torsdag 26. mars 2015

Buco sport shield

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Pics from Yesterdaze!

Two photos from Northern Norway, or to be more specific in Sulitjelma. Sulitjelma was and is a mining community where large amounts of copper have been mined during more than a hundred years.
This W registered Harley used to be ridden in Sulis. We can only imagine if it has survived.

mandag 23. mars 2015

Getting ready for a new season

Pooh! Spring is coming closer so fast. I just realized I had a lot of work to be done to my bikes and Bessie girl was the first in line.
Had a pair of new Allstate Diamond tires for her, got them (and several more) from Takushi in Japan, thanks a lot.
I have already driven roughly 8000 km`s on Bessie in two summers since I completed the restoration.
As usual when there are no troubles I just ride, though I know I should have paid some attention to maintenance along the way.
Anyway, starting at rear working my way to the front I think all the issues are now taken care of.
The most surprising find was the amount of slack in the steering head bearings, I am really surprised this have happened and even more I havent noticed along the way during braking etc.
Another issue is I find there are quite a bit of depositions in the bottom of the oil tank around the magnet plug that I have used as a replacement for the drain plug. To make sure there was no issues I removed the timing cover checking the internal dirt traps. They was both OK, everything else looked find in there too, still I am a bit alerted.
Will try to change oil more often this summer.

Who is the next in line? Oh well, I  will not run out of work.

"A bikers work is never done"

onsdag 11. mars 2015

Bror With.

There are reasons our motorbike heritage rely on just a small number of survivors.
Back in the days, motorbikes was not scrapped, they was reused, again and again in various creations of technical character.
People had in general less money, hardly none, this was good for creativity and ingenuity. Like in this picture, where an old Excelsior have shared its engine and rear wheel to make a snowmobile.
The guy behind the steering wheel is Bror With, a Norwegian to become famous for his inventions, among them the "Rottefella" ski binding, the "Dromedille" speed boat and more.

Apparently young With inventions started with butchering old motorbikes.

lørdag 7. mars 2015

American Motorcycles Norway / Pics from Yesterdaze

This proud young gentleman is dressed in the latest motorcycle fashion and ready to take off on his dark green Excelsior from the Schwinn factory in Chicago.

Bike is equipped with acetylene lights front and rear, manual Klaxon horn is located such that sudden braking should be avoided. This is an early photo, easily recognizable as there is registration plate only at front of the bike.
That the Schwinn water transfer decal on the primary cover is still intact tells us the bike is pretty fresh from the shop.

Another pic of this beautiful Excelsior motorbike. The rider with his back towards the camera observe his mates checking out his ride.
This is one lucky lad!

D-1593 - a small Cleveland two stroke motorcycle is all this local farmer needs to get to town.

Two lucky couples out for a ride on their Injun Motocycles.
One of the Ms`s ride the sidecar, the other on the pillion seat of those early PP models. This is another early photo, front bike have no reg plate at rear, the combination have reg plate on the sidecar, both are details from the early years of Norwegian motorcycle sport.

lørdag 28. februar 2015

Rjukan`s industry fire brigade

Rjukan`s motorized fire brigade
I have previously posted pictures on this blog, showing Rjukan`s motorized fire brigade and their Indian motocycles.
Time goes by fast, quite a while ago I gave a hand with translating a text regarding this brigade, and the unknown destiny of the Indians once used by them. This text was authored by Andre whom we know as the owner of the "famous" Spanjola four, another bike previously presented on this blog.
Andre wrote this article to the International Indian magazine, hence some might have seen it before. Finally I got time to get the article on this blog (with Andre`s permission off course), and what is great news i managed to get some great photos from Rjukan Industrial museums archives to follow the words by Andre, big thanks to them.

Rjukan’s Indian-Motocycle fire brigade.

Rjukan, a Norwegian community tucked in the bottom of a valley between high mountains in county of Telemark.
Prior to 1906 “Rjukan” was just a rural area known for the nearby waterfall, the Rjukan falls. This would soon be changed.

Sam Eyde, founder of Norsk Hydro and Norway’s most famous industrial pioneer, bought the land and the waterfall rights. By 1911 the tamed waterfalls would become power source to create synthetic nitrogen by the use of a huge electric arc, a method invented by Hydros co-founder and scientist Kristian Birkeland, the so called: Eyde-Birkeland method. The synthetic nitrogen was used in Norsk Hydro’s new plant as part of their process to fabricate Norges saltpeter, a fertilizer product which in turn would modernize agriculture worldwide.

When Sam Eyde and Hydro’s generator plant and factory where ready to start producing, the total cost was by then Norway’s largest single investment.
To ensure their investments Hydro built a new and modern fire station inside the factory and a new brigade was organized. In 1919 the fire station invested in two Indian 1000cc Powerplus sidecar outfits to be able to reach a fire in less time than by the earlier non-motorized brigade.

Indian motorcycles were a well-known brand in Rjukan at the time. This because many factory engineers were keen motorcycle riders, they even organized a motorcycle club in 1919 (the first club outside the capitol in Norway, Christiania). Indian was considered to hold a high quality, it was reliable and there is no doubt that the red Indian color fit the fire brigade well.
The fire brigade Indians got an aluminum box mounted on the rear of the sidecar frame carrying 1oo meters of hose and hydrant connecting equipment. The sidecar also carried a modern chemical extinguisher. Each bike had a crew of three men. A third Powerplus was added in 1920 as well as a F.W.D. fire truck.

Due to its modern equipment and its new fire station, Rjukan fire station was presented in Norsk Motorblads (a magazine covering the news of all motorized vehicles in Norway at the time) Christmas issue in 1921. A proud brigade leader could inform Norsk Motorblads readers that the Indians had been the first to reach the scene of fire in more than 100 occasions, this both at the factory and in the town around. Their Indians would travel at speeds up to 70 km`s at straight roads, both winter and summer.

What happened to Rjukan fire brigade Indians?
During the late twenties Hydro’s factory at Rjukan became less profitable and was rebuilt to produce with less energy consumption. This in turn created a bi-product, the heavy water which real name is deuterium oxide. This could become an important ingredient in Germanys attempt to create a nuclear bomb during WWII. The export of the bomb material was sabotaged by Norwegian resistance in some very daring actions in 1943 -44.

In 1965 the movie "Heroes from Telemark " was filmed in Rjukan, where Kirk Douglas was the main actor. This was a film based on sabotage actions in Rjukan, among them at the heavy water factory that was placed in a steep mountainside, as an ancient castle. The film was made by the Hollywood producer Anthony Mann and the film crew was in part British.

According to a story told by a Rjukan local some years ago, the Indians went with the film crew back to England after their last take. Huge interest for old motorcycles had not yet seen its light in Norway. The fire brigade Indians was supposedly still in a very good condition.
This story has not yet been confirmed by other sources.
It would be of great interest to the Norwegian Indian club to find out the destiny of those bikes. Their identity is as follows;

License plate number H-338, first registered in Norway 11-07-1919, engine number 83 M 518
License plate number H-339, first registered in Norway 05-09-1919, engine number 83 M 846

License plate number H-382, first registered in Norway 14-05-1920, engine number 74 M 819

Rjukan`s motorized firebrigade. Chief Berg is seated in the front sidecar, brigade leader in sidecar two and second leader in the third. Order in the ranks! 

Indian H-339 from Rjukans firebrigade. The box for fire equipment at rear of the sidecar, picture used by Norsk Motorblad 1921.

Rjukan`s firebrigade on their way back from the town Rjukan to the factory.

Rjukan`s firebrigade pictured inside the factory.

mandag 9. februar 2015

Azeri WLA progress

 You might or might not remember my friend Erik working in Baku - Azerbaijan found some Harley WLA`s down there, some pretty sad ones, but still old Harley`s they where.

Having hand carried one of the bikes home on the plane, in parts of course, its now getting back to a new life, thanks to Erik`s skills and a bunch of parts from Michel at Clements Trading.
Look forward to see this bike done.

An ex Norwegian army Ariel WN-G.

The Reykjavik - Iceland Police Duo-Glide waiting for summer.