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    This guy is driven! Building a 1919 Excelsior motorcycle from scratch.

    http://flashbackfab.com/pages/excel00.html

  • #2
    I'd love to build a '37 VL...grandpa had one...boy would my electra glide
    blow his mind...

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    • #3
      My Dad/s 1st full sized bike was a 32 VL. That's where the double tank thing comes from. One side used to be the oil tank in those days and it was hand pumped. Foot clutch and a 3 speed stick? Called a suicide these days ....

      That's a way cool looking bike BTW. Elemental.

      SP

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      • #4
        That is quite a project, but it doesn't quite qualify as scratch built, he used quite a few existing bits & pieces and it is full sized.

        Ron Colonna built this 1/4 scale Whizzer from scratch, making even the spokes & nipples and roller chain. Yes, it is fully functional.

        http://www.ronsmodelengines.com/Whizzer.html

        More of Ron's work can be seen here;

        http://www.ronsmodelengines.com/index.html

        He is a prolific model builder, and his work is excellent. He is also a very nice, unassuming guy.
        Jim H.

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        • #5
          Luv bikes. One of my faves is a one-off land speed bike I ran across in a book called a Temple-Anzani after the builder and rider. Can't remember if it went 123 in 1908 or 108 in 1923, but it set a record for the time.

          Anyway, the impressive thing is ya gotta realize this guy is bustin' down a beach somewhere in England whenever it was with a skinny little tire merely inches from the crack of his ...

          And if that don't scare ya enough, imagine the exposed valve train throwing oil and thrashing away right under his chest, at 100+.

          In sand?

          They had some hair back in the day.

          Any of you guys familiar with a dude named Rollie something or other riding a Vincent at Bonneville in a swimsuit? He was laying on top of the bike with his feet stretched out the back like he was superman or something at 200 per.

          SP
          Last edited by pntrbl; 01-17-2007, 10:43 PM.

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          • #6
            Jusy watched "The World's Fastest Indian" the other night on DVD. The "Extra Features" was very interesting - seeing actual footage and interviews of Burt Munro.

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            • #7
              WFI is a damn good movie...the world needs more neighbors like him..<G>

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              • #8
                Rollie Free, and he set a record at 150mph, not 200.
                "four to tow, two to go"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JCHannum
                  That is quite a project, but it doesn't quite qualify as scratch built, he used quite a few existing bits & pieces and it is full sized.

                  Ron Colonna built this 1/4 scale Whizzer from scratch, making even the spokes & nipples and roller chain. Yes, it is fully functional.

                  http://www.ronsmodelengines.com/Whizzer.html

                  More of Ron's work can be seen here;

                  http://www.ronsmodelengines.com/index.html

                  He is a prolific model builder, and his work is excellent. He is also a very nice, unassuming guy.
                  Technically he's building a prototype for a production run of scratch built machines Regardless, he's paying attention to detail. Hell of an effort and definitely not building a model!

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                  • #10
                    Driven to Excelsior.....

                    This guy isn't driven, just Paul Brodie.....similar generation to me. I know him from mountain biking & road racing....Very creative guy. An artist with bike design. I have a few sketches by him.
                    Boomer, do you know him ? Ever ridden a Brodie bike ?
                    Funny that he used to work at Cylinder Grinders in Vancouver, so did my old man (in the 50's...)
                    Small world.

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                    • #11
                      I looked at his entire site. Absolutly amazing. I can't imagine what the project would be that he couldn't get thru !! At $65 per hour, I wonder what that thing would be worth?
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