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Thread: Vintage Pics of the Day

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    Re: Vintage Pics of the Day





    THE RACYCLE MOTORCYCLE WAS PRODUCED BY THE MIAMI CYCLE & MFG CO OF MIDDLETOWN, OHIO. EARLY ONES HAD MOTORS BOUGHT FROM THOR. THE RACYCLE DESIGN WAS DROPPED WHEN MIAMI CYCLE BOUGHT THE MERKEL-LIGHT MOTOR CO OF POTTSTOWN, PA IN 1911. WITH THAT PURCHASE, THEY ACQUIRED THE DESIGN EXPERTISE OF JOE MERKEL, HIS MOTORCYCLE DESIGNS WERE FAR MORE ADVANCED THAN WHAT MIAMI CYCLE WAS PRODUCING UP TO THAT TIME. THE RACYCLE MOTORCYCLE NAME WAS DROPPED AROUND THAT TIME TO FOCUS ON PRODUCTION OF THE FAMOUS “FLYING MERKEL”. THEREFORE, THE M/C IN THE PICTURE COULDN’T BE ANY NEWER THAN 1911/1912. THE RACYCLE NAME WAS USED ON BICYCLES PRODUCED BY MIAMI CYCLE UP UNTIL THEIR DEMISE IN 1923.









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    Re: Vintage Pics of the Day

    It is interesting that the '58 police solo looks like the one year only plastic fender tip trim has been replaced by a decal.Holes are there for it along with the spears.

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    I noticed that too. They probably got tired of breaking the plastic ones. Can't tell if it's painted on or a decal.
    (By the way, I believe that was a two year only item... '57 & '58. The plastic tank badges were a little different for those two years)

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    Re: Vintage Pics of the Day

    tank badges where red 57 ... black 58. I have never seen that decal.

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    Same is true for the fender tips. One year the bar in the bar and shield part is red and one year it is black so each is really one year only. For 57 the tank emblems are red and gold and the tip has a black line for the bar. 58 the tank emblems are black and gold and the bar is red.


    Rollo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    Same is true for the fender tips. One year the bar in the bar and shield part is red and one year it is black so each is really one year only.
    Rollo
    That plastic fender tip with the black bar must be a super-rare item. Sure would like to see a picture of one of those.

    Edit: I've seen several OP, supposedly original/unmolested 57s &'58s with red and gold tips. Never seen any black bars. Not sayin' they don't exist... just never seen one.
    Last edited by droptopford; 05-18-2018 at 03:58 PM.

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    Re: Vintage Pics of the Day

    I don't know if these are real or memorex Droptop the price suggest they are different.





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    Thanks SIDECAR, for taking the time to check that out. No matter what the listings say, they all have red bar-and-shield. No black that I can see.
    (I wonder if anyone is actually getting that kind of green for reproduction fender tips.?.)

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