From:Dave Hennessey e-mail:dave@toyhouse.org
Subject:RE: RE: RE: Cleveland 4cly Gaskets Date:Mon Jun 11 21:28:23 2012
Response to:4127
Doug,

I've never ridden any Clevelands. Maybe one day.

Are the engine / trans separate on all models or just the early ones?

I was just reading Jerry Hatfield's book on Indian 4's, and it says that both Wm. Harley and Arthur Davidson suggested buying the Cleveland company. Harley hired Cleveland engineer Everett DeLong in September 1929. But then the stock market crashed...

I wonder what the four cylinder scene would look like today if Harley hadn't scratched.

Dave


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Dave,
I rode that Oley Cleveland and it was surprisingly rather nice. The bike belongs to Mike Terry and was formerly Todd Bertrang's. This bike was the smaller of the Cleveland fours, a 4-45 model. As nice as it was, it couldn't hold a candle to a Henderson or Indian 4 on a long tour. However, in a city or rural setting, it had enough power and was very easy to ride. It's element was local commuting, not long trips. The larger 4-61 models could be a whole different game which I can't comment on since I have never ridden the bigger Clevelands.
Doug

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Those Cleveland guys are really sneaky.

First, a Cleveland sneaked into the Henderson display at Oley. Now they're sneaking into the KJ Exchange. Keep your guard up - you never know what they're going to try to sneak into next!

Tom - glad to see you're making these gaskets. Thanks for all your work in making parts to keep our bikes running.

Dave


P.S. I'm going to start locking my chicken coop at night. Never know, might find a Cleveland guy trying to sneak in.



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Gentlemen-
Know this is not Henderson news but....

Thomas