From:Dave Hennessey
Subject:RE: RE: RE: Police KJ Date:Fri Feb 8 22:41:32 2013
Response to:4504
It's always amazed me that Henderson never offered any kind of "jiffy-stand". This is the highest-priced "Cadillac" of motorcycles, and I would think the "Cadillac" market would demand something better than the inconvenience of dragging it up on the rear stand - always with the possibility of you slipping, and you and the bike toppling over.

The Tracy Snap-Jack works, but it's not as convenient to deploy, nor does it lock into place anywhere near as reliably as a period Harley stand. I'd be interested in seeing what the left side of this police stand looks like.

Marty Megrarian emailed me about his ongoing controversy with Big Steve about black wheels on police bikes. Here's another example. Well, I don't know who's correct, but I do love the black wheels on my oil-slinging KJ.


It looks like a clutch cover/ housing over the sprocket with a lever coming out of the middle. An auxiliary generator would make sense. The stand must be a period accessory as I have seen the same stand on several pictures of Police KJs. It would allow the officer to sit up strait and be comfortable on the bike for prolonged periods and then take off faster than if using the rear wheel stand.

Your question isn't clear to me . Are you referring to an extra sprocket? If so
maybe to drive a large auxiliary generator to charge those extra batteries. Is
that front stand the inventor's idea or a period accessory ?

Picture and caption from the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner newspaper; A police
radio motorcycle, believed to be the first without an operator in a side-car, were
cruising Culver City as a new weapon of crime prevention. Photo shows Officer L.
O. Lindsay with the compact motorcycle radio equipment which he has invented.
Photo dated: January 16, 1932.
Bike has several modifications,including the cut off chain guard and drive
output sprocket,any ideas on what it's for?