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Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:27 pm

Posts: 591
Location: Crewe, Great Britain

Hi all,

Spotted this 20's bike on a french forum, The truth is wilder than you think!!! All will be revealled!!!

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Patrick

Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:03 pm

Posts: 1654
are those Truffaut forks? Looks like a 770cc or 998cc JAP twin witha Sturmey-Archer gearbox. Looks very like a Royal Enfield apart from the forks, but I don't know the French scene at all

love the footboards.....
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:05 pm

Posts: 591
Location: Crewe, Great Britain

Hi 45Brit,

A JAP with a 42 degree Dixie magneto, me think not!!!

Patrick

Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:16 pm

Posts: 1654
motosacoche? You're probably going to tell me it's an Indian of some sort, seeing as I know absolutely nothing about them...
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:54 pm

Posts: 146
Location: virginia water surrey England
Looks like a power plus motor to me.

Pete

Post Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:46 pm

Posts: 591
Location: Crewe, Great Britain

Yes, Pete, it's that good old Powerplus engine...

...Now, is it a special or factory build???

Patrick

Post Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:51 am

Posts: 39
Location: Paris, France

thefrenchowl wrote:
Yes, Pete, it's that good old Powerplus engine...

...Now, is it a special or factory build???

Patrick


Never seen and never heard about a factory model like that.
I think it's homemade.... but where come from the parts ??
The main fork looks like Indian but with bent rear tubes.
The gas tank look strange too.

Post Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:21 am

Posts: 604
Location: Largo, Fl

I wonder what's up with the 2 hand levers and no clutch pedal?

Post Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:09 pm

Posts: 1654
looks as though it could be a Sturmey Archer gearbox and clutch, some British bikes have those gear levers sticking up off the top of the box. The chequer-plate footboards are obviously new, as is the primary chaincase and the aftermarket lever on the left bar, which I would guess is the clutch.
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:32 am

Posts: 591
Location: Crewe, Great Britain

Hi all,

this is actually a french "DS Maltere"...

They bought a lot of Indian parts just after the WW1 period and made their own sv singles 500 by using these parts. This is the only twin I ever seen and features a full Powerplus engine...

For the 500, they cast their own crankcases, modelled after the Indian dimms so they could use the Indian cams/gears. When Indian parts ran out, they remade them as needed. They lasted into the 50's with smaller bikes...

Here's a 500 OHV, one can recognize the typical Indian gear case to the front magneto... Looks like the top end is british JAP!!!

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Patrick


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