onsdag 2. juli 2014


Matteo in Italy sent me a pic of his bike, a pretty modern HD with a classic touch.
Looking closer at Matteos ride, hey there is an AMcN sticker on the oil tank!
It is cool to see the stickers in use, thumbs up to Matteo!!

tirsdag 1. juli 2014

Lucky me, lucky me!!!

I`m waiting with excitement for a parcel to cross the Atlantic ocean. It is by no means the first package with cool parts for my bikes I have waited for, he he, it have been quite a few the last years.
Still this is special and I look forward to its content.
A Leinweber performance camshaft for my current Harley J build, made in a very limited number.
Aint that cool!!
I have spent quite a bit of my energy with the cutdown project in figuring out how to improve a std J cam. By coincidence I learn Mikey in CA have had the same thoughts. Cool, except from the fact, Mikey got camshaft guru Leinweber to make a real camshaft, its performance was tested during the previous US canonball run.

I am waiting with excitement!!!

søndag 29. juni 2014

Pictures from yesterdaze

Carl taking care of some minor adjustments to his Indian`s Hedstrom engine.

Got an old motorcycle photo the other day, from a friendly gentleman named Johan.
Johans great-grandfather Carl Mathiesen was working as a doctor in and around Gausdal from the late 1880`s. Gausdal is an area of Hedmark in eastern Norway with long distances, and at the turn of the 1900 century the roads were built for horses and carriages. Carl was a automotive pioneer in his time when he realized that commuting on a Indian motocycle would save a lot of valuable time, both for him and his patients. As seen in the pic dated ca. 1920, Carl must have bought his Indian from Sontum in Christiania (now Oslo) as early as 1914 or 1915. This is obvious, as the engine in Carl`s motocycle is still a Hedstrom inlet over exhaust.
Looking further at the image I am not quite sure the picture is as late as 1920. The bike is so clean and unmolested, appearing as if quite new.
At the picture the doctor is doing some adjustments to his bike, obviously not afraid of getting grease on his hands, though he is a doctor.
The above could be a story enough for a single picture, but hey there is more to it.

Not only was Carl Mathiesen a doctor for common people in the Gausdal area, he was also the personal doctor to our national hero and literature Nobel prize winner Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.

Carl Mathiesen, doctor and psychiatrist and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsons personal physician for 20 years.

Nobel price winner Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.

Our national hero Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson died in Paris, where he had traveled to get medical treatment at the end of his life.
Carl went to Paris after receiving message about Bjørnsons death to follow his body back home to Norway. The body was sent from Paris to Copenhagen in king Haakon`s personal train. In Copenhagen The Norwegian royal navy`s ironclad "Norge" waited to carry him further to Christiania (Oslo) where the national funeral ceremony took place. 

torsdag 26. juni 2014

ISDT in Scandinavia back in 1923


Folks, this is so cool, it's freakin unbelievable.
I stumbled across this video on the www, pretty much by coincidence (I`m a liar, off course I searched, and this time I found). It is one of them news reels from way before the TV was invented. People gathered at the local cinema all across the country, some guy (or girl) played the piano while the machinist operated the movie projector, all of this to see what was going on in the country.
When folks sat down for this film, they would see clips from the 1923 ISDT endurance run held in Sweden and Norway. The biggest motorcycle event that had ever taken place in those two countries until then.
An event where several European countries sent their best motorcycle riders to fight for medals and honor, and not to forget this was an event where the major motorcycle factories could show the consumers why they should chose their brand.

Whilst I look at this movie, I see a lot of faces and motorcycles I know from my photo collection. It is so cool to see people since long gone suddenly be alive, not just posing at a picture.

Oh, I should not forget to mention this movie is shown at this blog because I got valuable help with the catch and the conversion from my internet friend Lars aka the Brokenspoke at the "thepowerslidingsidecar" blog.

LARS, thanks a lot!!

I will when time allows, let you know whom I recognize and what bikes we see in the film.

Stay tuned.

OK OK here are two guys whom have been presented on this blog before, as have the pictures too.

It`s swede Helmer Petterson and my compatriot Ernst Vaumund.
The first a famous Exelsior rider.
The second, Harleys best man in Norway for years.
When you look at the ISDT movie, watch out for them, they are there!
Both pictures shown are captured during the 1923 ISDT.

fredag 20. juni 2014

Old meets old!

Last weekend on my way home from the "Norsk Motordag" event in Kristiansand, I took some smaller roads with my Henderson.
I had to stop by a railway crossing the road as the signaling told me to. It was well worth the waiting as the train that came by was one old late 1800`s steam train from the Setesdalsbanen live steam museum.

I could feel the Henderson nodding to the train as it passed by. Back in their heydays, they both traveled in the same district, maybe they had met before??

Some pics from the National Motorday event in Kristiansand:

søndag 15. juni 2014

Trondhjemsridtet, some GoPro action

Bought a GoPro camera and helmet mount for the trondhjemsridtet, mounted a remote WIFI control on the handlebar.
Kind of technical for a vintage ride, eh?
I`m a bit dissapointed of the battery capasity, both for the camera and the remote control in particular, this as it have to be charged by the PC USB port. When riding for 8-10 hours there is no chance to charge this, and it will soon be off no use.

Anyway, got some films done, here are examples of what rode`s we spent hours on during last weekend;