Posted 4 years ago
This is my 400th post and I wanted it to be something very special, so this is a one-of-a-kind motorbike made by Jim Mochino in 1946 that I picked from Marissa, Illinois. Here's how the story goes.
In 1946 a coal miner man named Jim Mochino, who worked for the "Old Ben Coal Company" Coello No. 11 mine at Coello, Illinois decided to build a motorbike to drive to and from work, due to the fact that Mr. Mochino could not obtain a car during the war years. He was a machinist/ welder at the mine.
The frame, fuel tank, exhaust system, braking system, center section on this bike are all hand made and crafted. The motor is a Briggs Model Y which was manufactured from the late 1930's to the early 1940's. The only parts of this bike that are original bicycle parts are the wheels, fenders, front forks, and handlebars. Everything else is hand made.
Mr.Mochino used this bike for transportation until 1948, after that it was put in a shed where some parts were removed at various times. Mr. Mochino died in 1963 and a few years after that it was sold by his son to a man named Ned Perkins from Christopher, Illinois. Then the bike was sold to Rich Youngman from Duquoin, Illinois. He put different wheels and tires on the frame due to the originals being rusted away from age.
In 2009, Rich Youngman sold the bike to Gene Bollmeier from Marissa, Illinois who installed anotherBriggs Model Y motor and the missing parts to bring it back to the condition it is today.
In 2015 Gene Bollmeir sold the bike to Michael Jones from Brownsburg, Indiana who put it in another new home for years to come.
This bike is a one of a kind due to the skills and craftsmanship of Jim Mochino.
Before I put the bike in the house, I rode it up and down the alley a few times. It runs just find. I would consider this a great piece of Folk Art.