Mark Petry asked: Question for the list - would it be a TRAVESTY, a VIOLATION
...of a vintage bike (not a confente or the like, but a "rider")
To install S&S couplings for travel?
To which I say: If it gets you and the bike together for rides you couldn't have otherwise taken - I say install the couplers and ride the bike.
I had a couple of years where I was on the road a lot for work doing seminars and having my S&S coupled bike (first an XO-1, then a Riv) with me was the one thing that preserved my health and sanity. Plus I got to ride lots of places that I never would have seen otherwise.
And, I still rode those bikes when I got home; the couplers made no difference in the ride as far as I could tell.
Just do it.
my $0.02, Bill Mattinson Sonoma County, CA