Marman Twin

Whizzer was not the only producer of motor bikes. 

Marman also produced a bike engine. It was A two cylinder two cycle 

horizontally opposed engine. They had a little better top end than the Whizzer. 

The bikes were the same general configuration as the Whizzer. The engine was

mounted inside the frame and drove the rear wheel with a V belt.

Marman used a clutch rather than slip the belts as the Whizzer did.


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This is on the Marman Co. They latter sold out to the Jack & Heintz Co. and they made the Jack & Heintz Twin Bicycle Motor  as I was told. The Co. was called the Jack & Heintz Precision Industries, Inc  in Ohio.  They improve on engine by incorporating two compression release in the heads the  valves where activated by a two cam lever and pulled by a cable up  to the left hand twist grip. The next improvement was two twist grips as opposed to Marman using a thumb lever. Left   for comp and right hand for throttle. Next was the carb which was changed from Tiltiston to Carter. Coil was also changed from a bakelite covered shell two an open varnished coil winding style which gave huge problems. Neither of these two kits came with lighting. 

Dave Bagne


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Marman Twin Artical 1949

By Dick DeBuse

This beautiful Marman was restored and owned by Ron Dow

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Marman had trouble with their ignition coils so I put a 6volt lantern battery and

car coil in my glove box. J&H changed suppliers and the problem ceased. Great

controversy over the correct model # for the J&H carburetor. When they bought

Marman, they continued to use the Tillotson while the supply lasted, then switched

 to a Carter. Any chance you, or someone in your group knows the proper Carter number?



a pair of Marman Twin's


Don & his 47 Marman Twin Dons 47 Marman Twin Dons 47 Marman Twin

Photo taken in March 1947 in Berwyn, Illinois. I was 13. The Marman did not have an ignition switch. The engine was shut down by bringing it to idle and popping the clutch. I didn't like that setup so my dad showed me how to split the sparkplug wires & run them thru the toggle switch. Note on the right side of the bike above my knee there is a chrome cover for the ignition points. Right above that cover is a black bracket with a toggle switch. Once I left the bike at the dealer for service and he called me up a few hours later angry as hell because he couldn't get the bike started. I forgot to tell him about the switch! Note the straight handlebars that style was not very common. Don Dickey


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