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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