Monday, October 21, 2019
This one-off promotional model with body and frame in plexiglass was built for the Paris Motorshow in October 1954.
Does this showpiece still exist?
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
I remember when Suzuki introduced variable valve timing to the motorcycling world on the 1992 Bandit 400 and trying to figure out a mechanism that would allow that.
So if you're an engine guy, give a thought to how you might do it- before looking at the image...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
I dropped in to visit the Waterloo Central railway in St Jacobs today (more on that later) and was greeted by this big old Charles Parker Number 5 1/2 vise sitting out proudly by itself in the middle of the yard. It's obviously had a long hard life and it's good to see it still working!
Prentiss Vice was organized by John and Edwin Mulford in Montour Falls, NY in 1877. It appears that they had acquired the Hall Manufacturing Company, who employed a man named Mason Prentiss, who held US Patent 75,576, issued March 17, 1868 for a bench vise.
Although the ad mentions a NYC address, this seems to be only the sales or head office, Prentiss Vises were manufactured by Bagley & Sewall in Watertown, NY.
As is common with this era of tool manufacturers many companies became intertwined and in 1925 the Prentiss Vise Company completed the purchase of the Henry Cheney Hammer Company.In 1947 The Prentiss Vise Company, including the Cheney Hammer division, was sold to the Charles Parker Company of Meriden, Connecticut.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The above device is:
a) an overly complicated 19th century carabiner, named after the Red Devil mountain.
b) a shoe stretcher (competition for the Coulter product).
c) stapler for installing window points
Update, Red Devil Inc.is alive and well in Pryor Ok. though not making staplers any more.
Monday, October 14, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Here's a little personal milestone, the speedo on my 1982 Katana rolled over again, this time to 300,000 km. We had a little roadside celebration...
I bought this bike in 1986 shortly after selling my 100,000 km 750 Katana I had bought new in '82.
I needed another bike, I had grown used to the ergonomics by then ("you can't tour on that bike" said a guy to me when I was a couple of thousand miles from home), and felt I could use a bit more power. This 1100 suited me just fine. It remained mostly stock till it reached 160,000 km in the early 90s.
At that point I felt it deserved a rebuild and restoration. But partway through the process, my focus changed- the last thing I needed was a brand new 1982 motorcycle. I wanted modern brakes and tires. Suzuki parts from other bikes mostly just bolted on.
When a small end bearing went bad in the motor in 1997, I found a GS1150 engine to replace it and soon a Wiseco 1229 kit was added. That's more like it! I rode it in all the Blackfly 1600 rallies, finishing as high as 4th.
At this point the bike really is like the woodsmans axe, the handle has been replaced five times, the head twice...
Somewhere in Ohio, 1989, in its white paint phase.
back to silver and experimenting with trim...
Rat Kat phase. Katana 600 front end and rear wheel, '86 GSXR exhaust 1995
Outfitted for the Blackfly 1600, More or less to its current configuration by the late nineties
200,000 km, 2003
featured in Cycle Canada 2012!
the bike has always lived outside and is routinely ridden in the winter months.
Looking forward to a lot more riding!
These carousel motorcycles made by Wilhelm Hennecke in the 1950s look quite realistic, even down to the individual parts, though the exhaust seems to be missing on this one. Should be easy enough to assemble, refer to the black and white image below...