A Country for Old men and their bikes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Steptoe, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    These guys are so cool...young and old. For the past few days I must have viewed this thread 10 times. Love those gloves with the gauntlets. And what are those leather covers or gators on his legs, not part of the shoe?

    Thanks again for this great post. :clap
    FlagRS
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  2. Kbrick

    Kbrick ..the last open road...

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    Thanks for sharing the event with us.

    The pics are excelent.
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  3. kluts

    kluts The Lost Tourguide

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    Bravo! :D
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  4. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Awesome! :clap
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  5. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Now that's old school!
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  6. sandmar

    sandmar llama llama..rabbit

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    WOOT!!!:bow What a thread! Thank you for your time in posting this!:clap
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  7. CGameProgrammer

    CGameProgrammer Been here awhile

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    Can someone explain what the controls are on some of those? There are obviously many different control styles shown, and some of them have no handlebar controls at all. So what does what?
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  8. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero Antique Adventurer

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    You'll notice a lot of them have dual levers (the child is playing with them in one picture).One is for the throttle,the other is for the spark advance .
    Great pix.Thanks!
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  9. dbarile

    dbarile n00b

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    Thanks for the pics.

    Those old bike really made my day.
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  10. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Absolute Front Page stuff. :clap Thanks for posting. Put a big beam on this guy's face. :lol3
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  11. gacksnabbit

    gacksnabbit Commander

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    Thank you for posting these pics. very cool.
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  12. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    Pioneers, indeed. This is a great event, and you did Step up to the plate, and Toe the line in recording this. :clap :clap :clap
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  13. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Ahh! The good old times. Check out that pee stain on the pavement!

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  14. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Great pictures of great old bikes. I see a coffee table book in your future.:clap
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  15. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    Another :nod to Fantastic

    Thanks.
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  16. tcs

    tcs Palmer

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    Say, is that the world's first superbike, a four cylinder, shaft drive FN?

    And look, a liquid cooled, two stroke Scott!

    Douglas - the first bike ridden around the world. 'Twas Douglas what taught BMW about opposed twins (true!)

    Once upon a time Indian was run by motorcycle enthusiasts. Note the rear suspensions, years and even decades ahead of nearly all other marques.

    And that speedy Harley looks to be the famous "Silent Gray Fellow", the model whose well balanced goodness put H-D on the map.

    And all before the Great War. Outstanding! Thank you for the post and a great big thanks to the men and women who keep these grand machines on the road.
    tcs
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  17. coop

    coop Narkyhippo

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    Fantastic pictures
    Love a taste of how they did it in the old days.
    like spare drive belts located for easy access
    like dirty great hammers
    lke enormous tool bags that contain lord knows what
    like exposed valve gear and transmission sprockets.
    aaaah :yum
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  18. Popey

    Popey Nutter

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    Outfits almost as cool as the bikes!! :clap :clap :freaky :freaky
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  19. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Outstanding report, thanks for the pics.:freaky
    Some of those 3 wheelers are great.
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  20. tcs

    tcs Palmer

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    I'm no expert, but let's see...

    Standardized controls are a fairly new thing in motorcycling, having come about really only in the last 40 years or so and still not totally universal worldwide.

    These very old bikes will typically have a clutch, which could be as simple as a belt tensioning roller, usually worked by a hand lever. It's not spring loaded like modern clutches; push the clutch lever in and it will stay when you take your hand off. The throttle is probably a twist grip even from the earliest days, but you might not notice it in pictures because the cables were often run inside the handlebar tube. Some very old bikes will have an amazing system of external linkages instead of hidden cables! That throttle was probably on the right grip (most folks have right master hands) but not always. Then you'll need a spark advance lever, a compression release lever, a shift lever (well, if your bike has a multi-gear transmission, which came around 1910-1912 for most makes), and of course a lever on the oil pump for the rider to lubricate the top end. Then there'll be a kill switch, perhaps a muffler cut out lever, and, so the rider's feet didn't feel completely left out of the riding experience, a foot lever for the rear (only!) brake.

    All these bikes will have unique features, but in general to get underway: put the bike up on the (center) stand, open the kill switch and petcock, tickle the carb, give the oil pump a few strokes, set the spark advance, open the compression release, disengage the clutch, select the best gear for starting, engage the clutch, put your hand on the throttle and then begin to pedal. As the engine begins to spin, close the compression release, carefully give it some gas and - voila - the engine began to fire. Quit pedaling, engage the clutch, tap the brake to stop the rear wheel from spinning, get the bike down off the stand, select first gear, tweak the spark advance, give the oil pump another stroke, disengage the clutch as you give it some gas and ride away.

    Perfection! What could be simpler?
    tcs
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