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I live near ROUTE 66 RIDLEY, in Carthage, Missouri and stopped by there today on the way in to work to visit a while:smile:

Ridley, the manufacturer was under funded and went out of business years ago but there are still some independent dealers around to service customers parts and service needs.:grin:

At one time, their yearly sales out paced VICTORY.

If you are interested, either Google them or read about them on Wikipedia:smile_big:

The later models used their proprietary 750cc, single crank, balanced, 90 degree, air and oil cooled V-twin engine, powering the belt final drive through a belt driven CVT auto-trans, with top quality components and nice, quality paint. Most had the typical size front and rear tires but one model came front and rear with 'CAR' tires and it looked cool so I thought I'd post a few pictures:

Me so solly must hold head sideways! My bad:surprise:

Sam:nerd:
 

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We had one in the shop a couple months ago that had the converted lawn mower engine. Of course, we all made jokes about it but when we started it, it actually sounded pretty darn good!
We had one in an escort I did several months ago. He was having some electrical issues but when he got it started, I agree with you, it sounded pretty darn good. I didn't know they were still in business though. The one I saw was an older model. But I was was genuinely impressed. Good looking bike.
 

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I had a chance to ride a Ridley about 10 years ago. I've never had a bike try so hard to kill me as that one did. Let's just say, the CVT transmission had a few "highly undesirable" quirks.
 

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I had a chance to ride a Ridley about 10 years ago. I've never had a bike try so hard to kill me as that one did. Let's just say, the CVT transmission had a few "highly undesirable" quirks.
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The one we had in the shop sounded good when we started it, so the natural thing to do is grab the throttle and rev it up a little.

That startled a few of us.
 

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At one point, they were sued by Harley Davidson over the use of the name "Auto-Glide" Apparently, the boys in Milwaukee thought it was a bit too close to the names for some of their steel.
(It's often the case that a bigger corporation doesn't have to win a lawsuit as long as they have more money for lawyers to stretch the litigation until the little guy runs out of funds.)

I'm not saying that was the reason for Ridley's downfall, but I can't have done thier financials any favors
 

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At one point, they were sued by Harley Davidson over the use of the name "Auto-Glide" Apparently, the boys in Milwaukee thought it was a bit too close to the names for some of their steel.
(It's often the case that a bigger corporation doesn't have to win a lawsuit as long as they have more money for lawyers to stretch the litigation until the little guy runs out of funds.)

I'm not saying that was the reason for Ridley's downfall, but I can't have done thier financials any favors
I researched Ridley early in my pursuit of purchasing my first motorcycle. What you describe is precisely what happened: the long and costly litigation with Harley-Davidson was too much of a burden for them to overcome.

Their bikes intrigued me because of their appearance, light weight relative to their size and automatic transmission. There were two dealerships that each had one in stock and in both instances, I was informed that the transmissions needed servicing and they were awaiting parts which could only be obtained from Ridley Genuine Parts. Needless to say, I lost interest.
 
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