Saturday, September 26, 2009

Magnetzünder BMW R12 magdynamo vs R11 R62 R42 Bosch mag

I have this unusual Bosch mag-dynamo that only sparks in the counterclockwise orientation. It physically fits on an R12 but of course isnt compatible, a R12 needs a Bosch mag that sparks in the clockwise orientation. Its been rebuilt w plug wires etc and it sparks hot. I have no idea what model it fits , Zundapp or other antique BMW bike. Whenever i post anything on this blog i get plenty of replies , so if you really know what model it fits , email me at the contact page, its available if you need it..

Heres a link to a site that sells NEW replacement magdynamos, so truthfully why waste time and money rebuilding temperamental old junk mags, these new ones have the solid state electrics vs the old points,

UPDATE just learned the opposite rotation mag-dynamo Magnetzünder is a R11 R62 R42 magdynamo..i dont need it so if someone out there needs it email , it can be converted for about $1000 to be a r12 mag-dynamo by these folks

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Jersey Rat bastard Knucklehead

Mikes rat bastard 1940s knuckle,,,I didnt know you could use latex house paints on bikes...

Friday, September 11, 2009

1928 Indian 101 Scout,1927 Scout and Camel-back

1928 101 in red and black, 1927 and 1900s Camel-back
My friend Pat built these a few yrs back. The 1928 101 is a short frame model w/out front brakes. 1928 is the first yr for the 101 Scout series, 1927 Scout in the middle is a 45 cubic incher w a longer frame and longer gas tank,officially its not a 101 Scout but called a "Police Special", maybe because they were sold to PDs. Officially for Indian and Harley Davidson 1928 is the first year for front brakes . Among other advances for Indian was the 3rd axle that supports the front of the engine thru the engine thru 2 "sidecar" like brackets. 1927 was the last year for among other issues a "pedestal" mount, the front of the engine rested on a "pad" or "pedestal". These pedestals broke off w regularity so Indian overcame this w the successful front axle for the engine for all models less Fours. The last bike is a super rare 1909 Camel-back. If I'm wrong on the year ,let me know. can't miss the handlebar mounted Klaxon push horns.
Some folks call the early years for Indian to 1915 as the "high watermark" of production, Indian produced 3/4 more bikes than the Motor Co. to 1915. This is just one reason the pre 1915 HDs are so rare, far fewer produced, combine that w 2 world wars ,where scrap metal drives decimated the numbers of all early motorcycles.