Thursday, 31 January 2013
"HARLEY DAVIDSON 1948 PANHEAD" ['TRIJYA0BOSS'] . . . . HAVING COME TO 'LOVE' THE HARDLY-RIDEABLE RELATIVELY RECENTLY, IT'S STILL A MISSION TO SUCK UP KNOWLEDGE ON THE FINER POINTS OF MODEL DIFFERENTIATION . . . . DON'T MISCONSTRUE MY MEANING, EVEN AS A LIFER FOR POMMY BIKES I ALWAYS KNEW A THING OR TWO ABOUT A THING OR TWO REGARDING THE MILWAUKEE MARVEL.
I mean, fuck, it's a bike isn't it, albeit a much larger, somewhat agricultural one in some cases. but what with Linkerts, Scheblers, Super E and B's, wishbones, straightlegs, bow legs, pan-shovels, genny-shovels, slab shovels, K series, Sporties, Duos, Hydras and Electras, a bloke can get a little fucked up on the minutae and micro detail that lifts and seperates one model from another.
Despite my great interest in the MoCo's history over the last nearly thirty years and having read stuff like Harry Sucher et al cover to cover, and been in the presence of both bikes and riders for an equally protracted time, all info stored in the old grey matter has been an accidental accumulation, nothing deliberate or thought out as it used to be with the Trumpies and other Pommy kit I lusted after for so long . . . . and now owning two of the bloody things also goes a long way to self enlightenment as well.
Back to the thrust of my blurb here, apart from eagerly seeking out input every time I now chat to a bloke riding something from the H-D dark past that the 'Factory' so nicely wants nothing to do with at a workshop level, the interthingy has really given me the opportunity to 'see' a shitload more of the old gold from Messrs Harley and Davidson's company than I could ever have imagined even ten years ago, PooTube, the blogs I follow and their often learned operators, random stuff from all over the computer universe, they have all given me a chance to learn so much more about the marque I swore I'd never own . . . . the accompanying video selection is fucking cracker insight and example of what appears to me to be a pretty perfectly stock '48 panhead, one of the truly milestone post WWII products of the the company that was once known as the Milwaukee Marvel . . . . I know sweet F.A when compared to many out there but if you like learning as I do, then the net can be a killer classroom as much as it can be nothing more than a bucket of shit.