Some Predictions Regarding 1942 Models

|| |---| | | From the July 1932 Issue of Motorcyclist magazine.

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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.

The handlebars will be made up out of formed spring steel rods, gathered together with clips, so that all motor vibration will be taken up by the bars, which are flexible, and not by the riders hands, which is the case with the machines of today. The controls will practically be the same as of today, with the exception that instead of having one piece of piano wire, there will be a dozen strands, just like our front brake cables. Also there will be a few more gadgets placed on the handlebars, just like the English machines have at the present.

Now the gasoline tanks will not be on top where they are today, but will be down low, just above the rear axle, and they will be streamlined, to harmonize with the rest of the machine. This arrangement keeps the weight down low, and at the same time permits the motor to be raised a little higher so that the machine has a very high ground clearance. Of course, there will be a shield over the motor, and a false tank, in which, tools, parts, and “Smokes,” can be carried. Before I forget it, the tanks will have a capacity of 5 gallons of “Oil-Ogas,” the new motor fuel, which has just been discovered, and is by the way very much superior, to the Ethyl gasoline we now use.

A word about headlights will not be amiss. The twin headlights will be mounted low down on each side of the front fork, just above the front axle, and you can see that by having the lights very low, the lights will illuminate the road, and not the other fellows eyes.

Another innovation will be the standard use of flexible gas and oil pipes, which will not be apt to become broken, as our copper pipes of today.

****The instrument panels will not be on the handlebars, as they are today, but, will be on top of the false tank, and high enough up, so that a rider will not have to crane his neck to look at them. They will also be tilted at an angle of 45 degrees, and, will be illuminated indirectly, by a colored light. The panels will contain a speedometer, driven from the gear box, and 8 day clock, an oil pressure gauge, gasoline gauge. I really should say “Oil-Ogas” gauge. Also, a motor temperature indicator, and the necessary switches. Of course some of the bozzos, will stick on some extra stuff as for instance, cigar lighters, extra lights, altitude meter, or a minature radio set. There will also be a connection for a trouble light, but that will not be necessary, as the machines will be very near perfection.

The average sport Four, will have a displacement of approximately 50 cu. in., and as I mentioned before, they can be had with a Supercharger for $25.00 extra. The speed of these machines with a supercharger will be from 12 to 150 miles per hour, and this will not be uncommon, but an everyday occurence. It must be stated right here that every rider will not be able to handle such high speed, and a few of them will get bumped off, but we will not worry about this misfortune now.

When Jules Verne penned his “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and “A Trip to the Moon” the wiseacres of his time wagged their heads and said, “Phooey, nothing but pipe dreams.” All you have to do to prove that the accompanying article is a pipe dream is, by the author’s own invitation, save it until 1942 and compare it with the progress of motorcycles up to then. From time to time articles appear in the columns of this publication reminiscent of the old timers, without the inspiration of whom the sport would not have reached its standing of today. We offer this article on the future as a spice to go with memories of yesterday-all in stimulation of a greater zest for the greatest sport of today. -The Editor.

The cylinders will be four in line, air cooled, with a fan mounted in front, similar to the Franklin Car of our day. Light-Ite Pistons will be used, as they are lighter than Dow Metal, and only expand as much as cast iron, therefore, they can be fitted, with only .003 clearance on the cylinder. This will make for a quiet motor, and also the heat produced, will be conducted through the piston very much better than the Lynite pistons of today. A new type of carburetor will be used, which will be as simple as a grindstone (Page, Hap. Jameson), and allow complete combustion, so that about 70 miles per gallon, will, be about the average. Non-fouling plugs will make their appearance, and this together with a new motor oil, and better cooling in general, it will only be necessary to grind valves and scrape carbon once in about 10,000, miles. What a break.

This particular motor will develop 30 horse power, and with the Supercharger, it is estimated to develop 43 B.H.P. at a speed of 6,000 R.P.M.

The dry sump type of lubrication system will be universally used, even on the singles and twins, and on the Four motor in question, there will be an aluminum oil tank, finned just like the cylinders, to help cool the oil, and in addition, there will be a cartridge type of oil filter which should be removed every 10,000, miles. The piston pin will have a diameter of 1”, and the connecting rod bearings will be of the split roller type, as also will be the crankshaft bearings. Oil will be forced to these under pressure, of about 25 pounds. A sight indicator will be mounted on the top of the filter, so that the oil passing through, can be inspected, while the motor is running, and the condition of the oil noted.

A word about mufflers, will be that they will only absorb, about 1%, of the motor horsepower, and at the same time will be practically silent, by using the Maxim Silencer Principle. Now don’t throw away your Burgess Mufflers, boys because you will have to wait, 10 years for this new one, and many things can happen before that time.

Then there will be better guards on both the front and the rear wheels, so that mud will not be thrown on rider, and also all the moving parts will be covered, with quick detachable, shields, and the rider may wear his best “Sunday Go To Meeting” clothes, and come back after a ride, looking just as clean as before, unless it rains.

In conclusion, I have only tried to cover some of the important, features of the motorcycles of the future, but space forbids me to go into details regarding these machines.

Some of you riders who will still be in the cycle game, ten or so years from now, will have the opportunity to enjoy motorcycling at its best, even though we now think that the motorcycle of today, is the fruit of engineering skill, and the “Acme” of modern manufacturing methods, but wait and see. Ten years is a long time ahead, and we must expect a lot from the future. What will the motorcycle of 50 years from now look like? This is too deep for us to even think about, but if you have a good idea, write to the manufactures, of motorcycles about it, or better, start your own factory, and perhaps we won’t have to wait 50 years for the perfection of this thing we call a “Motorcycle.”