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Forum: Old's Cool 09-28-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 230
Posted By Night Train
Bull City Rumble

The Bull City Rumble is a "Mods vs Rockers" type event held in Durham, NC. Lots of great vintage motorcycles in attendance, with the bulk of the machines being European or Japanese. Here's an...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 849
Posted By Night Train
Bad Luck Comes in Threes

What's your worst breakdown story? My happened about this time last year when I was riding north to attend the Pewter Run. Three major failures in just 200 miles of riding. Makes for a good story...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-17-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 382
Posted By Night Train
VL Springer Front End Rebuild

I've parkerized (http://www.ridingvintage.com/2014/08/how-to-parkerize-motorcycle-parts.html) the parts and made the tools...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-12-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 436
Posted By Night Train
Do It Yourself Tools for Rebuilding Harley-Davidson Springer Front Ends

Here's a few simple tools I designed for rebuillding Harley-Davidson springer front ends. They eliminate the need for a hydraulic press:
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Forum: Old's Cool 08-04-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,418
Posted By Night Train
How to Parkerize Motorcycle Parts

I've been parkerizing some parts to go with my '33 VL build and put together a tutorial on how to do it. Turns out once you get the parkerizing solution, you can get all the other supplies for under...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-04-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 397
Posted By Night Train
HD Generator Rebuild and Upgrade

If your thinking about upgrading your 3-brush generator to a 2-brush set up or just having your current generator rebuilt, I'd suggest talking to Perry Ruiter up in Canada. He just finished building...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-30-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 299
Posted By Night Train
AMCA Southern National Meet

I had a great time this year down in Denton, NC for the AMCA Southern National Meet. For those that missed out, here's a collection of over 60 photos covering the entire event.

2014 AMCA...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-30-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
Posted By Night Train
New Series from Revzilla

The folks over at Revzilla have asked me to contribute to a new site they are calling "The Hub". It's basically going to be a place where you can read articles about all aspects of motorcycling. ...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-12-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 988
Posted By Night Train
How Motorcycles Are Made

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If your interest in old motorcycles extends into how they were made in the factory, then you'll want...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-07-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,211
Posted By Night Train
That's a great story! Do you have any photos of...

That's a great story! Do you have any photos of him and the motorcycles from his time in Holland?
Forum: Old's Cool 05-07-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,211
Posted By Night Train
Abandoned Harleys Get New Life in Holland

Ever wonder what happened to all those Harley-Davidson motorcycles left in Europe after WWII? Turns out that quite a few of them escaped the scrap pile. It seems the Dutch knew a good thing when...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-30-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 681
Posted By Night Train
The First Yank and Harley to Enter Germany

We've all seen this photo before, but like any great photo, there is a great story behind it. This particular story comes from the pages of the February 1944 edition of "The Enthusiast". It's a full...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-29-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 865
Posted By Night Train
Harley Gets the Mail Delivered On Time

I've been searching for pictures of early Harley-Davidson use by the US Postal Service for sometime. Finally found enough to put together a short history of motorcycle use by the US Postal Service...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-14-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,437
Posted By Night Train
Over the last month, I've been hunting parts and...

Over the last month, I've been hunting parts and repairing my cases. It turned out that I had a hole in my front right engine baffle which needed to be repaired. What looked like a simple job...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-06-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,437
Posted By Night Train
It's been a while since I've posted, so let me...

It's been a while since I've posted, so let me get everyone back up to speed on my project. With the engine mostly ready for rebuilding, I began working on the three-speed transmission. As with the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-25-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 699
Posted By Night Train
Harley Tries to Take on the NYPD with the UMG

In 1937 Harley-Davidson produced a special model just to try and sway the NYPD to switch to their brand. Read about Harley's attempt to make an "Indian Clone" and win the NYPD's business.
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Forum: Old's Cool 01-20-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 549
Posted By Night Train
Cygnet Rear Car

The Cygnet Rear Car was built upon the idea of the horse and buggy. They just replaced the horse with a motorcycle. The resulting platform lent itself to a variety of uses. Includes a great picture...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-18-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 879
Posted By Night Train
Previously Unknown Racer Wins the 1938 Daytona 200, Sparking Controversy

When previously unknown racer Ben Campanale won the 1938 Daytona 200, a controversy surrounding his victory soon ensued. Included in the article is a letter from Harley-Davidson which rebuts the...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-24-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,433
Posted By Night Train
Best Vintage Motorcycle Products of 2013

It's that time of the year when everyone starts putting together "best of" lists. Well, how about one that we can really show some interest in...
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Forum: Old's Cool 12-18-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,437
Posted By Night Train
This next article covers prepping the cylinders...

This next article covers prepping the cylinders and heads.

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Forum: Old's Cool 12-16-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,167
Posted By Night Train
The Versatile Indian Motorcycle

A collection of two dozen old photos of custom vehicles based on Indian motorcycles. Some came from the factory and some were home built, but all are interesting examples of thinking "outside the...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-12-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,437
Posted By Night Train
1933 VL Build

I'll be updating this thread throughout the build, so check back here often. This next article covers the repairs I made to my #4 camshaft.
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Forum: Old's Cool 12-09-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 718
Posted By Night Train
1927 Indian Bandit Chaser

During Prohibition, the NYPD found themselves outgunned by the Mob and other bootleggers. Their answer was to outfit their patrolman with automatic shotguns and armored motorcycles. Indian produced...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-07-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 875
Posted By Night Train
I'm building this motorcycle piece by piece, so...

I'm building this motorcycle piece by piece, so as I acquire the parts, you'll see them come together. I started last Friday with just the cases!
Forum: Old's Cool 12-07-2013, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 875
Posted By Night Train
1933 Harley-Davidson VL Build: Preparing the Cases

My 1933 Harley-Davidson VL build is finally underway and I'll be cataloging the entire process with step by step articles on Riding Vintage. By the end of this project I hope to have a complete...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-25-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 532
Posted By Night Train
1933 VL Build Starts on Black Friday

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In just four days, I'll be starting a...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-24-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 839
Posted By Night Train
Three-Wheeled Harleys Made in Japan

These three-wheeled hybrids were built by the Japanese in 1934. Based on a Harley-Davidson VL motorcycle, they were used as commercial vehicles to haul goods. Some interesting photos of a few...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-19-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 716
Posted By Night Train
The Van Buren Sister's 1916 Cross Country Ride.

The Van Buren sisters made an epic cross country ride totaling 5,500 miles in 1916, riding a pair of Indian motorcycles. They did not effect the social change they were after, but it was still quite...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-16-2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 659
Posted By Night Train
Fire Fighting Harleys

Early fire departments experimented with using motorcycles as part of their emergency vehicle line up. Even though they never really caught on, some interesting vehicles resulted. I added a few...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-11-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,052
Posted By Night Train
Revisiting Life in the 1960's and the Outlaws MC

At the end of this month, Flash Productions will be releasing a Collector's Edition hardback copy of Portraits of American Bikers: Life in the 1960s. This book gives an inside look at the Outlaw's...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-10-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 893
Posted By Night Train
The First Harley-Davidson Servi-Cars

Harley's three-wheeled Servi-Car had a 41 year continuous production run starting in 1932. This article covers the first 5 years and is loaded with great photos and even the original sales brochure. ...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-05-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 858
Posted By Night Train
The First Woman Rider In DC

Washington DC may have been ahead of the times when it issued the first driver's license to a women in 1900, but it was another 37 years before they issued the first motorcycle license to a woman. ...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-01-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 511
Posted By Night Train
Alfred LeRoy Rides 50,000 Miles Around the US with No Legs and One Arm

Around the turn of the century, Alfred Leroy was run over by a train, losing both of his legs and half of one arm. Amazingly, he survived the accident and went on to become an avid motorcyclist. In...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-31-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 793
Posted By Night Train
Spring 2014 Eustis Swapmeet Extended to Three Days!

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Vintage Motorcycle Alliance, LLC is proud to announce an additional day of antique and classic...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-30-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,457
Posted By Night Train
I mentioned that motorcycle at the end of the...

I mentioned that motorcycle at the end of the article. It's powered by a Rotax engine and Harley basically just rebadged a motorcycle from another company and called it their own.
Forum: Old's Cool 10-30-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,457
Posted By Night Train
Harley's Last True Military Motorcycle

Harley's WWII-era WLA is the ubiquitous military motorcycle, but it is not the only model the Motor Company made for the US Military. In the late 50's and early 60's Harley produced a militarized...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-27-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 738
Posted By Night Train
1933 Pine to Palm Tour

This is a great story and collection of photos about two young men from Winnipeg and their journey from Canada to Los Angeles, CA. Leaving in December of 1933, they rode their motorcycles south to...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-24-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By Night Train
The 1928 Opel Rocket-Powered Motorcycle

In 1928, Fritz von Opel started experimenting with rocket-propelled vehicles. This eventually led to the Opel MotoClub SS with six solid fuel rockets. "Hey ya'll, watch this!"
...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-22-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By Night Train
Harley Introduces the 1934 CAC Racer

Built in 1934 to compete with the British JAP and Rudge speedway racers, the Harley-Davidson CAC is an extremely rare motorcycle with only 9 known to still exist. Like a lot of Harley's history,...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-20-2013, 02:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 723
Posted By Night Train
Della Crewe Tours North and South America with Only Her Dog

Born in 1884, Ms Della Crewe came of age at a time when adventure was left to the men and women stayed home to raise the kids. This was not going to be her lot in life and she was well traveled...
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