Crocker Motorcycle Company of Toronto, Ontario signed a contract with Accurate Engineering to produce reproduction engines for the big and small tank Crocker Motorcycles. Along with the expanding line of parts the Crocker Motorcycle Company has been producing, they are now taking orders for their first production series of complete motorcycle kits planned for delivery beginning in the Spring of 2007.
Crocker has been reproducing parts since 1997 and decided in 2002 to reproduce the entire motorcycle. Through reverse engineering, they now have a complete set of over 1300 CAD/CAM drawings which will make this new motorcycle a duplicate of the original.
The 1936 Crocker enjoyed the distinction of being the first production motorcycle in the US to use an “over head valve” engine, beating Harley-Davidson to the punch by 4 to 6 months before their launch of the 1936 “Knucklehead.” From its first appearance on the road in Los Angeles and for many years to come, the Crocker was the fastest production bike in the world.
Crocker Motorcycle Company first plans to produce 100 “Original” type Big and Small Tank Crocker motorcycles as a signature series to commemorate the approximate 100 bikes originally produced in Al Crocker’s factory at 1346 Venice Blvd in downtown Los Angeles. The new Crocker Big and Small Tank models will be visually identical to the original but will be updated internally.
Unlike Indian, which bought the name and designed a new bike with an old trademark, Crocker will build a brand new “old” bike. I’ve never really understood the idea of buying an old name for new designs and we’ve discussed the issue in some depth here on The Kneeslider. Reproducing an old bike, however, is an interesting project and will give today’s riders the opportunity to ride an original without the hassle of restoring a bike from an incomplete pile of old parts.