Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

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3/2/2016

1922 Indian Scout

1922 Indian Scout

Country: U.S.
Engine: Air-cooled 42-degree, V-twin 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: Approximately 10bhp
Bore x stroke: 2-3/4in x 3-1/16in
Displacement: 596cc
Valves: Side
Fuel system: Schebler carburetor
Transmission: 3-speed, hand shift
Suspension: Front leaf spring, rigid rear
Brakes: Rear drum
Weight: 315lbs
Top speed: 55mph

1922 Indian Scout

This incredibly reliable machine was advertised with the slogan, “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout.” One of these machines set a 24-hour record in 1920, covering 1,114 miles! The low build and stability of the Scout made it very popular for stunt riding, with a few machines still in use today at carnivals. This example is original and unrestored, and will remain in this condition.

1922 Indian Scout

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2/17/2016

1951 FN Military M13

1951 FN Military M13

Country: Belgium
Engine: Air-cooled single cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 12bhp @ 3,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 84.5mm x 80mm
Displacement: 450cc
Valves: Side
Fuel system: Single Amal carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front trailing link forks, rear pivoted frame, with rubber band springs
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 308lbs
Top speed: 63mph

1951 FN Military M13

The M13 was built in small numbers for the Belgium army, with a production run of only 1,030 machines. A simple, rugged machine for general escort duties, this example is to military police specification. The rubber band suspension is unusual, a simple and maintenance-free design.

1951 FN Military M13

1951 FN Military M13

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2/3/2016

1956 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 73 Lusso

1956 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 73 Lusso

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled single cylinder 2-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 2.6bhp @ 5,200rpm
Displacement: 73cc
Valves: Rotary inlet valve in crankshaft
Fuel system: Dell’Orto 15mm carburetor
Transmission: 3-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear single spring with friction damping
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 125lbs
Top speed: 37mph

1956 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 73 Lusso

Inexpensive, economical lightweight motorcycles were vital to European countries struggling to get back on their feet following World War II. Italy produced many such machines, every one having outstanding styling and innovative design. The Cardellino rear suspension is an example of clever engineering. Moto Guzzi used bird species to identify each model, Cardellino translating to “cardinal” in English.

1956 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 73 Lusso

1956 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 73 Lusso

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1/20/2016

1920 Harley-Davidson

1920 Harley-Davidson

Country: United States
Engine: Air-cooled V-twin overhead valve 4-stroke
Ignition: Bosch magneto
Displacement: 999cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated. Four valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Schebler carburetor
Transmission: Single speed direct drive, no clutch
Suspension: Front spring fork with a Hartford damper, rigid rear
Brakes: None
Top speed: 120mph

1920 Harley-Davidson

This 8-valve board track racer is a magnificent example of arguably the most sophisticated experimental twin ever created in Harley-Davidson’s racing department. Believed to be one of only eight built, this machine was priced at $1,500, an astronomical sum at the time. The Harley factory did not expect any buyers at that price as their plan was to maintain total control over these machines, and they were campaigned exclusively by the Harley-Davidson factory race team. The team became known as “The Wrecking Crew” because of all its racing success and first-place wins.

1920 Harley-Davidson

1920 Harley-Davidson

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1/6/2016

1979 Ducati 950 F1

1979 Ducati 950 F1

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled 4-stroke 90-degree V-twin
Ignition: Electronic
Power rating: 90bhp @ 8,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 86mm x 74mm
Displacement: 950cc
Valves: Single overhead cam, driven by shaft and bevel gears, desmodromic valve operation
Fuel system: Two Dell’Orto 40mm carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear Brembo discs
Weight: 425lb
Top speed: 170mph

1979 Ducati 950 F1

This modified 900SS is the actual machine raced by World Champion Mike Hailwood in the 1979 Isle of Man TT race. Unable to repeat his 1978 victory, he settled for fifth place after suffering a battery cable problem late in the race. The success of both bike and rider resulted in the production of the “Mike Hailwood Replica,” or MHR, the following year.

1979 Ducati 950 F1

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12/23/2015

1974 Condor

1974 Condor

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 16.5bhp @ 5,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 76mm x 75mm
Displacement: 340cc
Valves: Single overhead cam, bevel driven
Fuel system: Single Dell’Orto 27mm carburetor
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rigid twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 390lb
Top speed: 85mph

1974 Condor

This was a specialized military model used by the Swiss army, built by Condor using modified Ducati components. The engine unit is rubber-mounted to isolate engine vibrations, similar to a Norton Commando, and also has an external oil filter. The brackets on the frame are for mounting a sub-machine gun.

1974 Condor

1974 Condor

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12/9/2015

1955 Simplex Automatic Power Cycle

1955 Simplex

Country: United States
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder, 2-stroke
Ignition: Flywheel magneto, twin spark plugs
Bore x stroke: 2in x 2.534in
Displacement: 129cc
Valves: Rotary inlet valve in crankshaft
Fuel system: Tillotson carburetor
Transmission: Variable speed, with centrifugal-operated vee pulleys
Suspension: Front leading link fork, rigid rear
Brakes: Rear drum
Weight: 135lb
Top speed: 45mph

1955 Simplex Automatic Power Cycle

The Simplex was a very basic lightweight motorcycle with many features dating back to the early machines of the 1910s and 1920s, such as the belt drive. This bike would be a logical upgrade from a Whizzer-powered bicycle — economical, easy to operate and relatively inexpensive. The Salisbury-type clutch gave infinitely variable automatic gear ratios that greatly improved the performance.

1955 Simplex Automatic Power Cycle

1955 Simplex Automatic Power Cycle

1955 Simplex Automatic Power Cycle





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