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Thread: The 1916 Excelsior

  1. #21
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    Here it was at the Silver Sands meet last March. Now it sits in my garage, but I love looking at it during cocktail hour. I rarely ride it because it is not a traffic friendly motorcycle and it would break my heart (and my body) to wrap it around a Prius. I am very happy with how everything worked out. For me, the journey of bringing an old bike to life is the best part. I do all of my own work and Iíve seen it in itís most disassembled state, particularly, all of itís tiny little parts that were created in Chicago back in 1916. You do bond with a project when you get personally involved and that is the difference between collecting, and interacting. I recommend you buy as much as you can afford to collect, but make sure you spend most of your time in the shop.

    Eric Smith
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    A really beautiful job, Eric ! That's the one thing that kind of concerns me with my 27JD.... when the time comes to ride it, where... ? at least i am on the sort of edge of town. not sure how much stopping power the rear brake on a 27JD has, but i'm guessing not terribly adequate for everyday traffic.

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    Steve, I think these old girls need our loving and I don't want to subject them to the performance I expect from a modern motorcycle. They deserve to live a life of luxurious lounging with the occasional run around the neighborhood. I live in Florida, and we are being invaded by new citizens on a daily basis; and they are all dangerous, distracted, cell phone addicted drivers.
    Eric Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Swan View Post
    A really beautiful job, Eric ! That's the one thing that kind of concerns me with my 27JD.... when the time comes to ride it, where... ? at least i am on the sort of edge of town. not sure how much stopping power the rear brake on a 27JD has, but i'm guessing not terribly adequate for everyday traffic.
    Agreed. I was just thinking where i could go for road testing and then an occasional joy ride. I live in northern front range Colorado, same issues... ever increasing population and cell phone drivers.

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    Eric, that is sweet! Of course, I especially like the pics of your painting process. Very nice job! Dale

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    Eric,

    OUTSTANDING JOB! I'm in awe of your work. Hope my X's turn out that nice some day......

    Gene

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    Fantastic Eric !

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    Great job Eric,Thanx for all the posts on this fine EX.Here is another Ex Ad from my newly acquired 1915 Iowa City Races program-long sought after piece that I got off Ebay for $10 in a pile of stuff
    Iowa City motorcycle races LR Cole.jpg

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    Beautiful job
    You should be very pleased with it.

    Steve
    1914 P&M
    1915 Indian (project)
    1930 M50 Panther
    1958 M35sport Panther

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    A few more body work, and paint pictures for painterdale.







    Eric Smith
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