The Rokon Motorcycle Corporation is based out of New Hampshire in the United States. This company produces lots of unusual two wheel drive motorcycles that are intended for off-road use. In some circumstances, these Rokon off-road motorcycles were commonly referred to as the Moto-tractor.
Officially founded in Vermont in the early 1960s by Orla Larsen, the Rokon motorcycle Corporation was developed as a means to sell a motorcycle that was developed five years earlier in California. The motorcycle in which Larsen had intended to sell was the Nethercutt trail Breaker, which was developed by Charlie Fehn.
A year after the founding of the Rokon Motorcycle Corporation, Larsen then purchased the manufacturing rights of the California made motorcycle that they had been selling. The Rokon Motorcycle Company still produces the Trail Breaker motorcycle today, after having to move their offices from Vermont to New Hampshire a couple of decades ago.
The design of the Rokon motorcycles had varied almost literally from motorcycle to motorcycle. Some of their models featured a belt drive, while some featured a chain drive and others even featured shaft driven. The shaft driven models featured the shaft, coupled directly to the gearbox and came in both front as well as rear wheel drive.
The older models of these motorcycles are powered by an 820 cubic centimetre two-stroke engine that was produced by West Bend. Yes, this motorcycle was officially powered by a marine engine. However, over the years, the choices of engines have changed from West Bend, to Honda, as well as Kohler. These newer engines only feature about six horsepower, but due to the uniqueness of these motorcycles they have become a highly collectable item.
These motorcycles are a slow speed, off-road motorcycle, which is designed to be used in some of the most wanted terrrain around the world. This was not the first company to offer a front wheel drive motorcycle, as other motorcycles were produced as far back as 1921 featuring front wheel drive. These companies include Megola, which produced motorcycles from 1921 to 1925 as well as Killinger and Freud that had made a prototype in 1938 with front wheel drive.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 06/06/2008