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    I believe it is a Militor in origin but there are some deviations from stock. Probably due to military specifications for the WW1. This Militor looks like the later configuration and the Rogers sidecar is probably later teens. My guess is this was built in late 1917 into 1918. Sadly, Militor was done by 1920.
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    Found out yesterday that Mischler's Harley-Davidson and BMW of Beaver Dam, Wis. will be closing forever on Dec. 23 after 62 years as a Harley dealer. I first went there in 1968 or 69 to get my brother's 1952 K Model repaired. Bad second gear, which was common, and they would have to split the cases. They wouldn't do it and told us to buy another bike. Here are some photos of the Trapp Brother's Dealership that preceded Mischler's.

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    Yes it looks like a Militor, without the spoked wheels - maybe hidden by the discs - or the hub steering. I don't have much sympathy for the Militaire/Militor idea. It was launched as a car on two wheels at a time when you could buy a Model T Ford with four wheels for nearly the same, or less by 1920. I guess the company tried the later versions on the military as they would be the only ones prepared to pay for a low volume specialist vehicle. But putting on the sidecar just emphasises the lack of price competitiveness with early pickups or trucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pem View Post
    Found out yesterday that Mischler's Harley-Davidson and BMW of Beaver Dam, Wis. will be closing forever on Dec. 23 after 62 years as a Harley dealer. I first went there in 1968 or 69 to get my brother's 1952 K Model repaired. Bad second gear, which was common, and they would have to split the cases. They wouldn't do it and told us to buy another bike. Here are some photos of the Trapp Brother's Dealership that preceded Mischler's.
    I don't have much info on the Trapp's but that might be their sister Mary seated on the '37 in the first photo. And in 1937 Mike was involved in a motorcycling road accident in Sherwood WI that turned tragic when his female passenger died as a result of her injuries. He used too much brake rounding a curve on a wet road and they ended up in the ditch, Mike suffered only minor injury. There are many great photos of the Trapp's in Herb's Revolutionary Motorcycles book, I think the H-D Museum has Mary Trapp's photo albums.
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    Vintage Pic of the Day - October 29, 2020

    Assembly line for scooters as far as you can see. Very cool looking architecture in this factory.

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    More photos from Beaver Dam area.
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    Vintage Pic of the Day - October 30, 2020

    In the days when the early cyclists followed ancient trails. Can you name this munition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    I believe it is a Militor in origin but there are some deviations from stock. Probably due to military specifications for the WW1. This Militor looks like the later configuration and the Rogers sidecar is probably later teens. My guess is this was built in late 1917 into 1918. Sadly, Militor was done by 1920.
    Thanks Eric and I was thinking because of the modern looking design that it was much later - WW II. Too bad we lost so many companies in that era (and The Great Deppression). The competition could have been good for design and innovation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihrescue View Post
    Vintage Pic of the Day - October 30, 2020

    In the days when the early cyclists followed ancient trails. Can you name this munition?

    Screen Shot 2020-10-30 at 6.53.44 AM copy.jpg

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    The rider looks like Erwin Baker, and the motorcycle would be an 1918 or later PowerPlus.
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