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Motorcycle Radio Transmitters Aid Police in War on Crime (Nov, 1933)

Motorcycle Radio Transmitters Aid Police in War on Crime

DURING running gun battles with bandits, British motorcycle police can send radio calls for reserves through short wave transmitting sets.

The sending outfit is the latest police radio equipment for the quick suppression of crime. It is an addition to the usual receiving set tuned to the frequency of a central police transmitting station.

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Take a “GYPSY VACATION” with a Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide (Jun, 1950)

Take a “GYPSY VACATION” with a Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide

THIS year … go roaming! Swing into the saddle of a super-smooth Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide and see America the thrilling, fun-packed way! Cruise down scenic back-country roads! Explore little-known wilderness trails! Adventure through out-of-way mountain, desert and lake regions.

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Oregon’s Motorcycle Maniacs (Jun, 1953)

Oregon’s Motorcycle Maniacs

DEVIL-MAY-CARE motorcyclists who think they can out-ride mounted cops had better beware of the uniformed boys of Multnomah County, Ore., whose Sheriff’s Stunt Team puts on a 45-act exhibition of derring-do that will raise goose pimples
on your goose pimples.

In case you wondered, the end man in the spectacular broad jump, below, is Ard M. Pratt, team manager and an ex-trick rider himself. Why he retired from riding to take on this job, nobody knows.

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Harley Ad: Winter Sports! (Jan, 1924)

Hey everyone. Sorry for the light posting. I’ve been on vacation in NYC visiting my family and I didn’t prepare enough posts for the whole week. I was planning on processing some while I was here, but I’ve had some problems getting Parallels running right on my new laptop. I should have a fresh batch of new stuff up on Monday.

Winter Sports!

SKATING, skiing, tobogganing, ice boating — there’s a thrill in each, but none of these can match the sport of winter motorcycling on a 1924 Harley-Davidson!

Speeding with the snowflakes, over trails or roads, with a pal in the sidecar to share the exhilaration that makes you feel ten years younger!

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Terraplaning on Boards Hooked to Motorbike Proves Thrilling Sport (Jul, 1932)

Terraplaning” on Boards Hooked to Motorbike Proves Thrilling Sport

SURFBOARDS, whose usual habitat is the ocean, have taken to the land in a new sport devised recently by Portland, Oregon, youngsters. The surfboards, made of ordinary planks, are pulled along over the ground at a neat clip by motorcycles, as shown below, and the participants enjoy the sport despite the ever-imminent possibility of a fractured neck, leg or arm. A clean stretch of turf makes ideal course.

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The Fascinating Story of Your Motorbike (Oct, 1932)

The Fascinating Story of Your Motorbike

When Damlier perfected his first clumsy motorbike back in 1885, little did he dream that his brainchild was destined to grow to such a state of staunchness and durability that it could wear out the toughest racing driver. Adopted by the police, the modern version of the powered bike forms the backbone of the speed laws and strikes terror into the hearts of gangsters. This authoritative article tells you some startling facts about the birth, growth and present status of the motorbike.

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Stunting Motorcyclist Rides Built-up Motor Bike on Stilts (Nov, 1934)

Stunting Motorcyclist Rides Built-up Motor Bike on Stilts

DEFYING the laws of gravity, a human giraffe recently thrilled spectators at an English charity carnival by riding a built-up motorcycle whose framework was so high that stilts were necessary to reach the foot pedals.

The last word in vertical streamlines, the odd machine was devised as a comedy number in a motorcycle show. Perched upon a seat raised to about three times its normal height, the rider manipulated his mount through extension controls running up to the handle bars. A common one-cylinder engine furnished the motive power.

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Grotesque Motorcycle Masks (Dec, 1933)

CYCLISTS’ MOLDED MASKS

For races on cinder tracks, daredevil New York motorcyclists wear grotesque masks to protect their faces against flying particles from the wheels of each other’s machines. The racers dip the masks in water to soften them and then press them against their faces. When dry, the masks take on the contours of the cyclists’ features. Goggles are worn over the eyeholes. In addition, the racers wear football helmets to guard their heads.

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Motorcycle Cops Show How to Ride ‘Em (Jan, 1948)

Motorcycle Cops Show How to Ride ‘Em

By Tom Cameron

IF YOU’RE learning to ride a motorcycle, the policemen who patrol your streets and highways could give you some valuable pointers. Chances are these men are just about the best rider? in the community. Because of the nature of their work they have to be. And it’s likely this ability was not won through trial and error, for many police departments give their men a course in riding before sending them out.

One that has won acclaim for the thoroughness and success of its motorcycle training program is the Los Angeles Police Department. Out of many years of experience, embracing use of machines from the old one-lungers to the four-cylinder speedsters of today, the instructors there have evolved detailed “do” and “don’t” procedures. The “don’ts” come first:

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DIY Scooters (Jan, 1948)

CRAFTSMEN ON WHEELS

Scooter Has Three Speeds. Before becoming a cadet-midshipman at the US Merchant Marine Academy, William R. Kern welded some 3/4″ pipe, added a few gears, chains, and a 1/2-hp. motor, and came up with the two wheeler shown above. It carries him 80 miles on a gallon of gas at an average speed of 30 m.p.h. A V-belt, the tension of which may be varied by an idler pulley acts as a clutch to engage the three-speed transmission. The latter transmits power to the rear wheel through a chain. Gears were cut on a milling machine and hardened.

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