The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by blowby, May 6, 2018.
^^^^^^^ Yep, a "Geezer" on a "Beezer" ! ^^^^^^
Heck Ya! That thing is sweet! Never had a trike but my brother in law did. First time my sister invited us to meet him I got a look at it: Harley 45" servicar with 12" over springer, love seat and canopy with dingle balls. It was the '70s.. Dang hippies.
Been playing around with the Scout I got from my deceased pal. He had it sorta chopperish, I prefer the dirt track look. So..lower bars, headlight and risers, Bates seat in place of that suede one, 19" front wheel in place of the 21. Playing around with tank decals and stripes. Not cray about the chrome forks, might make 'em black.
Cow trailing with the Victor, years ago.
My 47 chief, for regular use, not a show winner.
That is a gorgeous Scout, it looks more like a period Bobber to me than a chopper. I love the stance!
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I love old bikes, I don't ride any more but i would still like to have one.
Ive been trying to sell my Hoard of junk Motorcycle & parts. asking $400 and so far no takers. I will probably end up hauling
them to the scrapper.
I always knew H.A.M.B.ers had some excellent bikes. Little by little, I'm building an early-style Triumph chopper. For those who are interested in that sort of thing, I've started a build thread. (There's a link in my signature.)
Just came across this old picture that my Grandfather took of my Grandmother on his Indian Motorcycle. Any guess as to what year it is? I was told 1910 but don't really know.
Wow how cool is that!
Remember these? I have this one now, a friend gave it to me for some work. When I was a kid on a Briggs/Taco mini bike these were big machines. I got this one running, slower than mud. It is street legal though, guess I could go to the corner store on it.
my pre-unit triumph I'm building
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My mid 60's Bultaco Matador mk 2, Bultaco Metralla mk 2 and BMW R60/2 w/ 1953 Steib S500 Luxus side car.
I sold the car sometime ago. Thumbs up!!
Nice, always wanted a Metralla but I'm too big and fat. I do have a /2 rig though, took it out to the coast yesterday in fact. Can't pull it out of the garage without the dog jumping in so he went too. It has a later R90/6 lump. Also have a stock R50/2 solo. Great bikes.
OK, just got word that the Indian in my above post is a 1911 or 1912 single 4 HP from Matt at Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley NC. He is stoked to see the picture and may use it at the Museum.
Rigs are real fun in the snow. I stuffed mine into a snow bank once trying to keep up with a snowmobile on the street.
Power slides and donuts at will on snow.
With precise steering/handling, a powerful double leading shoe front brake and close ratio gear box the Metralla begs for twisty roads.
The Matador MkII (1965/66) is a bit heavy and has only 19 HP. but great for the time suspension and pulls well from 0 RPM It is not exceptionally quick until the woods get tight or the water crossing deep when it becomes virtually unstoppable. fun fun fun
Yeah I bet it is exciting in the snow. One of my more embarrassing, albeit less painful since I didn't actually fall off for a change, motorcycling moments was when I put my first chair on a bike, a Matchless G15. Rode it around the neighborhood a bit, then showed up with my weekend warrior pals for a ride to the coast. Reaching the destination and dead last as usual piloting a sidecar rig, they left me an open spot in the lineup at the curb. As I approached I underestimated the width of the sidecar and knocked over three bikes before my opening, a Commando, a Kawi KZ900 and something else. Which left a bunch of guys laughing, 3 guys very pissed and one guy severely embarrassed. The money I had to pay out paled in comparison.
Here's the Matchless, sans sidecar.
I had these two for a while
I have no idea who this is but had to stop and ask if I could take a pic.
His garage door was only a sidewalk's width away from one of Chicago's
north side very busy streets but he was oblivious to everything but the bike.
Looks like a Yamaha twin. Nice looking chopper. Check out the rear pegs and bitch pad. Apparently likes her sitting close, with legs up!
Speaking of Jap mills, as a kid my neighbor bought a new Kawasaki 500 H1, the three cylinder two stroke 'Widowmaker', that also coined the term 'tank slapper'. He let me ride, scary fast, never will forget screwing that thing on.
So, many years later I got a chance to buy a beat one for $300. Got it running, rattle can restoed and had some fun with it. Turned out it was a first year model, a friend wanted to restore so he got it.
OK, so if we aren't limiting this to American iron, here's my '76 KZ-900 that I bought new in '76. I'm the original and only owner.
..............and here's another one that a friend of mine just finished restoring. Bone stock original down to the much sought after original pipes and even the correct rubber bumper under the license plate to minimize vibration. Beautiful job he did .
Chief I built out of spare parts in 1985. Exactly the same today and still on the road.
I saw this Triumph sitting outside a restaurant on the south side of
Milwaukee five years ago and it knocked me out. I hung around until
the owner came back and got the particulars. If anyone happens to
know this fellow please show him the pic.
Rode one of those kz900 once . WOW .
Yeah those Kawis were really king of the hill back then for power. I had the 650 version, unfortunately no photo, looked just the same. Later on I had a GPZ500, one of the first generation of racer replica type bikes so common today.
These days I keep a beater bike at my cabin, something no one would bother stealing (I hope). 1966 Yamaha 305 two stroke, the predecessor to the famous RD350. Ride it to town for breakfast.
Also a little 800cc beater I use on the property. And a Husky saw.
1910-1911-1912's were similar, but my guess would have been a 1911 or 1912 also. In 1910 Indian went from block letters to script, and added in small letters under the Indian script was "Hendee Manufacturing Company" (which your picture shows). Indian started putting a starter sprocket on the engine shaft that attached to the pedal gear on the 1911's (which your picture shows). And in the spring of 1912 they started using leaf spring rear suspension on the twins.
Wow......does that bring back memories.....when I finally got out of college in 1974......my first job was Parts and Accessories rep for Kawasaki Motors working out of the Minneapolis Branch Office. I covered the dealers in Minn......Iowa......Wisconsin.....Illinois. It was a really, really cool job. Got to meet a lot of great people and travel regularly to the Kawasaki U.S headquarters in California......great stuff for a small town Iowa boy. The 900 was truly a work of art and bad fast.
I heard from my Mother that it was an early teens and looked at the picture and compared it on what I could find. Amazing at what you can find in this interweb in this day and age. Research simplified. I have a lot of other old negatives, highly flammable that my older cousin is attempting to get printed off. I hope he is able to get them printed and will scan and show more of them here.
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