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Old 03-05-2014, 12:32 PM   #1621
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The Edgwife is demanding we take a vintage bike SOMEWHERE for a week long rideabout...2 up.
This was an earlier pack on a /2...


The bike was fine after I strapped the backpack to the tank which held the front end down....
Under no circumstances can we ride without panniers!



I think I like Mrs. Edge. You're going to need some big saddle bags.

I suppose you could do a Danny Liska and use some of those Harley Davidson bags that bolt to the fender, bent around the suspension units. All you have to do is drill a bunch of holes in your 60 year old fender. Or a Ted Simon and drape some leather saddle bags over you tank.



PS - I jest - please don't drill holes in your fender.


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Old 03-07-2014, 10:53 AM   #1622
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There is an art to packing a bike.... take what you need

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Old 03-09-2014, 08:30 PM   #1623
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Ice Yachts

Totally off topic but wicked cool...
The Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, est. 1885 finally got "hard water" thanks to the Polar Vortex of '14 and gathered near Astor Point on the frozen Hudson for a bit of racing. 140 years old and still hitting 70mph!



Any one of these bad boys are impressive but they got close to 40 of them out on the ice...



"Jack Frost" , 40' long has been racing "Rocket" since 1888...
Jack Frost


Rocket


They knew how to build 'em

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Old 03-09-2014, 08:57 PM   #1624
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Wow... rear steering with a gaff rig.... not 'zackly easy to maneuver by today's standards. What a sight that musta been! When they wipe out it must be spectacular!

I drove a small DN one time, and was absolutely flabbergasted by the acceleration in 'hard water' sailing. Totally amazing, as you trim to apparent-wind, which is always ahead of you, whether downwind, reaching or close-hauled. Sheeting in it feels like you put the pedal-to-the metal......Absolutely thrilling!
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #1625
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It was a privilege to attend this gathering. It only happens once every ten years or so when the river freezes...

Imagine 70mph laying in a couch on either side. A tiller man and a sheet man....


Keep your head down!
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:00 AM   #1626
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How old are these tires?

Pirelli 3.25 x 19. Made in Italy.
From 5 feet away they look brand new...shiny. From 1 foot away they look 40 years old. Cracked and brittle.



This is embossed on the side. What does it indicate?

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Old 03-18-2014, 11:19 AM   #1627
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There are a series of letters designating loads, speed ratings etc. Dates are now a four number code:

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Other useful information on the tire's sidewall includes its manufacturing date. Look on the side for a raised block with four digits; it's usually next to the U.S. DOT tire identification number. The first two indicate the week of its manufacture, and the last two are for the year. For example, 1702 would indicate the tire was manufactured in April, 2002. Prior to 2000, there were only three digits, with the last one indicating the year.


Yours may be an early dating code, or a European code. Regardless, a hard/brittle tire has relatively little traction compared to a new, soft tire.... Those may be good for show, but I wouldn't want to ride on them!!

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Old 03-18-2014, 12:20 PM   #1628
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No D O T numbers on these babies. But they sure have been ArmorAll'd to death. !
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:41 PM   #1629
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I sent a blind email to Pirelli.com about the Born On date and surprisingly got this back within the hour...


Hello

We need the dot/serial from the sidewall. It will look like this DOT XE 12 A123 2210, and we need the exact tire model. Thanks

North America Pirelli Moto


They don't know either!
I'm guessin' '84.


They responded to my second email...
Hello

We have checked our reference materials and we would guess these are from the 70s or even the 60s.

North America Pirelli Moto


One set of VINTAGE Pirelli moto tyres for sale! $600!!!

Perfect for your showbike!
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:57 PM   #1630
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why have none of you jumped on this screaming deal yet?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Heinric...3D321301913141
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:51 PM   #1631
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Totally off topic but wicked cool...
The Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, est. 1885 finally got "hard water" thanks to the Polar Vortex of '14 and gathered near Astor Point on the frozen Hudson for a bit of racing. 140 years old and still hitting 70mph!



Any one of these bad boys are impressive but they got close to 40 of them out on the ice...



"Jack Frost" , 40' long has been racing "Rocket" since 1888...
Jack Frost


Rocket


They knew how to build 'em


Brings back memories. I grew up playing on the Navesink river in NJ. The North Shrewsbury ice boat and yacht club had a few of these old beauties. Sweet woodwork! Hell , I even built an ice boat from a plan in popular science back in the 60's when I was no more than 11 or 12.
It was made out of 2x8's, bed sheet for the sail (mom was pissed!) and old hockey skate blades for the runners. Wasn't very good but sure did show some determination.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:15 PM   #1632
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:22 PM   #1633
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If I look out my windows, I KNOW that that photo was not taken THIS year!!!



But, thanks for the "forward thinking".... spring will come .... Uh, it WILL, indeed... uh... it Will?


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Old 04-03-2014, 03:40 PM   #1634
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Registered, fired up and took this lil' number for a 30 mile shakedown today.
overall rating = 92
What a sweet bike!
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:45 PM   #1635
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What a sweet bike!
Beauty!!
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