c.1916 Cleveland 13.5ci Lightweight Motorcycle

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Lot 811
c.1916 Cleveland 13.5ci Lightweight Motorcycle

Sold for US$ 17,550 inc. premium
c.1916 Cleveland 13.5ci Lightweight Motorcycle
The Cleveland Motorcycle Manufacturing Company, of Cleveland, Ohio was in business from 1915 to 1929, commencing modestly enough with a single-cylinder two-stroke lightweight before progressing to a mighty 61ci four. Built between 1915 and 1924, the 13.5ci (221cc) two-stroke was unusual in mounting its engine with the crankshaft inline with the frame, a sensible arrangement for a shaft-driven motorcycle but one that necessitated a worm gear to turn the drive through 90 degrees on the chain-driven Cleveland. Early models lacked a kick-starter, which was adopted for 1917, while subsequent improvements included a combined fuel/oil tank, battery electrics and foot-boards instead of pegs. All models had two-speed transmission and a front fork copied from the British ‘baby’ Triumph.

The two-stroke’s replacement for 1925 was a 21.25ci (348cc) single-cylinder four-stroke ‘flat head’ that failed miserably in the face of competition from the Indian Prince. Changing tack, Cleveland came back with a 36.6ci (600cc) T-head four - a close copy of the defunct Pierce – which was followed by 45ci (750cc) and 61ci (1,000cc) F-head models as the decade progressed. In its ultimate, Century, incarnation Cleveland’s biggest four was a genuine 100mph machine, but its arrival in 1929 ahead of the Wall Street Crash came too late to save Cleveland, which ceased motorcycle manufacture later that same year.

Described as a ‘cosmetic restoration’, this rare Cleveland motorcycle is offered with (copy) bill of sale recording the change of ownership from Donald A Stewart by Richard C. Paine Jr. in February 1987 as part of a group purchase of machines.
c.1916 Cleveland 13.5ci Lightweight Motorcycle
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