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Posted By: Andy Higham Nicknames - 11/20/20 8:56 pm
Bikes and parts that have nicknames that stuck
Velocette LE "Noddy bike"
Norton "Dolls head" gearbox
Norton CS1 "Cricket bat" engine
OK Supreme "Lighthouse engine"
Triumph "Bathtub"

Any more?
Posted By: Shane in Oz Re: Nicknames - 11/20/20 9:35 pm
BSA/Triumph triple "Ray gun" mufflers
OIF BSA/Triumph twin "bread box" fuel tanks
BSA/Triumph "comical" hubs
"Villainous" engines

Binks "mousetrap" and "rat trap" carburettors
Posted By: Andy Higham Re: Nicknames - 11/20/20 9:41 pm
How could I have missed the pre unit BSA "Ski slope" ?
Posted By: Lannis Re: Nicknames - 11/20/20 10:39 pm
"Jampot" shock absorbers on the AJSs ....
Posted By: Jon W. Whitley Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 12:03 am
When I was 16 years old. me and my ol' man were sitting in the garage with me admiring my newly acquired 1968 BSA 650 Lighting and he said, "you got a Limey Leaker" as he slow dragged his cigarette.

He was a Harley guy but did own and ride a BSA 650 and then a Triumph 650 before going all out Harley-Davidson in the mid 1970's.


Good Times !!
Posted By: Wilfred Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 12:11 am
two strokes were " Tweedle Pops " around here.....or sometimes " Ringdings "
Posted By: NickL Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 12:38 am
Power-Egg Beezers
Sausage-box norton gearbox.
Half- a-one Vincent comet.

There's loads of 'em.
Posted By: gavin eisler Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 12:54 am
Pillion seat, fanny bracket.
Brake cooling rings, Bacon Slicers
Aluminium, trouble metal
Avon Speedmaster, skidmaster.
Dolls head , earlier Norton gearbox
Avon 1.5 fairing, Pigs snout
2 strokes, stink wheels
Posted By: BSA_WM20 Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 1:15 am
We always called external fly wheels bacon slicers
Abd let us not forget the mightest BSA of all
The sausage tank B2
Posted By: kevin Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 1:39 am
that waz a beautiful motorcycle

sausage or not
Posted By: Irish Swede Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 3:12 am
Most of them I've ever heard everyone has listed above, but here's two from BSA in the '50's and '60's"

1952-1957 A7 and A10 headlight shroud" "Monk's Cowl."

1959-1962 A10 and A7 headlight fairing & shroud; "Top Hat and Trousers."

And one for the 1950's rigid frame Triumph dual seat: "Ironing Board"
Posted By: Mark Z Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 4:40 am
A few rimes I heard the BSA "power egg" referred to as a "duck decoy".
Posted By: Wilfred Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 6:44 am
and the number plate on the front fender was called the " Pedestrian slicer "
Posted By: Irish Swede Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 1:26 pm
Funny how these things come back in your mind in the middle of the night...

My Dad referred to external flywheels as "boot polishers."

"Bathtub" Triumphs came with "fireman's helmet" front fenders.

Pre-1968, Triumph TR6C and T100C bikes with energy transfer ignition (no battery) had weak, yellow "glow worm" headlights.

Non-folding kick-start levers were "leg breakers."

And, weren't some '50's AJS and Matchless bikes equipped with slim rear shocks, called "candlesticks?"
Posted By: Lannis Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 1:37 pm
Originally Posted by Irish Swede
And, weren't some '50's AJS and Matchless bikes equipped with slim rear shocks, called "candlesticks?"

Yep, they had to have their own name in contrast with the earlier big fat "jampots" ... !
Posted By: Lannis Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 1:40 pm
The old Harleys had a rocker-type clutch pedal with a friction holder that stayed disengaged when you took your foot off .... their Indian counterparts had a car-type clutch pedal that was just spring-return, and got the name "suicide clutch" because if your boot slipped, you were out in the middle of the intersection. Some people call any foot clutch a "suicide clutch" but that's not right.

Lannis
Posted By: George Kaplan Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 2:29 pm
Originally Posted by Lannis
The old Harleys had a rocker-type clutch pedal with a friction holder that stayed disengaged when you took your foot off .... their Indian counterparts had a car-type clutch pedal that was just spring-return, and got the name "suicide clutch" because if your boot slipped, you were out in the middle of the intersection. Some people call any foot clutch a "suicide clutch" but that's not right.

Lannis

And combine a foot clutch with a bike with only one (rear) brake that is operated by a foot pedal on the other side of the bike and you have quite an interesting riding experience, especially on hill starts.

John
Posted By: htown Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 3:24 pm
Unit BSA watermelon cases
Posted By: Irish Swede Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 4:06 pm
Lannis and George,

My Dad rode 74-inch Harley knuckleheads until as late as 1977.
The front brake on "springer" forks was almost useless,

He referred to that small brake as a "hill-holder."
Posted By: Dibnah Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 5:14 pm
"Featherlastic" .... which exists

https://www.cycleworld.com/norton-motorcycle-building-perfect-bike-the-featherlastic/

All the millions of £, $, euros and yen that major motorcycle manufacturers spend on styling and "image" , and some bloke in a shed builds:

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Posted By: Al Eckstadt Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 6:39 pm
BMW's with "Toaster Tanks"
Gavin took the wind out of my sails by mentioning Royal Enfield's "Bacon Slicers".

Triumph "basket weave" and "eyebrow' tank badges. There must be a long list of derisive nicknames for Lucas stuff (deserved or not).
Posted By: htown Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 9:08 pm
Royal Oilfields
Posted By: Irish Swede Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 9:52 pm
Called "Royal Indian-fields" here in the USA back in the late '50's and early '60's.
Posted By: Irish Swede Re: Nicknames - 11/21/20 9:55 pm
Called "Royal Indian-fields" here in the midwest USA back in the late '50's and early '60's.

How about Nortons with "garden gate" and later "featherbed" frames, and Triumphs with "garden gate" or "mouth organ" tank badges?
Posted By: DavidP Re: Nicknames - 11/23/20 3:08 am
My brother used to call them Bavarian Money Wasters.
You don't wanna know the nicknames I have for my BSA.
Posted By: Mark Z Re: Nicknames - 11/23/20 3:22 am
BMW: "Black Mit White" (You just reminded me of that one David.)
Posted By: Nick H Re: Nicknames - 11/23/20 1:43 pm
We called the BMW cars "Break My Window" as they were often stolen or broken into.
Posted By: Andy Higham Re: Nicknames - 11/23/20 8:45 pm
Early A10 headlight Nacelle was referred to as either "divers helmet" or "cow pat"
BSA QD "Crinkle hub"
A10 rocker box CENSORED
Posted By: Dibnah Re: Nicknames - 11/24/20 6:47 am
Kwacker
Water buffalo
Kettle
Posted By: No Name Man Re: Nicknames - 11/24/20 6:32 pm
Well Andy, that's another reason to appreciate the A10 motor
Posted By: kevin Re: Nicknames - 11/24/20 8:13 pm
remember donkey dick handgrips?

still very functional
Posted By: Nick H Re: Nicknames - 11/24/20 9:22 pm
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Or limp dick tail lights?
Posted By: dave jones Re: Nicknames - 11/26/20 5:07 pm
Have we had Notrun for Norton?

Our Ford Fiesta car was a Ford Fiasco.
Posted By: Mark Z Re: Nicknames - 11/26/20 5:31 pm
Since we've wandered outside the realm of British cycles:

We're all familiar with "Hardly Ableson" - Back at the BSA International Ralleye in Ohio, I heard the Aussies refer to HDs as "Harley Fergusons"- I've always liked that; it's very visceral.
Posted By: Hillbilly bike Re: Nicknames - 11/26/20 5:45 pm
In the early 70's Guzzis were the Interstate Armchair
Posted By: Dibnah Re: Nicknames - 11/26/20 6:41 pm
"Tractor bike" , CCM scrambler late 1970s, possibly upgraded to a three speed gearbox. Magnificent amongst the buzzing two-strokes from Europe and Japan.
Posted By: Andy Higham Re: Nicknames - 11/26/20 6:59 pm
Bob Wright and Jimmy Aird were magic on the CCMs
Jimmy now runs Scott Leathers, I live about a mile from the CCM factory
Posted By: Stuart Kirk Re: Nicknames - 11/26/20 7:21 pm
Originally Posted by Mark Z
"Hardly Ableson" -"Harley Fergusons"-
Ugly Wobbleson.
Supposter.
Turnip Eater.
XLCH= Xtra Light Competition Harley


Basta*d Stopped Again.
Bring Spares Along.
Best Scrambler Around

Trumpet.
Turnip

Matchbox

Bultaco= Built To Blow
Posted By: Dibnah Re: Nicknames - 11/29/20 10:45 am
In the late 1970s, the exhaust note of the CCM was unique in scrambling events with modern bikes. As a spectator, it was a treat for the ears on a course with tree-lined sections.
Posted By: kevin Re: Nicknames - 11/29/20 1:42 pm
was it true that for a while CCMs came with the kickstart held up with a rubber band because the gearbox would explode if you lowered it with the engine running?

i seem to recall that.
Posted By: cycarmark Re: Nicknames - 12/01/20 5:22 pm
I've also heard of the Bathtub Triumph front fender referred to as a Roman Gladiators Helmet. BSA C12 and others like it - Grey Porridge.
Posted By: Dibnah Re: Nicknames - 12/01/20 6:44 pm
Was not the kickstart deleted on later CCMs on the basis that no-one could kickstart it when out on the course?

If I had the money, I would have an immaculate CCM as a work of art in the parlour, and another CCM to ride around the rolling acres of my country residence. Dream on.
Posted By: sammysnail Re: Nicknames - 12/03/20 2:18 pm
"Sprung heel" frames (those with rear suspension) may have been named in the 1920s as a reference to "Spring Heeled Jack", a legendary figure in London in the 1800s.
Posted By: Hermit Re: Nicknames - 12/12/20 3:47 pm
Rolls Con Hardly - rolls down one hill, can hardly make it up the next.
Posted By: Irish Swede Re: Nicknames - 12/12/20 10:39 pm
Translation needed, Hermit. I don't "get" this one.
Posted By: Lannis Re: Nicknames - 12/13/20 2:45 am
Rose Canardly?

Rollscon Harley?

Nope, I can't get it either ....

Lannis
Posted By: Hermit Re: Nicknames - 12/13/20 3:47 pm
Just a funny way to refer to an old bazoo, with a hint of Harley Davidson, as used by a Harley Davidson acquaintance.

Maybe Rolls Can Harley.
Posted By: DavidP Re: Nicknames - 12/14/20 5:45 am
One of my favorite nicknames was applied to the B-26 light bomber, the Flying Prostitute, no visible means of support.
Posted By: Markie Re: Nicknames - 12/14/20 8:13 pm
Also known as "One a day in Tampa Bay"
Posted By: raf940 Re: Nicknames - 12/14/20 8:42 pm
aka Baltimore Whore no visible..........
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