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1914 Cyclone Racer

Cyclone was manufactured by the Joerns Motor Manufacturing Company located in St. Paul, Minnesota, between 1912 and 1917. It was made famous by it's exotic 1000cc, overhead camshaft V-twins. Cyclone first began building bikes in 1913 and was very competitive in racing and did receive notoriety on the board-track and dirt-track racing circuit. In 1914, a Cyclone broke the one-mile speed record perviously held by Excelsior, coming in at just over 35 seconds. Over the next few years the Cyclone won several races, earning it the nickname of the "speed demon."

The American firm's roadsters weren't able to make the company a profit. They were edged out, when bigger firms such as Harley-Davidson and Indian, began to introduce eight-valve racers of their own.

Cyclones were typically finished in Joerns' signature canary-yellow color, as shown in the photos above. The Cyclone's end came in 1917, when the Joerns Motor Co. determined that they could not compete with lower cost compitition.