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Title: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: orabanda on 02.04. 2014 08:16
A (slightly younger) friend whose motorcycling experiences have been limited to modern bikes including watercooled Hinkley triples,  Moto Guzzi's and Ducatis, visited my shed the other day. It was the first time he had been "Beezered"!

When I started a couple of them up, he just loved the sound! Said the bikes sounded much bigger than 650cc, and much more impressive than a Harley. For all the nice words and fawning, I have promised him the ultimate experience; a ride!

I often describe the distinctive  (and unique) sound of the BSA twins as a Brumble; a cross between a bellow, and a rumble.

Richard.

Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: muskrat on 02.04. 2014 10:12
Yes that brumble turns a few heads Everyone knows when I'm in town..And don't the old fellas love it when you throw a leg over and it roars first kick.
Cheers
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: orabanda on 02.04. 2014 10:53
Musky,
You are right about the easy starting also leaving an impact.

When my visitor turned up, I started 3 bikes for him; all first kick!

The young fella was suitably impressed.

Then, when you hit the kill button, they stop with a sigh!

Richard
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: Topdad on 02.04. 2014 11:57
Oh yes in deedy , love the noise from mine on full chat and fitted with a goldie but can still make her" brumble" along when need be , Richard get that word in the OXford dictionary , great way to describe it .
 Last year I got the same surprised look from my non motorcyling Son, when He helped get the bike out for my first run , covers off primed carb and 1st kick she ran and stopped ,second  on song like a bird , He was very impressed  I didn't feel the need to tell him that the week before I'd CLEANED THE CARB ,PLUGS AND SLIP RING . But what the hell He'd given such stick over the years I reconed a bit of respect was due the bike !! regards BobH.
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: bsa-bill on 02.04. 2014 11:57
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Yes that brumble turns a few heads

Certainly does and a very good descriptive word for it

(never give a dog lover an excuse to talk about his friend)
This is Bramble and turns a few heads too
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: cyclobutch on 03.04. 2014 09:08
I turned up at the Sunbeam Owners Fellowship meeting last night on my Sportster with pretty much open pipes. The brethren at the bar within were pretty sure I'd finally got myself an S7 that I'd arrived on. ???
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: morris on 03.04. 2014 18:49
Just a thought, but after the HD chopper forum experience, shouldn't we rename the forum to "The grumble forum"? That should get some people confused... *smile*

BTW, lovely dog Bill. Looks a real sweetie.

Edit; should have been ''The Brumble Forum'' of course. Those bloody auto corrections....
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: WozzA on 03.04. 2014 23:01
 *dunno2*  I know NOTHING....  nothing....   *conf* ;D
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: bsa-bill on 04.04. 2014 09:38
cheers Morris, he a little character but aren't they all

Now Wozza those chaps you bought me haven't arrived yet, any idea of delivery (I need to be out when the Mrs opens that one)

Back to brumbles, I have Goldie silencers (silencers HA) on the RGF, all the lads like them but to be honest a few miles or so along the road they do begin to grate a bit, the Flash OTOH has a lovely low growl from its Campells that just gets better the further you go, I have a new pair of supposedly Campells that I think I'll try on the RGF, see how they compare.
Funny how what seems a good idea at the time ends up not so,
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: orabanda on 04.04. 2014 10:37
When my dad bought his new GF (below) in 1951, he was living in an outback mining town in Western Australia, and managing the family sheep station (500,000 acres). The town was (and still is) Ora Banda.

Every week-end he would ride the 40 miles on a corrugated gravel road, into the large gold mining town of Kalgoorlie (home of the Golden Mile; richest square mile on earth).

Up to a dozen other thirsty young men (miners) from nearby mining operations (shows) would ride along as well, heading back to their mines in time for work monday.

Dad said they liked their bikes to be rowdy, and the silencers had all been thrown away early in the piece. The straight throughs had a great Brumble!

To avoid (or reduce) trouble from the Kalgoorlie traffic cops, when they reached the outskirts of the town (near the illegal Two-Up gambling ring), they would stop and shove sticks and bits of bushes up the pipes before proceeding!

The first pic is with the bike new,
the second is a bit later on; no silencers!

Richard



Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: a10gf on 04.04. 2014 13:19
Always nice to see vintage fotos. Thanks for posting.

And Bill, looks like a determined dog indeed!
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: RichardL on 04.04. 2014 14:34

Now Wozza those chaps you bought me haven't arrived yet, any idea of delivery (I need to be out when the Mrs opens that one)
 

Bill,

"out"? Not judging.  *smiley4*

Richard,

Only 500,000 acres? What happened, family decided they wouldn't be able to manage a large station? ;) (PS, clutch weights and measures forthcoming.)

Richard L.
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: orabanda on 04.04. 2014 15:20
Richard,
It was a small place by local standards; actually 1,000,000 acres but only half was fenced!

Average paddock size was 8 miles by 10 miles.

It took a full day by motorbike to do a dam and windmill run. We had 27 windmills, which was a lot for the region, and very necessary in the semi-arid climate (average annual rainfall 12").

I started riding motorbikes on the station at the age of 10; that was 47 years ago - haven't stopped since!
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: bsa-bill on 04.04. 2014 16:39
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"out"? Not judging.

"out" as in  not in the house just in case there is any confusion  *smiley4*

beginning to wonder about my best friend tho, that paw???
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: duTch on 04.04. 2014 17:20

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It was a small place by local standards;

 Yup, as I thought- just the house paddock...?
 
 Bill- no comment.... *conf*

 As per 'Brumble', I have on the 'Rocket-Flashback', aftermarket trumpets/cocktail shakers, with fluted type baffle pipe as in Conti mufflers (think Ducati/Moto G.), and on the Gutzzi similar length same fluted baffle pipe inside HD XR type off-road (not for on road use) shotgun cases, and the R-Flashy seems  heaps louder, but I saw the pretty girl from up the road at a local bar tonight, and when I tried to apologise and explain that I try and keep it quiet she said 'no it's ok I like it/them'...   ;)
   
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: RichardL on 04.04. 2014 19:42
It took a full day by motorbike to do a dam and windmill run. We had 27 windmills, which was a lot for the region, and very necessary in the semi-arid climate (average annual rainfall 12").

Well, this will take the topic far astray, but hoping this small and unnecessary aside will be minutely interesting (to Richard, at least).

Your avatar picture seems to show a windmill very similar to those in the States by the Aermotor Company. By coincidence, one of our projects at University of Chicago was built in 1916 in memory of Ida Noyes, the late wife of La Verne Noyes, founder of the Aermotor Company. Talk about your six (hundred) degrees of separation. *smile* 

Richard L.

Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: bsa-bill on 04.04. 2014 20:35
We have these in UK as well, two used to be close to me one on the A1 between Berwick and Belford and one on the farm/estate I work on. used for  pumping water out of bore holes, no longer there.
They had a sort of rack and pinion system to work a pump in the hole, the pinion lifted the rack up then somehow released it so it fell down then it lifted it again, wish I'd photod it before they allowed to fall to pieces - shame as they worked for free
Title: Re: Anyone for a Brumble?
Post by: WozzA on 05.04. 2014 09:42
Richard...   I always wondered about the significance of your Orabanda signature..   makes sense now..  & a brief history of the Southern Cross windmill >>  http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~hdpump/sample.html

Here is a picture of my friends Grandfather taken on their property up in the Gulf country many many moons ago..    *smile*