Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
On a recent exploration trip to Yosemite I came upon this machine in a storage room.
Got any motorcycle heads out there? What is it? If you blow the photo up it looks like a chain driven motorized bicycle. It appears to have 2 cylinders. The wire wheels, forks and frame look just like a bicycle. I see no shock absorbers. I see no obvious brake system. Note the suspension spring seat. Looks like a gear shift on the upper frame on the right side. Indian was known for that feature. Is the chrome cylinder on the handlebars an oil reservoir to mix with gas in the top tube for 2-cycle operation? The “license” on the back is not like any I’ve seen at the DMV – my local office has a display of California car plates going back to Neanderthal days and none look like this. Maybe cycles did not get normal plates then. The large gauge looks like a speedometer that is attached to the rear hub with a long cable.
Anyone have a guess as to make and year? I don’t know, but it sure looks pre-World War 2. I’d guess early 1930’s.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.” – Cher
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com