Posted on July 28, 2011 by Mike
For Sale: 1909 Racycle board track racer
When it comes to classic sport bikes, it is hard to get more classic than going back to where it all started: the board track racer. Developed from bicycles, these amazing machines had yet to lose their vestige pedals yet were capable of speeds over 100 MPH. With direct-drive belts and no suspension, they demanded ultimate commitment from riders.
This particular machine is a work of art – literally. It currently resides high on a wall in the private museum of its lucky owner. The restoration looks to be top notch, and the rarity of the Racycle brand cannot be denied. Racycle was known for making bicycles (as chronicled neatly in this blog), but made relatively few motorcycles.
From the seller:
VERY RARE! THIS IS THE ONLY RACYCLE “BOARD TRACK RACING MOTORCYCLE” STILL KNOWN IN EXISTENCE TODAY.
This motorcycle features a 475cc, 4 cycle engine producing 4hp with a top speed of 60 mph. Early Board Track Racers had no brakes, no clutch and throttles were often wide open. Built by the Miami Cycle and Manufacturing Company of Middletown, Ohio. Racycle Motorcycles were built between 1905-1911. Besides Racycle, Thor, Flying Merkel and Miami motorcycles were also manufactured there. This is a stunning example of an early Board Track Racer as it still uses the “belt drive system”. By early 1911, most of the Board Track Racers became “chain driven.” Based on extensive research there are believed to be only six Racycle motorcycles known to still exist and this is the ONLY know Racycle “Board Track motorcycle”. This museum quality collector’s item was fully restored by Kip and Peggy O’Hara of Milford CT and since its restoration has been on display in an air controlled environment. Part of very private collection www.thetoccicollection.com of antique/vintage motorcycles, late model custom motorcycles and high end custom cars being dissolved. Sold with Bill Of Sale. Serious bidders only. Thanks for looking.
These board track racers are ultra-collectable, as so few of them acutally survive. This particular model is more rare than most, which bodes well for its ultimate price. While it cannot be enjoyed on the street, this bike certainly has some great curb appeal and would look great the man cave or any other room of the house!
The current bid is at $20,000 with reserve still in place. That is not bad money for a restored racer like this, although I suggest you check out the pictures and details yourself. Be sure and let us know what you think!
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