Museum founder Dale Walksler believes that this machine was built and owned by none another than Mr. Oscar Hedstrom himself; inventor and creator of the Indian Motorcycle. This machine features nearly two of everything, with all parts, engineering, and design being unique to this particular bike. It remains in its as-built original condition, and is a testament to the ingenuity of the Indian Motor Company.
This “one-off” machine was built by Louis Flescher of Omaha, Nebraska. In all, Flescher made five models, including this rare machine. Perhaps the most interesting features of the Flescher Flyer are the “working footboard” used for clutch and brake and the 61 cubic inch deluxe motor.
This 1912 Thor was purchased by museum founder Dale Walksler at the Lee Hartung Estate sell. Dale had admired this bike from a distance for many years. This machine is believed to be owned by William Ottaway, chief engineer and head of racing department for Thor. Harley Davidson hired William in 1913.
Found behind a brick wall in a Chicago apartment building in 1967, the Traub was discovered during the building’s renovation. To this date, the machines origin remains a mystery. Its builder, and its history may never be known, making the Traub one of the rarest motorcycles in the world.
The Dayton Motorcycle was made by the Davis Sewing Machine Company in Dayton, Ohio. This unique Dayton is a one of a kind, with its flexible sidecar, electic light and horn. Also, this machine features a two speed transmission. It is displayed in as-found original condition.