Two rare vintage motorcycles worth $1.5 million were stolen Sunday night from a home in Bel Air, Los Angeles. After tying up the homeowner—a longtime collector of vintage cars and motorcycles, the robbers made off with a 1914 Cyclone motorcycle and a 1952 Honda racing motorcycle. The stolen Cyclone is one of the few remaining Cyclone motorcycles in the world. The two rare bikes were the target of the robbery since the robbers went straight for the bikes and didn’t take anything else with them.
Cyclone motorcycles were manufactured between 1912 and 1917 by Joerns Motor Manufacturing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Cyclone was a racing bike competing at board track and dirt track racing circuits. Powered by a 45 horsepower overhead-cam engine—revolutionary for that time, the Cyclone was capable of a 110 mph top speed. The signature color of Cyclone motorcycles was bright-yellow.