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Motorcycle that first crossed the USA rediscovered

By Mario

The first road-going vehicle that ever went coast-to-coast was a California Motor Company 1.25 hp motorcycle. Thought lost, the machine has apparently just resurfaced

 

 

In 1903, George Wyman became the first person to make a coast-to-coast journey across America by motor vehicle, aboard a 1902 ‘Regular Model’ motorised cycle from the California Motor Co. (The first crossing by car wasn't until later the same year, in the comparative luxury of a contemporary Winton Touring Car, long displayed at the Smithsonian.)

The machine’s reappearance has cased delight for members of the George A. Wyman Memorial Project, who describe it as the antique motorcycle find of the century.

You can read about Wyman’s epic trip here. Now that would have been and ‘adventure ride’…