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Old 04-02-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default LITTLE JOHN 5 in a 4 speed case?

Has anyone ever seen one of these before? 5 speed for a pan. I think this one was on display at an old bike shop. But I cant find any info about it online. Any info would be appreciated.


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Old 04-03-2010, 06:07 AM   #2
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Looks like a good score.
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:04 PM   #4
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Wow, $1000 back in '79 was no small amount either! Very cool.
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:08 PM   #5
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nice find...wonder what it is worth these days???
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:23 PM   #6
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Yeah thats it! Cool thanks guys, The guy I got it from bought a house and found it in the safe? Is anyone still running one of these?

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Old 04-03-2010, 02:17 PM   #7
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wonder if Harley got the idea for their 5spd from that set-up , that,s how they got the softtail design a back yarder built it and they acquired the design
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:51 PM   #8
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the moco "borrow" an idea? unheard of!! they will tell you they are the ones being ripped off by everybody. thats why the patented there sound. lol. too much money i guess.
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great score man.

there is an old timer pretty close to me with two of them laying on his floor.
been trying to get one of em for almost a couple years now.
very hard to find.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:48 PM   #10
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Default Little John's 5-Speed Tranny

Anyone have picture's of this 70's after/market tranny...
I remember seeing one here that a Fellow just bought NOS..
Did a search...couldn't find it...

Thanks Guys
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Default Re: Little John's 5-Speed Tranny

Nobody has any info on this Tranny..??

Ain't that something...This forum can find picture's of a 1909 Pope. But no one has any picture's of a 30 year old tranny..

Must have been very few made...!! Kinda like looking for "Hen's Teeth"
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Courtesy of Nickola...


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Ain't that something...This forum can find picture's of a 1909 Pope. But no one has any picture's of a 30 year old tranny..

Must have been very few made...!! Kinda like looking for "Hen's Teeth"
Sorry Stew....it was too easy.....





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......That's Funny.....

And Very much Thanks for the Pictures
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Default Re: Little John's 5-Speed Tranny

THat's not gary littlejohn either, different dude. i know i have an article all about it in an old mag deep in the old mag pile...
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:07 PM   #16
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very cool part. wonder how many were produced ? ? 1000. 30 years ago ? You could buy entire panhead for 3 grand back then !!!
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Default Re: Little John's 5-Speed Tranny

here was the original thread.

http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=67072
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:04 PM   #18
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Default Re: LITTLE JOHN 5 in a 4 speed case?

I was here in Denver back then, he wanted another gear as he was topping out at 120 ish with strokers, Yes, He tried to sell it to harley, Two Wheelers bike shop as right down the street in denver, i think they are still arround, if there are parts they would know, fresh trannies he would pre run in each gear something like 12 hours, each gear, before selling. A whole shovel bike back then sold for $3000
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:18 AM   #19
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I saw some at daytona back in the 80's and 90's everyone I saw was broken and no parts where to be had. at the time I think 1 or 2 of the gears where kinda thin to get it all in there. many of the pieces like seals , shift fork where stock 4 speed but the gear set where custom made. seems like the same gear was broke in everyone. never saw one in a bike though just busted in the swapmeet
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:18 AM   #20
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Default Re: LITTLE JOHN 5 in a 4 speed case?

There was one on that auction site last year, in good condition -
went for $1200.

Not a bad price when you consider what a good 4 speed goes for.
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