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Forum: Hacks Yesterday, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By Old Mule
Arright youse aussies

I have found that during the 20th century there were at least 13 companies in Australia manufacturing sidecars.
So...who's going to write the book? Where can I find photos and historical articles?...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-18-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Posted By Old Mule
The VMCC

in England decided many years ago that 1929 was the cut-off date for true "vintage" motorcycles- the best of bikes from the 1920s were light, well-engineered and pretty refined. Steering and handling...
Forum: Hacks 09-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,372
Posted By Old Mule
Perfect adventure rig?

One cold MINNESOTA January day some years ago, a friend stopped by my house on his 125cc Gilera sidecar- "Jump on, let's go". It took me a few minutes to put on all the riding clothes I owned, but...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-15-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Posted By Old Mule
good idea,

I like to look at pictures of 1924-1927 Triumphs, in fact I would like one for my next project.
Forum: Hacks 09-15-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 882
Posted By Old Mule
Lee J, that may

be true, but I was thinking of a road outfit with only a few inches of travel. I suppose with the high clearance long-travel sidecars popular today, that would be a factor.
Forum: Hacks 09-13-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 882
Posted By Old Mule
wider...

Either your side car would be a lot wider, or the suspension would intrude into the passenger space.
Neither is especially good.
If you want to use car type suspension, try a VW beetle...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-09-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 7,268
Views: 3,320,020
Posted By Old Mule
nice 500 there, Spike,

always wanted a Daytona but always ended up with T120 and T140 machines. The pipes and alloy rims are just what I'd do to one, too.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-07-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By Old Mule
brakes

also curious about the brakes- they are pretty small by today's standards. Can larger discs from another Hond be fitted? Or is there an aftermarket kit for bigger discs?
Forum: Old's Cool 09-07-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 46,513
Posted By Old Mule
It will be

worth all the time and trouble and expensive to have such a nice Norton on the road, keep at this most worthwhile project/mission.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,573
Posted By Old Mule
Barge?

Barge?.....So now you got a Harley?
Forum: Hacks 09-03-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,391
Posted By Old Mule
It's been done

Whole generations of people in England and Europe who could never have afforded a car post WWII learned on sidecars and often never bothred to get car driving licences.
You can do it, just take it...
Forum: Hacks 08-28-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6,444
Views: 2,379,416
Posted By Old Mule
that looks

like fun
Forum: Old's Cool 08-26-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,063
Posted By Old Mule
Good idea,

a BSA thread. I loved my 1962 Star Twin 500 and wish I still had it.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-15-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 8,089
Views: 3,167,416
Posted By Old Mule
Nice Villain motor...

Devoid of Trouble for you?
Forum: Hacks 08-14-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,441
Posted By Old Mule
So...Barnone is

an untrusting soul...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-14-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,558
Posted By Old Mule
Nice to see that

the wife is in med scrubs, ready to first-aid you if a leaf spring lets go...
I really appreciate the photos and good descriptions of your re-animation of this good bike, thank you.
Forum: Hacks 08-14-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,441
Posted By Old Mule
Ever ride in your own sidecar?

Years ago, after the usual all-night thrash to get my outfit ready for the annual labor Day 325 mile drive to AMCA Davenport, I was beat and exhausted...kicked over the Triumph and told my friend...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-08-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,558
Posted By Old Mule
thank you

for taking the time and effort to share your re-incarnation of this fine machine!
Forum: Old's Cool 07-25-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 76,417
Posted By Old Mule
they are

probably 500s (499cc) but 350 cc OHC Nortons looked very similar, count the cylinder fins.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-23-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By Old Mule
well,

young at heart then.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-22-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By Old Mule
and by the

way it's not weird at all, in fact it was a completely normal and ordinary head from oh...1937 to about...1980.
Triumph, Horex, Norton, millions of BSAs, Matchless and AJS, the list goes on and...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-13-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 34,954
Posted By Old Mule
long rides

an idiot I know bought one in Minnesota, did't check the oil or tire pressure, rode it to west Texas, stayed a week and then rode it to the Gulf coast and sold it for twice what he paid for it, $600....
Forum: Hacks 07-13-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,345
Posted By Old Mule
The Norton forks there

are very similar to the ones I re-made for my Triumph outfit.
Forum: Hacks 07-12-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 158,026
Posted By Old Mule
very nice,

well made, well finished, keep us updated please
Forum: Hacks 07-07-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,840
Posted By Old Mule
suspicious....

Your shop looks suspiciously- pathologically- clean, and I see a box of latex gloves in there too.
Is this whole "build" just a photoshop excercise?
Paranoid Texans want to know.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-06-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,089
Posted By Old Mule
thanks Kev

for the sidecar fix of the day.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-06-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,514
Views: 225,860
Posted By Old Mule
Triumph...

Richard, that mid twenties flat tank Triumph in the background has always been my dream bike, often thought of selling my "modern" Bonnevilles to geet one. They are thin on the ground in the USA...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-05-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,089
Posted By Old Mule
more please-

I'd like to see a lot more photos of ancient sidecars, please, not much interest in old machines in the "Hacks" forum-

Thanks, everyone.
Forum: Hacks 07-03-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6,444
Views: 2,379,416
Posted By Old Mule
nice....

my build's taking a lot longer...I must not be a pro...
Forum: Hacks 07-03-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 158,026
Posted By Old Mule
thanks

thanks for posting that, this thread is good for research and it needs some new additions...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-27-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 7,268
Views: 3,320,020
Posted By Old Mule
good looking machine, but

I see you have turned to Guzzis now. Are not the steering and handling qualitys of the Guzzis much less "sporty" than those of the Ducati?
I like to look at well made specials, thank you.
Forum: Old's Cool 06-27-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1,514
Views: 225,860
Posted By Old Mule
Bill Fruin was

a great engineer working from a tiny under-equipped shed, wish there was a picture book about his life, work, and sophisticated bikes.

thanks for the great photo tour!
Forum: Hacks 06-26-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 9,999
Posted By Old Mule
right,

I like to see updates too, on this nice machine
Forum: Hacks 06-21-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6,444
Views: 2,379,416
Posted By Old Mule
Guzzi/Watsonian

That is one very nice combination. What's the history on it?
Forum: Old's Cool 06-10-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,747
Posted By Old Mule
thank you!

I sure do appreciate the good photos, inspires me to sell my 60s and 70s machines and get on to buying my dream Triumph N model...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-08-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7,268
Views: 3,320,020
Posted By Old Mule
that Velo

TLS front brake and those Dunlop alloy rims...big Concentric, alloy hand levers, someone loved that bike once...and it's not even that old, 68 or so...
I'd love to b its guardian.
Forum: Old's Cool 06-04-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
Posted By Old Mule
take at look at Parilla photos.

take at look at Parilla photos.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-29-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 550
Views: 76,417
Posted By Old Mule
beart

Thanks for that article- those racecars were the reason Manx rollers became available to make Tritons from.
Wish I had Francis' haberdasher.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-29-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 17,846
Posted By Old Mule
ventilation

Yes that alternator neeeds a little air, just put four spacer nuts on the attaching bolts if you don't want to use the old ring.
nice work so far.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-28-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1,514
Views: 225,860
Posted By Old Mule
loved

my BSA, wish it was still with me.
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