a year.
    throwing road bikes into the mix would make me think maybe 6 or 8 a year.
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    Talking

    Oh another thing, I would love to see a cyclone hooked up to a flexi in one of those "teens" track races.........that's just the sidecar part of me
    Chuck
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    6 machines??!! ridiculous! there are over 6 remaining. Jurassic has all the details, maybe he will chime in. Blue? maybe but how can you prove it other than anecdotal.

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    In 1973 this beauty was for sale for $3500. Restored from a racer back to a road bike by the original guys who built it! ! How's that for a change? Left to right Roy Egberg, Andrew Strand, Paul Paladi. Could this bike now belong to Lane Plotner? I think Lane's bike came from Harrahs and $3500 was big bucks for an old bike in 1973.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Brown View Post
    6 machines??!! ridiculous! there are over 6 remaining. Jurassic has all the details, maybe he will chime in. Blue? maybe but how can you prove it other than anecdotal.
    I will be the first to say that I know very little about them I just found it a little hard to believe that there were only that few made also.

    The one article that Cory posted a link to states 12 known to remain I honestly don't know the amount as for the color blue seems that somewhere I read about that just don't remember from where or who.

    Real nice photo of that bike Barry I didn't know that Cyclone made road bikes that was something I learned about them since first asking about them, that is a real interesting rear supension that bike had what year is it?
    Last edited by Chuck#1848; 01-25-2010 at 08:48 AM.
    Chuck
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    I think it is a 1915, The colour blue comes from a conversation collector Dan Statnekov ( Cyclone owner) had with the now dead legendary board and other track racer Jim Davis who claims to have raced against one painted that colour.

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