Service Shop Dope
No. 252 November 1, 1946
Tires Wheels Speed
When a racing motorcycle or car Is being groomed for an event on road or track, just as close attention is given to perfect condition of wheels and tires as to engine tuning for maximum performance. Wheel bearings are checked, wheels and tires are checked for out-of-true sideways, eccentricity, out-of-round, and out-of-balance. Careful attention is given to anything found not just right. If a tire tread is found worn irregular to an appreciable degree, tires are transposed or a new tire installed. Inflation pressure is carefully adjusted to the poundage known to be right for weight of vehicle and nature of event.
The model number is in effect the motor number of a bike. The motor number is stamped on the left crankcase. The numerals of the motor number preceding the letters indicate the year. The letters indicate the size and type of the motor.
41EL2037 would be a 1941 model with a 61 OHV motor.
38U1863 would be a 1938 model with a 74 SV motor.