The term softail refers to motorcycles and bicycles that feature a rear suspension system with springs or shock absorbers to absorb bumps. On Softail motorcycles, the shock absorbers or springs are often hidden underneath out of view to give the appearance of a hard-tail or rigid frame, however many older motorcycles such as the original BMW R series actually use a rigid (welded) frame design with an exterior suspension connected directly to the rear axle. The word softail is a registered trademark of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, coined with the release of the FXST Softail in 1984. Since then, the word has expanded to include other motorcycles with hidden rear suspensions as well as bicycles incorporating a rear suspension.
In Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the softail frame is designed to look like the hardtail bikes of the past, while still offering the comfort of rear suspension. The shock absorbers are positioned along the axis of the motorcycle, tucked [read more...]
Cushman is a manufacturer of industrial vehicles, personal vehicles, and other custom vehicles, including parking patrol auto rickshaws.
Haulster, small industrial multi-purpose truck.
Bellhop Series, golf carts.
Tug, large truck.
Minute Miser, truck.
Titan, larger industrial multi-purpose truck.
Model C, patented in 1911, 4 hp (3.0 kW) engine most commonly known for driving oat binders.
Trackster, track-based ATV.
(see G-numbers for List of G-numbers)
motor scooter, airborne 2-wheel, model 53 (G683)
motor scooter, package delivery 3-wheel, model 39 (G551 or G672)
motor scooter, with side car, 3-wheel, model 34 (G679)
Cushman is based in Augusta, Georgia, United States and is owned by Textron, Inc. Textron also owns other companies such as Cessna, Bell Helicopter, and E-Z-Go Golf Carts.
The Cushman company started in 1903 in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Everett and Clinton Cushman. The company incorporated as Cushman Motor [read more...]
- Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers (OCC) is a custom and production motorcycle manufacturer based in Orange County, New York, that was founded by Paul Teutul, Sr., and Paul Teutul, Jr., in 1999. The company was featured on American Chopper, a reality TV show that debuted in September 2002 on the Discovery Channel, which has contributed to the company's quick rise to fame. In 2007, Discovery Channel's sister channel TLC picked up the series in the United States and Canada. A new international headquarters designed to combine their production and retail facilities was constructed in the Town of Newburgh and opened April 24, 2008.
OCC's production facility was initially located in the hamlet of Rock Tavern, it then later moved to nearby Montgomery before moving into its new headquarters in Newburgh. The company also operates a seasonal kiosk at the Woodbury Commons Outlet Mall in Central Valley, NY.
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OCC started as a sideline to the family's steel [read more...]
- Indian 101 Scout
Indian 101 Scout
Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company
1927 Indian Scout (original frame)
1932 Indian Scout (Chief frame)
37 or 45 cu. in. (600 or 750 cc) 42° V-twin
bore × stroke:
2⅞" × 3½" (45 cu. in.)
73 mm × 89 mm (750 cc)
18 bhp (45 cu in)
Front: Trailing arm, leaf spring
Rear: None, rigid
Front: Internal expanding shoes
Rear: 1928-30 External contracting bands, 1931 internal expanding shoes
18" on clincher rims 1928,
drop center rims 1929-31
The Indian 101 Scout was a motorcycle built by the Indian Motocycle Company from 1928 to 1931.
The 101 Scout, released in mid 1928, was an evolution of the Scout that had been introduced in 1920 and enlarged to forty-five cubic inches in 1927. It had a new frame with more fork rake, a longer wheelbase, and a lower seat height, which used the same geometry as that developed for the Indian Four Series 401, [read more...]
- Harley-Davidson MT350E
Harley Davidson MT350
Rotax 348 cc Air-cooled single cylinder four-stroke single overhead cam
30 bhp (22 kW) @ 8000 RPM
28 N·m (21 ft·lbf) @ 6500 RPM
"O" ring chain running on hardened steel sprockets
145 centimetres (57 in)
L 217 centimetres (85 in)
W 79 centimetres (31 in)
13 litres (2.9 imp gal)
The MT350E is a motorcycle manufactured by Harley-Davidson. A development of the Armstrong MT500 with a smaller capacity engine, electric start and disc brakes.
- Rokon motorcycle
Rokon is a Rochester, New Hampshire-based motorcycle manufacturer that builds unusual 2-wheel-drive off-road motorcycles which are sometimes referred to as Moto-tractors.
Rokon was founded in Vermont by Orla Larsen in 1963 to sell the Nethercutt Trail-Breaker, a 2-wheel-drive motorcycle invented around 1958 by Charlie Fehn and built in Sylmar, California. In 1964 Rokon Inc. bought the manufacturing rights to the Trail-Breaker and marketed the bikes from their Vermont office before moving the business to New Hampshire, where they continue in business today.
Rokon motorcycles use a combination of belt, chain, and shaft drives coupled to gear boxes to drive both the front and rear wheels. Older machines were powered by a West Bend (US Motor/Chrysler Marine) 820 2-stroke engine (134cc), while newer machines have either a Honda or Kohler engine of about 6hp. The wheels are able to hold gasoline or water for long distance trips.
These are slow-speed off-road motorcycles [read more...]