Connoisseurs of vintage bikes (before 1940) will agree: the peak of American motorcycles goes back to the second decade of the 20th century with manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, Indian, Pierce, Henderson, Cleveland, Ace and… Pope. Based in Hartford (Connecticut) and Toledo (Ohio), this brand, leader in the automotive industry, produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1918, offering a line of mono- and V bi-cylinders with overhead valves.

The Pope was the most advanced production motorcycle in the world at that date, offering notably a chain transmission and a sliding rear suspension.

 

We offer here one of these American ancestors, an exceptional Pope Model T 16 from 1916.

Its air-cooled four stroke twin V engine inclined by 45° with a capacity of 997 cc (84.5 x 88.9) develops 15 BHP at 3,800 rpm. It disposes of rocker-arm valves and a total-loss lubrication. The ignition is magneto, the two speed gearbox is controlled by a hand lever and it disposes of a chain driven transmission, a recent innovation of that era. It has a single cradle tubular frame, a leaf spring front suspension, a sliding rear suspension and 28 x 3 tires. With a total weight of 140 kg, top speeds close to 120 km/h (70 mph) can be reached.

The bike offered has been entirely restored by a Spanish specialist of classic bikes in 2012 and 2013. Every single detail has been reviewed with utmost attention… This is not a reconstruction nor a replica: this is a completely restored bike that originally was imported to Europe from the United States.

It’s very difficult to find a Pope for sale, particularly in this state of restoration.

Located in Spain we can ship this motorcycle worldwide.

 

The asking price will be communicated upon simple request.

 

 


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