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    You'd think I was an advertiser for Pete's blog or something but darn it he puts up some cool stuff! Lane Plotner's Cyclone is amazing! I'm betting it's the most oily yellow rocket on the planet! It's down right refreshing to see that he uses it as it was intended. Man those folks got it going on in California. I'd be blown away to be tooling down the road and pass a stream of that kind of early iron!

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    Couple of pics I took about 20 years ago in Daniel Statnekov's office. Pre restoration.
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    Ha Ha Cory! That gave me a chuckle. Thanks for reading, and thanks for spreading the word. I have a big pile of articles to post in the coming weeks/months about workshop projects, and also some essentially unknown info on motorcycle tech of the 1820's and 1830's. I just wish that I had 30 hours each day to do all that want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c.o. View Post
    You'd think I was an advertiser for Pete's blog or something but darn it he puts up some cool stuff! Lane Plotner's Cyclone is amazing! I'm betting it's the most oily yellow rocket on the planet! It's down right refreshing to see that he uses it as it was intended. Man those folks got it going on in California. I'd be blown away to be tooling down the road and pass a stream of that kind of early iron!

    http://occhiolungo.wordpress.com/201...ing-a-cyclone/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rub View Post
    Couple of pics I took about 20 years ago in Daniel Statnekov's office. Pre restoration.
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    Robbie! Am I seeing double? I knew that he had quite the race bike collection but two Cyclones???

    Quote Originally Posted by pete @ occhiolungo View Post
    Ha Ha Cory! That gave me a chuckle. Thanks for reading, and thanks for spreading the word. I have a big pile of articles to post in the coming weeks/months about workshop projects, and also some essentially unknown info on motorcycle tech of the 1820's and 1830's. I just wish that I had 30 hours each day to do all that want to do.

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    Pete!

    The kind of stuff you blog, generally speaking is where my interest lies. Early iron is tops!!! The tech stuff is cool too! I'll be waiting and watching with interest! Thanks for feeding the habit!
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    Lane rode that machine at Borrego one year, I could hardley believe it when he did. Alas on that day something let loose in the valve train and the mighty Cyclone was on the side of the road :-( Even worse, I had not got to see it in action, dang it. I have seen it running but never on the road. I need to make one of those pre 16 rides.

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    Hey Tom,

    If I remember right, Lane had it on an Evergreen Road Run one year (maybe ten or more years ago???) and lost his kicker while blasting down a narrow mountain road. I think it's just so cool that he doesn't treat it like it should be behind glass.
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    When Lane had the bike on the Evergreen run and it broke down, it ended up on my pickup for the day. It was almost tempting to head for the Canadian border and home! There was a serious climb in the mountains to see the damage caused by Mt St. Hellens. The Cyclone blasted up with no problem, even with single speed. Quite a bike! Is Lane still around? I haven't heard from him in years.
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    Here is part of a video I have from 1979 that shows Lane outside the St. George hotel in Volcano, Ca. I wonder if he still has his Pope ?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rU7ZeMA01Y

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Gagan View Post
    When Lane had the bike on the Evergreen run and it broke down, it ended up on my pickup for the day. It was almost tempting to head for the Canadian border and home! There was a serious climb in the mountains to see the damage caused by Mt St. Hellens. The Cyclone blasted up with no problem, even with single speed. Quite a bike! Is Lane still around? I haven't heard from him in years.
    Pete Gagan
    What sort of cruising speed did he run at? I'd sure like to see that bike in person one day. Did you read the Occhio Lungo blog entry at the start of this thread Pete? I'm guessing that the photo of Lane with his Cyclone is fairly recent.


    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Parker View Post
    Here is part of a video I have from 1979 that shows Lane outside the St. George hotel in Volcano, Ca. I wonder if he still has his Pope ?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rU7ZeMA01Y
    Cool video Scott! I always like to see the "early" iron out and about!
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    Lane and I rode together for a while. I was on my Brough Superior, and didn't feel the need to slow down for him. I'd estimate he was doing 50-60 mph quite comfortably, with lots of reserve. When the OHV Excelsior replica was built, internal details of the Cyclone were used. The Ex put out 50 BHP at the rear wheel, which puts it in the Vincent category. I doubt the Cyclone is much different. Both are way lighter than a Vincent twin.
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