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Offline Watty

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Now this is a REAL bike !
« on: November 25, 2009, 08:16:25 am »


A 1929 Majestic - 500cc Chaise engine.

The real innovation is at the frontóthis is one of the first motorcycles to feature hub-centered steering. And yes, the front also has sliding pillar suspension.

I just like the way the clutch lever is mounted, something not seen today.  

Itís hard not to be seduced by those swooping lines in light-gauge steel, beautifully accentuated by classic French racing blue paintwork.  :mwink:
« Last Edit: November 25, 2009, 08:16:53 am by Watty »
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2009, 08:25:18 am »

Itís hard not to be seduced by those swooping lines in light-gauge steel, beautifully accentuated by classic French racing blue paintwork.  :mwink:

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2009, 08:25:31 am »
Same colour as the Renault Gordini, beautiful, colour that is!
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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2009, 08:47:01 am »
Futuristic looking in 2009, imagine back in 1929, damn they must have thought that thing belonged to an alien (or given that they're French, maybe an Italian  ;D)
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 10:31:36 am »
With modern tech and all its still difficult to match some old age beauties like this.
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2009, 10:34:10 am »
Reminds me of the classic Bugatti's :drif:
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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2009, 10:42:47 am »
wow!
radical indeed.

I just HAD to google for some more pics..

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2009, 11:06:57 am »
Built in BRAAI grid too! :mwink:
That thing must have been heavy with a pressed steel frame?
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2009, 11:13:27 am »
Interesting,but not something I'd like to drive in peak hour traffic.
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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2009, 11:21:25 am »
I thought I was quite well informed about bikes & their history.  Never heard of this before.  Unusual and good looking to me.
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2009, 11:33:28 am »
Reminds me of the classic Bugatti's :drif:


I agree to that, beautiful :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2009, 12:22:33 pm »
Some more info ....


Brief History of the Marque: Majestic

Majestic appears in 1929, resulting from the inventive brain of George Roy. But George is not with his first attempt. He already produced his own motor bike in 1923, New Motorcycle. The bad figures of sale of the latter and the increase in the number of cars push it to design a motor bike with an automobile spirit. Majestic is the result of this project. The frame is composed of two members. The engine and the frame are hidden under a sheet body. The transmission is not made tree. The direction uses a central hub articulated by a kneecap, the sliding whole being gone up. In 1930, George Roy makes an agreement with the Establishments Delachanal, producer of Dollar, for the manufacture of Majestic. Perhaps too advanced for its time, this manufacture will end in 1933, two years after the repurchase of Dollar per Metallurgical and Industrial Omnium, owner of Chaise. There were only 100 units built.

Built between 1928 and 1933, Majestic motorcycles were produced in limited numbers and were fitted with Chaise singles, JAP V-twins,  and Cleveland and Chaise four-cylinder engines.

(Translated, rather poorly, from the Wikipedia entry at http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majestic )
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2009, 12:39:27 pm »
wow, bit rad. Like the idea of a built in braai grid though  ;)
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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2009, 05:56:39 pm »
With no fork trail, I wondered how it steered?
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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2009, 08:26:59 pm »
Lekker skottelbraai seat in 1st pic !
Lots of later bikes had press steel frames, Yam YB/Honda SS50, etc.
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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2009, 10:59:26 am »
Lekker skottelbraai seat in 1st pic !
Lots of later bikes had press steel frames, Yam YB/Honda SS50, etc.
But not as HUGE as this one...  ::)
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2009, 11:26:16 am »
I dig that blue one ,looks bit gay in red,but guess must of been gays around in 1929.....especially in France. :imaposer:
 

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Re: Now this is a REAL bike !
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2009, 11:34:49 am »
With no fork trail, I wondered how it steered?

I was wondering the same. If anything, that rake is negative. The thing was probably totally uncontrollable.

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