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The place where Ash will doubtless post most of his pictures !
It's here to push the most worthless piles of rust & all trikes out the back of the scrapyard to make room for new rubbish.
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Harmonic Generator
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All wrong

Unread post by Harmonic Generator » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:50 pm

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I think someone was trying too hard.
Yam XJ550- Ebay error,sold cheap
Yam RD250- Sold to fund Crusader
Yam SRX600- Crashed, taken & crushed
Royal Enfield Crusader 250- Ongoing project, £1K so far.
Yam SRX400- Broke for parts
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Re: All wrong

Unread post by Zunspec » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:06 pm

I like it, nice an shiny :D

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Re: All wrong

Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:11 pm

That's a 'Magnificent' Wooler flat 4.
There's nowt wrong wi that.

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Re: All wrong

Unread post by Velton » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:18 pm

Is that a Wooler? :o
Don't think I've ever seen one "in the metal" only photos etc.

By the standards of its time c. 1955 that was a "Dream Machine" - shaft drive, smooth flat 4 motor, modern telescopic forks etc.

(The latest Japanese hyper-sports bikes all have telescopics of a similar design 50-odd years later!)

Like so many other "Dream Machines" it never made the transition into production, as far as I know.

The Vincent "Black Prince" (I think) came out maybe slightly later - fully faired in like the Ariel Leader - another dream that does not stand the test of time .
Who would not rather have "naked" Vincent now?

Not to mention those bizarre engine cowlings on Velocettes, hiding that beautiful timing cover, Triumph bath-tubs and what have you. All thrown away a.s.a.p.
All trying to be "modern" and succeeding by the standards of their time.

Will people look back in nostalgia at Quasars and other Feet Forward bikes?
Or in derision?
But they were also "pushing the envelope" of design in pursuit of "improving" bikes.......
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

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Re: All wrong

Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:36 pm

Velton wrote:Is that a Wooler? :o
Don't think I've ever seen one "in the metal" only photos etc.
Yep, it's one of the 5 or 6 models built between 1953 when the prototype was displayed and 1956 when they finally shut up shop for good.
There's one at Sammy Miller's and that one up in that big shed/conference centre thing near Birmingham.

Apparently it could be completely stripped using one spanner and a screwdriver !

The tank extending around the headstock was a feature of Woolers going back to the earliest bikes built in the early 1910s up to the outbreak of WW1

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Re: All wrong

Unread post by SMIFFY R » Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:37 pm

Harmonic Generator wrote:Image

I think someone was trying too hard.
Didn't realise it was a Wooler,very nice and well ahead of it's time
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Re: All wrong

Unread post by Tman » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:02 pm

That's the one from the NMM.
Think someone made a similar special out of two Velo engines, one on top of the other. Hope it ran better than this Wooler.
I could agree with you, but then I won't get the abusive foul-mouth PM sent to my home PC...

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Re: All wrong

Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:28 pm

Tman wrote:That's the one from the NMM.
Yours Truly wrote:There's one at Sammy Miller's and that one up in that big shed/conference centre thing near Birmingham.
Yep.
The block paving and redbrick wall gave it away.

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