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About the Book:
The entrepreneur and businessman Ignaz Schwinn was born in Germany in 1860, and by 1900 was producing 90,000 World branded bicycles each year in his Chicago-based Arnold, Schwinn &Company. This limited edition and full colour book (176 A4 pages, approx. 8.5” x 12”, 270 pictures, 49,95 Euro plus shipping) celebrates the centenary of the first Excelsior motorcycle in 1907, and the history of the various Schwinn-owned models produced until 1931.
After the sensational success
the "world's best book,"
Tom and Eggi
equal to the new plant.
Under the title:
"Flirting with death"
176 pages is a strong work
Motorcycle racing on the track
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Excelsior was one of the top three motorcycle companies in the early years, winning many races against Harley and Indian competition in the early years of the twentieth century. The 1913 61 cubic inch (1000 cc) V-twin was claimed to be the only motorcycle to have attained 100 mph at that time. The astonishing 1920 overhead cam racer was a fine technical achievement, while the launch of the 1925 Super-X provided Joe Petrali with numerous hill climb wins, and encouraged Harley and Indian to develop their own 45 cubic inch (750cc) twins. The late 1920s also brought the Excelsior factory Streamline Henderson and Super X models which arguably were the inspiration for the later Harley knucklehead. Then there were the Henderson four cylinder bikes from 1917-31, the lightweight two strokes, and the Big X heavyweight tourer produced 1915-24. This book covers them all, with numerous brochures and advertisements reproduced in colour, and period photographs from the USA and Europe. There are also early pictures of the Excelsior factory, and its state at demolition in 1996. The text is in German, with most of the brochures and accessory advertisements in English. The book contains a feast of information for all Excelsior owners, and anyone interested in the history of this significant marque.
Thomas Bund (Author)