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Old April 19th, 2014, 10:31 AM   #21
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His visor froze over and he had to ride with his visor up? Seeing him in jeans has me shivering out of remorse. Good story.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 07:41 AM   #22
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From the ridiculous to the sublime

All true, too. Couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

In 2007 we went on two big trips - to the Centenery TT at the IOM and on a guided tour to China and Tibet.

First pic - another VMCC "parade" at the IOM; this time on our friend's Velocette Venom Clubman. A quick bike! The Bushy's tent had four bars, and filled one end of the Promenade. Imagine 20,000 bike racing crazies all on a bender for two weeks...that's the TT.

Besides the races there were various performers...including these guys, the Purple Helmets. That's a chariot race using cut-down trash bins, and a performer on piano, sidecar mounted. Hide the women and children! The blue-and-white Bushy's tent is in the background.

And then Lhasa. Most amazing place I've ever been. Period. When we got our chance to visit the Potola, we had the usual tourist trap stop at a rug factory at the very base of the Palace. I found this gem there, parked with the other worker's bicycles. Rossi fans are everywhere!

While we were up in the Palace that day, we noticed a lot of sirens, and could see smoke rising from various parts of the city. Turned out that the news had filtered in about the Dalai Lama receiving an award from the US Congress. It was incense smoke! Of course the Chinese shut the celebration down right away.

Sorry to be a bit political, but visitors can easily see how the Chinese are turning this historic (and sacred) place into a theme park. Not good.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 11:29 AM   #23
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Prewar rarity

As long as I'm a bit off topic, here is a bike very few of you have seen, or even heard about. The owner, Virgil Eling, has a lovely museum in Solvang, California and is a member of AHRMA. He attended (and raced at) their event last year at Willow Springs Raceway near Rosamond, CA. He brought his 1938 DKW 500 GP racer, one of two in the world.

This is a twin 'split single' design, water cooled with an air cooled fifth cylinder underneath pressurizing the crankcases. And not only did he display this bike, he did a lap on it. Back when it was raced at the IOM TT they said it was loud enough to hear 'on the mainland' (England). The noise it made was unbelievable. Each firing pulse had a wavefront like a wall, sharp and loud.

I note that the same event is this coming weekend, for any local riders who may be interested. There is always an interesting static display and many historic racers. The weather will be cold and windy, unlike the other two kinds - hot and windy and just plain windy.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 12:05 PM   #24
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And now some American Iron

I have a riding buddy who is a rather hard core Harley guy. First pic is of Terry and his Softail Heritage. This is the perfect example of "All mods by owner." Note Cadillac taillights and completely home-built bag set. Had a monster S&S motor and a custom six speed. His son was killed on it a few years ago.

Terry also has an E-glide Classic. When it was new we went on a HOG ride on our Trophy with him plus wife on the E-G. Then we swapped bikes, big mistake. The wifey fell in love with the relaxed seating position offered by footboards and backrest. So I found a used 2001 and bought it. I replaced a couple of missing parts, added the tail trunk and a kit stereo and we rode it to Daytona. Spent a week near Miami with friends and rode it home. It used a half quart of oil and I had to wash it once. That taught me that the bikes are as capable as any, and better than most for travel on the Interstate. Sold it to make room once I got my 2008.

Then we went crazy and got this 2004 Sportster 1200 for the wifey. It had some cosmetic issues; I fixed them and added the bigger fuel tank and other typical accessories ('farkles' just doesn't sound right for these things). Then she woke up and realized what a bed of nails it was. One of the happiest moments of my life was when I watched it roll away under its new owner. Beats me how they keep selling these things.

And our current heavy tourer - 2008 Road Glide. ABS, ride-by-wire, cruise control. A veritable magic carpet compared to my 2001, and handles much better without 40 pounds of stuff on the handlebars. Must have some cloaking device as it is apparently invisible to law enforcement. It's for sale, as the Miata has replaced it functionally. And my old HOG chapter got ruined by the dealer.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 04:56 PM   #25
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Old April 24th, 2014, 07:28 AM   #26
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First thumbnail does not work, and a bit of identification would be nice - what's the tourer in pic 2?
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Old April 24th, 2014, 09:40 AM   #27
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First thumbnail does not work, and a bit of identification would be nice - what's the tourer in pic 2?
Ok, added some detail and tried a different method on the BMW shots. I also added one that you all will get a kick out of. I color coded the cases to the bike at one stage. Look liked frikkin Captain Americas bike (LOL). Eventually changed to all over blue



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Old April 28th, 2014, 06:10 AM   #28
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Much better, thanks Twozzie. Still can't open that last pic, though. Here are a few more pics of my bikes.

First pic - Wifey's '56 Velo MAC, my '69 Venom, and my Thruxton under it's new owner on our 2008 Summer Ride. Olav has his son Eric on the back.

Second pic...Wifey's 1995 Triumph Thunderbird 900. Bought used, was a bit too heavy for her. Nice retro look, though, and much more powerful (and no heavier) than the twins that replaced it.

And now the one that embarrasses me - taken in 1972, that's my 1969 Kawi 500 triple, with Dunstall fairing and clubman 'bars. Terrifyingly fast in a straight line, handled like a drunken sailor. Front brake was good for one hard stop, then I had to drag my feet. Sorry about the pants...you had to have been there. I was lucky to survive owning this bike!

PS that bike is the reason I am superstitious about blue bikes....haven't had one since. I had a deposit on a 2005 FJR13 - until I found out that the only color available was blue. Bought my black e-glide instead, no regrets.
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Old April 29th, 2014, 08:00 AM   #29
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Bevel drive SOHC beginnings

Here are pics of the bikes Velocette used to win multiple TT races and even two GP world championships.

Pic one - taken at Ontario Raceway in 1975 or so at an AMA race. The rider is Eddie Arnold, who was up to then the most respected Velo tuner on the West Coast. He is about to take a demo lap on his 1939 KTT 350 Mark VIII. Note "Jaws" and "Viewfinders" t-shirts. Also note rather casual riding gear for a lap on the big track!

Introduced in 1925, this was the first successful OHC design where the cam was driven by shaft and bevel gears. No, Ducati did not invent this! Norton copied it after their first attempt proved unsuccessful. Also note gas-sprung Girling shocks. And girder front end!

Now, a good friend tried to buy this bike around ten years ago. Offered a big bag of cash. Ed's son turned him down, and it went to auction. This made many of us sad as we thought it had gone into some overseas collection. Meanwhile my friend found and bought it's predecessor, same engine in a rigid frame, the Mark VII. See pic #2.

At last year's Summer Ride, one of our members brought that very same Mark VIII to our Saturday lineup. We were stunned to hear that it is still on the West Coast. The owner loaned it for display and here they both are in Pic 3.

After I took pic #1, I went home and looked at my scruffy old Venom and decided to take it apart for restoration. 13 years later I finally hauled out the boxes and did the job. I think it came out well.
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Old April 29th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #30
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And now the one that embarrasses me -........... Sorry about the pants...you had to have been there.
Kinda glad I wasn't , I'll stick with my Captain America bags.
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