1920 Militor Army Motorcycle

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1920 Militor

Country: USA
Engine: Air-cooled 4-cylinder in-line 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power Rating: 11hp
Displacement: 1306cc (80ci)
Valves: Inlet over exhaust (F-head)
Fuel System: Single up-draught carburetor
Transmission: Three speed and reverse. Hand shift, shaft drive
Suspension: Front telescopic fork, rear quarter elliptic leaf spring
Brakes: Rear drum only
Weight: 800lb
Top Speed: 35mph

The Militaire, later known as the Militor, was designed for the U.S. Army. A small number of these machines were taken to France in 1918, but with a weight of 800 pounds they sank badly in the battlefield mud. The wheels are wagon-style and made of wood.

The curious steel loop passing through the front axle is not hub steering, but a form of stabilizer. With many mechanical difficulties, the Militor motorcycle factory closed in 1922.

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