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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Magnetoman #759068 12/12/18 5:49 pm
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well, this rebuild has been full of lessons for every owner of ancient bikes, very inspiring.

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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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We are just all waiting for you to say: Well O.K. I'm going to do it again...………………...


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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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I'm sure the stats will rise again when you resume boring and grinding again, just edit out the lingerie at the lathe photos!

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Alan_nc #759121 12/13/18 12:10 am
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Originally Posted by Alan_nc
We are just all waiting for you to say: Well O.K. I'm going to do it again.
Do it again?? Are you insane?! Besides, the organizers won't announce the eligibility requirements for Cannonball 2020 until sometime later this month...

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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pussy!

do it right this time. you missed that beautiful mountain pass. you have to do that, or die unfullfilled

i'll repeat my offer of $50 to help you on your way.

even tho i realize it will cost [***] more.

there was so much vicarious fun i"ll give you $100.

tell me where to contribute.

seriously.

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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
kevin #759176 12/13/18 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by kevin roberts
you have to do that, or die unfullfilled
That would be a terrible fate. One definitely to be avoided if at all possible

I sincerely thank you for your offer, but a complicating factor is something big I'm working on now (no, not a Münch Mammoth) that will require a lot of time the fall of 2020 if everything falls into place. September 2020 comes at a very inconvenient time.

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Besides, the organizers won't announce the eligibility requirements for Cannonball 2020 until sometime later this month...


For you to know that it infers you have plans to rerun, other big thing or not.

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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Originally Posted by kommando
it infers you have plans to rerun, other big thing or not.
I try not to burn any bridge until the last second, although sometimes it goes up in flames while I'm still standing on it.

A U-Haul truck with minimal tools and spares is far from optimum for the Cannonball. The Norton team definitely has the right approach, albeit it's one that requires deep pockets.

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Magnetoman #759271 12/14/18 1:53 pm
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Not a Munch? At least give us the brand, square four? Austin-powered Brough? big, eh? Aha! a Bohmmerland!

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
old mule #759283 12/14/18 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by old mule
At least give us the brand,...
Sorry for the ambiguity. When I said "something big I'm working on" I didn't mean to imply I was rebuilding a big motorcycle. The Ariel and Spitfire are the only two rebuilding projects in the immediate future (although dreams of assembling a rat bike BSA from parts dance in my head...).



Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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"2020"

"working on something big"

Hmmmmm.....could it be we will see a new slogan - Make America Spark Again - Magnetoman for President 2020?

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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Originally Posted by Magnetoman
"something big I'm working on"

I am pretty sure that you have mentioned more details about the Big Thing somewhere, possibly even in this thread. My lips are sealed though.


Originally Posted by Magnetoman
dreams of assembling a rat bike BSA from parts dance in my head...).

That sounds like a GREAT idea. Also its very liberating to build a bike without being a slave to originality as you have been with the Spitfire.

John

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Originally Posted by Rich B
Magnetoman for President 2020?
That's an alternative fact, i.e. something that 40% of people will believe despite it being total bunk. As either Abraham Lincoln or PT Barnum is thought to have said, you can fool some of the people all of the time. Anyway, no Presidential run for me. You heard it here first. As for another Cannonball run, ...

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without being a slave to originality as you have been with the Spitfire.
I prefer to think of it as indentured servitude, since there's a glimmer of hope I might be released from its bonds someday.


Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Magnetoman #759396 12/15/18 1:43 pm
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If you want a big project, a few years ago there was a Napier Delta motor at Flying Cloud airport in Minnesota.

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Magnetoman #759506 12/16/18 9:53 pm
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A very distressing development occurred today. Participants in the recent Cannonball got a text from the organizers saying the 2020 Cannonball will be for pre-1930 motorcycles. Unfortunately, this means my 1928 Ariel again would qualify. The reason this is so disturbing is that it eliminates my hoped-for excuse that a different machine would be needed, which would have freed me from having to think about this. Damn...

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Isn't it so absolutely delightful when things work out ---despite voluble protestations to the contrary--exactly in line with what one was secretly hoping for?

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Magnetoman #759510 12/16/18 10:08 pm
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Well you could consider it "sort of cheating" as that makes it newish by Cannonball standards. Wouldn't it be more sporting to ride a pre-1920 bike?


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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Alan_nc #759513 12/16/18 10:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Alan_nc
Well you could consider it "sort of cheating" as that makes it newish by Cannonball standards.
Jeez, what does it take to get a little respect around here? ("Big deal, you rode a 90-year old bike across the country. Come back when you've ridden something old.")


Update: previous participants got an email from the Cannonball earlier today but weren't supposed to reveal details until they were "officially" posted. I extracted the following from an announcement that's now on the Cannonball website:

"This time we will be changing it up a bit, instead of the traditional East Coast to West Coast, we will be starting in the north in Sault Ste. Marie, MI located on the Canadian border and in the Heart of the Great lakes which is considered the 4th coast and making our way to the east coast landing in Kitty Hawk, NC for a 10 year Motorcycle Cannonball Anniversary Reunion. After our day off in Myrtle Beach, SC we will navigate our way through the deep south eventually making our way to the southern most point of Texas touching the Mexican Border near Brownsville, TX and having our grand finale on the island of South Padre Island, TX."


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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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I see the words "we"& "our" slipping in to the sentence as distinct from "they" & "their"

Now I suppose you are going to clain this is just because you did a cut & paste in plase of retyping arn't you laughing


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Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Magnetoman #759612 12/17/18 6:06 pm
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Team Norton is in. Ending up in the great state of Texas is better than if we planned ourselves. Kinda like home track advantage.
New scoring in classes is very interesting also. Lots of work to do!

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Originally Posted by RPM
Team Norton is in.
Purely as a geography exercise, mind you, I was curious about the hypothetical transit distances and times to/from the start and finish given that a U-Haul is sub-optimal for the event. Compared with this year's event the one in 2020 would require 780 fewer miles and 13 fewer hours from my house, which isn't insignificant. However, that's still three 11-hour days to the start and two 9-hour days from the finish, which is significant.

If only we lived in, say, Ireland a cross-country Cannonball would be so much easier. Seriously, for me, at least, logistics is a much more serious issue than valve guide wear in considering whether or not to enter in 2020.

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Ah, so you meant a comparison of distance ?

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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Originally Posted by Triless
Ah, so you meant a comparison of distance ?
Yes, the distances to get to the start and home from the finish are less, but the actual ride is about the same as this year's.

Note to RPM: Your PM box is full and the email address in your profile doesn't work.

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
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fixed i think

Re: 1928 Ariel Model C
Magnetoman #759817 12/19/18 9:04 pm
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On December 1 I wrote:
Originally Posted by Magnetoman
Chase-Harper informed me the bags being repaired under their lifetime warranty should be finished and shipped shortly.
Sometime within the last week the box containing the bags was delivered but it managed to hide until today among unopened boxes of Christmas presents that are still converging on the house. Someone had called some time ago to alert me to the fact that some of the materials they use today are different than when the bags were made 30 years ago, but those materials look great and I couldn't be happier with the results. The bags are as good as new and ready for the next 30 years. It's nice to know a company really means it when they say they have a "lifetime warranty."

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