The 1910 Emblem motorcycle came from just one of nearly 300 U.S. motorcycle producers in the early 1900s. Claiming "Class, Power, Speed & Satisfaction," Emblem had high hopes of achieving success in a crowded market.
The buyer of an Emblem in 1910 had several configurations from which to choose. The entry-level model was driven by a four-horsepower, single-cylinder engine that was fitted with V-belt drive and sold for $200.
For $260, the top-of-the-line model came equipped with a seven-horsepower twin-cylinder engine that drove a flat belt with an adjustable idler wheel.
All Emblems were fitted with three batteries and a coil, but a Herz magneto could be added for an additional $25. For another $15, the owner could add the "Free Engine Pulley" option, which was an early attempt at a clutch mechanism.
At the front, an enclosed coil spring controlled the motions of a leading-link fork, while a Troxel saddle mounted on compound springs handled the chores at the rear.
Emblems were sold in the U.S. between 1909 and 1918. But, like many other makes, the company fell victim to a depressed economy triggered by World War I. However, a 531-cc model was exported to Europe as late as 1925.
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Though Emblem motorcycles were well-respected in the United States, the economic downturn of the late 1910s severely damaged the company's future.