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Old 06-08-2011, 07:46 PM   #31
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #32
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:48 PM   #33
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:49 PM   #34
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:55 PM   #35
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pretty sweet. I have to admit the 2 stroke got me looking at the 4 cylinder. never paid much mind to either of them.



up next. Rhinebeck 2011....
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:43 AM   #36
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This is the best that I've seen,you take amazingly good photos,thanks.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:57 PM   #37
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I vote for a sticky. I love the cast iron age and the uniqueness of all the pre WWII machines. I always love the state/county fairs with the implements of the era.

Everyone of the machines you have posted are new to me. Never seen any of them before.

Love contraptions, the more convoluted, the better.

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Old 06-11-2011, 02:14 PM   #38
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That 4cyl Cleavland is just amazing. Steel, cast iron, cast aluminum and some bronze all showing. In that era, aluminum was very expensive. That just might be the first of commercial cast aluminum in production. High volume aluminum smelters did not exist before WWII. How did they use aluminum that early without blowing the price of the machine beyond any market at the time?? Might be one of the primary reasons why they failed.

Sure looks like a most beautiful attempt to bring a new material to the market.

Went back and saw some of the closeups. Could be painted cast iron. Which is it? I was under the impression there was NO commercial use of aluminum before WWII, certainly not for consumer goods.

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Old 06-12-2011, 11:31 AM   #39
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This thread is off to a great start. Does he have any Crockers there?
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:02 PM   #40
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The ingenuity of the early designers has never ceased to amaze me. Imagine to be able to sit and have a conversation with some or any of these guys would be no less than amazing.

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Old 06-12-2011, 03:02 PM   #41
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This thread is off to a great start. Does he have any Crockers there?
thanks. looking forward to seeing it unfold. this is the very small tip to one very bike iceberg and I enjoy doing it so should be fun. the AMCA's "Fast From the Past" collection of bikes is currently residing at Motorcyclepedia and there is a Crocker single cylinder speedway bike in that collection of 25 some odd bikes, but Ted's collection does not include a Crocker.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:44 PM   #42
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Nice Pictures, I like the detail shots, Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:34 PM   #43
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up next is an unrestored 1913 Flying Merkel. if anyone can come up with a cooler name than flying Merkel I'm all ears. Not around very long, maybe a 5 year run an gone after 1915. Pretty big racing presence back then.

why drag it out?

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Old 06-18-2011, 07:37 PM   #44
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I seem to be drawn to these speedo drive gears, talk about a gizmo. I also like the cam chain tightener, I thought my 1975 Can Am was trick for having it.

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Old 06-18-2011, 07:38 PM   #45
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also predating supposed trick rear suspension by about 70 years check out the springs in the rear frame tubing.

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