Art Deco Henderson

In 1946, Ray Courtney started with a 1930 Henderson KJ which originally looked something like this:

and make it look like this:

The bike was now belongs to Frank Westfall from Syracuse, NY.

Henderson made motorcycles from 1912 until 1931. Their bikes were the fastest on the road, and for that reason the preferred ride of police. All of their bikes has a similar looking 4 cylinder engine as the one in the top pictures. In 1917, the bicycle company Schwinn purchased the company and continued until the early years of the depression.  However, in 1931, the company made the decision to focus on their primary business of pedal bikes and stopped  their motorcycle production line.

Fast forward to 1994, when Dave and Dan Hanlon  resurrected the brand and between 1999 and 2000 produced some 2,000 bikes. Like their predecessor, the depression killed the brand, and the resurrection  failed.

An attractive bike to be sure, but in the end, just another v-twin cruiser, and nothing special like the originals or unique like Courtney’s Art Deco project.

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