Curvy's Antique Motorcycle Thread

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Curvy, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    You summed it up pretty well. I figured I would just stir the pot a little while the topic was being bandied about :evil
  2. pinecone

    pinecone 任意人

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    If the "bike" is old enough to buy a handgun and booze, I would consider it a classicaly styled mptorcycle. (Let's face facts people, retro sells. It ain't old)

    If the "bike" is old enough to remember the VietNam War, I would consider it a "later era vintage". No, it isn't the heyday of cool old shyte but there are some nice bikes from that era (/5 BMW, OIF Triumphs/BSA, Isolastic Nortons, any Spanish bike).

    If the "bike" is old enough to remember Ike, I would consider that a "end of an era vintage bike". Still some goodies out there (Featherbed Nortons, Pre-unit Triumphs, /2 BMW, a few Vincents).

    If the "bike" can remeber VJ Day, I would consider that a "golden era vintage bike". The good guys beat Hitler's and Tojo's asses. Let's build cool shit to sell to the rich yankees! (Vincents, Ariels, Indians, Harleys)

    If the "bike" can remember Hoover Hogs (Armadillos), you are lucky as hell to have something that wasn't melted down in a scrap metal drive for WW2.

    If the "bike" can remember buying Liberty Bonds, it better be in a museum because you are a fookin' lunatic for riding history.

    If the "bike" can remember when gasoline was invented, it's your imagination.

    :deal

    Da TRUTH.

    Love it
    Live it
  3. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    I find it more than a little disturbing that my 1982 R100RT which I bought so I'd have a "modern" bike in my garage, is now over 25 years old.
    Once I realised that most people consider it to be an "old timer", I went out and bought my Aprilia.

    The vintage club I belong to qualifies anything over 20 years as a "vintage" motorcycle.
  4. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    Got a friend with a 1913 Indian who rides it every summer. He carries a photocopy of the relevant pages from the Oregon Vehicle Code in his pocket to show cops who stop him for not having any lights on it.
    I've run across him and his Powerplus as far as 30 miles from his house.
  5. Curvy

    Curvy Lost Planet Airman

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    I have made several 100 mile rides beside a fellow AMCA member who was astride a original 1915 power plus. Both machine and rider are of quite sturdy stock.
  6. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    The big question is-
    Do they remember the way home?
  7. pinecone

    pinecone 任意人

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    :rofl
  8. pinecone

    pinecone 任意人

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    I think you've validated my point.:D

    Besides that, good on him for keeping history alive. I sometimes forget that our ancestors rode bikes like that on way worse roads than what we have now. They lived through it.
  9. nomiles

    nomiles Sledge-o-matic

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  10. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track!

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    Now, thats one bizarre picture :huh
  11. adsinger

    adsinger Ride fast. Stop often.

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  12. Media

    Media livin' in overtime

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    I'm guessing it a BSA Owners Club So Cal dual sport ride. I think I recognize that CAMAM :D

    Here's another of them

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    Nothing like a chopper to let you know they mean "road CLOSED!"

    Happy Trails
  13. Hoofhearted

    Hoofhearted Adventurer

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    Got this from a friend today. Stanley Woods and Charlie Manders at the 1933 TT. [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
  14. kirk69er

    kirk69er Been here awhile

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    old motorcycle's n new handmade hot shoe..
  15. Media

    Media livin' in overtime

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    Nice shoes. Ken Maley told me when he started making them the riders would go to local junk yards and take the bumpers off of cars, cut the ends off and use them for hot shoes. He figured he could do better (with those mid-west blacksmithing skills) and did.
    I was so very fortunate to meet him before he passed along. A generous and memorable man.

    Happy Trails
  16. kirk69er

    kirk69er Been here awhile

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    ...
    ..the one on the boots was off a old chevy truck bumper
    .(compound contour)
    ..and a real. steel toe offa old boot
    ..the first one mitch (go away garage) made was a brand new shovel..
    . contour
    ..kk#38
  17. Curvy

    Curvy Lost Planet Airman

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  18. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track!

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    Wow, this thing made me go inbto the garage and scoop for obsolete bikeparts and an old heating presure-barrel :deal That's brilliant, rebuilding a bike like that. Plus, having the guts to build one in 1898.
    Luckily reason caught up on me before my wife returned from work :rofl
  19. ChopSuey

    ChopSuey Been here awhile

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    Curvy, what defines an antique bike? Pre ...? Vintage is pre 1974?

    Thanks!
  20. Jimbozini

    Jimbozini Misadventurer

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    1896 Steam Motorcycle
    :hair

    Too cool! I mean, that's hot!

    Steam Bike Thread Now!

    Thanks Curvy!