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by Flx48
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: sidecar attachment
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: sidecar attachment

"Does it make a difference if the jaws of the clamp are vertical or horizontal?" The two clamshell halves grasp the ball, encompassing perhaps 80% of the ball's surface area, so my opinion is that the orientation of the two halves is irrelevant, as the halves are in turn encompassed by the bell. In ...
by Flx48
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: sidecar attachment
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: sidecar attachment

I've been using my R69/Spezial rig over forty years now, but during that time have only removed and replaced the sidecar perhaps a dozen times or so, with the last R/R probably being 2 or 3 years ago. The bell does clamp tightly over the ball. That said, one must at the same time recognize the small...
by Flx48
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: R51/3 pistons
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: R51/3 pistons

Hi David- I'll offer up my take on our pistons/rings. Piston rings have three jobs; contain compression and combustion, remove heat from piston to cylinder, and control oil loss. The advantage of the old five ring pistons was that they worked as best they could with the technology of the day. And th...
by Flx48
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Steib Spezial and TR500 fender lights?
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: Steib Spezial and TR500 fender lights?

The BMW Spezial and the Steib TR500 were essentially the same s/c. Differences included the Spezial being badged BMW instead of Steib, the Spezial having a BMW VIN plate, (similar to the one on the bike, complete with serial number) and the Spezial having Eber lights (similar to the Eber taillight o...
by Flx48
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: 1959 R60
Replies: 104
Views: 7313

Re: 1959 R60

Hi James- Not sure I can give a valid opinion on the Ikon shock either, but opine away I will nonetheless.. What one prefers in a shock is quite subjective. For me, riding a /2 is not about continuous high speed travel, whether solo or s/c, I'd be on a different machine if that was the intention. Th...
by Flx48
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: So where do you live and ride?
Replies: 35
Views: 3956

Re: So where do you live and ride?

Hi Tommy- We're in Cornwall/Litchfield; SW of Torrington/NW of Terryville. Picture a triangle with about 15 miles on each leg, we're equidistant from both. Made it to the Terryville meet last year, maybe we met! Was sort of up in your area this summer, putting an English v-twin together with Pete Te...
by Flx48
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: So where do you live and ride?
Replies: 35
Views: 3956

Re: So where do you live and ride?

That Alice's Restaurant is over on this side of the country, in Stockbridge, MA; (though has a different name now) and Guthrie still lives nearby.
That's 40mi north of us, we're in the NW corner of CT, 100mi north of NYC.
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'll boil you a mean cuppa.

Best-
George
by Flx48
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: R50/2 Holes & more holes
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: R50/2 Holes & more holes

Concur with Kurt- 12 holes for seat mounting ; 6 for solo and 6 for bench; adjustment and convenience. There were several license plate holders, as said probably for different markets. Can't tell definitively what you got with the rear fender from your photo; they had four holes up under the bench s...
by Flx48
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: newbie my 1969 R69 with globe sidecar
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: newbie my 1969 R69 with globe sidecar

Hey DJ- Nice looking combo, though it looks like it may be an R69S, rather than an R69? I had a '64 R69S/Globe in the mid '70s, and enjoyed it much; current outfit is a '60 R69/Spezial. Biggest thing I learned with the Globe (like the Steib LS 200 it was modeled after) is that it was light, very lig...
by Flx48
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Classic (1970-25 years ago) Motorcycles
Topic: Stainless vs. Chrome Exhaust Pipes with Steel Mufflers
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: Stainless vs. Chrome Exhaust Pipes with Steel Mufflers

Hi Jim- The basic advantage of stainless over chrome is rust resistance. The ss alloy is made of iron/chromium/nickel and forms a surface of chromium oxide, which protects the iron from oxidation. I chose ss over chrome plated steel back in the day because my bikes lived outdoors in New England 24/7...