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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”.

Carl Stearns Clancy and Walter Rendell Storey were both “advertising men” and motorcycles enthusiasts when they got the notion to ride a motorcycle around 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

Carl Clancy Stearns on his globe-trotting Henderson Motocycle

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