Excelsior Cycle Co. Triumph badged bicycle in the "motobike" frame style. As-discovered an outstanding secondary market craquelure painted surface with a leather saddle, long pull handlebars, and period single tube tires. The "motobike" or "motorbike" bicycle frame type was terminology used to describe bicycles that emulate motorcycle styling during the 1st quarter-early second quarter of the 20th century. The form is considered a sculpture achievement to American industrial design.
Excelsior was founded in 1903 by George Robie as Excelsior Supply Co. The company expanded quickly and moved into manufacturing of motorcycles and bicycles. Domestically built Triumph bicycles and motorcycles were launched by the company in 1908. The example being offered is circa 1918-1920 and is the only one known with this version of the Triumph head badge.
Overall the bicycle is in very good condition with typical wear, scratches, light rust as expected. The rear tire has a period cloth electrical tape repair that is charming. For display only, would need bottom bracket and head tube repacked and a different wheelset if someone wanted to ride the bicycle safely. Presents very well as an amazing display piece.
Brant Mackley Gallery is always interested in purchasing 19th century-1940 period bicycles, parts, accessories, and ephemera. Please contact Brant if you have something you wish to sell.
|Dealer||Brant Mackley Gallery|
|Origin||Michigan City, Indiana|
|Artist/Maker||Excelsior Cycle Co.|
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|Contact||Brant Mackley, 717-554-2176 or firstname.lastname@example.org|