1920 Excelsior Motorcycle Owned by Charles Lindbergh

Summary

Years before his celebrated transatlantic flight, 18-year-old Charles Lindbergh purchased this Excelsior motorcycle in his hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota. During his student days at the University of Wisconsin, Lindbergh rode the bike on trips to Madison, Wisconsin; Camp Knox, Kentucky; and Jacksonville, Florida. Primitive roads required frequent repairs to the bike by the mechanically-minded future aviator.

Years before his celebrated transatlantic flight, 18-year-old Charles Lindbergh purchased this Excelsior motorcycle in his hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota. During his student days at the University of Wisconsin, Lindbergh rode the bike on trips to Madison, Wisconsin; Camp Knox, Kentucky; and Jacksonville, Florida. Primitive roads required frequent repairs to the bike by the mechanically-minded future aviator.

Artifact

Motorcycle

Date Made

1919

Subject Date

1919-1927

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

43.150.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Brass (Alloy)
Nickel alloy
Rubber (Material)
Leather

Technique

Plating (Metal coating)

Color

Blue
Gray (Color)
Yellow
Brown

Dimensions

Height: 42.5 in

Width: 21.5 in

Length: 88.5 in

Wheelbase: 58.5 in

Inscriptions

Saddle: MESINGER / [in a circle] / CUSHION SUSPENSION Gas tank: In "X" logo upper quadrant: EXCELSIOR Left quadrant: Motor Co. Right quadrant: and / Supply Bottom quadrant: Chicago, USA On tire: DUNLAP TIRES DUNLAP CORD MOTORCYCLE EXTRA HEAVY MADE IN ENGLAND

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