Friday, February 4, 2022

More photos of vintage motorcycles in Dania Beach Show

Everybody loves a free motorcycle show.
Go early to the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show
because as the day goes on the crowd makes it hard to move..

 Here's the third and final batch of great motorcycles that caught my eye at the 2022 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show. (Hit these links see my first or second batch of photos from the Dania Beach show.)

 It was another great year for the show. I was lucky enough to get a refrigerator magnet to remind me that next year's show will be Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 in Dania Beach, Fla. You ought to put that date on YOUR refrigerator.

1974 Norton cafe racer.
1974 Norton Commando 850 cafe racer.

Looks the business were the only words for 1974 Norton Commando 850 with its Isle of Man emblem.

Close up for Isle of Man emblem.
Eye catching Norton Commando 850 looked ready to race.

An adorable 1966 Honda 305cc Dream was immaculate, almost toy-like in its perfection. Of course it needed a stuffed bear as a passenger.

1966 Honda Dream motorcycle.
1966 Honda Dream was the motorcycle of a child's dreams.

Stuffed bear with captain's hat.
Capt. Congeniality was along for the ride.

Almost convincing was a decal showing a flaming outlet on the side of a blocky 1965 Lambretta LI 125 scooter. This is the kind of personal touch that makes a machine an individual work of art.

Side of scooter with flame decal.
Is that flaming outlet real? It looked it, from a distance.

Delightfully clean looking was a 1957 Puma, made in Argentina. Its design is so "open" that the horn, tool box and fishtail exhaust stand out to be appreciated.

Small motorcycle.
1957 Puma has a serious, quality look despite small size.

Small motorcycle.
Another look at the Puma. So simple the air pump shows off.

Small light on tip of motorcycle fender.
Tiny light on tip of Puma's fender was an accessory.

The tiny front fender ornament was an accessory, and could be made to light up, according to the owner, although he has not fit a bulb. What an impractical but wonderful detail.

Unusual looking little motorcycle.
It looks like a vintage Ner-A-Car but it's not anywhere near a Ner-A-Car.

The Ner-A-Car was a 1921-1927 motorcycle intended to mimic a car, with comfortable seating and hub-center steering. The swap meet at the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show featured a strange tribute to the Ner-A-Car. The creator dubbed it a "Notta Ner-A-Car."

The modern imitation is composed of a Honda scooter motor and bicycle parts. Instead of hub steering it has "divorced" steering, composed of push rods and bicycle forks. No telling what you'll see at the Dania Beach swap meet.

Tandem bicycle.
1968 Schwinn Twinn tandem with extra large basket.

Over in the bicycle section of the show, a 1968 Schwinn "Twinn" tandem fitted with an especially wide basket stood out. Simple and strong, the frame design notably did not require the front rider to swing his leg into the face of the rear rider to get aboard.

This early Twinn is from the "classic" era of Twinns, which are generally better rated than newer models.

On my way out of the show Saturday I found a guy in the parking lot photographing my own 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet! That is the first time for that.

My 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet.
My 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet got me to the show, and home.

As I donned my gear a couple of young men and women on their way into the show paused to see me kick start the Enfield. It didn't disgrace me: started up on the second kick.


  1. Second kick? Mine is a single throw starter. :)

    1. Right. You give it three kicks with the fuel tap off, open the tap and give it three more "priming" kicks, set the piston, bow towards the rising sun, cross yourself, silently promise to live a better life, turn on the ignition, open the throttle no less than one-eighth inch but no more than three sixteenths, inhale, exhale, and kick with a steady, thorough motion, being sure not to brace for a kickback as that would spoil your technique. And it starts right up! "First kick." Except for the times you forgot to put the kill switch on "Run," which is half the time.


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