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The Flying Merkel, 1910 board track racing machine...........

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There's quite a history on this bike mfg. co dating back BEFORE the HD & Indian's, These machines and their riders enabled Merkel to develop a patented spring front fork that was to become the forerunner of the modern telescopic front fork. This fork became the instrument of choice on racing machines of other builders. Also, the monoshock rear suspension was developed, a system used today on modern motorcycles. Merkel's slogan became: "All roads are smooth to The Flying Merkel". The motor case is stamped "Merkel Motor, The Miami Cycle & MFG. Co., Middletown Ohio, USA."

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Wonder what the lever and cable that is going into the right side case operated. Board track racers I've read, didn't have either a throttle or brakes, and were usually direct drive. The pedal setup did free wheel after starting the bike, but the motors ran wide open. They had a flap that flipped down over the carb throat to kill the motor and stop them. Otherwise, it was pedal, fire it up, hang on and pray.

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