Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Road Scholar Adventure Continued....Who in the World is Glen Curtiss? Bikes and Motorcycles.

One of the many things I learned on my Road Scholar Adventure was the story of an amazing man named Glenn Curtiss.  He was a Pioneer in his field.  He went from making bikes and motorcycles to being on of the first people to produce and fly airplanes.
Off we went to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.  It is filled with bikes, cars, planes and much more.  Let's start with the bikes and a bit of history from Wikipedia

"Glenn Hammond Curtiss (May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930) was an American aviation pioneer and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. He began his career as a bicycle racer and builder before moving on to motorcycles. As early as 1904, he began to manufacture engines for airships."
Wikipedia
 "Curtiss began his career as a Western Union bicycle messenger, a bicycle racer, and bicycle shop owner. In 1901, he developed an interest in motorcycles when internal combustion engines became more available."
Wikipedia 
 Headlights from the early days.
 I love this side chair.  Probably needed a seat belt:-)

"In 1902, Curtiss began manufacturing motorcycles with his own single-cylinder engines. His first motorcycle's carburetor was adapted from a tomato soup can containing a gauze screen to pull the gasoline up via capillary action In 1903, he set a motorcycle land speed record at 64 miles per hour  for one mile."
"In 1907, Curtiss set an unofficial world record of 136.36 miles per hour on a 40 horsepower V8-powered motorcycle of his own design and construction in Ormond Beach, FL." 
(Photo from Wikpedia)



Another great day with the Road Scholars.  There is so much to learn.
Happy travels everyone.  
KathieyV:-)



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