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Author Topic: Look Ma! No Brakes  (Read 260 times)

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Look Ma! No Brakes
« on: May 19, 2014, 01:25:26 AM »
Video of a 8 lap race on a 1925 Excelsor board racer on a dirt track.
Board racers back then didn't have brakes.  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8FCLKAaT8E

Better view of the motorcycle being started

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWFe3d6JpKg
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Re: Look Ma! No Brakes
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 07:13:58 PM »
They didn't have throttles either. Just a kill switch, similar to aircraft of that era when the entire motor spun.. Without an actual smooth board track those bikes look like a handful to ride.

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Re: Look Ma! No Brakes
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 02:33:04 AM »
I've watched this twice now and I'm kind of feeling like the Blackhawk isn't quite old enough......   ::)     And the wife thinks I'm joking when I say that when we finally buy a house I'm building a garage that is bigger than the house itself.  She had no idea.   ;D
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Re: Look Ma! No Brakes
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 05:02:53 AM »
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Re: Look Ma! No Brakes
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2014, 06:47:17 PM »
no wimps or wussies in that group...real men... 8)...love the old bikes and hard to imagine going 100mph on one :o
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Re: Look Ma! No Brakes
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2014, 08:21:06 PM »
The bikes are amazing, but the track is even more amazing! What a construction job.

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Re: Look Ma! No Brakes
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 10:16:01 PM »
Doncha love the protective gear? Leather helmets, sweatshirts, cloth pants and boots or shoes and leggins. The amount of splinters a guy picked up when he crashed as awesome. The death rate as pretty high, I've forgotten offhand how many people got killed on these beasts, but the count was up there. The tracks were all over a mile long and which allowed some pretty high speeds for the day. Kinda makes ya wonder where all the forests went!
And as an airport...
http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CA/Airfields_CA_LA_W.htm#motordrome
As an aside, just to show the popularity of motorcycles in those days, the peak year of production of bikes in the early days of the century, 1913, there were 71,000 bikes built in the US. The sales leader was Indian with 31,000 bikes built. Harley was second with 13,000. There were about 80 motorcycle manufacturers in the days before 1915 when 85% of them had gone out of business.
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