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Is this anyone we know?

texas.devops

South Central AAD
Member
Friends sent me this today. Photo taken off 1093 and Mason Rd near Canyon Gate at Cinco Ranch (eg. west of Houston in Katy). Anyone we know have a setup like this? Highly farkelized machine to say the least. The only four things that caught my attention were, 1) the bug screen stretched across the cowling, 2) the Givi paniers (why?), and 3) the interesting mid-backrest setup, and 4) the extension on his full-size BW muffler. Also, looks like he is running a Saddlemen Explorer or similar seat, and the paintjob is super custom, even covering the two plastic left/right covers next to the dash. Maybe a crash repaired machine?


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ron203

Southeast Area Director
Member
Maybe he rebuilt a crashed unit that destroyed the bags and it all needed paint? I saw a beautiful white one that was the result of that sort of situation.
 

texas.devops

South Central AAD
Member
Remember getting the catalogs and spending hours and hours flipping through looking for parts and checking out the bling. These days it’s a few mouse clicks or a couple taps on the mobile device screen. In high school the smartest guys were the ones who knew what changed from last year’s catalog to this year. LOL
 

Konehead34

Member
Member
After j.c.whitney moved outta chicago, i was pleasantly surprised when i went out to visit an uncle in Oglesby Illinois. There she was in the lasalle/peru area, just off I 80....all was not lost..!!
 

fartymarty

SC AAD
Member
I remember the old store in south Chicago. Had a great big neon scrolled sign that said Warshawski & Co., and then underneath that hanging on two eyelets was a little sign swinging in the breeze that was a painted black piece of wood with white lettering that said J.C. Whitney. It was about 5% of the size of the sign above.
The store inside was even more bizarre. I was full of impulse buy displays (gas pedal shaped like a foot, blue dots for tail lights etc.) and cashier stations. You ordered what you really were there for and they took your money and then you waited for the part to come out from the huge warehouse behind the store front. Each cashier station had an overhead cable that ran up to a mezzanine cash cage with various holes cut in the cage with cables going through them. The cashier on the floor would put your money or form of payment in a little metal basket that had rollers above it on the cable and he would sling it up to the head cashier above and she would put the change and receipt in the basket and let gravity return it.
I just looked that up and turns out it's called a cash railway (circa 1880) and was in widespread usage at one time. I doubt many other places still used it in the 1970s though. :rolleyes:
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Edit: Sorry for thread diversion, nostalgia exerts a powerful pull to the darkside of forum posting as we age.

As to the bike lowering, any chance that this is just a Big ol' Boy on that C14? Sure I'm a little guy, and in the right lighting even Scary Harry looks big to me, but isn't this guy pushing 250 or 275 lbs x 6' ft tall making the bike lower or am I just seeing things?

Did your friends notice the plate state?
 
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rlievenski4555

Member
Member
I remember the old store in south Chicago. Had a great big neon scrolled sign that said Warshawski & Co., and then underneath that hanging on two eyelets was a little sign swinging in the breeze that was a painted black piece of wood with white lettering that said J.C. Whitney. It was about 5% of the size of the sign above.
The store inside was even more bizarre. I was full of impulse buy displays (gas pedal shaped like a foot, blue dots for tail lights etc.) and cashier stations. You ordered what you really were there for and they took your money and then you waited for the part to come out from the huge warehouse behind the store front. Each cashier station had an overhead cable that ran up to a mezzanine cash cage with various holes cut in the cage with cables going through them. The cashier on the floor would put your money or form of payment in a little metal basket that had rollers above it on the cable and he would sling it up to the head cashier above and she would put the change and receipt in the basket and let gravity return it.
I just looked that up and turns out it's called a cash railway (circa 1880) and was in widespread usage at one time. I doubt many other places still used it in the 1970s though. :rolleyes:
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Edit: Sorry for thread diversion, nostalgia exerts a powerful pull to the darkside of forum posting as we age.

As to the bike lowering, any chance that this is just a Big ol' Boy on that C14? Sure I'm a little guy, and in the right lighting even Scary Harry looks big to me, but isn't this guy pushing 250 or 275 lbs x 6' ft tall making the bike lower or am I just seeing things?

Did your friends notice the plate state?
It is my fault for diverting the subject🤣🤣 I love the detail on the store. Would be a cool vintage thing to do for a current store. With unabated thievery going on in many cities…. The warehouse model should get more popular. Heck! They are even locking up cans of Spam in NYC for goodness sake!
 

Jakester

Member
Member
I had a friend that ordered ford model a parts from jc Whitney . I ordered a high riise intake for a 327 Chevy engine and a clutch kit that was heavy duty. It was ok but at Red lights it was hard to hold the pedal down. It did not slip and I ran that car hard.
 
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