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Hello,

long time listener, first time caller here

After a lot of tooing and froing its looking like I'm going to be getting a 1952 Thunderbird in boxes.

Now I've always wanted to make a replica of Brando's bike from the Wild One and this seems like a great time to do it

If any of you have any info about the back end of this bike I'd appreciate it

What make are the saddlebags and what are those big brackets that hold them on??

Is that a sparto rear light?

whats going on with the rear mudguard and its trim?

Any info on this bike would be appreciated

thanks in advance

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This Is The Motorcycle That Marlon Brando Rode In The Wild One

https://www.hotcars.com/this-is-the-motorcycle-that-marlon-brando-rode-in-the-wild-one/



Sorry, no help.

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dont know if this is real or reproduction , but looks the part
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Similar pannier mount from a 1952 ... in Baxter's National Motorcycle Museum

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Thanks both of you

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I really believe that you're going to have to get as many stills from the movie as you can find, and analyze them and blow them up and try to figure out what you might like.

Brando has had his picture taken in publicity stills for the movie on half-a-dozen different bikes from Triumphs to Matchlesses to Moto Guzzis, since, to the non-motorcycle riding public, a motorcycle is a motorcycle and they can't tell a Harley Davidson from a Bantam. And if that movie is like most of them, he probably used 3 or 4 different bikes even filming the movie.

Remember the movie "Babe", about the pig who learned how to herd sheep? They used 48 different pigs during that movie, all just about identical, starring as "Babe".

Me, I want one of those blue-and-yellow sweaters like Chino had, and a Hydra-Glide just like his.

Good luck! Should be fun getting Johnny Strabler's bike, the way it's imaged in YOUR mind, together!

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A very noble cause!!

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Thanks for your comments.

I've been studying the film for over 30 years!! Now I'm getting all the stills and screen grabs together.

I've learned tonight that the saddlebags and mountings are off a Harley

So it's all coming together

There's still a way to go until I own the bike but fingers crossed it'll go smoothly

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the the saddlebags were "probably" made by Buco .
Buco was a big motorcycle accessories and leather garment maker
post ww2 till the mid sixties .
Joseph Buegeliesen patented a saddlebag mounting system
in 1946 .
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...the HD support needed an adaptation because Triumph mudguards are rounded with no sides; not flat, like made in a workshop like HD ones.

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the tail light looks BT&E not Sparto
rear fender looks like a front

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Originally Posted by friday1
the tail light looks BT&E not Sparto
rear fender looks like a front


Or, it could be a PK Lamp tail light.

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Note at least two different front forks on those Triumphs; at least one with the silver band at the interface between upper and lower, at least one without...


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Thanks agin fellas

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dont forget the leatherette spring-loaded registration holder on the front down tube .
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Don't know if all 48 states used them , but California did , back in those days

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Cool project idea !! Good luck and I hope it all works out for ya... One of the most iconic motorcycle movies of all time for sure.... Banned in England for a decade or so... Which made everyone want to watch it even more.... Started the Rocker look for sure...

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