Thursday, December 30, 2021

Werner pioneer motorcycle

An early image here. The bike is a Werner, one of the true pioneer brands of motorcycles. Hard to pin a year on it exactly but I suspect the bike is a 1903 'New Werner'. The New Werner was introduced in 1901 and superceeded the previous model which had its engine above the front wheel - this caused various handling problems which may seem obvious to us today but for a technology in its infancy wasn't immediately so.

Something about the background of the image and indeed the rider cries out to me that this picture was taken somewhere in mainland Europe, perhaps Austria or Germany? Either way a great image of a very early motorcycle.

c1903 New Werner

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