The New Crocker Motorcycle Company

Reviving an Icon

| November/December 2007

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    Markus Karalash (left) and Michael Schacht with Al Crocker Jr., the son of original founder Al Crocker.
    Photo by Gary Phelps
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    The prototype "new" Crocker motorcycle made its public debut at the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle show at Half Moon Bay, Calif.
    Photo by Gary Phelps
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    The prototype "new" Crocker motorcycle made its public debut at the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle show at Half Moon Bay, Calif.
    Photo by Gary Phelps
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    The prototype "new" Crocker motorcycle made its public debut at the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle show at Half Moon Bay, Calif.
    Photo by Gary Phelps
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    The prototype "new" Crocker motorcycle made its public debut at the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle show at Half Moon Bay, Calif.
    Photo by Gary Phelps
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    The prototype "new" Crocker motorcycle made its public debut at the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle show at Half Moon Bay, Calif.
    Photo by Gary Phelps

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New Crocker Motorcycle
Years produced:
2007-present
Claimed power: 60hp @ 6.500rpm (est.)
Top speed: 110mph (est.)
Engine type: 1,000cc (61ci) overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, air-cooled 45-degree V-twin
Weight (dry): 222kg (490lb) (approx.)
Price: $53,000

Interest in Crocker motorcycles surpassed availability some time ago. With fewer than perhaps 100 made, prices for good — and bad — examples continue to skyrocket. Enter two Canadian entrepreneurs who started the New Crocker Motorcycle Company and plan to build Crocker replicas at a quarter of the current price for an original.

As the classic bike scene lit up in the late Eighties, certain bikes acquired an almost mythical status. Justified or not, a few classic marques excite interest and emotion head and shoulders above the norm. One of these is Crocker.

Along with fabled marques like Vincent and Brough Superior, prices of original Crocker motorcycles have skyrocketed. In 1996, Crockers tended to trade hands for less than $50,000. In 2006, the ex-Steve McQueen 1937 hemi-head Crocker (one of five built) fetched $276,500.



Stepping out
In the late 1990s, Markus Karalash of Toronto, Canada, was busy restoring Indians. “A friend asked me to cast some footboards for Crockers, so I built a foundry, and cast and machined them. He started showing the footboards to friends, and that started my [Crocker parts] business.” It wasn’t long before Markus was selling Crocker parts across North America and to Japan, with no advertising other than word of mouth. “In Japan, especially, people are building custom bikes. A customer would tell us they had a taillight, for example, and wanted the rest of the bike.”

Although he enjoyed restoring Indians, Markus wasn’t satisfied. What he wanted to do was build something really special. “Crockers struck a chord, with the history, desirability and rarity. They were not something every guy was going to have,” Markus says. The idea of building a Crocker replica moved forward when Markus restored an Indian for Michael Schacht.

Friday
10/13/2020 8:55:06 PM

The new "Crocker co" borrowed Memorabilia from Al Crocker junior, which has not yet been returned. These items were given to Jnr by his Father, Al Crocker of 1346 Venice Blvd. The Crocker family would like those items returned. This subject will not go away


VintageGuy
9/29/2020 2:06:21 PM

A disgruntled machinist no longer able to work and an ex partners failed attempt to steal the company are what's behind this sad commentary. Sadly, greed and jealousy still have a voice.


truthbearer
9/3/2020 9:50:21 PM

Schacht is a Crock-pot. He’s been trying to get Crocker off the ground for 20 years. He uses people, lies and cheats. A washed up 70 year old disowned failure. A true shame to his own family. His bikes will never be street legal as they’ll never pass DOT. Then he claims he’s exempt and says his Crockers will be “kit bikes” Schacht is full of.... Crock




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