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Old 11-09-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Any motorcycles ever manufactured in Michigan?

Just wondering if there were any marques that produced bikes in Michigan? It seems like there would have been some synergy with all of the early auto brands made here. Anyone?
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:21 AM   #2
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Just wondering if there were any marques that produced bikes in Michigan? It seems like there would have been some synergy with all of the early auto brands made here. Anyone?

"Synergy" hadn't been invented then. It took til Honda pasted on the back window of a LMB to mainstream it. Just jackin ya, good Q. As an anythingwithanengine enthusiast, I'm still intrigued by the car/truck regional history. Walter truck, FWD, Oshkosh, Lombard tractor in Maine, Rokon in NH, Indian motocycle in MA, etc
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:09 AM   #3
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Yales were made in Toledo,pretty close.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:58 AM   #4
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We should have crushed Ohio during the Toledo war, and then they would have been made in Michigan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo_War
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:32 PM   #6
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Henderson!!! The greatest inline 4 ever built.Made in Detroit!!!!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:47 PM   #7
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Thank you, that settles it, I must own a Henderson. Now, to start saving.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:31 PM   #8
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Whizzer motorbikes were made in Pontiac, and Ruttman minibikes in Dearborn Heights.

The Henderson was originally built in Detroit. Ignaz Schwinn bought the company in 1917 and moved it to Chicago.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:30 PM   #9
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Powerbike built in Saginaw. Sort of a powered bycycle with the motor mounted low behind the rider.

Triumph Manufacturing Co. of Detroit in 1912 and '13.Two models of F-head 4-stroke singles. The "A" single speed and the "B" two speed .

1913 Detroit Bi-Car. Center hub steering, bucket seat, leaf spring rear suspension. One year only.

1911 Detroit. Single cyclinder , big tube frames. one year only..
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:40 PM   #10
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Powerbike built in Saginaw. Sort of a powered bycycle with the motor mounted low behind the rider.

Triumph Manufacturing Co. of Detroit in 1912 and '13.Two models of F-head 4-stroke singles. The "A" single speed and the "B" two speed .

1913 Detroit Bi-Car. Center hub steering, bucket seat, leaf spring rear suspension. One year only.

1911 Detroit. Single cyclinder , big tube frames. one year only..
Those are all what Classic Bike Magazine used to call NAIT; Not Appearing In Tragatsch. What reference did you find those in?

A post in this thread already appears in google, but no other sources list early Michigan m/c manufacturers.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:14 AM   #11
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We should have crushed Ohio during the Toledo war, and then they would have been made in Michigan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo_War
Medical Marijuana!Fuckin absolutely the worst drivers in the world tho,shit roads and crappy no fault insurance.Guess I'll stay in Ohio.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:27 PM   #12
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Those are all what Classic Bike Magazine used to call NAIT; Not Appearing In Tragatsch. What reference did you find those in?

A post in this thread already appears in google, but no other sources list early Michigan m/c manufacturers.

Standard Catalog of American Motorcycles
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Published by krause publications in 2006
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:01 PM   #13
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The Powerbike looks terrible.

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:58 AM   #14
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Thumb you missed a few...

Genocide Cycle
Kalamazoo Choppers
Voodoo Choppers
Detroit Choppers


To name a few..




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Old 11-16-2012, 11:21 PM   #15
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Hmmm, since we're in the "old school" forum, I was thinking of classic motorcycles manufactured in Michigan, not modern customs assembled in Michigan. Thanks though.
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