Show your Davis built bicycles

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  1. #501 Posted Sep 19, 2016

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    The only ones I've ever seen .. since I got into
    this stuff .. mid 80's ...... I scored on the same
    Friday at MLC.

    Maybe Fall Meet of 2013.

    Two different sellers.

    Ivo (CABEr balloontyre) was sitting shotgun in
    my car (with me in the drivers seat) on the park-
    ing lot ... yak yak yak yak ....

    A passerby came up to the window and asked
    me, ''what is this stand for ?''

    I told him ... then asked if he wanted to sell it.

    He set the price ... it was not cheap.

    I bought it ... gave him an extra twenty-five sim-
    oleons.

    Am sharing this story ... not as an act of braggadocio,
    but to remind others that the stuff IS out there.

    Oddball ... I would let one go ... but they are destined
    for two Miami-Builts. One is shown, below.

    ...... patric


    1915  Miami Bull Dog ... Tall Frame.jpg










     
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  2. #502 Posted Sep 19, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I think twice or three times before I reproduce hard to find items like that stand, but there's a half a dozen of us with 1915 or 16 Chiefs in my area that could use em, so............
     
  3. #503 Posted Nov 24, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    I'm working on what I think might be a
    1921 H-D model 421 Motorcyke.
    During disassembly, I took some photos of any stampings that I came across, and I was puzzled by what appears to be a letter A stamped on the bottom bracket.
    The fork yoke has a letter B stamped on it.
    Then I spotted something interesting that may or may not have any significance, but there is a corresponding letter A on the bottom bracket bearing adjusting race, and a letter B stamped on the headset adjusting race.
     
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  4. #504 Posted Nov 24, 2016

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    Hey Marty, the "A" makes things hard to pinpoint within three years. 1920-1922. I have a "A" Dayton, and recently got yet another "D" machine. I have been starting to take notice of these letter stamps on the forks as well. Never noticed the stamps on the hardware! Good eye! The plot thickens! image.jpg Will post machine soon.
     
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  5. #505 Posted Dec 7, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    The inside dope on the 1920 Snell line:

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  6. #506 Posted Dec 7, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Wow nice.. paint looks like Harley to me.. I've done my own research on orig H.D. Frames numbers for years and seems that all the Harley's I've seen have the same.. a letter and serial number no extra numbers. It looks to me like black was the 2nd base color for the H.D. Green Paint color. Love to see more pics on this beauty.
     
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  7. #507 Posted Dec 7, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg When I had the fork out of the head tube, I looked inside to see the swedge of the bottle cap type head badge, and I noticed the "Inside Dope" of the double locked head joint.
    I wondered how they built a frame this way.
    That 1920 Snell ad pretty much spelled it out.
    Thanks for posting, Chitown.
     
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  8. #508 Posted Dec 7, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    A dealer friend gave me this..I believe it's 1920's
     
  9. #509 Posted Dec 18, 2016

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    Thanks Marty for sharing. When we talked last I think I remember you mentioning this was a 1921 model Motocyke. From what I have seen, the 1920 and on Davis frames used for their bicycles don't seem to match yours. Notice the bottom bar. It has an upward angle, where yours appears to be paralell. I know the bicycle has a "A" on the bottom bracket. This all makes me think this is an 1918 Harley.....?......the construction does not have the 1920 or later traits for me. What do you think? also the seat lug would make sense for 1918.
     
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  10. #510 Posted Dec 18, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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  11. #511 Posted Dec 18, 2016

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Goldenindian ... I totally agree with your analysis
    and findings.

    There's another tell for 1918 ... the Davis of 1918
    OFTEN, BUT NOT ALWAYS, was
    blessed with Dayton-type axel adjusters.

    Great sleuthing -- Goldenian !!

    Marty -- absolutely bee-yoo-tee-full H-D you have.

    AND ... ARE THOSE ALL-STEEL, LOW-PROFILE
    CLINCHERS on that machine ??

    Of course they be. The 1918 H-D Military-Model
    came with same kind o' wheel .... Hmmm ..........

    Nice ......

    ......... patric
     
  12. #512 Posted Dec 18, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Thanks for the assessment guys.
    I really appreciate it!
    The bike was thought to be a 1919 when I bought it, but I thought it might be a tad later than that, only because it had the bottle cap type head badge and the all steel low profile clincher type rims.
    I didn't know that those rims were a feature of the 1918 military model.
    The one feature that the frame has, that seems to be of later Davis production, is the "double locked head joint construction"
    The Snell ad that Chitown posted, says that this feature was new for 1920 models.
    But, I've got to say, that 1918 advertisement sure looks like the bike.
    I guess the one thing we know for sure, is that it is a Davis made Harley Davidson bicycle.
    Lol!
     
  13. #513 Posted Jan 7, 2017

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Have been meaning to post Goldenindian's magnificent
    1919 Davis-Built turned relic ... WITH ... two genuine art-
    icles I own.

    Did not get the badge from the same source as the ring ...
    but I wanted each in relic-condition for the better part of
    a quarter-century. Never thought something like these
    were even out there ... but here they be .......

    When I saw that Goldenindian posted his '19 Davis for the
    first time ... my socks began going up and down for maybe
    thirty-seconds.

    Connectivity ... yeah .. I love that stuff .......

    ......... patric


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  14. #514 Posted Jan 8, 2017

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    Hey hey

    Finished my Dayton!
    Not sure on year, bottom bracket numbers are crazy.
    Dayton 1 .jpg dayton 5.jpg dayton 7.jpg dayton 17.jpg IMG_0020.JPG IMG_0018.JPG FullSizeRender.jpg

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  15. #515 Posted Jan 8, 2017

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Sheeza beauty - Goldenindian !!

    ......... patric
     
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  16. #516 Posted Jan 8, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Bike looks great!
    Those bottom bracket numbers are crazy.
    Who knows what was going on there.
     
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  17. #517 Posted Jan 12, 2017

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    A few pics of my 1918 Davis built Yale

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  18. #518 Posted Jan 13, 2017

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Kato ... yours is a classically-built Davis,
    Yale or Dayton .. depending on what color
    the factory painted the machine .. and which
    chainring was installed.

    Those ''Dayton''- type axel adjusters are not
    found on each and every Yale machine ... but
    the residual blue-paint .. as seen on the crank-
    case, screams - YALE !!

    The non-truss ''Dayton''- type fork ... as well as
    the Davis, truss and non-truss fork had been a
    factory option for the Yale motorbike since Davis
    bought the Yale and Snell marques from Consoli-
    dated Mfg. Co.
    ... of Toledo ... in 1916.

    If your next quest is a Yale badge for your machine ...
    AVOID the screw-hole type. Davis NEVER applied
    a Yale badge on a Yale machine using screws.

    A Yale badge with screw-holes is ALWAYS a post-
    Davis, Shelby-Built thang.

    Nice ride .......

    ........ patric
     
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  19. #519 Posted Jan 13, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Patric - Thank you very much for the info on the bike !!!
    I wish it had the Yale badge.......and yep no smalls holes - it needs the button style.
    I'm amazed how solid the bike is - wheels are crazy true and spin great........and brake works awesome.
     
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  20. #520 Posted Jan 15, 2017

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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