Some Predictions Regarding 1942 Models

By Carl R. Griesbacher

From the July 1932 Issue of Motorcyclist magazine.

Member Milwaukee Motorcycle Club

There will be a number of new makes on the market, and all will have their pros and cons, but they will all be good machines. The majority of motorcycles will have as their power plant, a four cylinder engine, with superchargers, listed as optional equipment. There will also be a new Six, on the market, but most of the riders will be afraid to buy this make, because it happens to be a water cooled job, and the rider does not want to be constantly looking to see whether he has enough water or not.

Most of the manufacturers will still make the now popular big twin, and also the single cylinder models, for the novices, and the people that will not be able to buy the more expensive makes. They even may have a depression on them just as we are having now, so some of the riders may buy some of the old crates that have been laying around the dealers store, since 1932?

Everything starts from the ground up, so in describing these Super Motorcycles, we will have to start the same way, although some of the riders of some, start from the top, and end, by laying down.

The tires will be full balloon, size about 20” by 6”, or even 8”, and will be made of six ply, super woven stuff, that will give at least 15,000 miles of service on the rear wheel. All the rubber in the tires, will be Synthetic. The tire rims will be bolted, on to the larger diameter, hubs, which will eliminate spokes altogether, and all wheels will be interchangeable.

The primary drive will be by spiral, Herringbone type of gears, which are very quiet, to a Four Speed gear box. For sidecar work, a reverse will be integral as standard equipment. The secondary drive to the rear wheel, will consist of a shaft from the gear box, to a worm wheel, on the axel housing. This assembly will be hermetically sealed, and lubricated, with oil, and requiring no attention, other than adding fresh oil once in about six months. This shaft will also have two flexible couplings, to iron out the power thrusts, and a drum, whereby the emergency brake will take effect.

Frames will consist of drop forgings exclusively, and the different members will be pinned and electrically welded, to form a complete unit. The whole frame assembly will then be heat treated, and the rider breaking one, will be a “Rare Avis.”

The rear part of the frame will be pivoted, so that it can bounce up and down just like the front fork, and the pivot bearing will be by tapered roller bearings, which can be adjusted for wear by the rider. Hydraulic action will be utilized, for both this rear end, and the front fork, action, so the machine should be, a pleasure to ride.

Speaking about brakes, the majority of brakes will be of the hydraulic type, and they will be coupled, that is to say they will all work together by depressing one pedal. Think of what this will mean to the sidecar rider. If he should step on it too hard, the machine will stop, and he will move on? By the way the brake drum sizes will be about 2” by 10’’, for the larger machines.

A very low saddle position will be assured, and with hydraulic action on the seat post, all bumps will be ironed out. For further comfort, the saddle top will be made out of Sponge rubber, and inflated with air, and this pressure can be instantly controlled by the rider, to meet the different road conditions encountered. As civilization advances, the people get “Softer,” therefore we must have invention.

By Carl R. Griesbacher
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