In 1902 the American Cycle Co. started making Motor Bicycles. This trust company included quite a few bicycle manufacturers marketing under names such as Pope, Monarch, Crescent, Imperial, Cleveland, and Rambler. This trust would fail in just 2 years and Pope would end up taking control. 
 
 Consider the fact that the first Indian Motorcycle was also made in 1902 and the first Harley-Davidson in 1903. This makes Pope one of the earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

 These early machines were primitve by todays standards. Pope would continue to make Motor Bikes until about 1905 still sporting the names of the American Cycle Co. In 1911 Pope came out with a full size motorcycle that was a single cylinder and in 1912 a V-Twin. They would continue to be made until 1918.

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Now available...Motor Bicycle catalogs on disk from the "American Cycle Company" and "Pope". See catalogs for sale page for list.

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This 1902 Rambler Motor Bike is at the newly opened Museum of Springfield History in Springfield Massachusetts.


Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

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Early Pope Motorcycle.  Courtesy of the Museum of Springfield History.

These were made in the Westfield Massachusetts factory.



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Below is a photograph of Pope Motorcycles at the Westfield factory.

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 Above is a group of riders on their Pope Motorcycles in front of the Westfield Mass factory.

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A Pope Motorcycle "Good Luck" Coin from 1913.

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Below is pictures of George A. Pope Jr. and his 1912 Model H Pope motorcycle.

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 George is 80 and still loves to ride his all origianal Model H. George is also related to the "Pope" family thus his love of these Pope motorcycles.
 This bike was originally owned by Floyd Clymer.

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 George Pope racing a Whizzer. I think this is the most fun anyone could ever have!

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Paul Scharf of Milwaukee WI with his Pope Model H around 1912.

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This 1913 Pope Model H is proudly owned by the Yonkers Motorcycle Club. The "YMC" was founded in 1903 and is the oldest motorcycle club in the world. These pictures were taken at the AMCA Grand National Meet at Rhinebeck, NY in June of 2012.

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