A Country for Old men and their bikes

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

  1. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Very nicely said, mate. We've come a long way to get to, "Turn the key, thumb the starter, take off."
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  2. Just GO!

    Just GO! Countersteer it.

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    THANK YOU!!!

    And a quote to remember...."And then the over restored examples. Nice. But no character what so ever. I want to be able to feel every owner when I look at a bike so old."

    These pics, all of them, had me totally mesmerized. Truely "Men and their machines".

    From the youngest fellow to the eldest, from the gear driven speed-o-meters to the linked drive belts..........absolutely priceless!!
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  3. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    Wow that was some very cool interesting stuff! I cant believe the drive systems on some of those bikes.
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  4. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Thank you ever so much, I throughly enjoyed seeing there is still life in those old machines. Looked a fun event to witness in person.
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  5. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

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    WOW!! Thanks
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  6. ncooper

    ncooper starting again

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    Thanks for those amazing pics. :clap :clap
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  7. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Great post. A dear departed friend of mine grew up in Brighton and used to talk about it often.

    -RIP Jose Pratt Brighty -

    Mark B
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  8. CGameProgrammer

    CGameProgrammer Been here awhile

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    Thanks; that's exactly the sort of explanation I was looking for. Fascinating. I'd like to see a video of that start-up sequence. :) I don't even know what spark advancing or compression releasing is.
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  9. fulviapaulo

    fulviapaulo Been here awhile

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    Being a vintage/classic car and bike lover canĀ“t be more satisfied to see some of those bikes around here!

    :beer Cheers to you my friend!
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  10. Utahrcerated

    Utahrcerated Adventurer

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    Wow!!! Gotta love CXU 333, with the inline 4 mounted lengthwise! Leather drive belts? Exposed valvetrains? Wow... wow... wow... awesome!

    Makes you see how motorcycling really did begin as a 'gentlemens' sport... love the outfits, and the bikes!!!

    I gotta see that in person someday.
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  11. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Wow!:thumb

    Diggin' the pudding bowls and classic garb.
    Many thanks for the "detail" shots!
    What a cast of characters!
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  12. VINTAGENT

    VINTAGENT n00b

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    That's fairly good, but a few items need clarification. Very few of those bikes have a CLUTCH! The Harleys, the Indians, the v-twin AJS, the Morgan, and possibly another 3-wheeler; otherwise, it's direct drive via belt from the crankshaft to the rear wheel - single speed, no clutch.
    If you want to stop, you kill the engine using the valve lifter lever (which lifts the exhaust valve a little bit off the seat, and the engine loses compression). Brakes are terrible; usually a bicycle-type stirrup on the front wheel, and a 'dummy rim' on the back, which you press a pad of friction material against a rim beside the tire (like a carriage). Throttles as we know them weren't invented until the late 20's, and most of these bikes use two-lever carbs; one lever controls the throttle slide (so far so good), the other raises and lowers the main jet, controlling the fuel intake (I lost you there, I know - it's really a pain at first, but becomes second nature after a while).
    Gearboxes didn't come into vogue until the early 20's, although some advanced marques used them in the 'teens (H-D/Indian, Sunbeam, etc). The American manufacturers were amazingly ahead of the curve until the late 1920's, and built the fastest and most robust bikes in the world. What happened after that is a long story, but I can tell you, a 1915 Harley is a FAST motorcycle for the day. Some modest tuning will see near 100mph on a bike with no brakes or suspension to speak of.
    I know the fellows with the 'original paint' H-D and Indians pictured, they certainly are aware of how special these survivors are. Amazing bikes.
    The event is organized by the VMCC in England (Vintage Motor Cycle Club). It's not easy riding a bike with no clutch or brakes in modern traffic.... These are great photos, thanks!

    If you want more pix and talk about old bikes, visit my blog;

    thevintagent.blogspot.com
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  13. FREDO RIDER

    FREDO RIDER I'm enjoying the route !

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    Great photo report. :thumb Thanks !

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  14. the venturer

    the venturer Long timer

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    congrats to those who still make those old days legendly live.
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  15. claudio17

    claudio17 Been here awhile

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    Wow! Wich I could see things like this more often. Thanks for sharing.:clap
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  16. somclan

    somclan Been here awhile

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    Very Very Cool... Thanks for posting:clap
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  17. arcticIndian

    arcticIndian indian rider

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    Thx for posting !

    It's always nice to see old moto(r)cycles where they belong (on the road, not stored in museums)... :clap
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  18. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    Anyone recognise this pre-1914 opposed twin?


    A well-known German aircraft engine manufacturer copied it after they were banned from building aircraft engines by the
    Versailles Treaty.

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    They built the first one in 1921, and called it the "Helios". It's obvious where it came from though, because of the blue and white badges on the gas tank.



    [​IMG]
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  19. OldAndBusted

    OldAndBusted Needs a little work...

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    i think i've got one of those from a little later on :thumb
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  20. legrena

    legrena n00b

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    Awesome photos man, simply awesome!:clap
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