Wednesday, September 29, 2010

American Motorcycles

Another Thor big twin. Those where some beautiful machines, blue with white tank panels. Enclosed valves where quite modern for its time.
Thor sold well in Norway and there are still a few of those rare breed around.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hit by autumn

Well, then there is this long winter with manic work in the workshops to get ready for summer. Summer is way to short, its allready become autumn with leaves beeing colored in yellow and red.
Realised yesterday I hadnt used my 45" bobjob in several weeks. Time to act, fired up the engine and went up the valleys, crisp air close to cold, just a couple of degrees in the positive direction.
Went by a friend who just have got his ol AMF shuvel back to life, didnt take long to convince him getting of for a test ride.
Later the same evening the temperature came below zero degree C, better get prepeared for another winter.

Monday, September 27, 2010

American Motorcycles Norway

This is another cool picture from the eastern part of Norway. In front an Excelsior from the late teens. These Scwinn produced twins very some sturdy workhorses who sold quite well in Norway. This bike is equipped with acetylene lights and a hand operated ogah horn mounted on the handlebar.

An Indian Power Plus with sidecar in the back.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

American Motorcycles Norway

This farmer is less conserned in dresscode than some previous pictured motorcyclists. His mount is a 1918 or 19 Harley 61"(1000cc). Bike is running a electric headlight powered by a Splitdorf generator mounted in front of the engine. This rather common rebuild is most likely done by the local blacksmith as the lamp is not made by HD. The original gas lamp is still mounted at the rear mudguard.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Oh yes one would easily think. Hitting the road with a engine displacement of 10,4 litre is something.
But wait, this is a 1 cylinder 30Hp petrol engine pushing you to the amazing speed of 21,6 kmh at 6`th gear.
Ever heard of Lanz ELI Buldogg roadgoing tractor?
They are rare as hens theets, I once had one but now I`ve only got its spare spark plug left, its BIG.

Right Harley spark plug, left is BOSCH`s giant sparkplug for 10,4 litre Lantz engine.


I`ve always heard that there was built special 8 valve Harley`s in Sweden way back where they used Rudge 4 valve heads with home turned cylinders.
Hmmm, 8 valve Harley just the tought is a thrill.

Was fortunate at Ekeberg swap meet getting a Rudge 4 valve head to play with.
Didn`t get home until today, have a guess what was my first "to do".

Its just amazing, the Rudge and the Harley IOE from late 24 (JDCA/JDCB) up to 29 J & JD share the exact same dimensions between cylinder / head bolts centers, oh yeah even the same dimensions of bolts.
A plan is getting borned, watch out :-).

Sunday, September 19, 2010

As promised, here are the photos from the Kiss concert.

This is only 22 of over 80 some pictures, but I picked some of the coolest to share with you.
As KISS proclaims to be the greatest band on earth, they clearly put on one of the greatest shows on earth.

Wow, What a Trip!

From her on out, I'm just gonna let the pictures do the talking on this one.


American Motorcycle Norway

The two brothers, Ragnar & Jon (youngest brother Ragnar behind the handlebars) on their approx 1920 Harley 61" (1000cc). Picture is taken while visiting the small town Eid in Western Norway. E-2182 is an electrically equipped model, lamps made by Harley and horn by Klaxon?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Ekeberg Swap meet

Puuuh!, done with Ekeberg swap meet for this year. Two days filled with action, selling, buying, walking, talking, making new friends and meeting old friends.
Some where there and some where not.
Got rid of all my US made cicle parts, surprise?, and some other junk too.

Great fun as always.

Friday, September 17, 2010

American Motorcycle Norway

This cool picture from the Western part of Norway show Jakob Kjellevold with his sidecar equipped Indian 1915 or 16 (its chassis is the early Hedstrom design but a closer look at the engine show its sidevalve. They where in this chassis for only two years?).
There should be no doubt that Jakob is the boss for this team of guys working with the development of the telephone system in rural parts of western Norways. On could say that Jakob have a boss`s attitude (and he have an Indian too).

Jakob with his three brothers as passengers, cool picture.

Bike is running with acetylene lights even on the sidecar. State of the art then.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Got twisties?

Well, I have been in hiatus for quite some time and my life's schedule being thrown my way by both work and home don't look like that will be changing much any time soon, but I'm not dead. In fact, just a short while back I did some REAL LIVING. Living to Ride, Riding to Live, if ya know what I mean.

I've driven both of these roads I'm going to tell you about before in a car, but never on a motorcycle until now. It's something I've wanted to do for years, since the first time I drove the roads. I finally made it happen with a couple of close friends whom are now even closer friends than before. Funny how that happens. Must be that biker brotherhood thing.

The ride was roughly 800 miles and we broke it up into 3 days.
Now I know that 800 miles doesn't sound like a lot for three days, but when 1/3 of thee miles are on back roads and you take the scenic routes to get there and there are more twisties than you can count, than you can respect 800 miles of pure put a freaking smile on your face riding.

Day 1, we got to a late start, but started at my place and rode most of the daylight away heading North on Hwy 35 / 61 taking the scenic route along Lake Superior.

We had prior reservations and stayed the night at the Aspen Lodge in Grand Marais, MN. We got a room with Lake Superior view, two double beds and a cot.

This worked out fine and the fair was reasonable. If you've ever seen one of those "Where the Hell is Wall Drug" bumper stickers, the you've likely seen a Yellow with Black lettering "Sven and Ole's Grand Marais, MN" bumper sticker too. Well, it's because it is some of the best pizza in the world. Of course we ate dinner there. I try to eat Sven and Ole's Pizza once a year, or I go through withdrawl. 'Nuff said. Eat there if you ever visit
Grand Marais.

Day 2, we started off bright and early in the morning and we rode the Gunflint Trail.

Its 55 miles one way. It starts in Grand Marais, MN and heads North West where it ends at the Canadian border at a lake in the Boundary waters. In fact, the trail goes through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, thus all of the twisty roads and lakes to view as you roll on through. The Gunflint Trail is filled with twisties, rolling hills, lakes, coniferous trees, pine trees and wild life. We even saw a fox cross the road right in front of us. There are a couple of places you can stop to eat on the way. I recommend Trails Center Lodge, which is at the center of the trail (midway going one direction, not midway turning around).
This is a good place to fuel up too if you have a smaller tank like I do.
There is a place toward the end of the trail by the turn around point too. But I really do recommend Trails Center Lodge for your food stop. I've eaten at both. Trail Center Lodge food freaking rocks.

Sitting at a pit stop, fulfilling a little boy's fantasy!

We double backed down the Gunflint, and then back down Hwy 35 / 61.

This starts the next leg of the journey. When you are traveling South from here on Hwy 35 / 61, you want to take a right at Hwy 1 at Ilgin City and head North West again. At this time, you are remembering the beautiful rolling twisty ride you just finished on the Gunflint, but you are in for quite a surprise. The Gunflint Trail is kind of like Hwy 1 if some one grabbed on to both ends and gave it a little tug to straighten it out a bit.
From here, Hwy 1 will take you to Ely, MN, which is a small, quaint old mining town. There is a really cool mine tour you can take. (I've done the mine tour with my family. It's really cool.) We didn't do so as our time was limited, but if you find the time, I do recommend it. Back to the twisties. The road from Ilgin City To Ely is almost exactly 60 miles one way. Precisely 42 of which are twisty. Some as twisty as Needles Hwy in So. Dakota. The twists and turns vary from switch backs to long rolling curves that you can hang for what seems to be forever at about 55-60 MPH. I suppose if you have a different bike, and more balls than I have, or are at least more daring than I, you could go much faster. There are a few lakes and rivers that are beautiful to see while you are on this road, but really, when you are riding these twisties, you're having so much fun you really don't care. At the mid point of the road there is a gas station for fueling up if needed, and a Coop with gas too. Again, helpful for those us with small gas tanks who already pushed limits riding from Grand Marais to this point here. This was also a good place to grab a snack before motoring on to Ely.
We stayed the night at a quaint home made cabin.
The cabin was loaned to us to use for the night from a friend of one of the guys I was riding with. Accommodations were a bit rough, but what do you expect for a little cabin in the middle of no where. The solitude and scenery made up for lack of pampering after a long ride.
We stayed up late drinking beer and talking smart around the camp fire and then called it a night. Good times my friends, good times.

Day 3, We packed up our gear in the morning to "DO" Hwy 1 again on our last leg, the journey home.

I enjoyed double backing Hwy 1, I think just as much as hitting it for the first time because I kind of knew what to expect more on a bike than the first way through. I was able to push the speed a bit more and really enjoy the curves. You know, when you drive a twisty road in a car, it aint the same as on two wheels, so the first time through for me was like being a Hwy 1 motorcycle twisty virgin. You want to enjoy it, but yet, you don't want to crash and burn either. I feel it's best to play it safe the first time through on motorcycle on any unknown road. Eventually the twisties ended, and we were shortly back on the freeway, heading home.

We safely and successfully returned home and ended the journey that made 3 friends better friends than before.

Got twisties?