Ed Youngblood’s Motohistory.net :: April 2005

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The Art of the Motorcycle Returns


The rendition of the Guggenheim’s The Art of the Motorcycle opened at the Pyramid in Memphis, on April 22. Organized by the Wonders Cultural Series under from the Guggenheim, the show 92 motorcycles ranging from a of the 1884 Copeland steam-powered to a 2004 Honda Rune. The which has attracted over 1.5 visitors since its debut in has played previously at the Guggenheim in New York, the Field Museum in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Las Vegas.

While the show has remained faithful to the criteria used to assemble exhibits – technical innovation, and cultural impact – it features examples not seen in previous These include an 1897 Bollee three-wheeler, a 1913 Four, a 1950 Velocette 8 road racer, a 1954 Taifun, a 1986 Wankel Norton, and a 2004 Suzuki Still, many of the great – the Cyclone, Indian, and Harley track racers; the BMW R32, the Superior, the Vincent, the Imme, the Manx, the Aermacchi Chimera, the the Triumph Hurricane, the Harley the Bimota, the Britten, the Aprilia the MV Agusta F4, and more – remain in the

The motorcycles are set among curved sweeping red ribbons that to the second level of the facility, and panels of didactic text place the vehicles in their and historical context. At several the motorcycles are perched on the huge that provide – along the bright yellow text — flashes of color the otherwise black, white, and decore.

Through carefully lighting, the motorcycles emerge as patches of color in their environment. The effect is to suggest the grace, and excitement that is the of motorcycling in any era.

Several of the lenders who have seen exhibitions commented that the treatment is a more “friendly” in comparison to the towering spiral of the Guggenheim in New York or Frank giant stainless steel that overwhelmed the presentation in Las The comfortable atmosphere is reinforced by docents who exude southern

Another friendly aspects of any presentation is the fact that visitor is provided an electronic that delivers an audio at no extra charge. In this a stroll through the history of is narrated by Jay Leno with from Guggenheim regulars Hopper, Jeremy Irons, Fishburne, and Lauren Hutton. familiar voice and personal of the subject matter might one think he is conducting a personal of his own collection.

The exhibit previewed on the with a black tie and biker gala for lenders, sponsors, and of the Memphis arts community. The morning it officially opened to the with a parade of hundreds of motorcycles, led by Antique Motorcycle of America president Peter aboard a nearly-silent working of the 1894 Roper steam (for more information on working replica Roper see News Views 7/14/2004).

The Art of the in Memphis will be open days a week through the end of For a group discount, motorcycle should call Twyla at 901-312-5528. For more information on the hours, and location, click .

Memphis Sidebar:

While in to participate in the opening of The Art of the Motorcycle I also took the opportunity to the National Civil Rights and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend at the Brooks Museum. Both especially moving; one because it is around the actual buildings in Martin Luther King was and from which James Ray fired the fatal shot, and the because it simplistically celebrates a and culture where people unable to pursue status waste and excess.

As I observed the age of of the visitors at the Civil Rights it occurred to me that I was among a handful of people there who these significant events. I youngsters react with reverence, and revulsion to the chronicle of hatred, and … inherent the fabric of American history, like the privation lovingly into the simple beauty of the Bend quilts. This me understand again why museums are so

Memphis is a city of rich music, and cultural diversity, and the commercialism of Beale street completely suppress its authenticity. And there is Graceland, where and their wallets are herded cattle through the ticky-tacky of Elvis Presley, and everyone seems to love it. You can’t but smile at the kitschiness of it all.

How that Jungle Room!

For on the Civil Rights Museum, here. For information on the traveling Bend quilt exhibition, here or here. For information on click here .

Motorcycle Online


The International of Motorcycle Studies has hit the information This online-only journal, is aimed at scholars and motorcycle will be published three a year. Its inaugural issue articles on the iconography of the 1950s motorcycle clubs in Britain the two world wars, and American motorcycle culture in the 1970s.

It includes an essay by Michelle Ann who, prior to gender was the legendary Canadian racer Duff, the first North to win a world championship road Grand Prix.

The journal’s managing editors are Ferriss, a professor of English at Southeastern University, and Wendy an assistant lecturer at the University of California. Both are active Ferris has just issued a for papers for the July issue.

She “We welcome submissions on all areas to the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling not only academics but all members of the community or those interested in IJMS seeks to maintain a standard of quality as well as Essays should be written in in a style accessible to the broadest audience, and should be no more 5000 words.” For more E-mail Ferris at ferriss@nova.edu .

Eve of the Evo and Stories


The May/June of IronWorks has an abundance of material for the reader. Especially interesting is Siegal’s story about a number of 1983 Harley-Davidson mules with pre-production engines (the Evo was not introduced 1984) that ended up in hands, due to miscommunication between headquarters in Milwaukee and the factory at Having been ordered by to “get rid of the mules,” York them for sale to Harley-Davidson rather than destroy as Milwaukee had intended.

Siegel pens a well-illustrated story the restoration of a 1963 Harley Servi-Car. Writer Joe Kress and Tom Platz detail a beautiful bobber built to AMCA modified standards by Harley-Davidson and restoration expert Bill Finally, Editor Dane photographs and writes about the retro Indian Chief is available from Kiwi of Riverside, California.

To contact Indian click here. For on this motorcycle, see Motohistory Views 4/25/2004.

Hocking Rally Set


The 12th Hocking Valley Vintage will take place at the Red Ranch in southeastern Ohio 10 through 12, 2005. Registration in is $20, or $25 at the gate, and includes two of camping. A day pass, including is $15.

For more information Sam Booth at 740-594-8184.

Life to open in Alberta


A new entitled “Life and Times of the will open at the Reynolds-Alberta in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada on May 14, and is scheduled to run through September 17, For more information, click .

Barn Fresh: The Perfect


In Germany, the word means “finding a treasure in a During the Second World Germans sometimes hid their and cars in barns or walled up in basements to avoid having the confiscate them for military Over the past six decades, of those old barns have torn down and the Scheunenfund

However, thanks to Internet and the ease (and sometimes of E-commerce, there has been a of the Scheunenfund phenomenon. Of course, of it is junk passed off as treasure, and collectors mu st beware. We’ve the same trend in the United where markets expanded by the have made it worthwhile to frauds, repops, and bitsabikes as originals.

Still, the odd Scheunenfund can to light, as reported to Motohistory by German Vinduro enthusiast Leo Keller writes:

It was St. Claus day year when I got an email France. There was a guy who offered 20 new 1974 Hercules motorcycles, in an old factory building.

But he wanted to them only in one lot, not There were two new-old-stock W2000 Wankel rotarys, Hercules MC125s with cradle frames and 5-speed engines similar to the first moly frame Pentons, one a sport bike that was a of mini bike like the Dax, some 50cc bikes, and ten E1 electric Accu complete with uncharged I didn’t know what to do.

I the GS50, but I didn’t want to buy 19 to get it.

Some days later it was just before Christmas — I got an email from the company telling me (and big former Hercules dealers and the Owners Club) that wonderful had happened. They had 20 new Hercules bikes in France and had to acquire them and look for who wanted to help protect the of the world’s oldest two-wheel still in production. On Wednesday Easter I drove to Nurnberg to up the GS50, the one bike from the “barn find” that I to own.

Through additional Keller learned that a of only 150 of these machines built. Fifty of the Hercules were built for Germany, 50 were built for general throughout Europe, and 50 w ith a silver were produced for Italy the DKW nameplate.

In America, the term fresh” is applied to a category of similar to the Scheunenfund that has described. However, the term fresh” is usually spoken tongue in cheek about an old that is very rough but all there. Often generations of have anointed its tank and have found a haven in its

Rarely does someone a decades-old motorcycle like magnificent Hercules pictured For this, a new term must be In English it might be “barn

However, the Germans have an better word. Dornroeschen was the tale princess known in the world as Sleeping Beauty. The surrounding a remarkable find Keller’s perfect GS50 are known as “Dornroeschen’s sleep,” or Indeed, in this case the to Sleeping Beauty is most

Congratulations, Leo, on your

Photos provided by Leo Keller.

Book on the Press


Golden Age of Enduros” by Piet is on the press and should be available in Focusing on his own experiences as an accomplished rider, Boonstra recounts an era an elite corps of highly-skilled riders practiced the arcane art of time” without the aid of computers. is Boonstra’s second book. Stories” focused on his on-road experiences. “Golden Age” is for $20 plus $3 for postage and handling. To a copy, E-mail pboonstra@optonline.net .

Loves Indians


actually, Ohio collector Barnes loves motorcycles, but happen to be high on his list. love of Indians is a family that goes way back.

was born in Wooster, Ohio days after Christmas in His father, Don, was a motorcycle and Indian dealer, but his wild of riding a 1929 101 Scout dusty TT and oval tracks as an AMA was coming to an end. Larry’s caused Don to start rethinking his as a family man, and, business was not going so well for dealers.

The final slide oblivion and bankruptcy in 1954 had begun, and Don did not want to stick to se ll second-rate Brit bikes “Indian” plastered on the tank. He the business and sold off the inventory. His 101 Scout was the last thing to go.

is when Larry’s youthful kick in, and he recalls, “Then he for the next 30 years about how he should have sold the At last, Larry’s mother, could take it no more. she tracked down the Scout, it disassembled and rusting away in and bought it to present to Don on their wedding anniversary.

Larry five years helping his lovingly restore the machine in street trim, and –- following his … in 1996 — it the crown jewel of his growing He says, “It was my dad’s one true until he passed away. he could no longer ride it, I start it just so he could it run. It will never our family again.”

Having raised in a family that motorcycles, Larry got his first –- a 1966 red Honda Super –- when he turned 16. Following in his footsteps, he soon acquired a Astro and went looking for ovals. He was injured racing in and gave it up for the next 20 years. For a he remained professionally involved in as an editor for Cycle News based in Texas, but that job did not his emotional needs.

He explains, “I was races every weekend, and I was standing around with a and a note pad while everyone was having fun racing. I just take it!”

Barnes to Wooster in 1975, went to for the local news paper, moved from writing advertising. Today he is the CEO of his own company, Resources, an automobile industry buying firm with 45 and offices in five cities. work has enabled him to return of his time and attention to his collection.

A point came in 1990 the AMA and AHRMA began to organize dirt track races at Ohio during Vintage Days. Barnes says, “I to see the races at Ashland, and I was suddenly back 20 years.

I saw guys my age vintage dirt bikes, and I ‘I can do this!’ Besides, I had always what it was like to storm a big Indian around a dirt To fulfill that dream, his acquisition was a 1939 Indian Scout, which he and friend Benson restored to gem-like and raced at Ashland. He says, “It doesn’t matter whether going very fast. the sound of that machine down th e straightaway makes you like you’re going a miles an hour.”

Next a 1949 Super Scout, the vertical twin that Indian into its End of Days. bikes, long ignored by are gaining a following and a higher among collectors, and Barnes this when he acquired it. And his acquisition is a fine example of the rare 1937 Indian Four.

Few of these models built during their two-year production life.

A to Larry’s workshop reveals he’s not just an Indian He still has his 1975 racing a perfect 1967 305 Honda a 1992 Storz Sportster Tracker, a 1998 full-dress a 1999 Kawasaki Drifter, and off-roaders and pit bikes. Barnes to add an Indian Chief to the collection as as a Super Hawk like the bike he ever owned.

his tidy shop is a small that contains his father’s and racing memorabilia, including the through which the AMA advised him he had Expert status.

Barnes is uncertain about his racing career. He explains the installation of an artificial left makes one think twice putting that foot and courting injury. Then he and a wicked smile comes his face, and he says, “But you I might just set up that shift Indian for road and do it just once, just to see it’s like.”

Full at Sangre de Cristo


The de Crfisto Arts Conference in Pueblo, Colorado will “Full Throttle: Underground Art and the from May 28 through August 27, A description published by the Center the exhibit “ offers an intense look at the history and development of the complemented by art that represents the of the motorcycle.” In conjunction with the on June 10 and 11 the Center will the Full Throttle Brush described as a pinstriping panel jam and For more information, click .

Indian Literature for Sale

Californians Jake and Sally have offered for sale massive collection of Indian News . A flyer about the pictures a man –- arms outstretched –- in front of a wall of boxes feet tall and 14 feet The flyer goes on to claim the 9,600 different items over 430,000 pages in 117 boxes weigh more 3,000 pounds. In addition, the are selling Indian Chief and two 1953 Roadmaster Chiefs.

have no interest in selling the collection piecemeal and are looking for a who will pay $217,000, which is on a calculation of 50 cents per page. To your reasonable cash call 951-678-1583.

Packard’s Milestones


The National Museum in Warren, Ohio has completed its third annual devoted to motorcycling. Entitled Milestones of the 20th Century,” the presented an eclectic grouping from the world’s oldest Harley single to a current o f the marque. Among the 35 bikes on were machines as diverse as a Silver Pigeon scooter, a a Brough Superior, a Vincent, and a BMW K1.

To more about the National Museum, click here .

from Motocross America

In planning for more than a Motocross America is nearing at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame near AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Visitors have already to tour the exhibit as final are put in place.

While motocross were organized in the United as early as the late 1950s, the did not really catch on until champion Torsten Hallman a promotional tour on behalf of the Husqvarna brand in the autumn of Americans fell in love motocross, and it has continued to revolutionize the sport to the present day.

America opens with a entitled Birth of Motocross features a stunning collection of the four-strokes of the 1950s and ’60s: Norton, Monark, BSA, ESO, and others. When two-strokes began to displace the big names like Greeves, CZ, and began to emerge.

The exhibit examples of all of these, including one of DeCoster’s twin-pipe works and the only known complete and example of a 1963 Husky racer, of which only 100 built. This motorcycle is with a mannequin dressed in the of gear that Hallman in America in 1966.

A display Motocross Comes to America, the story of Edison Dye’s Inter-Am series that American fans to grand quality racing. This includes many pedigreed from the era, including the Hallman rode in 1966, Higgins’s CZ and the jersey and helmet he when he earned top American at Pepperell, Massachuetts in 1969;and Larsson’s 1971 titanium and his riding gear.

It also the Greeves that Gary rode in 1969 when he Arne Kring to become the American rider to win an international along with the complete outfit Bailey wore day; the 250 BSA that Dick rode in the Trans-AMA support in 1971, and the Cheney BSA that Banks rode at the U.S. Prix at Calrsbad, California in

The display also contains the works Suzuki on which won his fourth and final Trans-AMA in 1977, along with the he wore that year. bikes, and others, appear the actual start/finish banner was displayed at the Inter-Am at Saddleback in 1967.

Enhancing these machines and riding gear are a dozen display cases rare, unusual, and nostalgic artifacts. In total, more 750 artifacts and 63 motorcycles are on display the exhibit.

A display entitled in America tells the story of the when motocross became popular with the Baby supported by dozens of competitive from Europe and the Orient. such as Hodaka, DKW, Maico, OSSA, Bultaco, Suzuki, Honda, Rokon, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and others are on and they are all in showroom condition. display alone includes than a dozen motorcycles.

A entitled Motocross: Past to uses the Museum’s large spiral staircase to dramatically the technical develop of motocross A 1963 Parilla, pictured appears to leap off the crest of a Soaring over the stairwell are a Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi and a 1984 Yamaha, and down through a giant X the era of supercross is Jeremy McGrath’s supercross Honda.

Along the wall by the stairwell are containing photographs and the names and of all American national champions the AMA began to sanction motocross in 1970.

How supercross was born in is told with a set replicating the Los Colisuem, featuring Jimmy 1975 Coliseum race Can-Am and the trophies that Tripes won at the first two Superbowls of in 1972 and 1973. In addition, than a dozen motorcycles by the likes of Jim Pomeroy, Brad Jeff Ward, Jimmy David Bailey, Gary James Stewart, Grant Chad Reed, Ricky and others are on display, accompanied by 40 jerseys worn by American and champions, plus cases of owned by legendary riders.

America contains more and interactive features than any previously developed by the Motorcycle of Fame Museum. One video offers biographies and career of championship riders, a small called the X-Dome will images of freestyle motocross, and a America Resource Center give visitors access to a amount of information about past and present.

Two technical are included; one about motorcycle and one about apparel and safety. The technology display, designed to like a workshop, presents cutaway engines, examples of used in the construction of motocross Joe Bolger’s long-travel OSSA suspension components, and the first monoshock motorcycle to arrive in Again, video will be to help tell the story a vintage videotape of Rick explaining how to set up a bike for motocross

The apparel exhibit will items from the early to the present day, showing how styles, and materials have over the years. In addition, of women’s and children’s safety are on display, as seen here.

As exit Motocross America, will pass a time listing the great moments in from 1924 to the present.

America will be open the end of 2006. An official grand and motocross reunion will place on July 14, 2005 in with AMA Vintage Motorcycle and an exhibit catalog, written by Amick, will be available by date. For information on that click here. For a story the making of the Motocross America click here .


Last Ride

The spring Robb Report: Motorcycling an article about T.E. (of Arabia ), his love of Broughs, and his … aboard one. by Mike Jackson, it is accompanied by photography. Many of us well Jackson from his years Norton-Villiers-Triumph, selling Isolastic and AJS Stormers in America. Now back in his England.

Jackson remains in vintage motorcycling, has consulted the Guggenheim for its Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition, and has with the organization of the Louis Concours.

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Vintage Motorcycle Guide is a great new tool for interested in restoration and collecting in the American vintage motorcycle Editor Brendan Dooley and his at F+W Publications have done a job of launching this attractive magazine that contains and beautifully photographed articles diverse brands, including European, and Japanese.

In addition to by respected authorities like Hatfield and Somer Hooker, the contains 30 pages of vintage value information on everything Ace to Yamaha. This is supplemented by auction results. For subscription call 715-445-2214 or write to

Tributes to Thompson

Recently we homage to Hunter S. Thompson, who first about the iconic motorcycle outlaw, then on to expose the fear and loathing our culture (Motohistory 3/7/2005). Stone recently devoted of an issue to this great humorist, and social critic, remembrances by Douglas Brinkley, Gilmore, Johnny Depp, NIcholson, Thompson’s son Juan, and

Publisher Jan Wenner credited with helping make RS it is today, stating, Hunter was of the DNA of Rolling Stone . one of those strands of chemicals around a new life is formed. The issue off the news stands immediately, was by some, then sold out I trekked to my local library to get my on a copy, only to find some Thompson lover had swiped it.

Back issues are available from the publisher for $12 Call 800-283-1549.

Also, World Editor-in-Chief David has devoted his column in the May issue of CW to

RS cover photo courtesy of technology is our friend Kocks.

Mastery of Speed


BMW extraordinaire Peter Nettesheim has chosen as curator for a new exhibit at the Hall of Fame Museum. June, BSA’s Greatest will be replaced by BMW:The of Speed, featuring BMW sport from the 1920s to the new K1200R. The cutting for the exhibit will be July 20, set to coincide with the BMW MOA Rally in nearby Lima.

Museum executive director Mederski says,“ Those for the rally can stop off here, be of the ribbon cutting ceremonies, and make the two hour ride up to before dark.” For more keep an eye on the Motorcycle Hall of Museum web site or the BMW MOA web site. For the web site, click here. For the BMW MOA web click here .

The Art of the Flying Eyeball


If I had my way be a gunsmith! I like to make out of metal, because metal is When you paint something, how does it last? A few years, and it’s gone!

Those were uttered by a guy from named Kenny Howard, AKA Von He is the man who restored the art of pinstriping, first on then on automobiles, creating a fad no 1950s motorhead could without. Offbeat and ascetic, Von adopted a flying eyeball an image of the all-seeing eye in the sky that can be back to ancient Mediterranean

So extensive was his influence, that eyeball is even seen on a Scott Super Squirrel will appear in the Art of the Motorcycle in Memphis. Once owned by McQueen, the motorcycle was restored by Von and still bears his trademark For an excellent story about Von click here. For a list of else you can see at the Memphis Art of the Motorcycle when it opens the week of 23rd, click here .

More Fake Harley

Not long ago we explored the topic of history (Motohistory 2/2/2005). In that article addressed the creation myth and other motorcycle industry legends in with the motives behind the of distorted or inaccurate accounts of how unfold. I contended that history could be fun when it is not to deceive, usually for the purpose of our wallets or getting our votes.

Walter Kern produced a piece of fake history the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. it and enjoy. Click here .

The of On-line Museums

Looking for the Abominate” of Really Bad 3-D, the of Norwegian Manhole Covers, or the Food Museum, click .


How many of us Baby had our first motorcycle experience a Hodaka? I owned motorcycles the Hodaka arrived, but I gave my her first motorcycle ride one of these little red-framed We wore shorts, sneakers no socks, and no helmets, of course.

of you nostalgic about a similar will be happy to know you can win a Hodaka Dirt Squirt in with Hodaka Days (The bike pictured is the Dirt Squirt’s cousin, the Rat.) Tickets are $5 each, is no limit per customer, and all proceeds be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of The drawing will take on June 25. For more information, here .

Photo courtesy of the Hall of Fame Museum

Americavespa, the annual Mecca for lovers, will take in and around Cleveland, Ohio 2 through 5. Check-in will be at of Cleveland Scooters on Friday, and activities will include a ride and a Show Shine at the Comfort Inn in downtown Cleveland. To Pride of Cleveland Scooters here. For more on Amerivespa click here .

A Clean to Nowhere:

What Cannondale Have Learned from


With a sound based on the manufacture of bicycles, in the Bedford, Pennsylvania-based Cannondale it would enter the motorsports with motorcycles and ATVs, and an entirely new factory for that What emerged – as seen in the pictured here, now on display at the America exhibit at the Motorcycle of Fame Museum – was a radically motocross machine. Its revolutionary included a reverse cylinder with double overhead sophisticated electronic “field-tunable” injection with air induction the steering head, a dry-sump system with oil housed in the a cassette-style transmission, and electric

Clean sheet engineering is not how the of today’s successful motocross have become successful. most specialized racing motocrossers began in the early of the sport as serial production bikes.

Seeking better and performance over rough over time the manufacturers – the British, then the Europeans, the Japanese – have made and usually cautious improvement, all the keeping a sharp eye on each to learn new workable ideas and designs. Rarely has any manufacturer immediate racing success a stem-to-stern revolutionary concept.

on innovation and a fast track to the rather than fundamentals, created a motocrosser that better than ten percent than the comparable machines it to beat. For example, Ricky 2004 championship-winning CRF450R weighs in at 220 pounds, and its unmodified counterpart weighs about The Cannondale MX 400 weighs 258!

Was electric starter really

Although weight is a critical in motocross design, it was not just too beef that drove into bankruptcy. More it was an unwise decision to rush an product into national-level that … Cannondale’s of competing in the American motorcycle as effectively as it had with bicycles.

Had Cannondale’s brass paid attention to their motohistory, might have proceeded less urgency to go racing. For we could look at Indian, an giant that had already 15,000 motorcycles at a time Harley-Davidson had made less a hundred. Indian, however, in 1913 then continued a but steady decline that it a mere shadow of its Milwaukee-based by the end of the Second World War.

lived too long on the faded of its old, heavy, side-valve Indian badly needed to its ways if it was going to survive to in the new post-war social exuberance and economy.

Change came, In 1946 a young industrialist Ralph Rogers arrived a brave new vision. He would Indian’s tradition and build a new motorcycle designed to compete against the British imports had become so popular after the

In addition, Indian would safe riding and the ease of of this new lightweight machine, and it to families of suburban Americans who had been considered serious in the tough-talking, male-dominated, rough-and-tumble of motorcycling. In many ways, ‘s theory of marketing was to what American Honda apply with spectacular a decade later. He wanted to increase the dealer network “non-traditional” dealers, buy advertising in American publications, and promote the that motorcycling could be as and clean-cut as tennis.

Based on bold plan, Indian a new factory to manufacture their new singles and 440cc vertical The example pictured here is – with pride – by collector Barnes. The bikes were modern, and stylish, but they rushed into the market inadequate testing and development.

experienced too many failures, of which were the result of manufacturing processes from a that itself had not been “run in.” But many have survived flawed new and Indian might have as except for the fact that Rogers decided to go racing. How fit into his plan to reach the of squeaky clean suburbanites is not but he was certainly not the first executive to to the siren song of the race with disastrous results.

In era there were really two road races that Daytona and Laconia. Punching its twin out to 500cc, Indian twelve prototype Laconia and hired top talent to ride The assault was a total fiasco, and not a factory Indian finished the

Indian tried to protect the of its basic engineering by claiming faulty Edison electrics all the retirements, but top rider Bobby later confirmed that anything that could did break on the Laconia Scouts. The reputation never recovered, and by the venerable American-built Indian was no

This tale is almost a of what happened to Cannondale. The had manufacturing problems in its new factory and it, but still rushed its product national competition. Poor and machine failure under the eye of the press and the fans resulted in an problem that proved for the fledgling project. After $80 million in its motorsports venture, filed for bankruptcy in January

Attempting to rationalize their as early as March 2001 in an in Racer X Illustrated . Cannondale CEO Joe said, “We were looking at national races as a high-level environment. That should been better communicated to the

It is hard to determine what be more foolish: going at the highest level of competition an unproven product or really that the marketplace would and forgive the failures and embarrassments would ultimately come testing motorcycles in the light of before the fans, while racing is going on around Apparently recognizing this in the same interview Montgomery “That’s one of the things that I definitely do differently.

We got off-track and ourselves to get sucked into stuff that we should not done.” These would to be famous last words for And while no one has recorded what Rogers said after Laconia fiasco in 1949, it have been a similar

With 20/20 hindsight the is so clear, and it seems that should have known But then again, let’s not that in 1970 Honda up at Daytona with an utterly machine that had been to the public only a few months and won! The mighty Honda not only won America ‘s prestigious road race on its outing, but in so doing it declared the End of for the British motorcycle industry.

So, it is not what we do, but rather how it ends. makes us heroes and visionaries. makes us fools.

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