Sunday, 30 October 2011

Oslo Motor Show 2

Husqvarna, a brand we in Scandinavia have seen on a lot of products……motorcycles, guns, chainsaws and everything for the kitchen. But I think this must be the first Husqvarna V twin chopper I have seen.

The power plant is made in 1923, 550 cc side valve

Double outside vintage style front brake…….Note the brass wheels to guide the wires.

A long bike………..

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Oslo Motor Show

Oslo Motor Show today. All kind off cars, trucks and bikes at the same place. Here are some bikes for different tastes:

Ulf Sanberg`s 1952 road going Manx. This bike has an interesting Scandinavian racing history. I will get back to that….

A stuffed speedway rider on a JAP.

Munch 4TT from 1968.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

The remains of an Emblem.

I had heard about it for while……..A friend of mine had found the remains of his uncle Emblem motorcycle. I was all ears…..He could remember the bike in traffic when he was a kid and had some stories about it. Well my friend is in his eighty’s and can tell a bike ore car tail. He wanted to keep the bits and see what turned up…….Fair enough; after all it was a family relic.

Some time passes and I am out to his place to have a look......... And I ask about the Emblem, after all he is more of a car guy
To make it short, I had to go and get my car……

Well well, what have we here…… a corner in the garage.

Emblem was made in Angola, New York from 1909 to 1925. They had a reputation to be of excellent quality. I do not know how many that made it to Norway.

This is all the parts, but all projects have a start.….. I will try to find some more of the bike, but it can be a difficult task. The Emblem “lived” close to a deep lake and I have heard many stories of the effective cleaning of unneeded stuff. You drag the things you don`t want out on the ice late in winter. Then you just have to wait until spring, and viola…….everything has disappeared. Did I mention that the lake was deep?


Still original paint with gold lining, amazing that it has survived all the years with use and abuse.
I do not know if the parts are from a twin or a single cylinder machine.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The third wheel on the wagon.

A few blog posts ago I was out riding Sunbeam to look and hopefully repair a Villiers powered bike that would not start……..Well, I have been out riding again and this time he was home.

A lot of different bikes have been made for a variety of purposes, for instance trail, road racing, motocross, police and post-delivery.
But what purpose was this Monet Goyon tri cycle built for? A safe ride after a few stiff drinks?

Made in France in 1925.

The source of the problem: a powerful Villers engine, 150 cc.

Monday, 10 October 2011


I got a request for some Wanderer photos from my trip to the Swedish museums this summer. I had only a few picks.

First stop was Eds Mc- och Motormuseum displaying this unrestored 1912 400cc V-twin.

This is the flattest flat tank I have seen………

This 1915 400cc V-twin was at Arvika Fordonsmuseum.


Saturday, 8 October 2011

Black magic on the road

They were talking about snow on the weather forecast on the radio today. October is usually the last month of riding here. So we decided to go for a ride this Saturday afternoon.  Good bikes and good scenery….

They are both black with gold, both bikes are considered old……But the “beam” are nearly forty years older than the “Velo”. 
Here are some obvious differences:

Brakes and the lack of them……

Gearing……Three by hand and four by foot.

The riders view:

Friday, 7 October 2011

Black magic.

My brother and i went for a ride on the black bikes last night…….

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A nightly bobber.

It is getting cold and dark. I had to put on the heat in the workshop today.

Just when I was thinking that there were not many bikes out, I heard the sound of a single cylinder….

Terje was out testing he’s newly bobbed Ariel VB600 from 1947. He has just removed the front mudguard and put on a light repro back guard. No cutting….If you got worried.
Well, a wind screen and heated grips would be a more sensible modification this time of year…..
I will try to take some photos in day light so you can see what it is like…

Monday, 3 October 2011

A JAP in the kitchen……

This is the kitchen floor…….A perfect place to spread out a JAP engine.

Now most of the work has been done and only the assembly remains. Hopefully I will get it done this week, it`s going to be fun.
You probably gathered that my wife was out when I used the kitchen….