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Motorcycle history (and a little mustache envy)

Postby Rev » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:33 am

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From Amazon:
At the end of WWI, C. K. Shepherd, a former British soldier, set out with a new mission: to travel by motorcycle from New York City to San Francisco. Fueled by the desire “to remove that haunting feeling of unrest common amongst the youth of England after 3 or 4 years of active service,” his journey took him across nearly 5000 miles of the United States. This is his personal account of his travels, as first published in 1922. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever, and to those who know the call of the open road and who love to feel the rush of the wind and the glamour of speed, such was this machine…”


From the preface:
The total number of replacements to the engine alone
comprised the following : Five new cylinders ; three
pistons ; five gudgeon pins ; three complete sets of
bearings ; two connecting rods, and eleven sparking plugs.

The machine was entirely overhauled on four occasions
between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and on three of
these by the recognized agents of the manufacturers.
The engine cut-out switch was the only part of the machine
that did not break, come loose, or go wrong sooner or
later. I was thrown off 142 times, and after that I stopped
counting! Apart from that I had no trouble.



Full text of Across America by Motor-Cycle by C.K. Shepherd, published 1922, available here:
http://www.archive.org/details/acrossamerica00sheprich

Please enjoy, and maybe one of you can identify his bike, apparently he doesn't. Possibly an Ace.
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Postby Jaeger » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:00 am

He wrecked how many times before he stopped counting?

In what period of time?

With gear circa 1922?

Fuckin' WOW. I am humbled by his bike-fu.

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Postby DerGolgo » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:07 am

Kinda puts the guys who think they need a brand-new, purpose-built BMW or Honda Goldwing touring rig to ride the great interstate network in perspective, doesn't it...

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Postby rolly » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:08 am

Good find!
Thrown off 142+ times!
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Postby problemaddict » Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:51 am

Now i clearly see where GSGLBC's mustache inspiration came from...

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Postby piccini9 » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:56 am

Apart from that, I had no trouble. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Rev » Sun Jun 14, 2009 4:41 pm

problemaddict wrote:Now i clearly see where GSGLBC's mustache inspiration came from...

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Ye Gods, man. With a mustache as manly as that one, GSGLBC could cross TWO continents.
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Postby Rich Dubbya » Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:40 am

What the fuck is up with these waxed handlebar mustaches and why do they seem to be missing a black cape ?

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Postby GOSTAZ » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:20 am

"I was thrown off 142 times, and after that I stopped counting! Apart from that I had no trouble."
A pimp mustache and a grand spirit. This was a character. Thanks for a free fun read!
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Postby Trav » Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:40 pm

it's all in the 'stache, baby
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Postby Zer0 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:03 pm

problemaddict wrote:Now i clearly see where GSGLBC's mustache inspiration came from...

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Last time I saw him he was rollin a full on beard. That was months ago. I think it'll be a few more now.

You all do know he's growing it long in back, and always wears hats because he's bald on top, right?
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Postby 12ci » Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:48 am

Zer0 wrote:You all do know he's growing it long in back, and always wears hats because he's bald on top, right?

i'm pretty sure hats cause male pattern baldness....
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Postby piccini9 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:36 pm

12ci wrote:
Zer0 wrote:You all do know he's growing it long in back, and always wears hats because he's bald on top, right?

i'm pretty sure hats cause male pattern baldness....


Nah, I almost never wore hats, until I went bald that is. :lol:
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