From:colawnguy Electronic:colawnguy -A-
Subject:RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: History Date:Sun Mar 27 17:38:34 2011
Response to:15574
Thanks for the reminder about Members Pages, Brent! For any
Members who have not checked out Members Pages - you are
missing a great feature of the Hummer Club website. I have
read and reread all of the stories. Last winter, Brent
"engineered" the story about the Harley Hummer mini-bike
that my father built in the late 60's. If you haven't read
this story and the many others, you definitely should.
Thanks to Brent for making the posting of these stories
possible! I know there are LOTS of "Hummer" stories yet to
be told!

Anyone who wants to post their stories just has to write
them down and send them to me via email, or snailmail, along
with Name, City & State (and all those are optional too). If
photo's are to be included send those also. I can create a
'Members Page' for you. For those who have 'Pages' already I
can add the stories to them. If the stories are of 'Special
Interest' I link them to the Main Page and also post them in
the header section of the Members Pages. If you're concerned
about spelling & grammer I can wordsmith for you. Nothing
will be posted without you looking at it first and giving
approval. Should you ever change your mind I can pull the
site. There is no charge for this service. If any members
have already sent me something and I didn't follow up please
let me know. I'm human and sometimes things fall through the
cracks. Regards, Brent Dugan, webmaster

It would be nice to see the stories of Our Hummers,wrote up
and posted in the "Members Bikes" section,it is always nice
to read how others come into getting their "first"
motorcicle{s} and the ensuing adventures.


Here's my story: I bought my first hummer in 1964. It was a
conglomeration of parts from all years and painted bright
orange. The guy refused to sell it to me after I suggested
that it had parts from different years, so I gave my best
friend the money ($100) and he bought it for me. It had a
nasty loud piston slap, but I loved that bike. I had to sell
it to buy my first car, a beat up old Hillman minx
convertible, so I put an ad in the local paper for $75 for
the bike. The guy came to buy it and when he test drove it
the motor blew up. He bought it anyway! He had a couple of
them and maybe just needed the parts. My friend and I went
in halves in 1965 on a 1961 bike. We rode 2 up on it for
over a year; summer and winter. It had a dual seat but no
rear footpegs so I put my heels on the rear frame as we
rode. It pulled us both fine and my buddy weighed 200 pounds
at the time; me 135. The weight and times are both long
gone. We sold the bike after my father caught me with it. Oh
yea, I forgot to mention that I wasn't allowed to have a
motorcycle so we kept it at my friend's house. Before we
sold it we were taking turns jumping it up a small hill
getting up as much speed as we could. The handlebars snapped
in half as I jumped it!!!! We got them welded before selling
the bike on. In 1984 I got a gorgeous all original 1949
hummer that I had for many years and sold about 3 years ago.
I now have a 1948 rubber band front end bike as well as the
now infamous Travis 1954 Golden Anniversary bike. Have
always had hummers. Many thanks to Dave Hennessey who has
done more for this hobby and my enjoyment of it, than
anyone I can think of!
Edd & Glen: Your postings caught my eye, too. My father
owned a 48S which was a huge part of our lives as well. I,
too, cannot remember that bike not being around. I also
remember being so envious when my older brother was old
enough to ride it. I couldn't wait until I turned 16, so I
could ride the bike, too! Sometime in the late 60's, Dad
acquired a 53ST, which I got to ride the most because my
older brother had gone off to college. But the 48S was
still the work horse. Around 1970, when Dad & I were
riding both bikes in the woods, the ST quit. Dad reached
into the 48's saddlebag, pulled out some rope, and we towed
the 53 up out of the woods with the 48. My brother now has
the 48, and I have the 53. Both bikes have been restored.

EDD your post caught my attention.
My dad brought a 1960 Super 10 home back in probably 1964?
I hardly remember that bike not being around our house. I
rode the pee out of it.
My mom who is 77 now, was in my shop last week noticed the
old bike, laughed and asked "Is that, that motorcycle you
used to ride up the street and ride back carrying parts of
it?" She was right it was not so dependable sometimes.
I guess my riding was "later in the day" in the era of the
Hummer, dawn of the Jap bikes, of which I had several.
I still have that old Super 10, there are many memories
related to it.
I am in the process of restoring it now.
I enjoy the Harley Hummer Club.
Thanks for the memory
Glen #70

I wonder how many members are in the club who rode
"Hummer's" back in the day? There should be a lot of
information from them that would clear up a lot of questions
that are raised here.

I bought my 1952 Harley 125 in August 1953 (I hate to call
it a "Hummer" because the "hummer" was a cheap version of
the 125.) Harley began sending me their monthly magazine
and every year they gave a detailed review of all of the
models they sold. I have a lot of those magazines (my baby
sister lost the Elvis issue while I was away at college.).

Has Jerry tried (or anyone else) tried to reproduce the
annual new model 125/165/Hummer new model pages? It seems
like a lot of the questions that are asked here would be
answered by those publications.

EDD McGrath (813.240.2889)