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Old 06-26-2004, 06:36 AM   #11
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Default Re: 1907 Curtiss V-8 record bike

One would have to wonder if the 40 hp claim for the v8 engine was a bit conservative. I have owned a number of unfared motor cycles in the 40 hp range. and none of them were remotely capable of 136 mph. VWW
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Old 06-26-2004, 06:38 AM   #12
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Umm...That would of course be "naval" arms race.
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Old 06-26-2004, 06:55 AM   #13
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wow, faster than present day HD!
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Old 06-26-2004, 07:17 AM   #14
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I don't know about that - just look at how creative the current administration has been with their interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Geneva Conventions etc.



/maybe not the brains part, but certainly gumption
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Old 06-26-2004, 08:34 AM   #15
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I would guess in the range of 60-65 HP to the ground (zero wind). I have no doubt that the bicycle racer did his best to get out of the winds way (is that a chin pad on the tank?). The sand gets hard there but it's hard to imagine that they had the traction of pavement, kind of like Bonneville. Must have been quite a sight and sound.
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Old 06-26-2004, 10:19 AM   #17
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I have allways been facinated by Glenn Curtiss, he was a pioneer in so many areas. Self made and independent. Just wish I had half of the balls or brains he had.

130+ miles on a hand made V8 powered bicycle, no suspension, on sand. Makes the sphincter tighten up, don't it. Then have the thing break underneath you, and control it to a stop.

Thanks, MO. We need to be reminded more of where we came from.
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Old 06-26-2004, 10:52 AM   #18
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Glenn Curtiss could be considered the first squid!
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Old 06-26-2004, 11:29 AM   #19
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With Clinton's New Look Military it did become a Navel Arms Race. But no one had sexual relations.



Nowadays they are too exhauted from stupid foreign deployments to care one way or the other.
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Old 06-26-2004, 12:16 PM   #20
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And Bush invented the "everyone hates America syndrome".
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