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The mythological

Mind of Don Bradley

There is no doubt that graphics contribute to the prestige of a or a special event. A logo, an a mascot that captures the and speaks of creativity and style infers those qualities on the it advertises. Take for example the Into History Concours an event at the World Golf in St. Augustine.

Florida. begun in that has quickly become the most prestigious motorcycle in the eastern United States. it’s in a classy setting, and it is by people who pay great attention to but there is no doubt that its has been incalculably enhanced by the of graphic artist Don Bradley above), whose promotional poster art is like nothing before at a gathering for cars or

Don Bradley, born in 1939, up in Winter Garden, Florida. His died of … when he was four, so he was raised only by his He recalls, “We were My mother had to work, so I spent a lot of alone, but she always had plenty of pencils, and paint for me to entertain with.” Bradley adds, drew for hours on end, and it a way for me to bring my fantasy world reality.” However, as a teenager, discovered motorcycles, which his art aside. “I always mechanical things,” he explains, at about 14 I abandoned the drawing and really got into motorcycles. I riding and wrenching, and I did a little mostly with BSA Gold

After high school, went to college and returned to his He landed a job as an illustrator and went on to an art director. When that went out of business seven later, he went to RCA where he a technical illustrator.

He kept his in his creative work by freelancing, but by he was burned out on drawing. He found a old 1952 Vincent Black and he was bitten again by the motorcycle He recalls, “I immersed in motorcycles.

I worked as a salesman and the sales manager at a thriving dealership, and when a competing dealership came up for sale, I it.” In the late 1980s, sold the business to turn his to motorcycle restoration, and again to his He explains, “Restoration combined my two I feel like creating a and restoring an old motorcycles are both of art. They are just media.”

A whole new period in work opened up when he did motorcycle t-shirt art for his grandchildren. reacted positively to the t-shirt, so he to design others. His designs an accurately rendered vintage with a cartoon creature star on a Gold Star, a on a Triumph, a shadow-like cloud a Vincent, a Manx cat on a Norton they had a touch of the crazed of Ed Roth’s hot rod art of the 1960s, except were far more refined and executed.

But the t-shirt art evolved cartoon fantasy into a and otherworldly mythology featuring beautiful women aboard The change came with a Vincent-riding woman (pictured originally created as t-shirt that took on a whole new when it was used as the promotional for the Riding Into History in 2004.

With a positive to the Vincent woman poster, launched a new series that together the fastidious attention to that was required as a technical at RCA with the otherworldly mythical living in his artist’s mind. is originals executed in one-quarter in acrylic on illustration board, reports that he typically six months on a single work.

He “I research and study the in great detail; its design, its and its cultural significance. On the original you can see every nut, the threads on even cotter pins.” But the who ride these machines are but realistic. They are lithe, elongated, vigorous, curvaceous, …, and often intimidating. are Valkyrie, banshees, temptresses, and demonic.

They are women to for; women to … The result is a shocking contrast the near-perfect photo realism of the and the creatures who ride them.

Seven” (pictured above) a mid-1960s Honda RC174 grand prix machine. has taken the liberty of removing the so that he can reveal the detail of the and chassis. The story in the painting is on Japanese mythology and literature, the goddess Benten (or Benzai), the female among the Japanese deities.

In mythology, Benten married a dragon in order to the Japanese people. Bradley’s Benten, her nudity only hidden by bit of Samurai armor, has her RC174 to do battle with the raising her sword in battle. work was adopted by the Riding History Coucours as its 2006

“Time Tangle” (pictured depicts a 1947 Moto Bicilindrica 500cc racer. The woman riding the machine is fearlessly into space as the of the real world crumble under her wheels. She is entangled in a time line that has on it of great grand prix “Time Tangle” appeared as art for the 2007 Riding Into Concours.

“The Light (pictured left) honors the of the British 13 th Dragoons whose of October 25, 1854 at Balaklava the Crimean War was made famous by the Alfred Lord Tennyson. In case, the charge is aboard a Triumph TR6 Trophy Bird is rendered in blue and ivory original was orange and ivory) to the blue of the uniform of the 13 th Dragoons.

The militaristic woman aboard the is wearing such a uniform in styling to fit her lithe body. her are the smoldering remains of war.

(pictured right) places a overhead-cam Cyclone racer the devastating horrors of nature. behind the nearly … aboard the motorcycle is the violent of a hurricane, devolving into a hole. The rear wheel of the shatters the surface of a board as the machine leaps into “Katrina” became the poster art for the Concours.

Drawing from the verse from the Book of “Behold a Pale Horse” [ And I and behold a pale horse, and his that sat on him was Death, and hell ] (pictured here) may be Bradley’s work yet. Death, as a is astride a 1937 Harley-Davidson on rocky terrain. Skulls from her tunic and beside her is a marker pointing to the River which souls must to enter the underworld.

“Blue (pictured right) features a woman reminiscent of Marlene the German actress who gained fame through her performance in the motion picture “Blue She is astride a 1929 BMW R11, only a head scarf, gloves, white panties, and silk stockings. A sign toward “Luft Rennen” she is on the way to the air races, reminding us that BMW was a leading aircraft engine

Above her in the sky are bird-like fantasy air There are BMW and NSU logos on the wings of two of the “Blue Angel” was featured at the Riding Into History

This year’s signature art for the Riding Into History is “E. Pluribus Unum,” above) inspired by the Great of the United States that can be on the obverse side of an American bill. The motorcycle is a 1937 and its woman rider is costumed in the components of the Seal.

Her cape is the wings of an eagle, her shield the thirteen stars and bars, and in her are the thirteen arrows emblematic of the thirteen colonies.

Bradley has created original art for the Cycle Rolling Concours, and his work has in major galleries, including the Gallery in West Palm Florida. He counts among his the Russian artist Romain de who worked under the name the American magazine illustrator Leyendecker, and the Brandywine school of

Giclee prints of Bradley’s posters are have been in limited editons of 100, and are for $475 each, except Lightning” and “Pale Horse” are available for $375 and $275, His signed caricatures on 12×17-inch stock are available for $50 each. For information about Don Bradley’s click here. To compare by Erte, click here.

To imagers by Leyendecker, click To read about the Brandywine click here .

Editor’s Don Bradley has appeared before at in regard to his motorcycle restoration For over two years, Bradley and his restored a pair of BSA’s in of the 50 th anniversary of BSA’s remarkable sweep of the Daytona 200 in 1954.

here are Myles Raymond Bradley, and Nick Simpson with the motorcycles, which featured in an exhibit at the Motorcycle of Fame Museum in 2004, and since been exhibited To read more about the go to Motohistory News Views and 5/21/2004. To read about the BSA project in which Bradley was click here .


winner in all saddles

By Leo Keller and LaClair


In the late and ‘70s, Germany was one of the leading in what we now call “Enduro Who among enduro enthusiasts not remember BMW, Hercules, or even Zuendapp? Herbert the tall guy from the Allgaeu is legendary as an off-road competitor motohistory 2/2008), but there more than a dozen world class riders with Schek.

One of the most was Rolf Witthoeft, who was one of the title of Robert Poensgen’s book in allen Saetteln” (Winner in All Born 1944, Witthoeft racing in 1962. With a license, he entered his first on a 50cc Kreidler.

He also on this machine in trials, and on grass tracks. With a he recalls his first sponsor: gave him a heavy duty fork and a modified seat for his “Mustang.”

In 1964, Witthoeft his little Kreidler for a 100cc (pictured here in 1967). His success on this machine led Team Director Alfred to offer Witthoeft a factory by mid-season. The end of his first full as a factory rider found in second place behind factory star Lorenz A year later, Witthoeft won his first ISDT Gold at the Isle of Man.

By 1967, he was up notable victories. These the German 100cc Enduro the OMK Trials Medal, and his second Gold medal at Zakopane, as a member of the West German Team.

Unexpectedly and quite at the end of 1967 Hercules pulled all from its factory enduro despite all that Witthoefts had Witthoeft remembers that he asked the Austrian Puch if they wanted him ride for then he hopped into his car and to Graz to pick up one of the newly 125cc machines. However, arrival he learned there was no for him because the factory enduro were not yet finished.

Rather, gave him a Puch that had used for display purposes. out of the gate Witthoeft (pictured on the Puch) was unstoppable on the new bike. In to winning the German National Championship titles in 1968 and Witthoeft also won the newly-created Enduro Championship titles years. At the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ISDT, he was a of the victorious German Silver Team, garnering yet another Medal.

Few were surprised when showed interest in the fast guy Schleswig Holstein and offered him a contract in 1970.

From through 1976, Witthoeft and his remained a nearly unbeatable He earned five German Enduro Championships, five Enduro Championships, six ISDT medals, and became the overall of the 1973 U.S. ISDT in Massachusetts (Pictured above at the in Czechoslovakia, 1972).

He was also a of the German Trophy Team in and 1976, the last year a West German team won the He is also legendary for other achievements. For example, at the Fisherman’s road race in Bremerhaven, took his factory Zuendapp and installed street tires.

on the cobblestones of the old city harbor (Pictured below), the other on Maico, Yamaha, and Morbidelli left clueless as to how to compete Witthoeft as he w ent wide open, and drifting through the corners, enduro style on the streets. It was as if he invented Supermotard that

At the end of the 1976 racing season, announced his retirement. His rapidly motorcycle business (he owns a dealership still today) him little time for competition. after 15 years of competing every weekend, retirement an uneasy fate. When, in a “750cc and greater” class was the Kawasaki dealer heard his whispered on the wind, and he got to work.

took a twin-cylinder KZ750 and an awesome enduro machine right on which he promptly won the against the BMW armada in the aptly “Bull Rider Class.” BMW was not to take this defeat so they promptly hired away from himself, him a factory BMW rider (pictured Witthoeft considers winning the European Championship title and the Vase at the 1980 ISDT in France to be the crowning achievements of his

In the 1980s, BMW began to refocus its away from national championship and toward the Paris-Dakar Sensing the shift, Witthoeft got to work in his workshop and created twin cylinder enduro This time a 510cc a KLX250 chassis and an enlarged engine became the special (Pictured below) on which he the European Enduro circuit.

By time—approaching the age of 40—he said he was “just for fun,” but this did not him from always being successful. And it was on this very that in 2000 he re-emerged many years of retirement to in a Classic Enduro in Germany, it clear to all present that for him an enduro was just like a bicycle. You just don’t how, nor had he forgotten how to climb the of the winner’s podium to collect his

In 2007, Rolf Witthoeft his retirement from the vintage at the end of the year, stating that the Enduro would be his last “I’ve been lucky to avoided serious injury, and want to press my luck,” the nine-time German, eight-time and two-time (each) ISDT and Vase winner. “Although pretty sure you’ll see me at one or enduro, or maybe on the trail, added the Champ in parting. in 2008 did not see Witthoeft riding competitions, but when Motohistory him some weeks ago he told us he wants to visit one or two events year.

He laughs, “No, I not take a bike with me. I come as a spectator.” Of course, we be at all surprised if he changes his mind at the minute, bring a bike to for fun, of course!

To reach Witthoeft’s web site, click .

Photos, top to bottom:

Rolf 1967.

On the 100cc Hercules in

At the ISDT in Czechoslovakia, 1972.

All provided by Leo Keller.

What’s in a

By David Wright


than 50 years after ceased, the Vincent motorcycle is in high regard throughout the of classic motorcycling. How strange for a name that has achieved iconic status, that for of its 27-year production run—from to 1955—it was badged as Vincent HRD and written and spoken about as HRD by the press, factory employees, owners, and motorcyclists at large.

The badge illustrated here one obvious reason why that was so, for the HRD dominates and Vincent comes much second best. But how did arise, for most people that the Vincent HRD Company was established by Philip Vincent, and as a young 20 year-old he could have been expected to his name upfront.

At this we should offer a reminder as to HRD stands for and how it came to be incorporated the name of Philip Vincent’s new Howard Raymond Davies was a man a successful competition career included second place in the of Man Senior TT of 1914 on a Sunbeam, and in the Senior TT of 1921 on an AJS. He worked in the motorcycle trade for the of AMAC carburettors and Hutchinson in the early 1920s, before to go into business as a motorcycle in 1924, giving the machines he the initials HRD.

By the time of the TT races, HRD Motors Limited had in production for less than a but few were surprised when the submitted entries for the world-famous However, everyone was truly by the successes achieved, for Howard took second place on one of his bikes in the Junior TT and then to victory on a 500 in the Senior at record-breaking vanquishing the race machines of 20 other manufacturers along the

It was a superb performance, and one that may have received a boost at his pit stop, for a report on the race “he had a hurried drink of and went off again feeling refreshed.” Ah, those were the Above is the Howard Davies 90 Even today its lines are

Howard Davies’ TT victory in should have provided the for business success, but though increased, larger premises taken, and another TT victory in the 1927 Junior with Dixon riding, that was not because Davies’ motorcycles priced at the top end of the market. The economic was poor, and HRD Motors Ltd. into voluntary liquidation at the end of

It was against this background of a business by a widely known TT and respected member of the motorcycle that a young, unknown and Philip Vincent took his steps on the road to becoming a manufacturer, by purchasing the name of HRD for (some say £500) in the Spring of That acquisition is partly by the fact that Vincent was an of Howard Davies and his products, for in writings he tells how “Howard was the idol of my teenage years” for his successes, and how the models launched by Davies towards the end of 1924 so right and correct.” He also that the title Vincent HRD was for his new company “in the hope Howard Davies famous would overcome motorcyclists’ reluctance to buy an untried new model;” by he meant the one that he would be them!

Given his admiration for the of HRD Motors, one might expect Vincent’s first motorcycles to borrowed some features of Davies’ fine-looking machines, but was not the case. Indeed, whereas the HRDs benefited from the of established designer E.J. the new Vincent HRDs were much a do-it-yourself design And they looked it; the magazine The Cycle describing them as pretty.”

The new Vincent HRD company to maximise the benefits of its links to HRD by the original company’s TT successes of and 1927 as though they its own, and even claiming it had been in production for a few years: reputation for speed and reliability established, we have cut the great of continuous racing and trials and the effected is reflected in the improved and improved prices in our 1933 It was actually Howard Davies’ expense and racing efforts were being referred to!

HRD’s output was so low in its first few that there was no opportunity for it to go and Philip Vincent had put an end to any thoughts he might personally go racing he accepted his father’s money to the firm, for as he put it, “my parents only agree to form the for me in return for a faithful promise I would never indulge in racing.” But, for all that, one way for a company to obtain world-wide at the time was by racing, in particular at the of Man Tourist Trophy races. of the Vintage Motor Cycle Titch Allen, explained in years how important the TT races to manufacturers of the early days “The TT dangled handsome in front of the many enthusiastic struggling to make a name for in what was an overcrowded industry.

The TT was the really effective shop for sports machines, for there then no palatial dealers’ and advertising and publicity was in its infancy as an The customer with sporting took his cue from TT entries and TT and consequently it was almost obligatory to a go at the TT if you manufactured sports machines.

It was too, that the TT was the best and development ground in the world.” Vincent realised this, as did his Engineer Phil Irving, and the HRD Company Limited made its Isle of Man TT entry in 1934. its performance was nothing to shout it did get the firm noticed and, to an improvement in the economic climate, HRD sales took off in the mid-1930s.

We by telling how for most of the production run of we now call Vincent motorcycles, were actually known as But then, in an attempt to boost Philip Vincent visited the States in the Spring of 1949 on a tour. While there he that many Americans did not between the customarily abbreviated of the Harley-Davidson name—HD—and the logo of his that so prominently featured the HRD.

So upon his return to a new logo was devised that saw his badged just Vincent, a 21 years after the start of

Editor’s Note: To learn about Vincent—the man and the brand—refer to our Tribute to Philip Vincent to author David Wright was a Click here .

Don Emde

VMD Grand Marshal

The American Association has announced that Daytona 200 winner Don Emde has named Grand Marshal for AMA Motorcycle Days 2009, will take place Emde’s selection ties in the fact that BSA has been this year’s commemorative Emde began his professional career aboard a BSA, two Amateur-class national championships to a national number and a BSA factory in 1971.

That year was among the top three road in the nation, surpassed in points by Dick Mann and Kel Carruthers. In the appointment, Emde said, I it a real honor to be asked to be the AMA Motorcycle Days Grand There’s so much of motorcycling at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the road-race course to the swap to the motocross track to the half-mile at the grounds in Ashland .” pictured her with his restored BSA tracker, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. To his Hall of Fame bio, here .

Spring 2009


The Spring issue of the International of Motorcycle Studies has just posted. James J. Ward us to the 1950s where he traces the of a rare batch of AJS 10Rs, were Matchless G45s for sale in Venezuela.

This Roundtable offers fascinating new on the classic biker flick, Wild One.” Other in this issue trace the recent history of motorcycle Gary L. Kieffner highlights bias against motorcyclists in the Southwest and Midwest, while McClure offers a tale of in the rights movement. IJMS is the on-line peer reviewed journal about motorcycling. To it out, click here .

Cliff Steimle, President of the Historic Highway 80 of California, is for articles, information, and photos motorcycle use of this famous to sea” highway. Steimle “I know that in the teens, Ed Fletcher, a pioneer San businessman, sponsored a contest to see would be the quickest route to the from Phoenix. to L.A. or to San I would like to know if Baker or any other motorcyclists part in that race.

We a number of old photos with crossing the old plank road the sand dunes, but nothing motorcycles. I do have a number of old magazines from the ’30s but not a full collection. Any help readers can offer will be appreciated. For more information Historic Highway 80, click

If you have information, write to at cliff.s1978@hotmail.com.

Wheels Through Museum

sets land records


At the season’s speed trials sanctioned by the Coast timing Association, the Through Time Museum captured five new land records, all aboard motorcycles than 60 years old. The 1930 Harley-Davidson 750cc D, was determined to be the oldest machine run at an ECTA event. Museum Dale Walksler rode the to a speed of 90.307 mph, the prior record for the class by five miles per hour.

weekend achievements by the Wheels Time team include more class records. Swanson, of Brethren, MI set the Modified Production 1000c.c. Gas class on a 1948 Harley-Davidson WR with a of 78.783 mph.

Mark from Ft. Wayne, Indiana recorded successful results in classes with his 1941 ULH. Hutchinson set two records in the Vintage Production 1350c.c.

Gas and later entered the Production/Vintage 1350c.c. class and recorded a top and new record of 95.176 mph. For information about the Wheels Time Museum, click

J. Wood announces


What has been described as the auction since the sale of Indian Sales in 1991 take place in Columbia. on June 25. The sale will over 385 antique and classic and scooters, caches of parts, and Ford automobiles, all at no reserve.

Jerry Wood states, owner of this collection the building, then built and filled those, and then he motorcycles from the roof everyone one of them all the way across! And it all go in one day to the highest bidders.” Inspection day for will be June 24. The event is in cooperation with Bator For more information, click .


In an interesting story by Alan Cathcart, Cycle reported recently that Miller has been made a of the Order of the British Empire by Her the Queen of England. Miller’s career spanned six decades included in the top tier of Grand road racers, though he became popularly known for his skill in observed trials.

He won than 1,300 trials was British Trials Champion 11 and twice won the European Trials which was the sport’s highest in the days before the Trials Championship was created by the FIM. He earned nine gold at the International Six Days’ Trial.

retiring from active Miller became founder and of the Sammy Miller Museum in New Milton near Southhampton, more than 400 historic are on display. Two of the rarest, pictured with Miller, are his 1939 AJS V4 and his 1949 AJS E90 Porcupine. To tour the Miller Motorcycle Museum click here. To see a video of Miller at the Bultaco 50th celebration in Spain, click .


As reported previously at May 8 and 9 will bring motorcycles to the Creek Lodge on California Monterey Peninsula. For more about the Quail Creek Gathering . including the Bonhams auction, click here. and Motorcycle Hall of Famer Vetter has been chosen to the motorcycle best depicting technology for presentation of The Innovation .

Vetter equipped machines are to be on display. If you have a nice please contact Craig at craig@craigvetter.com.

Scotty Brown to our attention a web site with pictures of historical speedway and riders . Click here .

You find some great on the 13 Rebels MC web site. Click and go to “pictures.” To acquire copies of the seen on this site, Van Maldonado at vhands1@verizon.net .

The 18th Vintage Motorcycle Show, by the Heart of America Motorcycle . will take place at the Airline History Museum on 7. To get more info from really cool web site, here .

This year’s Six Days’ Trial Reunion will be held October 2 and 3 in the of southeastern Ohio, hosted by the Riders Motorcycle Club. For information, click here .

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the GL1000, when Gold were big but not nearly so big as they are For information about the Naked Wings High Plains Run . to be held August 12 through 14 in South Dakota. click .

The Wheels Through Time is having a special one-day on May 14 for the Smoke Out Long Road sponsored by The Horse magazine. For information, click here .

Two of Brennraum . the KTM on-line magazine has posted, including an article 1984 and 1985 250cc World Champion Heinz . To read the story, click .

Have you heard of a million-mile . Do you believe in magic? Click Oh, I shouldn’t have said It was not at all fair and balanced.

Brough and their owners will at the Rhinebeck, New York fairgrounds on 12 and 13. For more information, E-mail

Café Racer to host

of ride-in bike shows

The U.S.-based quarterly Café magazine will host ride-in bike shows year, beginning June. The event jumps off on June 20 at during the annual Mods and Day sponsored by Ton-Up Chicago. A round will take June 28 at the Ace Cafe, London, the annual Triton and Cafe Day.

The third event be held July 25 at the Mid-Ohio Car Course during the AMA Vintage celebration. Shows are open to any or amateur custom motorcycle with a taste and flair for low and high performance.

The winners at event will be featured in Racer and prizes from Pirelli Tires, Vanson and Old Bike Barn will be in the following classes: Best Café Racer, Best Café Racer, Best or American Café Racer, and Radical Café Racer. can be made by sending photos to Entrants must be fully motorcycles that are ridden the show area under own power.

For more information Ton-Up Chicago, click For the location of Delilah’s Chicago, here. For information on AMA Vintage Days 2009, click .

O’Hannah shows Stewart,

stars how to wield a Sharpie

On the eve of the Jacksonville Supercross on April 3, O’Hannah, the uncle of American made a personal appearance at Kent’s Beach Boulevard to sign autographs with top rider. James Stewart “Johnny may not be a podium finisher on the but he runs rings around me a Sharpie. I discovered tonight I have a hell of a lot to learn.”

Stewart didn’t say that at We made it up.

Photos courtesy of O’Hannah

Event organizes for motorcycles

The Eyes on Design scheduled to take place at the Ford Estate in Grosse Michigan June 21, will Willie G. Davidson with its Lifetime Design Achievement The organizers are looking for Harley-Davidsons the last 100 years to put on display.

will be conducted by automotive design professionals with Egan, columnist for Cycle magazine serving as special judge. Individuals who have they would like to put on may E-mail Andy Sirvio at or call 248-821-2390. For more on the event, click here .

In the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is looking for motorcycles from through 2009 to display at AMA Motorcycle Days 2009 in of the 85th anniversary of the American Association. To see a complete list of the machines the Museum is looking click here .


The Café Racer Phenomenon by Alastair Walker, is scheduled for by Veloce Publishing later summer. At 96 pages in paperback 100 color and black and white this book covers the spirit of the 1950s, interviews bike builders, the best and of café racer manufacturers, memories from the 1960s and café racing scene, prototypes and special café many previously unpublished and a global directory of café information.

Its foreword is by Paul It is priced at £14.99. For more click here .

The May issue of World contains a feature by Burns entitled “Happy Mr. Ninja!” in celebration of the 25 th anniversary of the GPZ900R—the legendary Ninja—a that defined a new market that would become as the “sport bike.” Burns that we can attribute the motorcycle’s in the U.S. market to Mike who was Kawasaki’s director of marketing at the and who was an avid student of Oriental (Vaughan even had a sail named Ninja ). It had been ‘s American advertising idea to call it the Panther.

its narrow 900cc DOHC engine, compact size, and racing-style bodywork, the Ninja was nothing previously seen in the market. Performance backed up its appearance when the bike 120 mph in a quarter mile—the fastest machine yet seen—at its press It also did not hurt the Ninja’s when Tom Cruise—the super “Maverick”—zipped around on one in the motion “Top Gun.” Two years the Ninja, Suzuki upped the with its alloy-framed GSX-R, and the were all off to the races with bikes that inspired the and horrified the Insurance Institute for Safety. To reach Cycle on-line, click here .

The issue of Motorcycle Classics a cover story by Alan about the Steve McQueen M?tisse replica that is in production at Metisse Motorcycles the Oxfordshire company licensed by the brothers to carry on the name and the Only 300 examples will be and sold for a price of $18,500

These breathtakingly beautiful exquisitely photographed for the story by Nakamura, carry McQueen’s on the tank, a feature authorized by McQueen. As he does with of his articles about special and machines, Cathcart gives it a concluding, “I’m sure McQueen would have of what son Chad has done by it to be built with his name on the It’s a lasting tribute to a guy—as well as a reminder Triumph. is still in business some exciting plans for the He adds, “This is just the of the Metisse comeback.

The issue also contains about the 1993 Honda trubo, the little-known 1,260cc V4 Apollo, and a curious Matchless/Gilera To reach Motorcycle Classics click here .

The May/June of IronWorks contains an article by Siegal about the Curtiss focusing specifically on a restored twin owned by Wes Allen. describes the company’s technological in the first decade of the century, how the lure of the emerging aircraft drew Glenn Curtiss from motorcycles. Excellent of the Allen machine are provided by Jacobson.

The issue also a story by Editor Dane about JP Cycles on the occasion of its anniversary, and a technical feature by Baker about the history of the drive train. While almost always carries an feature, it is mostly about the V-twin custom scene. with a strong emphasis on old bobbers and choppers, the chronological between then and now definitely blurred—or perhaps we should say relevant. To reach IronWorks click here .

The April of VJMC . the official The Appublication of the American Vintage Japanese Club, contains a cover by Jan Ringnalda about the Honda which he states can be arguably the title of “the ultimate four.” This early-80s production racer was built in numbers, produced 115 bhp, and was of speeds approaching 150 mph. Its style, rarity, and legacy made it a very desirable which Ringnalda reports has many cosmetic wanabes. He some of the clues in distinguishing the from the real thing.

The also contains features restoring a Honda Dream and the of the Honda C100 Super VJMC is a controlled-circulation magazine, not on news stands. It is received by members as a benefit of membership. To how to join the North American click here .

After than two years of research and Chris and Barbara Betjemann are on the of publishing their much-anticipated BMW/2 Restoration Manual This exhaustive work 512 pages and 425 photographs that take the reader through aspect of disassembling, overhauling, and maintaining the /2 BMW models. In addition, the is highlighted by 60 often-amusing original by Barbara Betjemann.

So time is out for the pre-publication special price of After publication, the book be $105.00. There are no plans to it through retail or internet sellers. It is currently available from Barrington Motor LLC.

For more information, here. After publication, it also be available from Make Works (click ) and Cycle Works (click ).


It’s still a

About a year ago we published a of a scooter sent to us by Frank of Cumberland City. Tennessee. Hutchinson writes:

Well got back from the Spring for Cushmans. I took the little with me, and of course it was a hit. nobody can name it. Since it to be a lost item with no I am going to get it running and paint it up and name is Fred # 1. To complete it, I am in of an 8-inch wheel.

A few people a Tote Gote wheel or a wheel might work. If any of readers can help, I will it.

Okay, Motohistorians, can anyone Fred find a wheel for #1. And we’re still looking for an to the main mystery. What was scooter called before it Fred #1. Note the curvature of the frame tubes.

This is a unusual shape, not seen on scooters to our knowledge. If you think you a wheel that might Hutchinson can give you a lot more Write to him at CCityCustoms@aol.com .


A maker of …-cast models is for an Indian Roadmaster Chief—preferably a the East Coast, that can be for measurements, reference photos, and to create a prototype. If you qualify, Ed@Motohistory.net and we will hook you up.


vintage motorcycle


Here are more cards, distributed with Butler’s cigarettes in the United in 1923, from the Ken Weingart

47 in a series of 50:

The text on the back of the reads:

Manufactured by the Triumph Company, Ltd. Coventry. 1885. Four large capable of accommodating 2,500 Over 20,000 Triumph cycles were supplied to the and Allied War Departments during the War.

Engine 4 h.p. transmission, spring drive, spring forks; equipped ready for the road, with lighting set and bulb horn. suitable solo or with Other models from h.p.

48 in a Series of 50:

The text on the of the card reads: The 2½ Velocette is the lightweight with the of a heavyweight. It has many important Lubrication—

mechanical patent system, sump cast with the crankcase. The cylinder has a exhaust port and very fins. The frame is built duplex butted loop giving great strength and

A new patent steering head lubricating device is fitted.

Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer
Zündapp 50 Racer


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