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Curtiss Motorcycles, Curtiss Museum

August 17, 2010

On the “American Pickers” show on the boob tube last night, the guys found a Curtiss V twin motor in a pile of junk.  It reminded me that I have a bunch of photos that my buddy Jerry took at the Curtiss Museum last year.  Here they are, Curtiss and Marvel and others too:

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This is a replica of the V8 bike that Glenn Curtiss rode to 136mph in 1907:  the Fastest Man in the World.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2010 7:25 am

    eeeee… man, that show kills me. I wish I could find such great stuff-NOT FAIR!!! Cool old bikes in this post as well.

  2. Paul Louis Venne permalink
    August 22, 2010 10:09 pm

    OMG. Pickers found a Curtis!!!!!!! Who got it?

    • Pete Young permalink*
      August 22, 2010 10:17 pm

      I don’t know. I have a friend who knows them, I can ask…

  3. jimmy permalink
    August 23, 2010 4:23 pm

    We went to the musem yesterday, I heard that the “american pickers” were there to get some info, and also in the Rochester NY area. Does anybody know when that show will be on?

    • Pete Young permalink*
      August 23, 2010 7:12 pm

      The show last week was the one where they found the Curtiss motor. I’m not sure about the future shows. Stay tuned to your TV I guess?

  4. greg ess permalink
    September 1, 2010 12:57 pm

    i’m here after seeing pickers as well…

    their engine looks correct in every way … i’m comparing footage to the red bike above….

    every engine at hammondsport says ‘curtiss motors’ on the side of the main case. the pickers motor, whicle it appears correct, does not.

    are there any other documented curtisses that don’t say curtiss on the cases?

    • frank permalink
      March 1, 2011 8:14 pm

      the grey bike ontop of the V8 bike does not have curtiss on the case

  5. September 22, 2011 3:55 am

    That was a good find for the american pickers

  6. November 3, 2011 1:02 pm

    Yo Pete, I was able to crawl all over a 1909 ‘barn find’ Curtiss twin, exactly the same model as at the SFMC clubhouse. The bike had been pulled from a house in South Dakota, and sold at a MidAmerica auction in St.Paul. I wrote a couple of articles about it:
    http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/2009/05/barn-find-1909-curtiss.html
    http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/2009/05/sale-of-1909-curtiss.html
    It sold for $200k…

    • November 3, 2011 1:09 pm

      yeah, that was the one with the questionable owner, and the subsequent brouhaha wasn’t it?

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