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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drif10, Sep 5, 2004.
You have a sickness! Don't get better!
Funny you say that. I told a guy I may pull the splashed in red one on a trailer behind the hack and his words were "You're sic Dood" shaking his head in agreement.
Man, those are some sweet machines! If my conversion ever sees the light of day again, I hope it's half as cool as those. If you had some detailed shots of the frame/engine support, I'd be interested to see as the way mine is bolted up isn't exactly confidence-inspiring.
Found sitting in a barn in Oklahoma for decades:
From the pic it looks like you dont have down tubes? Hard to tell? If the motor is used as a stressed member? Only one guy I know built those and he is Helmut Busack aka "Ham". I have seen a few pic's of his bikes.
I do have down tubes. The upper part of the frame was cut out and replaced with a longer tube and the motor is used as a stressed member for the bottom of the frame. The two loops come down and bolt to the front of the motor, and the frame continues again off the back of the motor. That just looks scary to me, but I've never seen another in person so I was wondering if it's the "right" way to make these.
I have NO IDEA who this guy is? It is a pic of a recent find of a "Ham's Cycle" frame modifications I have that I could show you for what ever that is worth.
Does it look like this? All the other pic's are black and white and don't show the down tubes very well. This one was just found late last year. Helmut is still alive. This was written on his behalf in June of 2010. He may be the very first guy to do the VW swap to BMW?
This is what was posted.
"My name is Helmut (Ham) Busack of Ham's Cycle. I still have my first two VW bikes. Are you only interested in snail mail pictures? Let me know and I will get you some current pictures and old pictures as well. I was born in Berlin Germany in 1942 and moved to the US when I was 14. I built my first VW bike when I was 18 which was the first 1200 engine with electric start and was a four speed. Between the first two bikes, I have over 100,000 miles on them. They're still running.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
If you want to contact him? PM me I can lead you to him.
Sometimes you wonder where Honda got the idea for the first Goldwings......
When you talk to the old timers about this, they say that once the Goldwing came out there was no need to make a conversion any more out of a /2
My 1961 R69S with 29.000 miles on.
Of course there is ! Just for the coolness of it
I agree and easier to work on too.
1967 Honda CD125A..... this was a barn find 1 year ago. Recenlty won, "best Asian bike" at the Manitoba Antique and Classic Bike Rally.
That is one beautiful bike! In H.S. I had a Honda Benly Touring as I could not afford the CB160's my friends had. I had no idea Honda used the Benly, frame telescopic forks and CB tank to make such a beautiful bike.
that is a beaut for sure.
I can't help but think you take a bike like that, with a very low maintenance enclosed chain, utilize the hondamatic engines from the 400/450's. It would be scooter that is not a scooter. Look like a proper bike but with the convenience of a scooter.
Those are just such nice bikes. I just can't see how we've made any real 'progress' on bike design in some areas.
Loved these back in the day so when I saw one on craigslist last summer with only 7K miles, I jumped on it.
V4, liquid cooled shaftie that runs like a scolded hound. The p.o. had painted it with a rattle can!
I plan to do some light DS mod's for ADV Touring when I tear her down this winter.
That is beautiful
I saw an Excelsior Henderson just the other day:
I don't think I have posted these yet. One of these dapper fellows is my great uncle. The Excelsior is a 1914.
I am told these Eagles are super rare. (At least Matt Walksler has never seen one in person before!)
Just finished it.