A German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. BMW is the parent company of the BMW MINI and Rolls-Royce car brands, and, formerly, Rover. In German, the acronym BMW is pronounced "bay emm vay." In North America and some other regions, BMW cars are referred to as "bimmers," while BMW motorcycles are called "beamers." The company's taglines in English are "The Ultimate Driving Machine" and "Sheer Driving Pleasure." The original German slogan is "Freude am Fahren," which translates to "Joy in Driving" in English
Custom Built Motorcycle
A custom motorcycle is a motorcycle that is highly stylized or which treats aspects such as frame geometry or engine design in an unusual way compared to standard manufacturing. Custom motorcycles are unique or individually produced in a very limited quantity, as opposed to "stock" bikes or "stockers," which are mass produced. In the 1990s and early 2000s, very expensive customs such as those built by Orange County Choppers or Jesse James's West Coast Choppers became fashionable status symbols. Some motorcycle enthusiasts feel that "true" customs are those built in a home garage by the person who will ride his or her own creation. The choppers of the 1960s and 1970s fit into this category.
The Harley-Davidson Motor Company is a manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, making it one of the two remaining American mass-producer of motorcycles (along with Victory Motorcycles). The company emphasizes heavy bikes designed for cruising and known for their distinctive exhaust noise. Harley-Davidson motorcycles (popularly referred to as "Harleys") are distinctive in design and attract a loyal following, and hold their resale value very well compared to other vehicles. A well maintained vehicle might never drop in value at all, although regular maintenance is expected.
A Japanese manufacturer of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and scooters. They also make ATVs, water craft, electrical generators, marine engines, and lawn and garden equipment. With more than 14 million internal combustion engines built each year, Honda is the largest engine-maker in the world. In 2004, the company began to produce diesel motors, which were both very quiet whilst not requiring particulate filters to pass pollution standards. Honda's high-end line of cars are branded Acura in North America. Many Japanese automakers have well-earned reputations for dependability and longevity, with production being well quality-controlled. Honda automobiles are well known around the world to be very reliable, with many Hondas going through their lives without needing a single major repair, and many people believe that these cars last "forever" because after 20 years, their [Honda] cars are still running. It is arguable, however, that the foundation of Honda's success is the motorcycle division, for which the name is still probably the best known.
A full range of motorcycles, outboard motors, and a variety of other small combustion-powered engine products. It has main production facilities located in 22 countries and areas around the world.
Kawasaki was named after its founder Shozo Kawasaki and has nothing to do with Kawasaki city. Its most visible consumer product line is its motorcycles and ATVs business, though the company also manufactures tractors, trains, industrial robots and aerospace equipment including military aircraft. Subcontact work on jet aircraft (including jumbo jets) have been done for Boeing, Embraer, and Bombardier.
Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle company, which in recent times bought the historical Moto-Guzzi and Laverda brands. Aprilia started as a scooter manufacturer, but has more recently come to be known for its race-winning sportsbikes. It is most recently best known for its flagship 1000 cc V-Twin Superbike, the RSV Mille.
The Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) was a British manufacturer of military equipment and vehicles.
The Buell Motorcycle Company is an American motorcycle manufacturer based in East Troy, Wisconsin and founded by ex Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell. Since 1998 it has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson. The company is the only significant manufacturer of "Sporting Motorcycles" in the United States. Buell motorcycles were first built in 1983 by a partnership between Harley-Davidson and Buell. Mr. Buell started with a stock Harley-Davidson "Sportster" engine, then highly modified it and bolted it to a frame of his own design. Buells typically employ radical frame designs and unconventional suspension systems that, along with the relatively high output Sportster engine, culminate in a nimble and atypical, however much less powerful and somewhat more expensive alternative to the Japanese sport bikes.
Bultaco was a Spanish manufacturer of motorcycles with a strong racing tradition in both road (Metralla) and off-road, including Trials and Enduro competition (Sherpa T and Alpina). Two-stroke engines mostly 250cc and 350cc.
Ducati motorcycles have long been known for their excellence in design and performance. From the first post-war bicycle-like low-displacement motorbikes Ducati has grown over the years into a racing giant that is consistently competitive in both the racing arena and the world motorcycle marketplace. In the 1960s, Ducati earned its place in motorcycling history by producing the fastest 250cc road bike available, the Mach 1. In the 1970s Ducati began producing large-displacement L-twin motorcycles and in 1973 released a L-twin with the trademark desmodromic valve design. In 1985, Cagiva bought Ducati. In 1996, Texas Pacific Group bought 51% of the company for $325 million and renamed the company Ducati Motor SpA. Ducati is best known for high performance motorcycles characterized by trellis-style frames and large capacity four-stroke, 90-degree L-twin engines featuring a desmodromic valve design
A Japanese manufacturer of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and scooters. They also make ATVs, water craft, electrical generators, marine engines, and lawn and garden equipment. With more than 14 million internal combustion engines built each year, Honda is the largest engine-maker in the world. In 2004, the company began to produce diesel motors, which were both very quiet whilst not requiring particulate filters to pass pollution standards. Honda's high-end line of cars are branded Acura in North America.
A Swedish manufacturer of power lawn equipment, sewing machines and formerly motorcycles (affectionately known as "Huskys"). The company is best known for its chainsaws and "smart" (computerized) sewing machines and sergers. Founded in 1689 to produce muskets for the Swedish military, the company is now part of conglomerate Electrolux, but retains a logo based on a cross section through a gun barrel and sight. The Husqvarna motorcycle division was sold to Italian motorcycle manufacturer Cagiva in 1987.
The Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company, America's oldest motorcycle brand, was founded as the Hendee Manufacturing Company by George M. Hendee and C. Oscar Hedstrom in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1901, two years before Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Hendee and Hedstrom were both bicycle racers, Hendee having been the "high wheel" champion. In 1914, Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker drove an Indian motorcycle from California to New York in 11 days. It was around this period that the Indian was the greatest selling motorcycle in the world.
A Austrian motorcycle manufacturer. The company was founded in 1934 by engineer Hans Trunkenpolz in Mattighofen. It started out as a metalworking shop and was named Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. It wasn't until 1953 that KTM began production of motorcycles. With just 20 employees, motorcycles were built at the rate of three per day. In 1955, a businessman Ernst Kronreif became shareholder of the company, on acquiring a sizable portion of the company. It was then renamed Kronreif, Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen. Trunkenpolz died unexpectedly in 1962. During these early years of motocycle production at KTM, almost all components for the motorcycles were built in-house by KTM.
Norton is a British motorcycle marque from Birmingham and founded in 1898. By 1913 they had begun manufacturing motorcycles. This began a long series of production and racing wins. They were one of the great names of the British motorcycle industry, producing machines which for decades dominated racing. The original company was formed by James Norton in Wolverhampton in 1898. The Isle of Man Senior TT, the most prestigious of events, was won by Nortons ten times between the wars and then every year from 1947 to 1954.
A Japanese manufacturing company producing a range of small automobiles (especially Keicars), a full range of motorcycles, outboard motors, and a variety of other small combustion-powered engine products. It has main production facilities located in 22 countries and areas around the world.
Titan Motorsport is a Cambridgeshire, England-based company specialising in the design and manufacture of automotive and motorsport components. Titan provide both custom project-based delivery and pre-designed components in a product catalogue. Their production facility houses a broad range of CNC machine tools including CNC turning centres, horizontal and vertical CNC machining centres with multi tool-change and pallet transfer. Traditional manual machine tools are also in use.
Triumph Motorcycles is a famous manufacturer of motorcycles based in Hinkley, United Kingdom. A motorcycle is a two-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine. The wheels are in-line, and at higher speed the motorcycle remains upright and stable by virtue of gyroscopic forces; at lower speeds continual readjustment of the steering by the rider gives stability. The rider sits astride the vehicle on a seat, with hands on a set of handlebars which are used to steer the motorcycle, in conjunction with the rider shifting his weight through his feet, which are supported on a set of footpegs which stick out from the frame.
Victory Motorcycles is an American motorcycle manufacturer based in Minnesota. The first Victory debuted in 1997 and production started 1998. Victory makes Tourers, sport-tourers and cruisers. Victory motorcycles is a subsidiary of Polaris Industries. V92C-the first model which first debuted at Planet Hollywood in the Mall of America by Al Unser in 1997.
Japanese motorized vehicle-producing company, initially part of the Yamaha Corporation. After expanding Yamaha Corporation into the world's biggest piano maker, then Yamaha CEO Genichi Kawakami took Yamaha into the field of motorized vehicles in July 1, 1955. Yamaha Motors is the world's second largest producer of motorcycles.
A multinational corporation that manufactures automobiles. The headquarters of Toyota is located in Toyota, Aichi. Toyota also provides financial services and participates in other lines of business. It manufactures vehicles under the brand names Toyota, Hino, Scion and Lexus, and owns a majority stake in Daihatsu, and 8.7% of Fuji Heavy Industries. The company's Toyota automobiles are well regarded for their longevity and reliability. Toyota is Japan's biggest car company and the second largest in the world after General Motors. It produces an estimated eight million vehicles per year, about a million fewer than the number produced by GM.
Founded by Chung Ju-yung in 1947 as a construction company, was once South Korea's biggest conglomerate (chaebol). The company was split into five business entities on April 1, 2003 including Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Group, Hyundai Department Store Group and Hyundai Development Group.
Motorcycles designed for being ridden on paved roads. They feature smooth tires with a light tread pattern and engines generally in the 125 cc and over range. Most are capable of speeds up to 100 mph (~160 km/h), and many of speeds in excess of 125 mph (~200 km/h). In India, motorcycles are more popular than cars as means of transport. These motorcycles are designed to give better fuel economy — reportedly 40-80 km/L (94-188 mpg). Road motorcycles are themselves broken down into several sub-categories.
These motorcycles mimic the style of American machines from the 1930s to the early 1960s, such as those made by Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior and Henderson, even though they have benefited from advances in metallurgy and design. The riding position places the feet forward and the hands up, with the spine erect or leaning back slightly, which many find to be more comfortable for long-distance riding.
Sometimes called performance bikes, are typically much smaller and lighter than cruisers, and are essentially consumer versions of the motorcycles used in motorcycle racing, which they are generally only a few years behind in technology. The riding position places the feet towards the back, the hands low and the spine inclined forward. Sportbikes are typically of Japanese design and manufacture, with the notable exception of Ducati, Buell, and several other small manufacturers.
Sport Touring Motorcycle
Touring motorcycles are characterised by wind protection for the rider (in the form of a fairing or windscreen), high capacity fuel tanks (for extended riding distances), and the ability to carry some amount of luggage (usually in the form of panniers and/or a topbox mounted towards the rear of the motorcycle), and a comfortable riding position. Although any motorcycle can be so equipped and used to tour with, specialised touring motorcycles such as the Honda Goldwing have become increasingly popular. Sport tourers are a hybrid form between sporting bikes and tourers and allow long-distance riding at higher speeds. The first example of this type of motorcycle was the BMW R100RS, but other notable examples include the Honda ST1100, the Honda Interceptor and the Kawasaki Concours, as well as more sport oriented options from Ducati to Buell. Another hybrid is the custom tourer, which combines cruiser and tourer characteristics - the original form of this type is the Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide.
Also known as the "naked" bike or "street" bike, this is the basic form of the motorcycle stripped down to its fundamental parts. The emphasis is on functionality, performance and ergonomics rather than flashy body panels and exaggerated riding positions that are most common on sport bikes. This style of motorcycle saw a resurgence at the end of the 1990s, with many manufacturers releasing new models with minimal or no fairings. The Yamaha FZ1, Honda 919, Honda 599 and Suzuki SV650 are popular examples of this style of motorcycle.
Similar to motorcycles and are also designed for being ridden on the road. They are characterized by smaller wheels (generally less than 14 in (357 mm) diameter), automatic transmissions, small (generally less than 125 cc) engines, and a step-through configuration allowing the rider to ride with both feet on a running-board and knees together. In Mediterranean Europe, particularly Italy, scooters are very popular thanks in part to their ability to squeeze down the narrow centuries-old streets that dominate the landscape, although the good weather undoubtedly helps. In the United States scooters have long been a fixture on college campuses and strapped to the back of Recreational Vehicles due to their portability and exceptional fuel economy. However much larger scooters with engine displacements greater than 250 cc are becoming more popular. The Honda Silver Wing, Honda Reflex, and Suzuki Burgman are the most popular "maxi-scooter" models available in the United States.
The moped is a hybrid between the bicycle and the motorcycle, equipped with a small engine (usually a small two-stroke engine up to 50 cc, but occasionally an electric motor) and a bicycle drivetrain, and motive power can be supplied by the engine, the rider, or both. In many localities, mopeds are subject to less stringent licensing than bikes with larger engines and are popular as very cheap motorbikes, with the pedals seeing next to no use. Mopeds were very popular in the United States during the late 1970's and early 1980's, but their popularity has fallen off sharply since the mid 1980's.
Off-Road Bikes Motorcycle
These bikes are designed to be ridden through rough and muddy terrain. The types of off-road motorbikes include single-cylinder two-strokes and single-cylinder four-strokes in both air- and water-cooled varieties. The four-strokes are starting to take hold of this category, purely because of their fuel efficiency and their reliability. Typical engine sizes range from 50 cc to 150 cc (for young riders), 250 cc, 400 cc and 650 cc(for older riders). These bikes are commonly referred to as dirtbikes, and many people ride them simply for fun and recreation. They can also be optimized for various competitive sports: motocross, enduros, and time or speed trials. Trials bikes are a special subset of off-road bikes. They are very small (no more than 250 cc), and very light (often having no seat). They are used in motorcycle trials.
Farm Bike Motorcycle
These adaptions of trail bikes were first used by dairy farmers in New Zealand from the early 1960s. They wanted a light, simple machine that could be started easily and that would negotiate particularly muddy paddocks and steep hillsides in all weathers. A range of bikes were tried by a number of farmers and they came to use a mild-off-road machine that could carry a good load (mainly a tray for their dogs, instead of a rear seat) that was easy to mount, start and ride with heavy rainwear. Large profile low-pressure tyres with knobbly tread were found best for grass, mud and rocky tracks. Ultimately Japanese manufacturers developed a range of specialised bikes—about the time that the farmers came to use ATVs instead.
Although there are aftermarket trailers that allow motorcycle to tow, factory-made motorcycles specialized for towing are rare. The only known vechicle for towing is Retriever by a Swedish company named Coming Through, which is a modified version of Honda GL 1800 GoldWing. With the use of a high torque engine, low centre of gravity design, and retractable trailer, towing motorcycles can reduce response time for retrieving cars and light trucks on congested roads.
Hero Honda Motorcycle
What started out as a Joint Venture between Hero Group, the world's largest bicycle manufacturers and the Honda Motor Company of Japan, has today become the World's single largest two wheeler Company. Coming into existence on January 19, 1984, Hero Honda Motors Limited gave India nothing less than a revolution on two-wheels made even more famous by the 'Fill it - Shut it - Forget it ' campaign. Driven by the trust of over 5 million customers, the Hero Honda product range today commands a market share of 48% making it a veritable giant in the industry. Add to that technological excellence, an expansive dealer network, and reliable after sales service, and you have one of the most customer- friendly companies.
Manufacture, assemble and sell products of motorcycles, scooters, cubs, ATVs, kart engines and parts/accessories. 1st in the country to develop the 4 valve engine mechanism to not only increase air intake but also greatly improve engine efficiency over the uneven fuel concentration problem inherent in 2 valve engine combustion chambers to allow more complete combustion and better fuel economy as well as effectively reduce noise and exhaust pollution. Uses an intelligent Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) with brand new intelligent CDI ignition system chip implanted to provide an instantaneous burst of power on each ignition and acceleration.
To ride a motorcycle well requires skill, coordination and practice. Nothing displays that skill like trials riding. Trials blends the motorcycle and rider into a single unit that turns, climbs, jumps and stands still in some of the most awe inspiring riding you will ever see. If you have never witnessed a champion rider perform you will simply not believe what others tell you. The riders climb over obstacles that can only be described as insurmountable and balance in the most precarious positions with nonchalance. It is truly amazing.
Boss Hoss MotorcycleProudly ‘Made in the U.S.A. Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc. is located in Northwest Tennessee. Our manufacturing plant, office and warehouse facilities encompass 22,000 square feet on seven acres at 790 South Main Street in Dyersburg, TN. If you’re ever in the area stop in and check us out, whether it is just a quick stop by the showroom featuring cycles and apparel, or a pre-scheduled tour encompassing our entire manufacturing facility. From the size of our facility to the number of dedicated employees on staff, you can see first hand that the Boss Hoss is manufactured in a clean, streamlined facility where its crafters take great pride in the products they produce. The foundation of every Boss Hoss is the 1.5 inch, 0.95 wall, 4130 chrome-molly tubing and investment cast heat-treated 4130 alloy neck (yoke) that make up the frame. Every cut, bend and weld in the construction of the Boss Hoss frame is done by ANSI/AWS certified welders at our facility. Our Fabrication Department also remanufactures the Ford 7.5 inch differential housing that we utilize on all our trikes. We use new high quality performance axles, ring and pinion gears, pinion flanges, brake assemblies, bearings, races and seals. The only component that is not new is the actual rear-end differential housing itself. Every assembly that we weld is placed in a custom jig fixture designed and built at this facility. This allows us to maintain a high level of control over the quality and integrity of our in-house fabricated components. All metal fabricated frames and components are then painted black. We utilize an in-house powder coating paint system that produces a durable, high quality finish that is superior to conventional liquid paint.
Bimota MotorcycleBimota started in 1970 by Bianchi, Morri and Tamburini and if you take the first letter of their names you end up with Bimota. The first bike which was produced was the SB2. It was powered by a GS750 motor from Suzuki but Bimota opted for high quality of all extra features. The rest was a superb handling roadster with adequate power. Over de years Bimota used this principle of other manufacturer’s engines and adding high quality technology and parts with the KB1, YB6, DB1, DB2 models. All a success despite the high price of the bikes. In 1994 Bimota introduced the SB6 with an engine from Suzuki (GSX-R1100). This was once again engineered with the best seats, frame, suspension, brakes to produce a very wanted super sports bike. Ironically Bimota was very successful at redesigning other bikes with other manufactures engines but when developing their own engine Bimota ran into huge embarrassments and ended up in serious financial debt due to the problems. In 2000 Bimota stopped production.
MV Agusta MotorcycleStarted in the Village of Verghera by Count Domenico Austa at the end of the Second World War. The Italian Meccanica Verghera (MV) firm released their first model (98cc) in 1945. It did well in sales and on the race track. And MV developed roadsters and racers for the following years. MV Agusta became a world wide known name due to it’s racing successes. Between 1958 and 1974 MV Agusta had 17 straight world championship wins in the 500cc class. In the smaller 125cc class MV Agusta earned 5 championships and 2 in the 250cc series. No superior racing name was around in the 1970’s. The big four engines were mainly being built by hand and even though they were expensive - the firm started to have financial problems. Even the success of the big fours started to be a problem for MV Agusta. Count Agusta had passed away in 1971 due to a heart attack and under guidance of brother Corradino the company couldn’t break out of the financial problems.
Royal Enfield MotorcycleStarted with the first production in 1901 of English motorcycles. With 30 years Royal Enfield had developed a range of models called the bullet 250, 350 and 500. However Royal Enfield never matched the popularity of companies like Norton, Triumph or BSA. Sticking to the name Bullet - Royal Enfield redesign the model a little after the Second World War (it still was a (roadster style bike). But because labor was cheaper in India the motorcycles were being produced there. Around this time all motorcycle companies were starting to build parallel twin engines and Royal Enfield also started designing such engines. This led to the 500cc roadster which later became the Meteor 692cc. In 1958 the Meteor became the Constellation model. As the models kept upgrading so did the Constellation which led the way to the bigger and more powerful 736cc Interceptor from 1962. However due to financial problems with Royal Enfield the production stopped in 1968.
Honda scooters sold in North America during the 80's and 90's. They are likely to be found in the motorcycle or scooters section of your local paper or hidden in your neighbours garage or basement. While Honda first expected these scooters to appeal to a young urban demographic, a surprising number were sold to older suburbanites (as in the picture above) who clamped them to the back of their "RV"s or scooted about in the summer. Touted as easy to drive with automatic EVERYTHING, quite a few were bought and subsequently crashed in the driveway and then parked at the back of the garage next to that lamp that needs fixing. Honda sold a lot of them so they're out there somewhere. Most that are resurrected also have very little mileage on them. While a scooter looks "cute", it still requires some of the same skills as a motorcycle/bicycle to drive so don't mistake "cute" for harmless. They are fun with a capital "F" and there is nothing like riding a scooter to put a smile in your heart and on your face. Do take a motorcycle course and even if those 15+ year old tires "look" brand new, replace them with some modern scooter tires for an immediate "performance" boost.
The Honda Spree (NQ50) seems to have sold well and ,of the older 50 cc Hondas , it seems the most common. Good for popping down to the local store along less travelled and quiet roads. I've never seen one on a busy city street without a line of cars behind. 30 mph cruising speed maybe. The Mopedwhiz informs me that the Spree didn't have a variable pulley like other scooters so speed is limited.
Honda Aero 50
There was also an Aero 50 (NB50 pictured above known as the Tact/Vision) introduced at the same time as the spree. This model was a bit more lively than the spree as it had the variable pulley common to auto scooters allowing higher top speeds. The Mopedwhizs used Aero 50 approached 40 mph More storage compartments also made the Aero 50 a bit more practical. I received an interesting e-mail from Barry, a scooterist from the UK.
The Honda "Gyro" is a peculiar scooter. First it has three wheels but other scooters have three wheels. What the other three wheelers don't do is lean into corners like the gyro. The front portion from the seat forward leans like a normal scooter but the rear "pod" which includes the engine and cargo bed stays flat. The gyro wasn't a one-off design; there are several variations from the utilitarian model shown in the picture on the left to the sporty looking "Road Fox" shown below. Modern variations include a roofed model.
The Honda "Elite"(SA50) was introduced to North America in 1988 and stayed essentially the same through 1993. Throughout the years, Honda has introduced minor variations. Some were simply restrictions on the motor to meet local "moped" legislation. Models after 1993 (Dio etc.) look similar but had a number of differences in the engine design which considerably enhanced engine tuning potential. The 1994 and newer models look similar. The SK50 and others had the gas tank moved to under the footboards. A big improvement in the Elite over previous models was the storage capacity beneath the seat. The engine was somewhat more powerful than the spree but busy roads should mostly be attempted only where there are slow lanes. 35 mph cruising speed with possibly another 5 mph in reserve. I had mine up to over 40 mph with a European "Big Bore"piston that increased the displacement to 65 cc. A variety of performance parts are available to make this faster in acceleration and top speed. Some Hawaiian shops boast parts capable of rocketing this "moped" to 100 mph+ speeds with water-cooled 120 cc "big bore" motors. There are no "Elite" models listed by the European performance part manufacturers so it is important to know the European equivalent for your Elite before ordering parts.
Honda Aero 80
The Aero 80 (NH80) was only sold in North America for a few years from 1984 to 1987 (?) The aero 80 had a much larger and substantial frame than the 50cc and was capable of up to around 40-45 mph. It had better acceleration, could carry two people and is probably the minimum scooter required for city commuting in a larger city. Not freeway capable. The 1984 Aero 80 scooter in the above picture does not have stock rear turn signals. The stock ones are the same as the 125 aero pictured below. The 1985 Model had substantially different bodywork with storage in the rear side panels. This same scooter in updated form is still being produced today. From 1988 it was 90cc and the current model is 100cc. Apart from North America, this scooter is known as a Lead throughout the rest of the world. The Honda Elite 80 is probably the longest running Honda scooter model. Its sold only in the USA now and was first introduced in 1982 in Japan. Its powered by a four stroke motor so is cleaner and quieter than a two stroke scooter. The motor is big enough so its more comfortable for city streets than the smaller 50cc scooters. It can go up to about 40-45 mph and seats two but with larger North Americans this just means drivers will feel comfortable when you're sitting in the passenger seat. Not a highway cruiser but fast enough to keep up with traffic in 30mph zones. The frame is similiar sized to Hondas larger scooters so its much more "Spacy" than the 50cc models. I recently acquired a 1986 model in need of work and have started a web page with more info on this model.