Pope Model L
|Manufacturer||Pope Manufacturing Company|
|Engine||61 cu in (1,000 cm3) OHV carbureted V-twin
Iron cylinders, aluminum crankcase
|Bore / stroke||3.328125 in × 3.5 in (84.5344 mm × 88.9000 mm)|
|Power||15.4 hp (11.5 kW)|
|Ignition type||Bosch magneto|
|Transmission||Three speed, chain drive
Eclipse multiple-disk clutch; lever on left side of chassis
|Suspension||Front: Leaf spring
Rear:Twin coil springs
|Brakes||V-band brake actuated by backpedaling|
|Tires||28 in × 3 in (711 mm × 76 mm) clinchers|
|Wheelbase||56.25 in (1,429 mm)|
The Model L was, at 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the fastest motorcycle in the world when it was introduced.
It was technologically advanced for its time, with features not found on other motorcycles, such as overhead valves, chain drive (from 1918) and multi-speed transmission. It was also expensive at $250, as much then as a Model T automobile.
Specifications in infobox to the right are from the Smithsonian Institution.
A five cent United States postage stamp was issued in October, 1983, with an engraved image of the Pope Model L.
- "America on the Move | Pope Model L motorcycle". National Museum of American History. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- "Pope advertisement", The Saturday Evening Post, April 4, 1914
- Carroll, John (1997), The Motorcycle a Definitive History: A Comprehensive Chronicle of Motorcycles Throughout the World, Smithmark, ISBN 0-8317-6292-6
- "1918 Pope Motorcycle", Jay Leno's Garage (blog), November 2, 2007, retrieved 2013-10-16
- Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History, Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 0756690528
- Thomas Myers (May 16, 2006), "5-cent motorcycle [stamp]", Arago: People, Postage and the Past (Smithsonian Institution)
- Media related to Pope Model L at Wikimedia Commons
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