Oldtimer picture gallery. Motorcycles. Pre-1932 USA motorcycles. Columbia.
1904-1907, Pope Mfg. Co., Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
1902-1903, American Cycle Mfg. Co., Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Offices: Chicago, New York City, San Francisco.
The Columbia make was a part of the Pope empire, famous bicycle producer since 1878. In 1902 Pope organized American Cycle Mfg. Co. specially for motor bicycle production. Production spectrum included seven trademarks: (Western Line) Rambler, Crescent, Monarch, Imperial; (Eastern Line) Columbia, Cleveland, Tribune. Two models were issued, 1-cyl. F-head 13/4hp Model A - clone of "Camel Back" Indian assembled from Aurora Automatic Machinery Co. units (Rambler, Crescent, Monarch, Imperial), and own motor 1-cyl. F-head 21/4hp Model B (Columbia, Cleveland, Tribune). Both models have been produced under multiple bicycle old trademarks well known by dealers and cyclists. These makes had minor differencies between them but their common special feature was characteristic shape ot the gasoline tank.
1902-1907 Model B: 1-cyl. F-head 21/4hp, 19.30 cu in (316.3cc), bore 23/4", stroke 31/4", battery ignition, 1-speed, 35 mph, $175 (1902), $225 (1903-1904), $210 (1905-1907).
1906 and 1907 - no photos, 1907 poster contains photo of 1903 Columbia.
1905 (no visible changes)
Model B, 59k photo.
1904 (new: oil tank under upper tube, instrument bag between battery and ignition coil)
Model B, 155k photo.
1903 (new: Belgian carburettor, front brake, saddle, shorter rear fender, muffler moved forward to between front wheel and front low tube)
Model B, 53k photo, 112k photo and 187k article.
Model B, 56k photo.
Bicycles (only few photos)
Columbia, 113k poster.
Columbia Superb with Johnson, motor wheel, 111k photo, 107k photo.
Columbia Light Roadster, 118k photo.
Columbia price list, 48k photo.
Columbia bevel-gear 2-speed, 35k photo.
Columbia bevel-gear, 69k poster.
Columbia, 130k poster.
Columbia Model 36, 23k photo.
Columbia, 13k photo.
Photos and data are from:
Standard Catalog of American Motorcycles 1898-1981 by Jerry Hatfield.
The Online Bicycle Museum.
Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, 1902, 1903, 1904.
The Bicycling World, 1907.
North American Review Advertiser, 1890.
Motorcycle and Bicycle Illustrated, 1918.
What else in the net:
Columbia Bicycles Heritage.
Thanks for help to:
Evgenii Pevzner (Moskva), motorcycle historian,
Thanks to all authors of books, articles and internet resources, to photographers - contemporary and old, to restorers and collectors!
Pre-1932 USA motorcycles
Last updated 1 XI 2021. Andrei Bogomolov. Contact Information.