Found behind a brick shut-in Chicago, a one-of-a-kind 1917 motorcycle named “Traub” has filled motorcycle enthusiasts crammed with mystery ever since. It seems that the building’s owner’s son has stolen the bike before going off to WW1, and never returned, but who made this bike and where did it come from, nobody knows.
This magical machine is deemed the rarest motorcycle within the planet. Owned by the Wheels Through Time Museum curator, Dale Walksler since 1990, it’s not just an exquisite showpiece, as Walksler rides the bike sometimes.
Beautifully constructed using handmade materials, comprised of a sand-cast, hand-built, 80 cubic-inch “side valve” engine and pistons, and gap-less cast-iron rings, the engineering and machining is solely years before their time.
It has no adequate for any motorbike in-built that era and might reach speeds of over 85 mph with ease.
It is a three-speed transmission that’s believed to be the primary of its kind, with a rear brake, the dual-acting system that employs one cam that pushes an inside set of shoes, while pulling an external set… the extent of engineering has never been seen on the selection American motorcycle.
“For a machine to possess such advanced features, unparalleled by other motorcycles of the identical era, is outstanding, it’s my opinion that The Traub was an endeavor at a replacement breed of motorcycle. But how on earth could a machine are produced in such great form, with capabilities that far exceed that of any comparable machine, without the knowledge of the remainder of the motorcycle industry during that point.”