Two-Wheel Tuesdays: The Old Skool Road Show

If seeing more images similar to the one above of The Old Skool Road Show is of interest to my fellow Hoons, please feel free to click on through at any time.

Now I am fairly confident my fellow Hoons are aware it is Bike Week down here in Daytona Beach. Well this olelongrooffan has been trying to gather as much of the cool shit I could find to share with ya’ll. I think you will agree this show qualifies for that last statement.

It is the Old Skool Road Show and it is comprised of about 15 or so Harleys and Indians dating from 1914 to 1957.

The first one I shot was this one, the only one that didn’t have a name placard on it. It was, as they all were, super cool and look Ma, no mirrors.

It is amazing in its simplicity. Not being a wrench or a bike dude, I can’t really describe in detail what is going on here but it has only two spark plugs so I am presuming only two cylinders!

This ’25 is interesting as it is one of the two that had the sidecar located on the left side of the bike whereas the others had theirs located on the right side.

And trust me, the suspension for that side car is extremely simple.

This blue ’48 looks much like the ones offered new today I spotted at the Harley dealer during Biketoberfest last fall.

And this is the dashboard, if you will, of that sidecar bearing motorbike. Note the simplicity of the transmission shift pattern. As I was checking this out, I struck up a conversation with a couple bike dudes who knew what they were looking at. One of them mentioned the reason Harleys possessed a “split tank” was that the right side of it carried gasoline while the left side carried oil. “And the Coleman lantern type pump you see there, that needs to be pumped on a regular basis to get oil into the engine.” Primitive technology but it works!

I really like this Indian Dispatch. I reminds me of an old “meter maid” ride I used to see when I would visit my grandmother as a kid. The meter maids used to drive up and down the streets in south St. Louis and chalk the tires of cars parked along the street. Three hours later they would drive by again and ticket the cars that exceeded the two hour parking time limit. Ah, the memories this olelongrooffan can come up with by merely sighting this cool ride.

This is the other bike I saw with the sidecar on the left. Dual headlights on a 1929 motorcycle, no less.

I then checked out the dashboard of this one and spotted the speedometer measured in kilometres so possibly these leftsidecar bearing motorbikes were destined for export.

And hell yeah my fellow Hoons, the get around town car for the owners of the Old Skool Road Show is a ’57 210 longroof!

And, although nice, not every one of these bikes is a restored trailer queen as this rusty 34 demonstrates.

This 1920 red and white Harley Davidson is a 10-footer.

I mean check out the gas tank on it.

This ’48 Model EL was in very nice condition and sports a bicycle type single seat.

This one is a 47 Indian Chief in even better condition.

And the dashboard of that Chief.

A couple of the oldest bikes were in semi tents. This one didn’t have any details about it but

I was able to gather a grainy image of the leather clad brake on it. Yeah, that bike dude told me the brake was wrapped in leather as back in the day as the synthetics used today had yet to be invented.

To me, the sidecar on the right hand side bearing bike looks like it could have been constructed from an old bomb much like a belly tanker salt flats race car.

Finally, I spotted this white 1914 in another tent. It had only one huge spark plug protruding nipple-like out of the front of the engine so I am going to suggest that a one cylinder motorbike, no matter how light weight it might be, is not the fastest bike around.
Well my fellow Hoons, that concludes this edition of Two-Wheeled Tuesday and as always, many more images of the show are located on my flickr page.
And this olelongrooffan has to revisit that 56 Nomad and check for stretch marks and drop by Robison’s for more on those sportbikes so if there is anything more you might be interested in from the Old Skool Bike Show, drop a comment as the show continues on through Sunday.

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  1. fede6882 Avatar

    early harleys are really gorgeous, i specially like the little holes on the gas tank for the valves pushrod

    1. Alff Avatar

      As ppposed to the little holes in the tanks of the AMF-era models, which served no useful purpose.

  2. Maymar Avatar

    It's probably safe to assume that Harley was a V-Twin – how often have they strayed from that formula?
    Also, that shift pattern is pretty conventional, but I've never seen it using a hand shifter instead of the foot shifter before. I'm enough of a novice rider that I'm reluctant to take my hands off the bars, pretty much ever. I'd be petrified to have to use that.

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      Suicide Shifter, aka Jockey shifter!
      Used to be quite common and was usually paired with a suicide clutch – most often operated with the left foot. (!)
      When thinking about the logistics, and possible consequence of a poorly executed stop at an intersection, it becomes apparent how they got their names. You'd better hope the catch that holds the pedal down was working…
      "Oops. OH NOOO!!" (lurches into traffic)

  3. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    That '25 sidecar outfit is beautiful beyond belief. It's exactly what me and her indoors could do with to putt-putt-putt around the countryside.

    1. Alff Avatar

      "her indoors"? Izzat one of your overseas colloquialisms?

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        Yessir,! quaint, ain't it?!

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    Effective use of Comic Sans! Well played, Alan Smith, if that is, in fact, your real name.

    1. Alff Avatar

      I get the feeling that you are mocking. Pardon me if I have the wrong impression.

      1. muthalovin Avatar

        You are correct, sir.
        I have made several signs and sign-up sheets for work, and have used Comic Sans, for maximum irony, but everyone mocks me for using it.

        1. Alff Avatar

          Perhaps "Alan Smith" simply has very neat handwriting.

          1. muthalovin Avatar

            One day, Comic Sans will have its day. I am sure of this. Sadly for "Alan Smith," that day was not today. I am sorry "Alan Smith."

          2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

            I only use comic sans where it is most appropriate, such as funeral service programs or resignation letters.

          3. muthalovin Avatar

            Insofar as non-Maximum Ironic uses for Comic Sans go, those are the only acceptable uses.

          4. Alff Avatar

            I work in Corporate Strategy. I wonder if it would help my credibility to use that font on PowerPoint presentations to our BoD.

          5. muthalovin Avatar

            You could be a trend-setter. Comic Sans will be the new Helvetica in 2012.

          6. Alan Smith Avatar
            Alan Smith

            It got your attention!

  5. CptSevere Avatar

    Hey, great shots, Longroofian. The "belly tank" sidecar on the (I think) late thirties UL is a Steib, normally seen attached to a BMW.

    1. Alan Smith Avatar
      Alan Smith

      The Steib sidecar is attached to my 1928 J.

  6. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    The convention for sidecars is to mount them on the curb side of the rig, so left hand mounted sidecars are for export to countries that drive on the left side of the road like England and many of its ex-colonies. Regarding the hand shift, that was the norm for all motorcycles until the 1930s and H-D had factory hand shifts until the 1960s. I can actually top that hand shift, at a rally around 1991 I met a guy who had an early 60s H-D with what he claimed was the last Pop Dreyer sidecar made and a factory sidecar transmission with a reverse gear and 3 forward speeds instead of the usual 4 speed.

  7. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    This was a great post…
    Love these marvelous old mechanical monsters… forged out of necessity. No credit-card lifestyle accessories here… You get your hands dirty or you walk.
    I'd love to rock either of the Blue 48s, either the Panhead or Flathead as a commuter bike.

    1. Alkan Smith Avatar
      Alkan Smith

      I rode the 48 pan as my daily rider for about 2 years and then I found something a little older to ride,my 1926 HD

      1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

        Now that's impressive!