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thefrenchowl

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Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:27 pm

Special or not???

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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45Brit

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Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:03 pm

Re: Special or not???

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...
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Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:05 pm

Re: Special or not???

Hi 45Brit,

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

Patrick
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45Brit

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Post Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:16 pm

Re: Special or not???

motosacoche? You're probably going to tell me it's an Indian of some sort, seeing as I know absolutely nothing about them...
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Post Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:54 pm

Re: Special or not???

Looks like a power plus motor to me.

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thefrenchowl

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Post Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:46 pm

Re: Special or not???

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

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

Patrick
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Fred-D

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Post Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:51 am

Re: Special or not???

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.
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indianut

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Post Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:21 am

Re: Special or not???

I wonder what's up with the 2 hand levers and no clutch pedal?
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45Brit

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Post Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:09 pm

Re: Special or not???

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.
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Post Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:32 am

Re: Special or not???

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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