Early American Motorcycles
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Early American Motorcycles
Exhibition in International Terminal presents a history of motorcycling from the 1890s to 1915
SAN FRANCISCO — Early American motorcycles reflect a bygone era of mechanical innovation and bold industrial design. Along with the automobile, the motorcycle was one of the earliest and most exciting applications of another new invention, the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. Motorcycle technology progressed rapidly during the early 1900s, and as motorcycling gained traction, riding evolved from a novelty to a hobby, sport, and reliable source of transportation. By the 1910s, there were approximately 100 motorcycle manufacturers in the United States, all vying for consumer attention with distinctive attributes and designs.
Motorcycling in the early twentieth century was always an adventure. Early motorcycles demanded special characteristics of their owners. Athletic ability was required to start and ride these machines, and motorcyclists had to be mechanically minded to manually adjust ignition timing, maintain oil levels, and repair minor issues. Today, early American motorcycles are prized by collectors around the world who showcase their bikes on vintage rides, endurance runs, and at special events. This exhibition presents fourteen exceptional examples made prior to 1916 along with a collection of rare engines and photographs from the pioneering era of motorcycling.
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Early American Motorcycles is located pre-security in the International Terminal of the San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible to ticketed passengers and the general public from February 13, 2021 – September 19, 2021.
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