These pages from the Excelsior factory just came into my inbox, via Antony in Oz. They are great to read, and tell some tips for tuning an old X.
I have a friend who is 86 who bought a ’28 Super X in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the 40s. He was in a military hospital and was supposed to be recovering from surgery. Instead he left the hospital, bought an old Super X and proceeded to learn how to ride it. He will enjoy the racing tips even if his bike is long gone.
“… As you can never tell just where any man may land some day, I am going to extend you a hearty invitation to visit our plant…”.
Commercial correspondence was so correct… Now companies let you run through three or four people on an semi-automated call center after explaining the same story several times just in order to ask for a normal bearing…
Wow. I was concerned my engine was worn out at .006″ on the piston clearance and running with fewer rings will be something fun to try. “If it doesn’t smoke, how do you know it’s running?” Eliminate flutter valve? Hmmm, better read the plugs too I think.
I have an early Indian flywheel that has been extensively drilled for lightness. Thanks, Paul
“…we produce the ‘good old X’ and do our level best to make it as good as a motorcycle can be made.”
A noble ethos that appears to be gone forever.
This is cooler than an ice berg.
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