1930 Custom Henderson Rediscovered

Don’t know much about this motorcycle (help me) but it must belong to the top of the list in the category “barn find making your heart beats very fast” How many treasures are still hidden in barns and sheds around the world?

A 1930 custom Henderson with an unbelievable streamliner body work and supposedly created before WW2 by a fellow called  O. Ray Courtney. So, if you know more, tell all my readers. (photo Grail at Knucklebuster)

27 Responses to “1930 Custom Henderson Rediscovered”

  1. 1 Wikked Steel Oct 5th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Truly a beautiful work of art.
    Here’s a link with more info and pictures, just scroll down a little past the first story:

  2. 2 morriscustom Oct 5th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful,definitely a work of Art!This would win a show Today!!

  3. 3 LENNY SINNET ASTC PERFORMANCE Oct 5th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Beautiful motorcycle a true classic art deco styling looks like something Arlen Ness might have built.

  4. 4 CHOPMONSTER66 Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    awsome!!! beautiful machine a true work of motorcycle art..

  5. 5 Brother T Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I. Want. One.

  6. 6 Woody Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    That is beautiful! Would love to be able to walk around it a few times and take it all in. Very nice!

  7. 7 Larry R Oct 5th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Made in 1930. The man was a true artist. Thanks Cyril.

  8. 8 ray c wheeler Oct 5th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Fantastic piece.

  9. 9 burnout Oct 5th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Ahead of its time. peace

  10. 10 sollis Oct 5th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    man so cool !!

  11. 11 Hermit Oct 5th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    So you saw the photo on Knucklebuster but didnt bother doing a quick search for the story?
    Bike EXIF Also picked up the story from Grail a couple of months ago

  12. 12 Chief Waldo Oct 5th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    The original Victory Vision…

  13. 13 Vaughan Pederson Oct 5th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Much more stylish and beautiful than the Victory Vision.

  14. 14 nicker Oct 6th, 2010 at 12:47 am



  15. 15 Boss Hawg Oct 6th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Hermit…now you be nice.

  16. 16 Bigalyts@aol.com Oct 6th, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Looks like it’s built by Mike Corbin Sr……….I don’t even know if there was one.

  17. 17 A 1 CYCLES Oct 6th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    if finch says this guy is a master..who can argue, great link to the whole story..amazing peice of design and history

  18. 18 cwglide Oct 6th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    WOW what a find!

  19. 19 Rick Raus Oct 6th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous…Thanx for sharing with us Cyril. By the way…”Happy Birthday!”

  20. 20 martin Twofeather Oct 6th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Happy birthday Cryil,and the Henderson is great it needs to be in the Wheels Through Time…….

  21. 21 Dan Oct 6th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Absolutely mind blowing! It rocks the socks off of anything I’ve seen built in my whole life! God honest truth I am green through and through with envy.

  22. 22 Grail at Knucklebuster Oct 6th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    The photo was taken at Rhinebeck this year by yours truly. You can find more pics of the bike here, along with some additional info:

    I also posted a follow up with additional pics of the bike being built that were sent into me, along with a little more history here:

  23. 23 nuno maroco Oct 10th, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Very interesting bike and history.

  24. 24 ron Oct 11th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    there is more info on this bike on the jockey journal – including the current owner and restorer info.

  25. 25 Wiz Oct 12th, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Looks like Arlen Ness and Brian Klock got drunk, stoned, an’ did a hit of acid and woke up the next morning with this lookin’ at them. GROOVY!! Wiz

  26. 26 J Oct 12th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Wow- that must have looked alien in 1930, even during Art Deco….. That’s the best definition of style that I’ve seen in awhile- looks just as cool as 80 yrs after it was built…..

  27. 27 Fatboy Oct 13th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I saw this bike in person 2 weeks ago and it currently calls Canastota, NY home. The owner said it may be For Sale if the right offer came along……….

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