This bike is now
The bike is now fitted with a lovely restored P&H carbide lighting kit
(headlamp, acetylene gas generator, tail light), and I have found a nice
pair of correct Bowden levers to replace the more modern clutch and
brake levers fitted in the photos.
The bike seems to be in
excellent running condition. After a long slumber, I lubricated
everything, pumped up the tyres and added fuel. The bike fired first
kick and started on the second. Lovely idle (the AMAL carb probably
helps - I can probably find an AMAC to suit if it matters), peppy
performance, smooth clutch and gear change and comfortable ride. I
didn't get to check the brakes.
If not sold beforehand, the bike
will be at the Bendigo Swap Meet on November 15-16.
On offer is
a c1924-5 Model OB Douglas in comfortable touring trim. The OB was the
luxury sports/tourer of the Douglas range, its 600cc overhead valve flat
twin motor delivering high performance solo touring or easy hauling of a
sidecar. With one carburettor feeding the two cylinders - the Douglas
racers of the time had twin carburettors - the OB was also docile and
flexible if treated with a light hand.
When dirt track racing boomed in Australia, many
OBs took to the track and the majority died with their sox on. As a
result, an OB in largely catalogue trim is now quite a rare beast. The
bike is an older restoration, but is thought to be in excellent running
condition. It could be prettied up with some attention to the handlebar
levers and fitting a period lighting set, or for the sports-oriented
vintage motorcyclist it could be presented in sports trim by replacing
the foot boards with foot rests and fittng sports bars. The OB was
oftern used in this form in the 1920s.
Don't miss this opportunity to acquire this rare,
ready-to-rally, mid-vintage touring motorcycle.
Frame Number HF835, Engine Number
Gearbox Number PG844
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