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    I took this book home from the library today: http://www.amazon.com/Unusual-Motorc...al+motorcycles. It is not encyclopedic but it is dense with information.

    For those of you who are curious here is the title page, and the table of contents. It has a good section on sidecars, for those of you (Sir John?) who remember the thrill of being on one of those.







    Allan Ostling

    Phoenix, Arizona

  • #2
    Allan,
    Any reference to Sylvester Roper?
    He should be considered the Father of the motorcycle.
    Tom

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tom in nh View Post
      Allan,
      Any reference to Sylvester Roper?
      He should be considered the Father of the motorcycle.
      Your question would be easier to answer if there was an index in the back of the book. I will peruse the pages and let you know if I find Roper.
      Allan Ostling

      Phoenix, Arizona

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      • #4
        Rokon Trail Breaker

        It's not an easy book to skim. I got intrigued by the page describing the Rokon, a two-wheel drive motorcycle I remember being sold in the 1960s-70s. According to the author:
        A two-wheel tractor more than a motorbike, the Rokon was aimed at lumbermen and similar workers. In some respects very rustic, the machine was powered by a small West Bend, later Chrysler, engine linked to a hydraulic torque converter and a clutchless three-speed gearbox. A transmission shaft in the big upper tube of the frame transmitted power to a gearbox and to a universal joint over the front wheel, which was then chain driven.

        It could move between 5 and 25 mph, clear serious obstacles thanks to its fat low-pressure tyres and climb 60؛ slopes.


        I suspect the latter is a misprint, and should have been 60% slopes.
        Allan Ostling

        Phoenix, Arizona

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        • #5
          Didn't read the article but I had a Rokon I bought new 25+ years ago & sold last year. It had the 4.5 gallon drum wheels you could haul 9 gallons of fuel or leave them empyi & it would float with you on it about 4mph. It had the ctystler super bee 2 stoke, 3 range tranny, smaller snomachine type clutch, tractor type tires & would go anywhere. I could ride up to a 55 gal barrel ease on the gas & climb right over or right over a car. I have a video somewhere that show it hauling 3 250# guys & 2 100# cack of corn. They still make them now with a honda 4 stroke. It was designes foy Marlym Perkins for the Wild Kindom show then sat in a gas station in NH I believe until someone found it & started making them. You could get a side car & it weighed 175# & I could pick it up & carry it around. I used it for bear hunting. Always drew a crowd & all it has was a throttle & brake so anyone could ride it. It's in Canada now with some triends that ride a train to a milepost get off & Rokon it in. They offered small farm attatments fot it. You could ride it up a tree until the rear wheel was a foot off the ground then it would slide down, gas it again & up she'd go again. Boy was it fun!
          Last edited by flylo; 05-30-2013, 12:40 AM.
          "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
          world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
          country, in easy stages."
          ~ James Madison

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          • #6
            Paul Compton
            www.morini-mania.co.uk
            http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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            • #7
              Allan,
              That title page you show isn't the same as the Amazon link ?

              Any chance of a shot of pages 134 to 140 ?
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              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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              • #8
                And one of my own;





                Paul Compton
                www.morini-mania.co.uk
                http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by John Stevenson View Post
                  Allan,
                  That title page you show isn't the same as the Amazon link ?
                  Any chance of a shot of pages 134 to 140 ?
                  John, the Amazon link shows the book's cover, not the title page. Here is the Amazon UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unusual-Moto...al+motorcycles

                  The book is a reprint (translated from the original French) of a series of articles in the magazine La Vie de la Moto. I judge it would be a violation of Fair Use for me to copy the entire article beginning on p. 134, but here is the first page of that article, to give you a sense of what is in the book.


                  Allan Ostling

                  Phoenix, Arizona

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                  • #10




                    --Doozer
                    DZER

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                    • #11
                      John,

                      Here is the second page of that article, as you requested. I had no idea that a DOHC engine existed in 1913.


                      Allan Ostling

                      Phoenix, Arizona

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                      • #12
                        One of my bikes



                        Ian

                        is there anything about ner-a-cars in the book?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IanParkin View Post

                          is there anything about ner-a-cars in the book?
                          I don't know. Sir John will get his copy tomorrow and can assist in searching for that.
                          Allan Ostling

                          Phoenix, Arizona

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                          • #14
                            Ken Philp was a friend of mine and wrote the book on Neracars;

                            https://sites.google.com/site/martinphilp2/book-details

                            http://www.realclassic.co.uk/neracar05121600.html

                            He offered me a go on his at the Nebworth House classic bike show one year and was rather surprised when I just confidently rode away. Having build and ridden recumbent bikes was a big advantage!

                            Even with just 15% lung functionality, he'd still ride his Morini Dart around Cadwell park at the club trackday faster than many.
                            Paul Compton
                            www.morini-mania.co.uk
                            http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by aostling View Post
                              I don't know. Sir John will get his copy tomorrow and can assist in searching for that.
                              Also just noticed in the index the BSA MC1 is listed. made in 1954 if you saw one today you would never have guessed.

                              http://www.bsmotoring.com/news/bsa-m...orcycle/6456/1

                              .

                              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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