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Interesting Bikes – 1930 Henderson Streamliner

1930 Henderson Streamliner

Here’s a machine that really caught my eye. The article comes from the Knucklebuster blog, so all credit to these guys for unearthing this beauty.

I took these photos at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet where the newly restored bike was unveiled. The bike belongs to Frank Westfall from Syracuse, NY. According to some info I found online, the bike was originally built by O. Ray Courtney in 1936 and is based on a 1930 K.J Henderson. The bike is powered by inline four cylinder (not a scooter as some have said, check the shot of the motor below) and as I’m sure you can gather by now, is a one-off custom. What I can confirm is it does run and while it looked a bit unwieldy, Frank could be seen riding the bike around the 1930 Henderson StreamlinerFairgrounds all weekend. But let’s be honest here (and maybe I’m wrong) – you don’t have this bike in your stable to go out for a long Sunday afternoon ride to get some ice cream. That said, it was pretty awesome to see the bike being ridden (even when rain started to come down) instead of being sheltered behind a velvet rope, never to see the rubber touch asphalt again. The bike is a fantastic piece of history, the craftsmanship is absolutely stunning and it’s surely more of a museum piece than a daily rider. Frank has obviously spent an incredible amount of time meticulously restoring and rebuilding the bike to its current gorgeous state. Hats off to Frank for the amazing work he did and for sharing it with all us gawkers.

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All  words and pictures courtesy of Knucklebuster Inc

Posted January 3, 2011 by in | 1 comment

One Response to “Interesting Bikes – 1930 Henderson Streamliner”

  1. What a beauty! It’s great to see a machine where so much effort has gone into pure aesthetics. Who cares what it’s like to ride!

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