tirsdag 17. november 2015

Reading Standard

Just found this cool printer block showing a Reading Standard from 1917. I thought first the creator of this mirror image had forgotten the horn. This was until I learned from Richard those particular models had the horn integrated in the head lamp!!
How cool is that 98 years ago.

mandag 16. november 2015

Beck grips

Beck grips, I love them Beck grips made for the Harley handlebars.
Why do I love them?
They are stylish and are made in many colors, simple in their design still stylish, and they are good to ride with too.

Beck Distributing Corp. was founded as early as in 1914 by a young  Irving Beck at age 20, whom realized the need of accessories and spare parts for motorcycles that not necessarily came from the motorcycle manufacturer themselves.

Irving was lucky enough to get a huge contract of supplying sidecars to the US Army during WWI. Sidecars that he imported from Australia.

When the war was over Irving started making catalogs of repair parts and accessories for the rapidly growing motorcycle market in the US. The Beck headquarters was located in Harlem NY in a eight story building who soon was filled with goods, much of it he imported from European countries,
After the WWII the US economy was blooming, and Beck started supplying spare parts and accessories to European made sports cars in addition to the motorcycle parts.

Beck would merge with a huge brake shoe maker in the late sixties, and as a company they exist even today though with a different name.

Harlem NY

Fifties Beck add from "The American Motorcyclist Magazine"

Annual Beck cataloge

Grips, grips, grips

Today there are great quality Beck reproduction grips available at reasonable prices.