c1913 Yale single-speed motorcycle

c1913 antique Yale motorcycle

The Yale is now sold

Frame Number ?, Engine Number 22006

When acquired many years ago, the Yale featured a number of inventive - if 'un-American' - modifications which were likely made 'in the period'.

A very pretty British-style sidecar was attached to the bike, which itself had received a comprehensive make-over. The typically American Yale handlebars had been modified (by inverting the steering head bracket, and judicious cutting, bending and brazing) to resemble those found on British bikes, and the single-speed-with-clutch transmission had been replaced with a Sturmey Archer 3-speed rear hub and clutch incorporated in the back wheel. It's possible that the owner was a little short in the leg, as the bike featured a slightly lower seat position than seen on other Yales from the same era. Careful examination of frame and tank during the restoration process was unable to shed light on whether the seat position was changed at the factory or during later modification, so this aspect of the bike was left 'as found'. Another remnant of the early make-over is the very neat lug brazed to the frame on which the clutch lever is currently mounted: this was likely fitted to mount the change-speed lever for the three-speed hub. The original sword clutch lever could be easily re-manufactured if required.

The bike is mechanically restored, but has not run since the work was completed about ten years ago. The tin work - tank, guards, oil tank and primary chain case - are believed original to the bike, as is the leather work (saddle top and tank-top tool box) and most of the mechanicals (other than the pedaling gear, which is a high quality reproduction). The frame and fork has been painted, while the sheet metal is in primer. Other than hubs and spokes, now showing very light surface rust, no plating has been done. Budget for a full cosmetic restoration is that is your style. A pair of magnificent Yale tank transfers come with the bike.

The dating of 1913 is tentative - perhaps someone can give a definitive date?

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