August 2000 Column 
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 Crocker, Clymer and Cartoons
   Hoops of Fire for the Man with the Big V8 and Crockers for Rohan
   (from the Indian Magazine of 1948 & 1949; from The Motorcyclist - various issues from 1940)
 By Cindy Gargagliano
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My Funniest Spill
by Floyd Clymer

Once, in 1913, I was riding an Indian between Loveland and Ft. Collins, Colorado, where I was going to compete in my first road race.  I had a passenger on the tank.  In the early days passengers were carried sideways on the tank in front of the rider.  Needless to say, it somewhat obstructed the rider's view.

My passenger's name was "Monk".  We were doing perhaps 45 mph (wide open on a single Indian) when I saw a buggy in the middle of the road that we had to pass.  I started to the left, and Monk tightly gripped the bars and tried to help me pass on the right. As a result, we hit the buggy full force from the rear.  It cut a V-shaped mark in the front tire, bent the forks back to where they would not turn, and we both found ourselves in a pile on the dusty road.  I was not hurt, but Monk kicked a little and finally got up.

The farmer, who nearly had the back seat of his buggy shoved through his back, finally got the horse stopped and tied up and came back to help.

Monk was hobbling around on one leg, with one trouser leg dangling from the knee.  The farmer nearly fainted and said, "My Gosh, he's lost his leg!"  Monk started cussing out the farmer for being in the center of the road, and then he hobbled over and picked up his leg - for, you see, Monk had worn an artificial leg for a long time and all he lost in the accident was his leg - the artificial one!  The spill broke the supporting straps, and Monk was more concerned about the damage to his leg than he was about my wrecked motorcycle.   The End


Judge:  "The traffic officer says you were sarcastic with him. Is that so?"
Motorcyclist:  "I didn't intend to be.  When he bawled me out, I forgot and thought it was my wife and said:  'Yes, dear.'"


Crocker's Scootabout

The new Crocker Scootabout has made its appearance on the streets of Los Angeles.  It is modernistic in appearance and streamlined in design.

The machine was designed by Al Crocker manufacturer of custom built and racing motorcycles.  Floyd Clymer of Clymer Motors has joined hands with Mr. Crocker and will have the sole distribution for the machine in the United States and foreign countries.

The machine differs in many respects from conventional type scooters in that it has knee action spring frame and large balloon tires for easy riding, co-pilot steering and a low center of engine location which gives a new easy balance.

The engine is 2.3 h.p. air cooled by blower, and has flywheel magneto ignition.  The frame is of SAE 1040 steel and attains great strength with considerable flexibility.  A hinged hood of streamlined design can be quickly raised for access to the engine, clutch, chain and rear wheel.

Simplicity of operation is obtained thru the use of an automatic clutch which engages as the foot throttle is depressed.  Removing the foot from the throttle quickly, disengages the clutch.  The operation is said to be somewhat similar to fluid drive such as used on some makes of 1941 cars.  A foot lever operates an internal expanding brake band on which is mounted Ferodo lining. Choke and compression release are combined in one lever on the right handlebar.  Standard color is black with red panels.

A Tow-Back attachment is available for use in attaching the unit to car bumpers.

Production has started and Mr. Clymer already has orders for a considerable number of machines to be shipped to various sections of the United States.  Further information may be obtained by writing Clymer Motors, 222 West Pico Street, Los Angeles, Calif.

Crocker Scootabout

Cindy is editor of the All American Indian Motorcycle Club newsletter and webmaster of the AAIMC site
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