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A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1959 Lilac CF 40

1959 Lilac CF 40

1959 Lilac CF 40

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled v-twin 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 18.5hp @ 7,800rpm
Bore x Stroke: 54x54mm
Displacement: 247cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod-activated
Fuel System: Twin Amal-Mikuni carburetors
Transmission: 4-speed, rotary shift pattern
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 365lb.
Top Speed: 82mph

1959 Lilac CF 40

The Lilac V-twins are very rare classic Japanese motorcycles, with only 14 known to exist (9 are in their native Japan). Built by the Marusho Company, Lilac motorcycles were supposedly named after the favorite flower of the owner's wife. Extremely well constructed and with features such as electric start and shaft drive, these machines are similar in design tot he German Victoria Bergmeister. This particular Lilac was donated to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum by Gerry D. Verner of Murphysboro, Illinois.