Yet a 500cc back in the late 40s to early 50s was lucky if it came stock with 14hp, no disc brakes, just a ridgid rear end & front was lucky to have 2.5" of travel, just a kick starter, three speeds, yellow like glow from the lights, points to always be worked on & simply so much more. Reason many started on 125cc like 6hp, then a 350cc new or used which offers the same only around 14 hp.
The dream of all was the mighty 1000cc Vincent HRD Rapide with all of 49hp!!!!!!!
Mind you in many cities there were not to many paved roads & more of gravel, cinders, or dirt while highways were narrow two-lane roads, with poor pavement, many stretches of gravel while still in the horse & buggie days of hwys so each highway had to go through the small towns & in each case most were dirt roads, though a few with gravel. SO a bike that had a max speed of 75mph was about as powerful as one wanted & so many only clocked 50mph on the hwys as a good speed yet not surprising to find others only coing 35mph. Just shows the change in time.
Mind you this show why most riders did NOT have accidents even with lousy handling or stopping power & no one wore a crash helmet bare a comp rider in a regular competition & normal cloth clothing was worn by most riders. Unfortunately many present day rides feel they can ride as safetly as their grandfathers & with just as scarce riding gear.
Last edited by Smitty; 12-19-2005 at 01:39 PM.