1929 Excelsior-Henderson KJ Streamliner

Here are some pictures from a 1929 Excelsior Henderson KJ Streamliner at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, TX. First, a little background on Excelsior-Henderson motorcycles – William and Tom Henderson started the American Henderson Motorcycle Co. in 1911.

In their first year they created one prototype. In 1912, the Company came out with a 57 cubic inch, in-line four-cylinder that produced 7 horsepower. Although there were numerous improvements, races won, and records broken, as with a lot of motorcycle companies, WWI had a major impact on the company’s operations.

In 1917, the brothers sold the company to Ignaz Schwinn. Schwinn was creating both bicycles and also Excelsior motorcycles at this time. The new company produced the Excelsior-Henderson brand of motorcycles. The Henderson brother stayed with the company until in 1920 when they started Ace Motorcycle Company.

In 1929, the Henderson Streamliner Model, which was often referred to at the KJ, was created. This new model had 57 new features and upgrades. It was also capable of going 100 mph. The KJ model was manufactured until 1931 when the motorcycle division went under due to the downturn in the economy.

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