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1911 Excelsior


1911 Excelsior Pictures
Schwinn's venture into the motorcycle market would last until 1931.
Schwinn's venture into the motorcycle market would last until 1931.

The 1911 Excelsior motorcycle featured a 30-cubic-inch single engine and a design resembling a bicycle -- not surprising considering it was designed by Schwinn.

Note the fancy "engine-turned" finish on the crankcase.
Note the fancy "engine-turned" finish on the crankcase.
The Excelsior's rear frame tube took a detour in order to clear the large drive pulley.
The Excelsior's rear frame tube took a detour in order to clear the large drive pulley.
Before the advent of modern cables, control motions were transferred by intricate jointed shafts.
Before the advent of modern cables, control motions were transferred by intricate jointed shafts.

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