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Old 11-10-2010, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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According to some info I found online, the bike was originally built by O. Ray Courtney in 1936 and is based on a 1930 K.J. Henderson. The bike is powered by inline four cylinder and as I’m sure you can gather by now, is a one-off custom.

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On the visceral level; very cool.

Hold on a minute...

Are those panniers on the front wheel?

They rotate left-right with the steering? Are they sprung or unsprung?

It's solo machine, right?

Are those cargo tie-downs behind the seat? Or handles, for what purpose?

To have something to hang on to when try to wriggle your butt free from the suction of the "bucket seat?"
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Amazing. When I looked at it I thought it was a new bike with retro-streamline looks. Even though it's classic streamline, I get this feeling that it's 2010, not 1936.

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, it's coolness is definitely timeless!
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WOW!!!! They should make more! That thing looks good.
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Probably the original inspiration for this contemporary deco design.
Arlen Ness, Smoothness

Since we're in the deco streamliner period, how about a Lincoln sedan delivery and a matching Harley smooth-ster.
http://www.decorides.com/decoliner_decoscoot.htm

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Along similar, but less swoopy, lines -- Teutonic? -- is this BMW R7 prototype from 1934:



A single copy was crafted in 1934 by design engineer Alfred Böning. His vision was a
departure from the "bicycle with motor" design still prevalent in the 1930s. The R7
incorporated sweeping enclosed bodywork, a pressed steel frame, valanced mudguards
and then-innovative telescopic front forks.

More info and pix.

(I first posted this to cleanmpg.com on 11/07/10)
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Not as aero but certainly very Stahlhelm!
http://www.re-enactmentshop.com/WWI-Stahlhelm%20M16.JPG

...or STEAMPUNKish!
http://thekneeslider.com/images/baronmargo.jpg

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