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The Merkel Light Motor Co.

Flying Merkel motorcycles from ca.1908 until ca.1912.


Merkel merged his company with the Light Motor Co. and moved to Pottstown Pennsylvania. Production continued under the name of “The Merkel Light Motor Co.”  In 1910, the motorcycles would carry the famous name of "The Flying Merkel".

Single cylinder and V-Twin motorcycles were offered to the public in liveries of eye-catching orange or attractive royal blue. Equipped with front and rear suspension, engines with ball bearing, reliable Bosch ignition and throttle controlled oil supply, the Merkels stood apart from the crowd of early American motorcycle manufacturers.

Renowned for their high standard of engineering quality, Flying Merkels were used for competing in early 20th century dirt- and board-track races. The brands association with racing was so prominent that race versions of the 1910 Flying Merkels could be ordered directly from the 1910 Sales Catalog >>>


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Ca 1912 Flying Merkel Twin Chain Drive motorcycle built by the Miami Cycle Manufacturing & Co., RPPC scan by courtesy of David Collins, Cape Town, South Africa

Ca 1912 Flying Merkel Twin Chain Drive motorcycle built by the Miami Cycle Manufacturing & Co., RPPC scan by courtesy of David Collins, Cape Town, South Africa

Ca 1911 Flying Merkel Single Belt Drive motorcycle built by the Merkel Light Motor Co., RPPC scan by courtesy of David Collins, Cape Town, South Africa

Ca 1911 Flying Merkel Single Belt Drive motorcycle built by the Merkel Light Motor Co., RPPC scan by courtesy of David Collins, Cape Town, South Africa

Claude Arthur Lyons (born 1890, Keating township Pa) depicted with his Flying Merkel. The photo was probably taken in Smethport Pa. The date is not known precisely, but precedes February of 1913 when Claude married Martha Walters, gave up motor cycle racing and moved to his new wife’s home town of Hamburg NY.  By courtesy of Kathryn A. Lyons, from Hamburg, NY, granddaughter of Claude (CC By 4.0).

Claude Arthur Lyons (born 1890, Keating township Pa) depicted with his Flying Merkel. The photo was probably taken in Smethport Pa. The date is not known precisely, but precedes February of 1913 when Claude married Martha Walters, gave up motor cycle racing and moved to his new wife’s home town of Hamburg NY. By courtesy of Kathryn A. Lyons, from Hamburg, NY, granddaughter of Claude (CC By 4.0).

Four gentlemen with a ca. 1911 Flying Merkel motorcycle. From left to right James (Tuck) Ely, Charles Ely, friend, and Samuel Ely. By courtesy of Steve Schwengels, Milwaukee WI, Grandson of Charles Ely in the picture.

Four gentlemen with a ca. 1911 Flying Merkel motorcycle. From left to right James (Tuck) Ely, Charles Ely, friend, and Samuel Ely. By courtesy of Steve Schwengels, Milwaukee WI, Grandson of Charles Ely in the picture.

August Emanuel Carlson and Sigrid Nordina Carlson, depicted on a ca. 1911 Flying Merkel.  Both born and raised in Sweden and immigrated in their 20s. The photo was taken in Riverside, California. The date is not known precisely. Since August and Sigrid Maried late, the date could be around 1920. By courtesy of  Lynda. J. Allen, from Graham, WA, Great Granddaughter of August and Sigrid.

August Emanuel Carlson and Sigrid Nordina Carlson, depicted on a ca. 1911 Flying Merkel. Both born and raised in Sweden and immigrated in their 20s. The photo was taken in Riverside, California. The date is not known precisely. Since August and Sigrid Maried late, the date could be around 1920. By courtesy of Lynda. J. Allen, from Graham, WA, Great Granddaughter of August and Sigrid.

ca 1911_Flying_Merkel. The gentleman depicted, is Benjamin Finkbone the grandfather of Benjamin Finkbone Hall. Courtesy, Rick Hughes of Highland Heights, Kentucky.

ca 1911_Flying_Merkel. The gentleman depicted, is Benjamin Finkbone the grandfather of Benjamin Finkbone Hall. Courtesy, Rick Hughes of Highland Heights, Kentucky.

F.E.Whittler ca.1910

F.E.Whittler ca.1910