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Flying Merkel Vintage Bikes

"The Merkel" brand first appeared in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1902 when Joseph Merkel set-up shop producing single cylinder motorcycles. By 1905 Merkel had decided to engage in competition, and produced several racing machines. Merkel's motorcycles were to set many performance standards during the emerging American racing scene.

The company was purchased in 1909 by the Light Manufacturing Company. In 1911 the Miami Cycle Manufacturing Company purchased Merkel, and production was moved to Middletown Ohio. The Miami Company was building bicycles and Motorcycles using names best known as Raycycle, and Miami. The Merkel acquisition gave Miami the high-end product that it needed to be regarded as a premiere manufacturer. In 1914 The flying Merkel won the National endurance run from Chicago to St Louis. Maldwyn Jones then broke a world's record on the Vanderbilt Course. When he returned to Middletown he was given a hero's welcome. The final Merkel machines were produced in 1917

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1911 Flying Merkel Belt Drive Single Cylinder 1911 Flying Merkel Belt Drive Single Cylinder Manufactured by the Merkel Light manufacturing company. This is a very rare and desirable early American made veteran motorcycle.Picture courtesey of Bator International Inc.
1912 Flying Merkel 980cc vee-twin Flying Merkel  

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