The Henderson Motorcycle Co. was the first American manufacturer of four cylinder motorcycles and one of the first in the world.
The advanced and powerful (for the era) motorcycles became a favourite with police departments around the United States, they also became a firm favourite with those who want to set motorcycle endurance records – the first motorcycle to circumnavigate the globe was a four-cylinder Henderson.
The Henderson Motorcycle Co. + Board Track Racing
The fast and luxurious motorcycles designed and built by Henderson achieved a lot, but they were never raced in any significant numbers on the popular board tracks of the era. These were huge oval or circular-shapred motordromes built entirely from wooden planks, with large banked corners and long straights. Some board tracks had a lap length of a mile and motorcycle racers would hit speeds in excess of 100 mph – wearing nothing more than cotton