1913 Excelsior Big X Motorcycle

The Excelsior Motor Manufacturing and Supply Company began producing belt-driven, single-cylinder motorcycles in the city of Chicago back in 1907.

However, bicycle manufacturer Ignaz Schwinn was looking to move into the production of motorcycles, and along with the Henderson brand he made the owners of the Excelsior brand an offer they couldn’t refuse. In 1911, The Excelsior Motor Manufacturing and Supply Company was purchased by Schwinn.

Under his eye, the company then began to produce its first V-twin model, known as the 7-C. Its 1000cc motor was based on the same componentry as seen in the single.

The 1913 Excelsior 7-C at Classic Motorcycle Meca is decked out in the company’s standard paint finish: Excelsior Grey with maroon-bordered red panels, and blue and gold pin-striping.

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