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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2002, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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What year was the word Motorcycle first used?

What American motorcyle manufacturer first used the word "Motorcycle" in a catalog to describe their new product. What year and model was it?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2002, 04:38 PM
 
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indian scout in 1903.........

I have no idea.
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Hi Andy, welcome to the trivia forum!
It seems that ZR7 owners create the hardest trivia
I haven't got a clue about the question

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-14-2002, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Aris,

I thought you would know it off the top of your head.

Sorry ninjabeater its not the 1903 Indian Scout.

Hint, it was in 1899. Before that they were called "Motorbicycles".

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I think I got it right this time, not off the top of my head though

Here it goes although I don't know if they actually used the word 'Motorcycle' in their catalog.
If they didn't, I loose but this is for sure the first American Production Motorcycle.
I also found that Harley Davidson produced their first Motorcycle Catalog in 1906, so I assumed it wasn't the right answer


'Although a gentleman named Pennington built some machines around 1895 (it's uncertain whether any of them actually ran), the first US production motorcycle was the Orient-Aster, built by the Metz Company in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1898. It used an Aster engine that was a French-built copy of the DeDion-Buton, and predated Indian (1901) by three years, and Harley-Davidson (1902) by four.'


First American production motorcycle - 1898 Orient-Aster



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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-15-2002, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Aris you WIN!

Here is the link where I found the information...

http://www.geocities.com/walthammuseum/metzco.htm

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