From Miyagi Prefecture in Japan to Graham Island in British Columbia, Canada, to Milwaukee, Wis., the motorcycle tossed across the Pacific Ocean by the 2011 Japanese tsunami has landed at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail Night Train owned by earthquake and tsunami survivor Ikuo Yokoyama is now on display at the museum as […]
Top 10 Pre-1912 Motorcycles
7. Motosacoche – 1900
By attaching two varnished sheet metal plates to either side of a bicycle frame to contain an engine and thwart splashing oil, brothers Armand and Henri Defaux unknowingly created the first motorcycle fairing. Taking the place of where a pannier bag (“sacoche” in French) would be mounted on a bicycle, calling the invention Moto-sacoche was a natural progression. Bolted to the bicycle frame the sacoche increased the frame’s rigidity and helped it win the Col de la Faucille hillclimb in 1901.
|Country of Origin||France|
|Engine Type||Single-cylinder, four-stroke|
|Engine Capacity||215 cc|
|Transmission||Belt drive to left of rear wheel|