A bit of history and some stories about vintage bikes for sale

’49 Douglas T35S

There is so much to learn about Douglas motorcycles. I found this 1949 model on ebay this morning and was instantly intrigued. I know the name, but know nothing about the company…I ended up spending way too much time learning about this company, these guys, the brothers Douglas, were absolutely amazing.

There is a lot of history here from simply being a foundry in the 1800’s to building very successful racing motorcycles in the 1920’s and 30’s, to generators, importing scooters to the UK and sending a traveler around the world. If you have never read the book ‘One Man Caravan’ you really should, it’s a great story. A young man, Robert Fulton Jr., graduates from college, brags about wanting to ride around the world on a motorcycle and the Douglas motorcycle company says OK..here’s a bike, have a nice trip. They called his bluff. Being the proud man that he was he couldn’t say “uh, well, uh….” so off he went. Read the book.
There is still so much more to the Douglas motorcycle company, the first hemi head motor (sorry Mopar), belt drive (sorry Harley), and electric lighting on a motorcycle (and then Lucas made a mess of it…’The Prince of Darkness”). Wait..I almost forgot…in the 1920’s Douglas Motorcycles brought us disc brakes! These guys were way ahead of their time, I imagine that is why they put up the bike for Robert Fulton to ride around the world in 1932.

Instead of spending a lot of time on the Douglas Motorcycle history, which is really fascinating, I’ll tell you about a Douglas I found on ebay this morning. A 1949 T35S. horizontally opposed twin, no it’s not a BMW clone like some others are, it’s really quite unique in it’s own way. This is a motorcycle that just needs some TLC and a bit of good old ‘shade tree mechanic’ work to be a great vintage rider. You could go all the way and do a ‘make it look like new’ restoration but…clean the carbs out, set the ignition timing, a couple of new plugs, maybe some new tyres, wash the bike and go for a ride. This is one of those bikes I call a ‘ride it…don’t hide it’ motorcycle. Click on the pics below for more pictures and a bit more info. As far as value goes…it’s a little pricey but I think well worth the $$ asked. I mean really…how many Douglas’s do YOU see on the road???

’49 Douglas


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