Yale was an important Pioneer in the newly emerging American “Moto-Cycle” Industry when bicycles became motorized and eventually would become “Motorcycles.” The California Motor Co. is believed to have originated in 1896 when safety bicycles with both wheels the same size were invented. By 1903 California was the first internal combustion powered vehicle to cross America. Rider Gene Wyman did it in just 50 days. California had dealers in Australia, China, England, Germany, and Japan. Also in 1903 a bicycle parts manufacturer and a bicycle manufacturer joined to buy California, and formed Consolidated Manufacturing in Toledo OH.
1n 1904 their first model was the Yale California. A 1.5-2 hp single that weighed 105 lbs., could run at 40 mph with a range of 100 miles. In 1910 a 6.5 hp twin was introduced. By 1913 a total of 4 models were offered in both single and twin cylinder and chain or leather belt drive. By 1913 the twin’s torque and horsepower was increased to 9.2 hp by using bigger 11” flywheels. 1914 was the last full production year for Yale, as the advent of WWI caused all manufacturers to convert to wartime manufacturing. Yale was a highly refined design, carefully engineered for strength and quality and had incredible workmanship and finishes for the era. It boasted a longer wheelbase, exclusive elongated horizontal cooling fins, stronger frame forgings and frame construction, and stronger front fork. It was known as “The Gentleman’s Motorcycle.”
The machine offered here is an all-real, very correct example with exquisite attention to detail and finish that would command attention in any personal collection or museum. It is the most beautiful Yale I have seen in 30+ years. Additional photography is available to serious collectors.
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