Two home invasion robbers kicked in the front door of a Bel Air Estates home, tied up a husband and threatened his wife, before making off with two rare motorcycles with a combined value of $1.5 million: a very rare 1914 Cyclone, like this one, and a vintage 1952 Honda racer.
Police said the incident occurred around 4:30 a.m on Saturday Feb. 5, 2012. Two males kicked open the victim’s front door. When the husband got up to investigate the noise, the suspects confronted him, took him into another bedroom and tied him up. His wife was ordered to stay in bed and not moved. The bikes were the only thing taken from the home, according to officials. The suspects took the two motorcycles worth more than $1.5 million and fled in a rented van.
The Cyclone engines overhead-cams were driven by a unique vertical shaft with beveled-gear ends, and the cylinder-head had a hemispherical combustion chamber. The Cyclone engine produced 45 horsepower, and was capable of a 110 mph top speed. Although the Cyclone had a short-lived history, the motorcycle did receive notoriety on the board-track and dirt-track racing circuit. In 1914, the Cyclone broke the one-mile speed record perviously held by Excelsior, coming in at just over 35 seconds. Over the next few years the Cyclone won several races, earning it the nickname of the “speed demon.”
A Cyclone is such a rare and distinctive motorcycle, how the thieves are going to unload it? Or will 2 or 3 partly original Cyclones magically be discovered in the next few years in barns around the country?