GLENN
HAMMOND
CURTISS
MAY 21, 1878 – JUNE 23, 1930
MOTORCYCLE
PIONEER
— 1901: Glenn Curtiss builds his first motorcycle in the back of his Hammondsport, New York bicycle shop.
GODFATHER
OF THE
AMERICAN
V-TWIN
— 1903: Curtiss develops the most iconic and revered powertrain in motorcycle history – The American V-Twin.
(Six years ahead of Harley-Davidson)
WORLD'S
FASTEST
MAN
— January 21, 1906: Glenn Curtiss sets an unofficial world record of 136.36 miles per hour, on a 40 horsepower 269 cubic inch (4,410 cc) V8-powered motorcycle of his own design and construction in Ormond Beach, Florida. He remained "The Fastest Man in the World" until 1911, and his motorcycle record was not broken until 1930.
SKY'S THE
LIMIT
Ever the pioneer, Glenn Curtiss turned his attention to the skies, becoming one of the world's preeminent aviation innovators.