How to build a motorbike -1910 style

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How to build a motorbike -1910 style

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Wed May 29, 2019 12:41 am

I came across this today... thought I'd share :smile:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m8PmMQK76s

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Postby Mjolinor » Wed May 29, 2019 8:37 am

That is brilliant. The last minute where they are zooming is hilarious. Possible source for all this anti pollution from vehicles we get so much of, if I rebuilt an engine and it smoked like that it would have to come to bits again.

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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Wed May 29, 2019 9:45 am

If the engines are, as we are expected to believe, being run for the first time, then some smoke is to be expected at first start up. I think the stuff when they're moving is dust from the unmade roads of the time.

What I like are the construction techniques... no gaskets, no sealant just slap it together, hit it with a hammer and see if it works... :smile: I also find it quite amusing that this obviously promotional fil ends with one of the test riders dumping his machine in the river... Ah, those were the days... when men were men (oh sorry, that's sexist... I mean 'persons of any self declared gender' were 'persons of any self declared gender') and the Health and Safety Executive hadn't been invented.

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Re: How to build a motorbike -1910 style

Postby krankshaft » Wed May 29, 2019 9:47 am

Great stuff,
Unfortunately for the british motorcycle industry, they were still using similar production methods 60 years
later. My father was an aluminium caster in the late 60's and he was still using gravity die-casting to make
the cylinder heads for Norton-Villiers, meanwhile the Japanese had state of the art mass-production technology.
This is a great film though, I especially liked the inclusion of a bit of child-labour in fitting the drive-belt! Those little fingers
come in handy.
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Postby Galactic Greyhound » Wed May 29, 2019 10:09 am

The Good Old Days! :grin:
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Postby Mjolinor » Wed May 29, 2019 10:50 am

Great stuff,
Unfortunately for the british motorcycle industry, they were still using similar production methods 60 years
later. My father was an aluminium caster in the late 60's and he was still using gravity die-casting to make
the cylinder heads for Norton-Villiers, meanwhile the Japanese had state of the art mass-production technology.
This is a great film though, I especially liked the inclusion of a bit of child-labour in fitting the drive-belt! Those little fingers
come in handy.
Ride safe
Jim
The reason for that and for Germany being the same is that UK and USA paid for both of their national defence in the years after the war and they were forbidden from spending money on military things. Both countries chose to put their efforts into engineering that could quickly be changed to military use if required but without breaking the rules imposed by the so called victors.

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Postby windmill john » Wed May 29, 2019 12:26 pm

All covered on the James May program about German and Japanese cars after the war.

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Postby Ruralman » Wed May 29, 2019 12:58 pm

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Postby Mjolinor » Wed May 29, 2019 12:59 pm

:eek: Nm were just a French pipe dream at that time. ftlb please.

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Postby windmill john » Wed May 29, 2019 3:22 pm

Sorry Mjolinor I forgot ftlb stood for " Put you 'ft' on the spanner and 'lb' until it's tight.... :wink:

Anyway, my first biking was in the 70s, so was brought up on Nm. I kept the conversion sheet with my torque wrench, but never used it; the conversion sheet I mean!
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Postby DEEP DIVER » Wed May 29, 2019 3:47 pm

Sorry Mjolinor I forgot ftlb stood for " Put you 'ft' on the spanner and 'lb' until it's tight.... :wink:

Anyway, my first biking was in the 70s, so was brought up on Nm. I kept the conversion sheet with my torque wrench, but never used it; the conversion sheet I mean!
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Re: How to build a motorbike -1910 style

Postby Richard(Sande)Sanders » Fri May 31, 2019 8:14 pm

Sorry Mjolinor I forgot ftlb stood for " Put you 'ft' on the spanner and 'lb' until it's tight.... :wink:

Anyway, my first biking was in the 70s, so was brought up on Nm. I kept the conversion sheet with my torque wrench, but never used it; the conversion sheet I mean!
I didn't start riding until the mid 80's but always used ftlbs for torque. Not sure if it
was because I spent a lot of time in army schools, but I was taught both metric &
imperial systems at school. Given the choice I prefer imperial.


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