Ner-a-Car: an unusual motorcycle, born 100 years agoJuly 16, 2019
Motorcycles basically have a frame, but this retro representative is different from all others by its absence. And he is more like a two-wheeled car than a bike. Meet this centrally-controlled Ner-a-Car.
The unusual bike was designed by American designer Karl Neracher during the First World War. The name consists of a part of the name of the creator with rearranged letters, and is pronounced “NEAR-a-car”. The design was not original, but licensed and developed based on the 1911 Detroit Bi-Car model. The two-stroke 221-cc engine produced a huge two and a quarter horsepower at that time, and its friction transmission worked similarly to the modern variator.
Neracher had problems starting a motorcycle in production, and when it did happen in 1922 at the plant in Syracuse, New York, the Ner-a-Car became the most successful motorcycle with steering control. At the end of the same year, Erwin “Cannonball” Baker drove it from New York to Los Angeles in 174 hours and one minute. His entire journey was 5,420 km. And although the journey now seems incredibly long, for that era it was an impressive result. Especially when most of the roads outside major cities were not asphalted at all.
The success of Ner-a-Car was not limited to the United States and later appeared in the UK. Since 1925, the model has been upgraded with a 348 cm³ four-stroke Blackburne engine. The British didn’t cheat the rear suspension (most of the bikes of that time were hardtails), a pneumatic suspension for the seat and a fairing with an adjustable windshield. In those years, such innovations were considered nonsense.
Unfortunately, in 1927, due to some problems, the British representative stopped production of the model, and a year later production ended in the States. A total of Ner-a-Car was sold in the amount of 16,500 copies.
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