Two To Ride Motorcycle Around The World
A bicycle craze hit Europe and America in the late 19th century. Gottlieb Daimler invented the first gas-engine motorcycle in 1885, which was an engine attached to a wooden bike. The early 1900’s saw many companies start in motorcycles such as Excelsior, Indian, Pierce, Merkel and Harley-Davidson. The Henderson Motorcycle Company just opened for business in 1912 in Detroit, Michigan offering a 4 cylinder, one gear, no front brake 7 horsepower 934cc engine and billed as “The Fastest Motorcycle In The World”.
“We are ordinary businessmen who are supersaturated with work and have decided to invest a year’s time into something else than that everlasting chase for the almighty dollar.”
Clancy approached Henederson and convince them to sponsor them with 5 of the only 12 motorcycles they have made. 4 months of planning and charting went into the the trip which will be well-publicized at every turn.
On October 5, 1912 Stearns and Storey set sail for Dublin, Ireland from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the MERION in an attempt to ride a motorcycle around the world. The plan to start their trip from Dublin and ride across Great Britain.
Motorcycle Adventurer By Dr Gregory W Frazier :http://books.google.com/books?id=gn3Ogw-YIXMC&pg=PR14&lpg=PR14&dq=carl+stearns+clancy+bio+october+5+1912&source=bl&ots=xYsvyFzDpw&sig=ZQW3tBDwKYn8oOsMnHMEnlX42os&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-blvUNiyKo_SiAKwsYGoCg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=carl%20stearns%20clancy%20bio%20october%205%201912&f=false