Monday, April 13, 2015

Today in motorcycle history, April 13, 1959



  The odd history of the Trail-Breaker two-wheel-drive motorcycle can be traced back to late 1958 when Charles Fehn of San Bernardino, California began wrenching on his latest invention, a "Motorcycle for slow cross-country travel over obstructions and in mountainous regions, and over snow and soft ground". A bit long-winded, perhaps, but it was the birth of the Trail-Breaker. Charlie would apply for his first patent for this beast on April 13, 1959. It wasn't until his third patent attempt, now slimmed down to a "Motorcycle having two driven wheels", filed August 20, 1963, that Charlie would finally be awarded his patent. By the date of the third filing, the bike was already in full-fledged production. It wouldn't be until three years later when on August 23, 1966 the patent would be granted. By that time the bike would be in production by an entirely different company 2,990 miles away in Wilmington, Vermont.

  Today in motorcycle history proudly supports the National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD).