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- Not all Civil Rights heroes wore a suit and tie. Cliff Vaughs was the bravest of them all, riding his Knucklehead chopper in Alabama in 1963, registering sharecroppers to vote, marching and protesting with the SNCC as a staff photographer, with Danny Lyon (of ‘The Bikeriders’). The 2nd pic shows Cliff being dragged by 5 National Guardsmen at a protest in Cambridge, Maryland in 1964, taken by Lyon. 3rd pic is courtesy the Easyriders Archive c1971. First pic is Cliff on the bike he designed for ‘Easy Rider’, the Captain America chopper (1968 - @Mototintype pic)
- Not all Civil Rights heroes wore a suit and tie. Cliff Vaughs was the bravest of them all, riding his Knucklehead chopper in Alabama in 1963, registering sharecroppers to vote, marching and protesting with the SNCC as a staff photographer, with Danny Lyon (of ‘The Bikeriders’). The 2nd pic shows Cliff being dragged by 5 National Guardsmen at a protest in Cambridge, Maryland in 1964, taken by Lyon. 3rd pic is courtesy the Easyriders Archive c1971. First pic is Cliff on the bike he designed for ‘Easy Rider’, the Captain America chopper (1968 - @Mototintype pic)
- Not all Civil Rights heroes wore a suit and tie. Cliff Vaughs was the bravest of them all, riding his Knucklehead chopper in Alabama in 1963, registering sharecroppers to vote, marching and protesting with the SNCC as a staff photographer, with Danny Lyon (of ‘The Bikeriders’). The 2nd pic shows Cliff being dragged by 5 National Guardsmen at a protest in Cambridge, Maryland in 1964, taken by Lyon. 3rd pic is courtesy the Easyriders Archive c1971. First pic is Cliff on the bike he designed for ‘Easy Rider’, the Captain America chopper (1968 - @Mototintype pic)
- Where da wings? Land Speed Record Gilera Rondine in 1937, with streamlining developed in Moto Guzzi’s wind tunnel. Ridden by Piero Taruffi to 173.68 mph on the autostrada, it’s a supercharged 500cc watercooled 4-cylinder DOHC motor in there, the most sophisticated engine in the world. But BMW took the record back that same year, and kept it 14 years. Note the ‘fasces’ painted on the nose - the origin for Fascism - an axe head projecting from a bundle of elm rods (also on US currency), a Roman symbol of government power over life and death. Mussolini adopted it for his Fascist party, which took power in 1922 - I’ve never seen it used on a vehicle like this!
- Where da wings? Land Speed Record Gilera Rondine in 1937, with streamlining developed in Moto Guzzi’s wind tunnel. Ridden by Piero Taruffi to 173.68 mph on the autostrada, it’s a supercharged 500cc watercooled 4-cylinder DOHC motor in there, the most sophisticated engine in the world. But BMW took the record back that same year, and kept it 14 years. Note the ‘fasces’ painted on the nose - the origin for Fascism - an axe head projecting from a bundle of elm rods (also on US currency), a Roman symbol of government power over life and death. Mussolini adopted it for his Fascist party, which took power in 1922 - I’ve never seen it used on a vehicle like this!
- Where da wings? Land Speed Record Gilera Rondine in 1937, with streamlining developed in Moto Guzzi’s wind tunnel. Ridden by Piero Taruffi to 173.68 mph on the autostrada, it’s a supercharged 500cc watercooled 4-cylinder DOHC motor in there, the most sophisticated engine in the world. But BMW took the record back that same year, and kept it 14 years. Note the ‘fasces’ painted on the nose - the origin for Fascism - an axe head projecting from a bundle of elm rods (also on US currency), a Roman symbol of government power over life and death. Mussolini adopted it for his Fascist party, which took power in 1922 - I’ve never seen it used on a vehicle like this!
- Cafe Racer (n.): a road motorcycle patterned on a racing motorcycle. (Ex.): This 1960 Velocette Venom Clubman is a factory-built #CafeRacer, as it includes the entire factory catalogue of optional parts intended for racing; Dunlop alloy rims, 2ls Tickle racing brake, tachometer, dropped handlebars, rearset footrests and shift/brake levers, Amal TT carburetor, high compression piston. These parts enable this 500cc pushrod single-cylinder machine to exceed 100mph, a goal of Cafe Racers in the 1950s/60s, which was called ‘#DoingTheTon’. In 1961, a similarly equipped Velocette ‘did the Ton’ for 24hours at the Montlhery Autodrome, the first time any motorcycle had averaged such a speed for such a distance, and still a record for a single-cylinder motorcycle.
- Cafe Racer (n.): a road motorcycle patterned on a racing motorcycle. (Ex.): This 1960 Velocette Venom Clubman is a factory-built #CafeRacer, as it includes the entire factory catalogue of optional parts intended for racing; Dunlop alloy rims, 2ls Tickle racing brake, tachometer, dropped handlebars, rearset footrests and shift/brake levers, Amal TT carburetor, high compression piston. These parts enable this 500cc pushrod single-cylinder machine to exceed 100mph, a goal of Cafe Racers in the 1950s/60s, which was called ‘#DoingTheTon’. In 1961, a similarly equipped Velocette ‘did the Ton’ for 24hours at the Montlhery Autodrome, the first time any motorcycle had averaged such a speed for such a distance, and still a record for a single-cylinder motorcycle.
- Cafe Racer (n.): a road motorcycle patterned on a racing motorcycle. (Ex.): This 1960 Velocette Venom Clubman is a factory-built #CafeRacer, as it includes the entire factory catalogue of optional parts intended for racing; Dunlop alloy rims, 2ls Tickle racing brake, tachometer, dropped handlebars, rearset footrests and shift/brake levers, Amal TT carburetor, high compression piston. These parts enable this 500cc pushrod single-cylinder machine to exceed 100mph, a goal of Cafe Racers in the 1950s/60s, which was called ‘#DoingTheTon’. In 1961, a similarly equipped Velocette ‘did the Ton’ for 24hours at the Montlhery Autodrome, the first time any motorcycle had averaged such a speed for such a distance, and still a record for a single-cylinder motorcycle.

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