Monday, November 30, 2009

Hey, it's Monday...

and apparently Wal-Mart now sells caskets...go figure...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

1911 Flanders "4"

One more from the Barber Motorsports Museum...Soooo many cool things to look at there!

Anyway, this is a 1911 Flanders "4"

This bike is powered by a single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled engine that displaces 29.49 cubic inches (or 483 cc)...The Splitdorf magneto fired motor also cranks out 4 hp and is backed up by a single speed belt driven trans...The "headlight" runs off of acetylene gas instead of electricity...pretty neat...

Interesting to note that the original paperwork that came along with this bike stated that the top speed of the Flanders 4 was "5 to 50 mph"

In 1911, this bike originally sold in Pontiac Michigan for $175.00...Not sure how that adjusts for inflation, but I'm guessing it was pretty expensive for its time??

Anyway, have a look:

1923 Scott Sprint Special

Another neat bike that I saw at Barber...This one is a 1923 Scott Sprint Special...

Originally built for racing, these bikes were far superior to their competition of the time period that they were banned from certain racing events...This bike had some aspects built into it that were way ahead of its time; water cooling, automatic oil injection and rotary inlet valves are just a couple of the innovations Alfred Angus Scott used that can still be found on some modern two stroke bikes today...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1938 Crocker

Saw this at Barber Motorsports Museum when I was there a few weeks ago...Love these bikes...Here's the stats on the one in the picture:

Engine: Air-cooled 45" 4 stroke V-Twin
Ignition: Autolite distributor and coil
Power: 60 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 3 5/16" X 3 1/2"
Displacement: 60.3 cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod
Fuel System: 1 1/4" single bore Linkert
Transmission: Close ratio 3 speed
Suspension: Front dual spring girder forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drums
Weight: 495 lbs.
Top Speed: Approx. 110 mph.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hey, it's Monday!

At least it's a short work week for most everyone...

By the way, I'll be back to posting regular randomness on here very soon (within the next day or so)...Lot's going on recently and the blog kinda took a backseat for a bit...

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Bugatti Veryon

So, apparently some guy in Texas thought his Bugatti Veyron could also be driven across a lake...These things are referred to as "super cars" right?? Sorry...

Pretty funny to watch actually, considering this car costs close to $2 million...Anyway, check out the video if you haven't seen it already:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

1938 Brough-Superior SS100

Probably one of my favorites during my visit to Barber...I'll post more pics and info about this bike later:

1925 Bohmerland

Going to start posting a few of the pics I took while at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham last week and thought I'd start with this one...

It's a 1925 Bohmerland...Originally manufactured from 1924 until 1939, approx. 1,000 were built with only a handful still intact...The one seen here is apparently the oldest Bohmerland still in exsistence...

Pretty interesting bike that was originally manufactured in Czechoslovakia...It was offered in a few bright colors: yellow and red, yellow and black or yellow and green, along with cast aluminum wheels which supposedly was an inovation of sorts during that time period...Powered by a 598 cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine, this Bosch magneto fired motor cranks out 20 hp at 3,500 rpm...This 700 lbs bike is backed by a hand shifted 3 speed trans and has drum brakes on all 3 wheels...Yes, 3 wheels; it was originally equipped with a sidecar type deal and the bike was originally designed to carry 3 people in tandem with some versions being almost 10 feet long...

Anyway, check it out:

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