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Re: Latest Forum M.20 Photograph

That's not a stand, that's the factory test bed ! They left it running on full throttle for twenty minutes :smiley:

Re: Latest Forum M.20 Photograph

Hi Keith,
FLX was issued in London and it started in February 1939 right through to about 1941-42 when GLX started.

regards, Richard

Re: Latest Forum M.20 Photograph

Looking at the contraption its parked on I'm guessing the picture was taken pretty recently?

Rob

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Gus-Kuhn-Motors

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Henk Joore
Brilliant piece of detective work Henk - I am sure Gus Kuhn Motors was still in business in the 1960s I think - London based?

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Gus Kuhn had a Norton racing team in the 1970s. Post-1976 they sold BMWs...I wen there into the 1980s to buy 'Gold-Top' gloves . It looks as if they traded until the late 1980s.

http://www.guskuhn.net/GKMLtd/GusKuhnMtrsLtd.htm

Re: Latest Forum M.20 Photograph

Ah, thank you Henk, you have all the answers, and the photos! Looking at the brickwork on the wall to the right of your pic I think the Forum photo may have been taken round there.

Best wishes
Tony.

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There are a few more photos of that location and they actually come from Jan Vandevelde.

Henk

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Richard Farrant
Hi Keith,
FLX was issued in London and it started in February 1939 right through to about 1941-42 when GLX started.

regards, Richard


That's very interesting, so its either an early non Military machine with a later tank and rear carrier retro fitted, an ex Military machine released and registered by mid war or its a non Military wartime machine like the Post Office contract, FLX doesn't appear to be Post Office, but there are a few other gaps in the WM20 numbers which were probably made for someone needy?

Rob

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Is the faded mark above the number plate, an indication that there was once a military fag end type light mounted there ?

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I notice the fuel bowl is not the standard 1B but the extended arm 1E that does not have the horizontal fuel elbow below the float chamber. Not very common although listed for 1940-5 same as the 276C/1B carburetter.

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Re: Latest Forum M.20 Photograph

Here two more photos.

Henk

s-l1600-2

s-l1600-3

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Henk Joore
Here two more photos.

Henk



Superb stuff - thanks for posting Henk

I note in the first photo registration FFD 353 - my two SWD Big 4s are FFD821 and FFD 993 both having been sold I believe by Copes in 1946.

The second photo - now that is a gem of a Norton - possibly a 1947 machine as it seems to have the post war gearbox and the pushrod tubes are inclined as opposed to parallel but no doubt others will confirm or otherwise. I also note the front brake plate is on the opposite side to the WD Norton 16Hs and Big 4s.

Re: Latest Forum M.20 Photograph

'HGU' is a 1946 London series. The machine looks to be a Model 18 to trials specification...The forerunner to the 500T but heavy and not particularly agile.

It looks as if the photos were made as publicity for the stand manufacturer. There is a difference between lifting a bicycle into a stand and a heavy motorcycle though...Getting it out again would be interesting too, especially with a kerb behind. I'd like to see a film of people trying to use it !

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Alfred_A._Odoni_and_Co

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It looks like the front mudguards are striking the steel channel & doing the front end lifting instead of the tyres.

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The photos were for sale on ebay last week.

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I like the Enfield, pre-War s/v with pressed steel girders. Possibly an S or SF (Deluxe 250) from 38-39? It looks like it has a Dunlop rubber saddle as well. Great picture!
REgards, Mark

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