The machine is apparently based on a 1930 Henderson—presumably the 100 mph (160 km/h) Streamline model—and was built in 1936 by a gent called O. Ray Courtney. Today the bike is owned by Frank Westfall of Syracuse, a motorcycle collector and local identity, who was seen happily riding this extraordinary motorcycle around the showgrounds.

According Mortillaro, “The craftsmanship is absolutely stunning and it’s surely more of a museum piece than a daily rider. Frank has obviously spent an incredible amount of time meticulously restoring and rebuilding the bike to its current state.”

As a marque, Henderson is unfortunately buried in the sands of time, despite a short-lived attempt to revive the name in the late 90s. But until its demise in 1931, the Excelsior Motor Mfg. & Supply Co.—the owner of the Henderson brand—was one of the ‘Big Three’ American motorcycle manufacturers, along with Harley-Davidson and Indian.

[ Texts from BikeEXIF. First four images by kind permission of Grail Mortillaro, © Knucklebuster. Final image located by Pete Plassmann. Thanks also to Bill Tikos, Benjie Flipperboi, Scott Ruffalo and Twitter denizens Fuzzygalore and qcmw. ]

Bookmark and Share

Shinya Kimura @ Chabott Engineering

shinya kimura @ chabott engineering from Henrik Hansen on Vimeo.

A short film about custom motorcycle engineer shinya kimura @ chabott engineering, directed by Henrik Hansen www.henrikhansen.net, shot on the Canon 5D and 7D.

Bookmark and Share
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...