Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Weird, wonderful Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show

Motorcycle with supercharger.
1970 Triumph Trident with Judson supercharger was an unexpected sight.
The 2020 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show was a delight for anyone interested in old-timey motorcycles. But one of the joys of these vintage events is coming across a motorcycle new to you — something you never knew existed.

The supercharged 1969/1970 Triumph Trident T150 shown by Mike Ennis of Plantation, Fla. was one of these. The belt drive of the custom Judson supercharger was the first thing to strike the eye. The rear "slick" tire was the next indication of this bike's purpose in existence.

Large air inlet on motorcycle supercharger.
Rag stuffed in inlet suggests how much fuel mixture supercharger packs in.
But remarkable too was that it has only 21 miles, has not been started or run since 1970, and spent 1970-2006 on display at a motorcycle dealer in Illinois, according to the placard displayed alongside the motorcycle.

Motorcycle instrument cluster includes boost gauge.
Supercharged Trident gets a boost gauge. Note sticker on speedo.
The boost gauge in the instrument cluster was an addition. Even more amazing was the 50-year-old warning sticker on the 150-mph speedometer regarding use of the trip odometer. "Do not pull trip shaft down. Rotate only to re-set — snap fit," it warns. The first owner would have removed this sticker.

Motorcycle is decorated for Halloween.
Triumph Rocket III is not pretty, but it's pretty amazing.
No claim of responsibility was made for a different three-cylinder Triumph parked nearby, a more modern but richly "patinaed" Rocket III. From the skull on the gas tank opening to the skunk skin on the seat, to the barbed wire wrapped around an exhaust down tube, it was an exercise in how to make an over-blown monster motorcycle even more outrageous.

Scary markings on front of motorcycle.
Spiked fender, barbed wire on lamps.
It was too modern to compete for an award in this vintage motorcycle show, but was on the show grounds — and where else would you see such a thing?

Two motorcycles with rocket ship bodywork.
Shiny rocket ships from the Burn Up Company dare you to ride.
The same applies to two shiny rocket ships shown by the Burn Up Company of West Palm Beach, Fla. They're real — and have done 70 mph on the expressway, a staff member told viewers.

Streamlined motorcycle.
Burn-1 Skycycle looks more ready for the sky than the road.
"I got in and couldn't get out," one tall man commented of the cockpit of the Burn-1 Skycycle three-wheeler. The unnamed two wheeler next to it offered no cockpit; sitting on it would be like riding astride a bomb.

Streamlined cycle car.
Sleek Skycycle.
Seemingly more practical was the 1981 Honda Motocompo scooter on display at the show (sorry, I forgot to collect the owner's name). Its clever design prompted viewers to try to guess how this motorized suitcase folds up for transport. I especially liked the "Up" arrow that directed it should be set on its side.

Honda folding scooter.
Not sleek is this 1981 Honda Motocompo.
Four "carrying points" are marked on the plastic body, suggesting it would take two people to lift it (it weighs 100 pounds). Its 49cc two-stroke motor and single-speed running gear would limit its usefulness.

Honda folding motorcycle.
Note the "Up" arrow and "Carrying Point" on Honda suitcase scooter.

Honda folding motorcycle.
Motocompo is small; you might be better off on the Honda 50 step-through behind it.
Big dog stands on wheeled platform attached to a scooter.
Dog too big for a sidecar? How about a side platform?

Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show photos

Flags fly over crowd at motorcycle show.
Great motorcycles, sunny weather combine for 2020 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show.
Here are my first photos from the 2020 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show here in Florida Saturday, Jan. 25.

Wes Scott, the local Brit-bike mechanic and restorer who works on my 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet, was at the show. He asked if I was still having fun with it.

"Any time she starts in the morning is a good day," I replied.

"Any time we start in the morning is a good day," he fired back, a reminder that we ever more vintage ourselves..

The Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show draws hundreds of great old motorcycles. For the thousands of bikers drawn to the show, the old motorcycles were often a reminder of younger days.

"That's a '74," one man pointed out. "I had the '73."

"This is a '48," another man said. "I wanted the '47 — the same year I was born."

Enjoy the photos. I have more to come:

1957 BSA Golden Flash motorcycle.
1957 BSA Golden Flash reflects the sun.

Headlight enclosure has amp meter on the side.
BSA Golden Flash nacelle puts amp meter out of sight around the side.

Tank of motorcycle is labelled Royal Tourist.
BSA Golden Flash tank reminds the rider he's riding in style.
Glowing in the sun, the 1957 BSA Golden Flash shown by Dick Birdsall of Lake Worth, Fla. was first to catch my eye.

1948 Triumph 3T motorcycle.
1948 Triumph 3T descended from the 500cc Speed Twin family.

Tank panel of a 1948 Triumph 3T.
Knurled knob at front of tank is the base of a pull-out flash light.

Speedometer of 1948 Triumph 3T.
Tiny speedometer on 1948 Triumph 3T has too much information to impart.
Douglas Spranger of Port Orange, Fla., regularly rides the freshly restored 1948 Triumph 3T he was showing — although it is a "40-mile-per-hour motorcycle." It was originally shipped to Los Angeles in 1948.

The knurled knob at the front of the tank is actually an "inspection light" — a flashlight wired to the battery. (Presumably used after dark to see what has fallen off.)

The complex little speedometer on the 3T shows miles per hour and equivalent rpm in each gear. The orange marker line is fixed: it reminds the rider of Britain's then 30 mph speed limit!

1932 New Hudson Model 34 motorcycle.
1932 Model 34 New Hudson is a rare sight.

Tank panel of 1932 Hudson Model 34 motorcycle has a clock.
New  Hudson's tank panel includes a clock.

Curvaceous exhaust pipe of 1932 New Hudson motorcycle.
New Hudson's fishtail exhaust is a delicious touch.

Shift knob is near knee pad on New Hudson motorcycle.
Note how the New Hudson's shift quadrant tucks into knee pad.
The 1932 New Hudson Model 34, a 350cc overhead-valve single shown by Jimmy Sabino of Marco Island, Fla., is a rare sight. New Hudson went out of business at the end of 1932, making the lovely Model 34 very rare. This was a luxury motorcycle. The instrument panel included a clock.

Long tail end of 1957 TWN Tessy scooter.
1957 TWN Tessy scooter is sleek.

Side of 1957 TWN Tessy scooter.
Note how cleanly choke lever is incorporated into carb air inlet.

Tiny speedometer is only instrument on instrument panel.
TWN Tessy scooter provides only a tiny speedometer.

1957 Tessy scooter right-side view.
Streamlined tail, bluff bow somehow combine on Tessy scooter.
The 1957 TWN Tessy scooter shown by Patty Schwarz of DeLeon Springs, Fla. is a real cupcake. Clever details abound but all incorporated into a sleek shape that belies its bluff front end. What a bow wave that wide front must set up.

The only instrument is a speedometer and it's a little jewel, probably too small to read. Built for only two years, in Germany, the Tessy had an electric starter, four-speed gearbox controlled by a twist grip and a two-stroke motor of advanced design.

Man cleaning Yamaha motorcycle.
Yamaha was featured marque at the 2020 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show.
And there's always time for a little more cleaning.

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