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Sunday, June 07, 2009


Two more photos from the vintage bike meet a couple of months ago. I enjoy the contrast in feeling between these two images and bikes that are worlds apart. The first is a 1931 H-D that is most definately not restored. The second is the Honda CBX that has is a nicely refurbished original except for the exhaust system. Hard to ignore the allure of those six exhaust pipes.

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mq01 said...

simply beautiful

Lucky said...

Doug - I remember visiting noted pipe organ builder Casavant's workshops in Qu├ębec a few years back, and the headers and exhaust on the CBX really remind me of those organs! Simply beautiful.


FLHX_Dave said...

Hey Doug! You have become my first choice for outstanding bike photos. Chase this one as far as you can run with it.

Well, both are top notch but I am in love with dirty so you can guess which one of those I dig more.

The pipes...yeah...the twist sorta turns me on. Sorta resembles warm woman wrapped around you. I don't know where that came from but it's the first thing that came to mind.

Jac Brown said...

I like the contrast within the Honda picture. There is something artistic about the casting detail of a beautifully made air cooled engine. The crankcase details and the delicate fins are the metal makers art. The exhaust just adds to that.

But the contrast is the globby MIG welding on the frame above the engine. I'm sure its strong, but to match the artistry of the rest, you would need somebody to weld a stack of dimes there.

Doug Klassen said...

Thanks for the comments, guys & mq.

I had not thought about the pipes looking like a woman's legs but Dave, you dirty ol' biker, you might just be right.

Jac's dead on about the sloppy MIG welds. Ugly machine welding has always been one of the appearance downfalls of the Japanese bikes. So much brilliant engineering in the engines and over all chassis work; too bad they couldn't invent a way to efficiently do a great TIG weld to finish it all off.


Motocraz said...

Those are some awesome bikes...and great photos...

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