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It would be cool to have a 'modern' engine, with a slim profile, in an old-timey frame. Big, wrap around bars, gigantic rear sprocket.

But, what would you do with it? Ride it in parades, maybe?
 

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Join the Masons, you'd fit right in with the little fire engines and Cushman Eagles...
 

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Good afternoon chaps!

For starters, my apologies if I cannot join so fully in the banter as some of the terms you use must either be of another age, unfamiliar to me, or perhaps it is an example of two countries divided by a common language... but I will try my best to keep up.
Although it is a very lovely bank-holiday weekend here, we are very busy. All the little finishing details are coming together this weekend. Bits are being chemically blacked, plated, polished, coach lined, and lacquered. It feels like we are in the final stretch much like the gigis.
At the risk of bending the rules, may I say that if you chose to visit us on the web you would see images of the Phantom EG in production. Well, needs must drive me back to the works..

Tally Ho!
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An integrated vapor release may not be such a ludicrous idea after all. Not to exploit my tradesman background but I have on many occasions worn the heavy duty OD green military issue coveralls, or "Mean Greens" as they were called.... In point of fact it's safe to say I fairly lived in them for a number of months at a time while Defending the Frontier of Freedom and Keeping the World Safe for Democracy aboard US Naval vessels

Owing to their weight and thickness they could be somewhat uncomfortable in the hot confines of a shipboard engineering space so we naturally being fit young men, in hotter climates wore little if anything underneath them. Given the somewhat pedestrian nature of shipboard cooking flatulence was often an issue and it was indeed dissagreable to break wind in your coveralls and have the vapors waft out around your neck, having nowhere else to vent.

Often times due to the thickness of the material the "gas pocket" would remain entrapped therein for an astonishingly long time, to the point that a fellow would have forgotten all about his little time-bomb until he took a break and upon sitting down with cigarette and coffee in hand was treated to a rather pungent reminder, owing to the bellows effect of the maneuver upon the garment.

Thus an Integrated Vapor Release Saddle would be a jolly good idea from both a health standpoint and simple common decency as the vapors take on a certain staleness over time.
 

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An integrated vapor release may not be such a ludicrous idea after all. Not to exploit my tradesman background but I have on many occasions worn the heavy duty OD green military issue coveralls, or "Mean Greens" as they were called.... In point of fact it's safe to say I fairly lived in them for a number of months at a time while Defending the Frontier of Freedom and Keeping the World Safe for Democracy aboard US Naval vessels

Owing to their weight and thickness they could be somewhat uncomfortable in the hot confines of a shipboard engineering space so we naturally being fit young men, in hotter climates wore little if anything underneath them. Given the somewhat pedestrian nature of shipboard cooking flatulence was often an issue and it was indeed dissagreable to break wind in your coveralls and have the vapors waft out around your neck, having nowhere else to vent.

Often times due to the thickness of the material the "gas pocket" would remain entrapped therein for an astonishingly long time, to the point that a fellow would have forgotten all about his little time-bomb until he took a break and upon sitting down with cigarette and coffee in hand was treated to a rather pungent reminder, owing to the bellows effect of the maneuver upon the garment.

Thus an Integrated Vapor Release Saddle would be a jolly good idea from both a health standpoint and simple common decency as the vapors take on a certain staleness over time.
And lemme tell ya, coveralls have nothing on a diver's dry suit! Especially if you were diving a rebreather! Wow!

Sitting on a stage during decompression could be a special kind of hell if you had picked the wrong thing(s) for dinner the night before.
 

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Godfrey Daniel!

Gosh gents, it seems flatulence is a chronic issue in your parts of the world! I suppose the prevalence of cotton or wool clothing here has spared us from the worst of your related experiences. Though I must admit that Mrs. Ramsbottom's idea regarding the company canteen offering the men "bubble and squeak" sandwiches as an economical yet energising solution to the eleven o'clock slowdown, proved to be a failure. Several minor methane explosions in the welding shop put paid to the notion, particularly when poor Titus lost a portion of his right buttock in one such incident. Poor lad.
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I believe adequate ventilation and a canteen menu not so dependent on cabbage, brussel sprouts and corned beef would alieviate the worst cases of inadvertant spontaneous combustion....

We of course offer dear Titus our sympathies on his unfortunate anal immolation, we trust with time and care he'll be able to make the nesseccary adjustments to continue living a productive life.....
 

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Greetings again gentlemen! I trust the advancing Spring is giving you cause to celebrate? Warm days and dry pavement are a natural source of happiness to the riding gentleman. I have a favour to ask of you all. WE have been asked by friends to gather a list of favourite films of vintage motorbikes on the internet so that we might share them with others. we have got started on the project already and have gathered a few good ones so far. But I thought that you gents woul be very well placed to recommend other candidates from Youtube et al that we might include also. You assistance is greatly appreciated.
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And lemme tell ya, coveralls have nothing on a diver's dry suit! Especially if you were diving a rebreather! Wow!

Sitting on a stage during decompression could be a special kind of hell if you had picked the wrong thing(s) for dinner the night before.
Full wetsuit is bad enough when you know what that bubble on the top of your head is...
 

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Erasmus,

You will, no doubt, be deluged with a myriad of titles. However, I'd like to toss one into the ring...

Although not a 'motorcycle' film, I have always been very fond of 'Vanishing Point.'

A classic 'car' movie, it has a wonderful, albeit very short, segment featuring a small Honda motorcycle.
 

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Erasmus, please check out the MX forum here in Motorcycle.com for rare and esoteric machinery not elsewhere displayed for viewing purposes.

While these motorcycles do not have the advantage of Lucas electrics, or the superior Amal Monobloc, and are mostly devoid of "sludge traps", they still rate high in the world of unobtainium and have a high "gosh" factor.
 

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Coogans Bluff while generally a stinker does have an excellent chase scene involving two Bonnies around NYC's central park. There's always ElectraGlide in Blue as well staring Robert Blake as a Motor Officer who wants to become a detective, excellent footage of flatside Shovelheads beating about the bush in Police livery...

Mad Max is always entertaining as the baddies blast around on natty looking mid 70's UJM Cafe` Racers...
 

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Firms? Films? E Gads...

Favourite films? I though you said favourite firms? Have to get new bifocals...

On Any Sunday, of course.

Here's yours truly with one of the stars at the Monsters of MX extravaganza...you can guess who it is...
 

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You gentlemen are very correct. We are all avid fans of scramblers here at Phantom. Personally I like this one machine one of the new lads has resting in the works. He spends a lot of time trying to get it started, to the degree that one of his legs looks significantly bigger than the other. It is a 1981 Maico 490 Mega 2. I must say that it is louder than any Phantom every produced, including The Fanny Hammer! It is also the one machine in the works that no other rider will ride. Mind you, Enoch has said that, if he still had legs, he would happily give it a go.

As for films, we have found that British Pathe has a collection of films about 1930s OIM TT races. We are enquiring as to the possibility of them allowing us to display free samples of these films on the Phantom site. Sadly, no response as yet. We seem to be running up against a fair bit of "Mortalism" these days -- a prejudice against the dead. A strange phenomenon to our thinking, especially considering all of you will eventually become one of us as it were...

Oh, and there are many photographs of the completed Phantom EG on Sporting Vintage Motorbikes for Discerning Gentlemen if you are interested. We took them last week at Brooklands.
 
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