Emile Leray built a working motorbike from a broken down car to escape the African desert

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  1. gerry_caps

    gerry_caps Well-Known Member

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  2. Andy

    Andy Wheelie for Safety

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  3. RobertHaas

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    Fun story. I call bull****.
     
  4. gerry_caps

    gerry_caps Well-Known Member

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    I did call it a great "story" Who knows .... :)
     
  5. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    Here's the original article.

    If it's a hoax, it's a well executed one.

    I've owned a 2cv. You really can work on them with a butter knife and a rock. The engine is a 602cc air cooled boxer twin.
     
  6. RobertHaas

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    I'm kinda handy, doubt I could build it in my shop in 11 days. On the side of the road, with just hand tools.... Not in a month of Sundays.
     
  7. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    Not even if you were stuck in the desert wearing nothing but a banana hammock?
     
  8. RobertHaas

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    Won't bother getting into the whole steering hub, or the working brake system. I don't doubt the build, just when,where and how it was done.
     
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  9. KTMrc

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    Who took his picture out there in the desert and what happened to his clothes?
    He doesn't look like a guy that could pick up that motor by himself.
    I'm with Hass on this one.
     
  10. RobertHaas

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    When your life is on the line, it is important to mount the license plate before heading off to Shangri-la
     
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  11. AndyH

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    I've driven a 2CV on the Autobahn...

    Talk about white knuckles! :laughing
     
  12. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    Not exactly what it was built for!

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  13. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    This is a motorcycle made from a 2CV

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    This is the front suspension arrangement with the engine and driveshafts removed. The rear suspension is almost identical, but without rotating hubs and driveshafts.

    It's 'simple' to flip one of those arms, remove the other and create a 'tricycle' 2CV. The remaining suspension arm is pretty much on the center line.

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    This is the Mythbusters 2CV motorcycle.
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  14. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    So the question is not whether it can be done, it clearly can and with hand tools too.

    The question is only whether it was done in the Moroccan desert.

    The Mythbusters episode was called 'transformers' if you have on-demand TV and care to watch it.
     
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  15. ikeabou

    ikeabou Well-Known Member

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    The few thing in common in the Moroccan desert specially around Ouarzazate ( Africa's Hollywood ) : Land Rover(s), old Mercedes G ( use for transporting sheep ), Citroen 2 CV , Renault 4 and Solex mopeds and of course Germans.

    Citroen 2 CV is a fun car, that people took bets on to see if they can roll them over, They are also cars made famous by being prominently featured in Louis De Funes movies.
     
  16. EastBayRider

    EastBayRider Old and Slow

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    La bes Ike !
     
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  17. AndyH

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    One rainy morning at a junk car lot near Karlsdorf (cleanest I've ever seen) I climbed three cars up to remove a carburetor from a wrecked CV. Like Andrew said, easy work. If I remember correctly, I used a stick, a rock, and an animal skin to accomplish the task. :laughing
     
  18. Andrew

    Andrew This Land is Your Land

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    Hah, those new fangled, modern tools!

    We owned ours for several years when we were first married.

    Cheap, basic, slow, reliable. Perfect for a broke couple with a kid, just starting out
     
  19. KTMrc

    KTMrc Dino

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