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bell tip megaphones
« on: August 05, 2007, 09:45:37 PM »
Hey Bulleteers,

30-40 years ago bell tip megaphones were quite popular. They came both unbaffled and
with removeable baffles, and some were all one piece and some the bells came off leaving
a true, LOUD, megaphone such as a cheerleaders used. Back in the middle 60s I had a pair on an old BSA Thunderbolt, and then later on a pair on a 1950 Harley panhead. I remember
Bates being one of the manufacturers. Does anyone know if they are made today or
where you could locate some? I like my Goldstar muffler that I am currently running, but
I think an old syle megaphone would look and sound righteous.

Tex

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007, 09:53:27 PM »
You can buy a 'dunstall' type megaphone, from JC Whitney.. click here
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007, 01:05:20 PM »
Hey Bulleteers,

30-40 years ago bell tip megaphones were quite popular. They came both unbaffled and
with removeable baffles, and some were all one piece and some the bells came off leaving
a true, LOUD, megaphone such as a cheerleaders used. Back in the middle 60s I had a pair on an old BSA Thunderbolt, and then later on a pair on a 1950 Harley panhead. I remember
Bates being one of the manufacturers. Does anyone know if they are made today or
where you could locate some? I like my Goldstar muffler that I am currently running, but
I think an old syle megaphone would look and sound righteous.

Tex
I know just the pipes you are talking about. Paughco still is in business and just re-introduced the mufflers you want. They are made to slip on 1 and3/4" pipes. www.paughco.com                                                 Hutch
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007, 01:41:01 PM »
I know just the pipes you are talking about. Paughco still is in business and just re-introduced the mufflers you want. They are made to slip on 1 and3/4" pipes. www.paughco.com                                                 Hutch

Off Topic:

I have no idea about their products, but the paughco web site is one of the worst laid-out sites I've seen in a long time. Lots of dead ends and missing links. And the catalog was hard to read and looked like a text book index. Their opening page provided me with the most useless informaiton ever: My screen resolution. I'm fairly sure I already knew it, and I'm not impressed that they thought it important enough that it was the first thing they told me about themselves.

It's hard to put a lot of faith in a company, when their representation is so shoddy. They spent way too much time on flash and bang, and far less time on content and actual testing of the flow and content.

Their web page is a company's first, and sometimes their only, chance to make an impression on a potential customer.... poughco impressed me; I probably wouldn't buy from them.

End of rant

post script: Rhett:

The Royal Enfield pages are well thought-out and designed, and I enjoy going through them. Thanks for your efforts; you've done a good job.
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007, 04:41:31 PM »
Good Rant, Rhett.   Sometimes we need to hear the real story.........dg

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007, 11:25:14 PM »
Tex, I don't know about their web page, but I can tell you that I have been dealing with them for 30+ years and they are a great company. I have their catalog and call them to order. They have been supplying bike parts since the 60's  and were about the only company supplying parts for the chopper craze in those years. When the chopper crazy died down they kept producing parts. There probably has been more choppers built on Paughco frames with their bars, tanks and front ends than any other company in the world.I just looked through the MAP catalog and Rask cycle and they don't list those megaphones. The last 2 companies I mentioned supply British parts. Here is Paughco's phone number 1-(800)423-2621You can't go wrong with them, like the RE they been around a long time. They are located in Nevada. You might want to call the other 2 companies I mentions because my catalogs are not up to date. MAP Enterprises 1(727)381-1151 they are located in Florida. Rask Cycle's phone is 1(800)210-1206 they are in PA. Good luck!!   Hutch 


Update: I just looked in my J&P catalog (www.jpcycles.com)and they have your mufflers in there, in a straight design and in an upswept.They have removable baffles, but not the tips. They have a 1 and 3/4 inlet and will slip right on a Classic. I don't know what bike you own but if the Electra pipe is the same they will work. I have a upswept fish tail with 1 and3/4 inlet on my bike and it fits great with no clearance problems anywhere. The straight is $99 and the upswept is $115.  While I was in there I removed the Catalytic converter out of the head pipe for better flow. You just have to grind off the welds and pull it out.
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2007, 02:38:16 PM »
The Royal Enfield pages are well thought-out and designed, and I enjoy going through them. Thanks for your efforts; you've done a good job.

Thanks! We do try. We don't always strike the chord on the first try, but we try to revisit and refine the sites and their main attractions as often as we can.
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2007, 08:44:56 PM »
Hey All,

Thanks for the replies and the info on the megaphones. Seems like I had tried
Paughco a while back and they did not have them at that time. I will check on these
sources.

Thanks again, Tex

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007, 01:54:45 AM »
There's a guy who always advertizes those mufflers in Walneks. I think it's "allynaire"

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007, 03:01:04 AM »
Doesn't EMGO make those parts as well?  Check out page 55 of their on-line .pdf catalog.  I think that's just the thing you're looking for.




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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2007, 11:58:37 PM »
check out these on ebay Item number: 4637519558 they are from that guy who runs the ads in Walnecks.

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2007, 10:32:56 PM »
I tried to order them from j&p, they are on "eternal backorder" for the 1 3/4 inlet.
I know just what you mean about J&P, I waited for 5 months for a set of blue and chrome custom grips. When I got them there was one defective one that wasn't drilled the full length inside. They are on back order agian.    Hutch
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2007, 05:43:25 AM »
Try Dennis Kirk.   www.denniskirk.com    1-800-969-7504
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2007, 10:15:07 PM »
 We will have a dunstall type muffler in the new catalog.

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2007, 10:12:07 PM »
Hey Bulleteers,

30-40 years ago bell tip megaphones were quite popular. They came both unbaffled and
with removeable baffles, and some were all one piece and some the bells came off leaving
a true, LOUD, megaphone such as a cheerleaders used. Back in the middle 60s I had a pair on an old BSA Thunderbolt, and then later on a pair on a 1950 Harley panhead. I remember
Bates being one of the manufacturers. Does anyone know if they are made today or
where you could locate some? I like my Goldstar muffler that I am currently running, but
I think an old syle megaphone would look and sound righteous.

Tex
Interesting you mentioned the Bsa Thunderbolt there Tex.  I've always hankered after one since a friend of mine owned a gorgeous black and chrome T'bolt in the mid-late 70's.  Colin was always imagining internal noises and therefore stripping and rebuilding the motor with alarming frequency.  I'm sur though, even with the plain main bearings, that the motor was more resilient than Colin's paranoid perception.  Of course , in the U.K., SRM engineering can convert the timing side bearing to a needle roller and apparently give the motor fantastic longevity.  I'm wondering how reliable you found the T'bolt Tex, as I'm torn between a new Bullet and a restored BSA twin?  I know the parts are surely easier found for the Bullet, but I don't think another motorcycle has quite matched the BSA Thunderbolt (or Lightning, but I like to keep thing s simple!) for desireability in my personal experience.  I'm drawn to the Bullet too, but a really nice late sixties T'bolt is something I know I will always want to own.  So how was the Bsa, a reliable daily runner if treated with respect?  It seems a good one would cost about the same as a Bullet and would just be my weekend toy, with the occasional longer jaunt.  Maybe I should have started a BSA thread on the "campfire talk" board, rather than highjack this one, sorry if I'm out of line :).

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2007, 09:49:37 PM »
j&p has 5 belltip rh mufflers in stock   straight or angled up
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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2007, 11:06:33 PM »
Hey E-C,

Just logged in after several days' absence and saw your post and questions about
my Thunderbolt. It was a 1960 single carb model, with the old 4spd Berman box with
1st gear being up, as I remember. Possible 1st could have been down, memory plays
tricks at my age. Overall it was fairly reliable, but you had to be willing to wrench on
it regularly to keep it happy. Sort of like the Bullets. The biggest problems I had were
oil leaks, electrical, and having to have the tranny rebuilt a couple of times. I loaned
it to a buddy and he let all the oil leak out and lunched the engine. When kept in tune
it was a fun ride and I would not mind having another one.

Ride Safe, Tex

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Re: bell tip megaphones
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2007, 12:02:30 PM »
I'm also in Texas & have a like new upswept megaphone from allynair which I'm not using & will make you a good deal. Bill @ 512-869-0907 or 930-8981