Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Marco, Nov 21, 2011.
Does anyone know the models of the bikes below?
Pic 1 - Harley Davidson WLA 750 cc...and Ariel WN/G 350 EDIT - PIC ONE IS REVERSED!!!
Pic 2 - Matchless G3L
Pic 3 - Looks like three BSA M20 500cc and a Harley Davidson again.
Pic 4 - Danish Nimbus
But I'm more interested in the background in Pic 1, looks like a DH Dove in RAF colours? Must be an oldish pic...
The Dove (and four-engined Heron) were somewhat of an aberration in the postwar world - airliners powered by inline piston engines, rather than the very rapidly ubiquitous turboprops! They flew on De Havilland's in-house Gipsy Queen engines.
I'm not good on Harleys at all. However, it's a reversed negative (or the bike in the foreground is a prototype Ariel WN/G with timing gear on the left !)
LOL yep, I've just noticed that and edited my post! Sumat was niggling....
Pic 1 is visibly an oldish pic, before the concours bug had really bit LMAO And the Dove was eventually withdrawn from operational RAF sevice in '84, though one last aircraft was used the the BoBMF for seveal years longer.
(Rich, I oiginally had the WLA/WLC caveat in there because differences in wheelhubs was one of the few differences between them...but realising that pic 1 was reversed removed that! )
Thanks very much chaps, you are true experts. Pic one dates from 1988 (so yes old), is a scan from a colour slide (so probably reversed during scanning) and was taken during an airshow commemorating the liberation of The Netherlands on Zestienhoven airport. The BBMF was present (so indeed the BBMF Dove).
10 out of 10.
...taken during an airshow commemorating the liberation of The Netherlands on Zestienhoven airport (see indeed a Dove)
Marco - did the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly any of its aircraft at that show?
Sorry it was 1985, not 1988. Yes the BBMF flew but more noticeble (these days) is that the Lanc also landed. Attached some pictures. These are far from great, being taken on a clouded day and without telelens. But for me they hold sentimental value: one of the first of many, many military trips with dad.
Re pic 3 - I've been to many airshows over the years but never seen a horse on the flightline! Good pics there.
Below one more. A para bike, but what is the official nomenclature?
Marco - the Welbike! Welbike - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thanks Phylo. Now.... how is your knowledge of German bikes?!
You're in good company with the reversed colour slide. (What is it about Ariels ?) - The IWM have done it too !
THE CROSSING OF THE GARIGLIANO RIVER BY THE FIFTH ARMY, LAURO, ITALY, 19 JANUARY 1944 | Imperial War Museums
I can get by on some of the German stuff, especially the more obscure singles but I'm not up to speed on the various sidecar outfits.
LOL I've seen that before - and never noticed! Always reminded me of that Western set in the backlot of a British film studio that used to appear in SO many films and telly programmes - even The Prisoner and UFO! Sometimes with a village well, sometimes not...
I've long wanted to correct the image but it was so small on the old site and with script across it. Here's how it should look :-
Still a Spaghetti Western Special.
It's captioned as REME and the machines are so clean that it looks as if they're just being uncrated. I hope that they're not going to leave that brown paper lying there.
It's captioned as REME and the machines are so clean that it looks as if they're just being uncrated.
Actually, I think you're right - look at the Ariel nearest the camera....that's a tied-on label dangling over the oil tank, isn't it??? Just under the sprung saddle - tied around a seat spring?
Harry Watts - Dispatch Rider
Harry Watts Dipatch Rider 1943 WWII
Motorcycle ID's ?
Ron, thanks for pointing the topic out to me. I'll go and read it.
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