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“Ner-A-Car” is a play on the name of this motorcycle’s designer, Carl A. Neracher, who sought to create a two-wheeled vehicle that was near-a-car and less like a motorcycle to operate. Following this principle, the bike was designed with a much lower center of gravity than other motorcycles of its day, which made it easy to balance, although the hub center steering could be difficult for a novice to master. The pressed-steel chassis gave the bike a finished and enclosed look, and prevented road grime from coming in contact with the rider. The 283cc two-stroke motor drives the rear wheel through a variable friction drive transmission. The unusual motorcycles were manufactured in Syracuse, New York and by Sheffield Simplex in England from about 1921 to 1926.
Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Gift of Gordon R. Howard