From the June 1946 issue of Motorcyclist Magazine
The new hydraulic shock absorber now standard equipment on both Indian and Harley-Davidson
Coming eventually, and we hope they will come in to us as advertisers, are the following products now in the final stages of production for retail sale. Some of these items we think have long been needed although a lot of readers will undoubtedly say they have gotten along without them so long, why invest now? Maybe we’re nuts, we sometimes think we are when we try to put the mag together, but these items we think should be darned good selling items.
One is a horn the size of the present motorcycle horns that can be heard for something like two blocks when the wind is blowing in the opposite direction, so think what it will do in a howling gale going the same direction. It is a neat deal, works off the battery but doesn’t lower your battery any more than your present horn (if you haven’t ripped it off already). ‘Tis said the horn will make any motorcycle sound like the Queen Mary in a fog bank off Newfoundland, that we don’t know, but the idea of a tooter that can be heard in city traffic or on the open road certainly is a good idea. Another “gadget” sadly lacking on any present day American motorcycle is a decent lock. Seems as if someone got mad enough to do something about it and is about to break forth with a fork lock to really stop the mid-night motorcycle supply system completely. That we like; as any fool can tell you, the present ignition lock won’t stop anyone who really wants to make off with your sickle but this little deal will stop ‘em cold.
A vague dreamy-like description sifted into this editorial office about a set of pipes for 61 and 74 OHVs that resemble the British up-sweep pipes on Ariels and Triumphs. We didn’t get too much dope, but we believe the pipes curve up to the point where they let the exhaust out almost at the top of the rear mud guard. Yeah, a motorcycle hound is making them and the boy knows his stuff, but as yet the sample copies are the only thing out, and are carefully guarded since even we have not seen them yet.
We’ve been hearing plenty of beefs lately when at shops and around clubs that these post war saddle bags leave a lot to be desired, that the leather is not what it used to be and the actual shape is somewhat on the bulky side. It would seem the average rider is not too madly in love with the military type saddle bags now being manufactured in both black and tan leather, and at that the leather is definitely below par, not due to the manufacturers’ fault but the leather shortage. Well, we finally found the answer. for those hard to please riders, and if this saddle bag deal doesn’t stop them cold, nothing else will. William “Bill” Duff down Cleveland, Tennessee-way has come out with a dream of a design in hand tooled tan leather-really terrific; they resemble the good old pre-war Harley and Indian saddle bags, are made of prime cowhide and can take a beating, can be stuffed full on a tour and yet will remain in good shape, thanks to being made of “sound” leather. The artwork is really “good goods.” In connection with the saddle bags there is the recovering of your deluxe buddy-seat or deluxe solo in the same leather with a skirting of hand tooled leather . . . the set is expensive, that we admit, but we also admit that the average rider would give his eye teeth for a set if he is at all interested in having a snappy motorcycle. These super-deluxe saddle bags and saddle sets are not recommended for the rider who wants a motor with a minimum of accessories, but to those riders who have their pride and joy in tip-top shape and keep it that way, one of Bill’s kits will really appeal. Yes, Bill rides a motorcycle and managed to dream these hand tooled saddle bags and saddle outfits up when in the Army; we think he did a good job.
Several years after the automobile industry had made hydraulic shock absorbers as standard equipment on all makes of passenger cars, the motorcycle industry has adapted the same type of “shocks” to the 1946 models of both American made motorcycles. The Monroe two-way, direct-acting hydraulic shock absorber is mounted between the handle bars and front axle and acts on the principal of “meet the bumps first,” thus cushioning the handle bar and the frame from road shock. The Motorcyclist has been advised that the Monroe Auto Equipment Company is making these new shock absorbers for use on the 1946 models only and at this time both the Indian and Harley-Davidson factories are taking the entire output. The factory has not predicted as to when these shocks may be available for installation on pre-1946 motorcycles.
Dab, a name for a new paint, has rather interested us since the publicity release was received at this office. The claim is that for $6 you can paint a five passenger Buick in one hour, plus the cost of labor for that hour’s work. The idea is that you spread Dab on whatever you are painting with a bit of cheesecloth, wipe whatever is to be the victim of the product, and in nothing flat you have a factory finish paint job! Made by the Automotive Division of Motel Supplies, it is said that this product will soon be placed on the market for consumer sales. A 2 year guarantee goes with the Dab kit. The address of the company is 2160 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. As to the merits of this war-born paint, we know nothing, but we are still intrigued with the idea of touching up our motorcycle after a slight scrape or hare and hound and having “factory finish
Those chrome luggage carriers advertised elsewhere in the magazine have been selling like hot cakes (who ever bought a hot cake?) and the manufacturer, Al Fergoda, has advised that due to the steel situation he is definitely behindon orders. Fergoda has added to his chrome luggage carrier line the same carrier in black, baked enamel finish, list price $3.50
Ever had your Harley give you a nasty kick-back? Chances are you have, and you’ve joined the ranks of those many who had a sore ankle for a few days after the beastie took a bite at you. To solve that little problem there is now on the market a new ignition system called “Sure Start” that tames the wildest Harley-Davidson, the manufacturer states. Also claimed is the increase in mileage, longer plug life and greater top speed …we’re not personally so concerned about the latter advantages as the idea of not having to hobble around for a week after our Harley has let it be known that it was not in approval of our way of kicking it over. Sure Start Ignition Systems are available at 6518 Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 3 and dealers are invited to write in for all data. This ignition system is made by actual motorcycle riders, so don’t think it is merely an engineer’s dream whipped up on paper. And John Law in the Los Angeles area acted as the guinea pig on the test runs.