Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

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Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby cfaber » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:03 am

So recently I picked up a gem of a bike for next to nothing, a 54 / 18s. It needs some work but overall is in fantastic shape. That said this bike as a cigarette lighter built into the head light can... Is this something that was offered as an option or was this a very well executed mod by the original owner?


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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby clive » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:08 am

Certainly not a factory option.
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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby Rob Harknett » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:04 am

I would guess this cigarette lighter is not for lighting fags. It would not had been a factory option, as sat navs had not been invented then. So I'll give you one guess as to why it was fitted.

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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby Janet » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:09 am

It's unlikely to have been for lighting an acetylene lamp on a '54 bike.
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Postby Rob Harknett » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:08 pm

It was probably fitted to power a sat. nav. ( as I hinted ) I plug a sat. nav. into my cars cigarette lighter socket. Have also used it to plug in a light.

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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby Janet » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:33 pm

Now there you got me. I was thinking of a proper cigarette lighter ( which, in America would have to be a Zippo ) and not an electrical lighter socket. One could have been fitted by it's original owner, though, as electrical cigar lighters were put into cars almost a century ago, so the technology was available.
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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby Expat » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:39 pm

Rob Harknett wrote:I would guess this cigarette lighter is not for lighting fags.


Rob. you will be causing consternation and confusion over here :o , best stick to 'cigarettes'. :D
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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby Rob Harknett » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:23 pm

Did miss read?? was it really a cigarette lighter like Zippo as Janet thought, or as I assumed, socket type as in a car.
I did have a fag lighter on my Matchless in the 50's. ??? That being the spark plug. If I ran out of matches, take the plug out, get a bit of straw or the likes, stick it in the petrol tank, hold it by the spark plug, kick the bike over. Petrol soaked straw burst in flames to light my fag. Nearly everyone smoked then as you needed a fag paper to set your points gap with. oppps has fags another meaning in the states?

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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby Stuoyb » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:02 pm

Rob Harknett wrote:has fags another meaning in the states?


Yes !!! - they seem like nice boys :roll:

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Re: Cigarette lighter on head lamp can????

Postby Rob Harknett » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:27 pm

Stuoyb wrote:
Rob Harknett wrote:has fags another meaning in the states?


Yes !!! - they seem like nice boys :roll:

Oh dear. words with different meanings. Bit like a street plan in Danish, check out Danish word for street.

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