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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drif10, Sep 5, 2004.
@Nosotros Racing those Nortons are !
Pretty sweet eh ? Just a chance encounter on the way home from a trip to California in 1977 , at a gas station. Of the few VW powered BMW bikes I've seen , this has to be the neatest . Seen either in the eastern portion of Cali or western Nevada and it seems he was a couple of hundred miles away from home as well.
There was a nice one at a vintage dealer here in town, one of those bikes that makes you do a double take.
Prototype pipe dream .
Another from the same company...
^ That would have been a challenge to keep it running cool enough....
Given the current state of things for them, maybe they should've persevered.
Thanks. All the work on the blue bike other than the cylinder boring, vapor-blasting of the head and the pinstripes was done in my garage. Everything but cylinder boring and rear wheel lacing on the SS was done by me, although in several different garages over the years.
The plastic-enginned prototype is in their museum in Milwaukee. I would assume this engine is plastic also.
I appreciate the compliment.
Yes, I'm sorry to say it's taken a back seat to the bikes for far too long. The mechanicals are done, I just need to fix the rust on the sheetmetal and paint it and give it a new interior and top. I've owned it for 24 years and it's always been a driver. My wife drove it back and forth to work etc, when we were too broke to afford much else. Every time I park it outside, someone stops and offers to buy it, but it has too much history to get rid of.
Very cool to see - I had no idea that they explored that route.
I've never aspired to own a HD (though a very nice touring rig [see, I don't even know model names] passed through my 'hood the other day), but I really do hope they can make it through this period.
Regardless of what decisions they made about R&D (or lack of), canning some of the R&D that did happen, marketing too narrowly, yadda yadda yadda ... I still want see them in the game.
Those photos are of a running prototype. Note the discoloration on the headers.
My latest acquisitions.
1971 Honda CL 360
Not to cast doubt upon your word, but you'd think H-D would display the real thing rather than the plastic mockup. Maybe Porsche owns the real thing? The heat discoloration could have been added before assembly. Again, not to cast doubt, just trying to understand.
Kneeslider says there were 30 engines and 12 running prototypes produced. Still can't figure why they display a mockup. And absolutely nothing regarding the inline.
You have bicycle wheels mounted to your picnic table? You need to move it around that much?
You should post it in the Anything With Wheels thread.
I can't speak for Harley's museum displays. All I know is the photos I posted are of what was once a running prototype, made of metal. When I worked for American Rider magazine the editor was Buzz Buzzelli, who was H-D's PR guy before taking the AR job. He brought the photos back from a press trip to the Milwaukee factory. I have a vague memory of him saying he rode the bike around a test track while he worked for H-D but I wouldn't swear to it.
HAHAHAHA. No, those are my SPENT Mavics that sound like a rooster when you hit about 25mph. Swapped over the tires onto my other set of Mavics I got 10 years ago that have been in my garage since.