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Off Topic / Nobody Believes Diversity Is A Strength
« Last post by smallengineshop on November 13, 2018, 07:02:59 PM »

A guy named Ramzpaul posted this photo on twitter with the headline "1914 Paris vs 2014 Paris. 1.4 million French died for this," (WWI, WW2).  Nowhere in this tweet did Ramzpaul make a value judgement. The tweet went viral and received 150,000 views in a short time. All comments were either from the right saying "how bad conditions are in France," or from the left saying "France deserves what is happening to French society/country." Nobody said this is a good thing and diversity is our strength. In other words, nobody believes diversity is good. You either support or push for diversity because you hate the host society/country, or your against diversity because you love the host society/country. Its very obvious who the true haters are by which side of the isle you stand on. The left is rooted in hatred for Christianity, tradition and white society.


KLG Spark Plug Advertisement - Sold at Triumph dealerships

I never heard of KLG spark plugs before finding this advertisement. In short, from what I have read online, KLG spark plugs were first created by a race car driver at the turn of the 20th century, in England. KLG are the initials of the inventor, Kenelm Lee Guinness, and he is recognized for building the first modern spark plug. KLG spark plugs were manufactured until 1989. I think NOS (New Old Stock) KLG spark plugs might still be available, but I don't know for sure. Notice the spark plugs are sold at USA Triumph dealerships, which is also an England company.

I've noticed companies tend to favor part suppliers in their own country. For example, Triumph sold KLG spark plugs in 1955 and Harley Davidson preferred American made Champion spark plugs. Its only when parts can't be found are companies more likely to buy from foreign countries. Manufacturing in your own country is important for many reasons. I've experienced this in my own life and wouldn't have some opportunities to capitalize on if parts were not made in USA.

Off Topic / Does Jesus care about you?
« Last post by smallengineshop on November 10, 2018, 10:42:34 PM »
Lodi Man Gets Second Chance At Life When Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery

A Christian man's faith in Jesus miraculously heals him of a life threatening brain tumor. The miracle is documented with medical proof that his health was restored without medical treatment. Will you believe now before its too late? Click the link above for video and story. Yes! Jesus does care about us.
The bike in this Kawasaki ad looks like the same motorcycle ridden by The Thing With Two Heads. The ad says it's a 250E, but it also looks like a Kawasaki F8 250 Bison. The 250E and F8 250 Bison might be the same motorcycle. Its funny Kawasaki uses this motorcycle in the ad to brag about their suspension, and Rosey Grier and another guy ride this bike at the same time in the movie The Thing With Two Heads. For those of you who don't know who Rosey Grier is, he was a professional football player in the 1950's and 60's and a big guy weighing almost 300 pounds. The weight of both actors on the motorcycle is over 400 pounds, but I don't know if Rosey Grier actually rode the motorcycle or his stunt double. Wouldn't it be interesting if this ad had something to do with them choosing this motorcycle for the movie knowing how much the actors weigh.

Check out this link for The Thing With Two Heads. You can watch the complete movie on YouTube and there is plenty of footage showing this motorcycle. The motorcycle footage starts at 51:32.

Kawasaki 250E advertisement

Movie poster for The Thing With Two Heads

I couldn't be more bored with Adventure touring bikes, and I've never had an interest in Sport, Super Sport or SuperNaked motorcycles. Of the four new motorcycles released by Kawasaki last Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 3 of them fall into those categories. Oh, how exciting! However, the one odd ball motorcycle of the bunch is a SUPER COOL retro twin called W800 Cafe. Its not the first time Kawasaki manufactured a bike with a classic retro twin look.. From 1965 to 1974 Kawasaki manufactured what they call the W series of motorcycles. The W series motorcycle design was a copy of the popular classic British twin motorcycle. In 1999 to 2008 Kawasaki manufactured the W650, and in 2006 to 2008 the W400. In 2011 to 2016 Kawasaki manufactured the W800, which was not a cafe version, but was a standard style motorcycle like the others in the W series. So the W800 cafe motorcycle really isn't that new, but a continuation of a line of motorcycle's Kawasaki has been manufacturing on and off since 1965.

It should be noted that of the four motorcycle's Kawasaki revealed last Tuesday, there was no replacement for the KLR 650. My bet is Kawasaki will come out with a new and much improved KLR in a few years. I just hope it can still be categorized as a dual sport motorcycle and they resist the temptation of making another adventure bike. argh!

2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe

1967 Kawasaki W1SS

Small Engine & Motorcycle Repair Schools / ASE Motorcycle Repair Certification
« Last post by smallengineshop on November 07, 2018, 04:50:30 PM »
ASE is planning a certification for motorcycle repair, but nothing is official and no time line is available. I suppose it will be similar to ASE automotive certification where they have tests for each sub system on the car. It will probably be broken down into areas like: transmission, electrical, performance, etc. Passing all the tests and meeting all the requirements will earn you a Master Motorcycle Repair Technician certification. I think its pretty cool and long overdue. I hope they will include certification for outdoor power equipment as well, since companies like Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda have a big presence in the OPE (outdoor power equipment) industry and OPE are sold at some motorcycle dealerships.
The following ad is for Suzuki motorcycles in 1971. It's a four page advertisement and shows Suzuki's entire line up for that year. All motorcycle's range in size from 50cc to 500cc, and I believe they are all 2 stroke powered motorcycles. This is a perfect example of an American market that Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycle paid little attention to because the profit margin for smaller motorcycles is not as profitable as it is for big bikes. The invasion into this market started with the British twins and ended with small and fast Japanese motorcycles. Today Suzuki has a motorcycle line up that includes every size and every type of motorcycle sold today, and they even sell ATV's. I think it was a huge mistake for the American motorcycle industry to leave this market segment wide open for foreign competition. Harley Davidson's answer for the Japanese motorcycle invasion was to brand Italian, Aermacchi motorcycles with their label, but it didn't work; it was too little too late.


Velocette motorcycles were built by Veloce Ltd, a small motorcycle manufacturing company located in Hall Green, Birmingham, England. Veloce Ltd was founded by John Goodman in 1904, and they built their first motorcycle in 1905. Veloce Ltd went out of business in 1971. At first glance this looks like an advertisement for Velocette motorcycles but its primarily an advertisement looking for dealerships to sell Velocette motorcycles in USA.

GUNK is still around today so GUNK products must have sold well in 1955 to keep the company going. Notice the degreaser/cleaner is not in an aerosol can like it is today. You had to open the can and brush it on. Aerosol cans were patented in the 1920's so I'm not sure why it isn't used here. The price was only 35 cent in 1955 and now a can of GUNK is around $4.00 and I think it contains less GUNK. The can says "Sold exclusively by your Harley Davidson Dealer." It's hard to imagine a dealership sold cleaning products priced this low, or anyone complaining about the price back than, but I know the price had to be scoffed at just like prices are today at motorcycle dealerships. It probably went something like this:

"Good grief look at the price! I can get a gallon of diesel for 20 cents and it does the same thing." : )

Notice the label at the top of the can says "Inspected & Approved - Harley Davidson Accessories."

GUNK Website


This is the 1st half of a two page advertisement for Indian motorcycles in 1955. I posted the other half yesterday, but each page can actually stand on its own.

These Indian motorcycle's are really Royal Enfield bikes with the Indian label. Indian went out of business in 1953. Brockhouse Engineering bought into Indian Sales corp in a 1948 and in 1955 started importing Royal Enfield motorcycles using the Indian brand name.

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