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  1. It looks like the bike described in 1907 was an...

    It looks like the bike described in 1907 was an earlier version. In the early days motors were rated by nomial horsepower. A 4hp. motor was a single around 500cc. The earlier Traub was likely a...
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    A good summary of Super X changes. There is...

    A good summary of Super X changes.

    There is an additional reason for the factory moving the battery box. The box on the 1925-26 Supers was rigidly mounted to a frame bracket. It was positioned...
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    Not to belabor this, but I stand by my...

    Not to belabor this, but I stand by my assessment of the Ballak ranges. Over the years I’ve gather a lot of serial numbers for Excelsiors and Hendersons. These map fairly closely to the Ballak...
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    The serial number is in the range for 1926....

    The serial number is in the range for 1926. Ballak lists the range as 3000 to 4500. While there are some issues with his ranges for the teens, those for the twenties seem to be good. I can't tell...
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    Good summary … the tariff issue actually came up...

    Good summary … the tariff issue actually came up just after the Great War. An isolationist group of Republicans controlled Congress, and the agricultural industry was not fairing well. During the...
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    Nice 1909 Ex; it's great seeing the early ones....

    Nice 1909 Ex; it's great seeing the early ones. The 1909 was similar to the first year Ex, the 1908. The seat was a little lower and the fender braces were changed. The factory also added an optional...
  7. I recommended that to the gentleman who is...

    I recommended that to the gentleman who is responsible for the library and the magazine editor recently. It would be a big benefit to all of us.

    Bob Turek
    #769
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    The American Excelsior Supplement is available. ...

    The American Excelsior Supplement is available.

    When we published the original book, there was a fair amount of information we had collected that we could not include to keep the book a...
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    Be aware that most British Standard threads are...

    Be aware that most British Standard threads are 55 degrees rather than 60. BSC (British Standard Cycle) were 60 degress though, I think. Most BSC were 26 tpi.

    Bob Turek
    AMCA #769
  10. Thread: 1911 Racycle

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    In 1911 Indian was the largest producer of...

    In 1911 Indian was the largest producer of motorcycles in the U.S.; Excelsior was the second largest and Harley was probably third. The factory built their 10,000th machine in the first part of 1910;...
  11. Schebler introduced the De Luxe carb in the late...

    Schebler introduced the De Luxe carb in the late spring of 1922. There's an announcement in the May Motorcycle Illustrated. It's interesting that the 1 1/4" was available first; the 1" a few weeks...
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    Hi --- I'm a bit tardy in responding. According...

    Hi --- I'm a bit tardy in responding. According to Otis Spiker, the Factory started offering special colors in 1926. I have seen pictures of white De Luxes from the mid twenties. Officially, the...
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    Thomas has sold out in Germany; I just put my...

    Thomas has sold out in Germany; I just put my last one on ebay.
    When it's gone, there won't be any more.

    Bob Turek
    #769
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    The usual source for serial numbers for...

    The usual source for serial numbers for Excelsiors are the lists that the Ballak dealership compiled. You can find these at http://www.hendersonkj.com/ffo/documents/ballak/1/ballak-1.pdf. The lists...
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    And Excelsior brought out their new machine . . ....

    And Excelsior brought out their new machine . . . . . in Chicago

    Bob Turek
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    American Excelsior, the complete history of...

    American Excelsior, the complete history of Excelsior and Henderson motorcycles in English, is now available in the U.S.

    You can contact me at exbob_book*at*att.net (change the *at* to @) for...
  17. Thread: old photos

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    I have not seen any evidence that they were. The...

    I have not seen any evidence that they were. The Cleveland engine was also similar to the Triumph, though rotated 90 degrees and several other manufactures had motors similar to the Triumph.

    Bob...
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    Wolters rode for the Denver Excelsior dealer and...

    Wolters rode for the Denver Excelsior dealer and competed at both the Denver tracks. Joe generally rode Excelsiors and worked fro the factory for many years. In 1911 he was instrumental in the...
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    The reference appeared in an Excelsior ad in...

    The reference appeared in an Excelsior ad in Motorcycle Illustrated, but I imagine it was used in other trade journals. We reprinted it in American Excelsior, our recent history of Excelsior and...
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    Excelsior used the term Wrecking Crew in the...

    Excelsior used the term Wrecking Crew in the advertising in 1920.

    Bob Turek
    # 769
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    Is the lens small enough to fit the twin...

    Is the lens small enough to fit the twin headlights of the '29-'30 HDs? I had one of those a while back that had a Twolite lens.

    Bob Turek
    #769
  22. Thread: Strap Tank

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    There were scrap drives during WWI. Though not as...

    There were scrap drives during WWI. Though not as extensive as during WWII, most places had them.

    Bob Turek
    #769
  23. Thread: old photos

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    I think that the transmission on ebay is the...

    I think that the transmission on ebay is the single-speed for the 1915 and early 1916 one-speed big twin models.

    Bob Turek
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    That is what makes this break so interesting.......

    That is what makes this break so interesting.... around 1915. It appears to come between the 1914 motor, the last of the Robie-Meiser designed engines, and the 1915 model, the new motor designed...
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    Excelsior Serial Numbers

    Excelsior fans does any one have an Excelsior twin with a serial number between 60000 and 75000?

    I've been gathering Excelsior and Henderson serial numbers for a number of years; I began with...
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