Clymer Manuals Pope Antique Board Track Racer Motorcycle Walk Around Video
Clymer Manuals got up close to Gerald Tims’ 1913 Pope Board Track Racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This American made antique motorcycle was named Best Preservation by KC Brake.
Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorbikes were all on display. Manufacturers included Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, bike ridden in, a few trailer queens, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could imagine.
POPE MOTORCYCLES on WIKIPEDIA
Pope Manufacturing Company was founded by Albert Augustus Pope in in 1877 in Boston, Massachusetts. Manufacturing began in 1887 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Weed Sewing Machine Company factor. Pope manufactured bicycles, under the Columbia brand, motorcycles, and automobiles. It ceased automobile production in 1915, and ceased motorcycle production in 1918, but bicycles are still available under the Columbia brand.
Pope began manufacturing motorized bicycles in 1902 and continued with motorcycles until 1918
POPE MOTORCYCLES on VINTAGECOLUMBIABIKES.COM
In 1902 the American Cycle Co. started making Motor Bicycles. This trust company included quite a few bicycle manufacturers marketing under names such as Pope, Monarch, Crescent, Imperial, Cleveland, and Rambler. This trust would fail in just 2 years and Pope would end up taking control.
Consider the fact that the first Indian Motorcycle was also made in 1902 and the first Harley-Davidson in 1903. This makes Pope one of the earliest motorcycle manufacturers.
These early machines were primitve by todays standards. Pope would continue to make Motor Bikes until about 1905 still sporting the names of the American Cycle Co. In 1911 Pope came out with a full size motorcycle that was a single cylinder and in 1912 a V-Twin. They would continue to be made until 1918.
POPE MOTORCYCLES SUMMARY
Pope motorcycles were built from 1911 to 1918 in Hartford, Connecticut and in Westfield, Massachusetts. In the 1870s, Colonel Albert Augustus Pope (Union Army) began importing and manufacturing bicycles under the name of Columbia. In 1896, Pope also began producing automobiles. Pope board-trackers did not enjoy huge success on the race track but they really gave it a good try.
Horsepower: 12 to 18
Wheelbase: 56 inches
Weight: 305 lbs
Top speed: 65 mph
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