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Motohistory Quiz #68:

We a winner!

( 7/31/2009 )

Buzz of Stamford, Connecticut, identified the as that of a dual-carb cylinder for the Harley-Davidson Panhead, developed by SS founder George Smith below). Smith rightly that more air and mixture the combustion chamber could more power, so for his legendary Knucklehead speedster he created heads that each its own carburetor. More carbs, air, more power.

It to reason. The idea, proven Tramp, created a small so Smith’s company, SS Cycle, to offer twin-carb heads for Panheads in the mid-1950s. A customer send in stock heads, and would exchange them for units.

The process included up the stock heads and installing that provided direct from a carburetor into head. The heads were so machined with the weld into the fins that looked like factory castings. Only about sets of these heads built, and today they become a prized collectible, a high four figures.

The SS carb heads were too intensive to produce on a large but they offered an early for providing more power and speed. Later they unnecessary as Smith perfected that would achieve the results without resorting to the process of hand-fabricating the twin heads. The photos for this Quiz were provided by Holubetz.

Congratulations, Buzz, M otohistory Know-It-All Diploma is on its

NOTE: Incidentally, we have learned that Motorbooks has with SS Cycle and fifty of the leading custom bike to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SS a book by Howard Kelly and Lichter entitled “SS Presents Today’s Top Custom Builders.” For more information, here .

Motohistory Quiz

We have a winner!

( 7/31/2009 )

I cease to be amazed at how well-informed our readers are. Not a single thought the photo was of Nicholas or Ming the Merciless. However, recognized it as sculptor Jeff

The first among those was Harris of Austin, Texas.

is well known for his bronze of historical motorcyclists. His style and are often reminiscent of the old west and the of Remington and Russell. His most work to date is an enormous climber commissioned by Willie G. to grace the pedestrian mall at the Museum (pictured right).

Herb, your Motohistory Diploma is on its way. Jerry ain’t got nothing on you!

Motohistory published a feature on in March, 2004. It is re-posted in its below.

Jeff Decker:

Historian, Motorhead


As a boy, Jeff Decker to prowl the aisles of swap with his hot-rodding father, for vintage speed equipment: a set of Ardun heads, or a Frenzel He recalls, I have very memories of holding my Dad’s fingers, the insides covered grease-stained calluses and black beneath his nails, wondering if I would have hands his.

Just like his Decker would one day learn to use his to build powerful racing and beautiful Bonneville speedsters, but of a sort. About his formative in the Westlake area of Los Angeles, says, I would build and contraptions, but they never out the way I envisioned them. Though his aptitude may not have come up to the of his father’s, Jeff had an additional

He excelled in art. His drawings praised by the adults around and it was probably just a matter of and the right circumstances for Decker to sculpture, the perfect resolution his artistic talent and his mechanical

Following college in Utah, Decker still did not find his he took a job in a foundry. He explains, It was a that specialized in lost wax for fine art bronze. I became a maker and made literally of molds for every kind of art.

The education I received far surpassed anything I had learned in I was finally able to harness my of vintage racing and use my skills as an In sculpting, I again tasted I had felt as a child when I saw my build working machinery his hands.

Decker credits renown automotive sculptor Wanlass – whom he met in – as his catalytic inspiration. He I began sculpting cars, and airplanes, then I tried Most sculptors are intimidated by men motorcycles, just because of the sheer complexity, and the amount of area. The number of molds is overwhelming.

But that didn’t in my way, because, after I was a trained mold maker. encouraged Decker’s interest in new subject matter, stating, boats, planes, they’ve done. Motorcycles have neglected.

Focus on the motorcycle as it’s a niche that’s been filled.

When he a sculpture, Decker does not from photographs. He brings an antique racing motorcycle his Springville, Utah studio. with a wide range of including actual nuts and he constructs a painstakingly accurate mostly out of wax, ranging a reduced scale to full For the rider he puts a living aboard the machine, dressed in vintage racing gear Decker’s own collection of artifacts.

his sculptures are accurate to the tiniest he departs from reality to an incredibly lifelike sense of For example, the wheels have no and appear to be spinning, and sometimes are distorted into a slightly shape, imitating the time-lapse often seen in vintage photographs.

No more than 29 of any piece has ever been and – depending on complexity, and quantity – they sell for an opening price of to $75,000. The market for such art is not large, but all of Decker’s sculptures appreciated at a rate of 15 to 30% per year.

works include Wrecking a 16-inch tall bust of a racer; Slant Artist, the 75-pound, 40-inch tall of a rider fighting an Excelsior climber on the verge of flipping backward, as pictured above the artist; Petrali Racer, an long blue-patinaed bronze of Joe at speed aboard his 1937 streamliner, and Flat Out at Bonneville, a of the iconic image of Rollie setting a world speed aboard his mighty Vincent. work can currently be seen at the Hall of Fame Museum in Ohio, and the National Motorcycle in Anamosa, Iowa.

For Decker, riders aboard historic is not just challenging, it is true and it is mythological. He explains, Early were simply post-industrialist The era when the motorcycle replaced the is as important as the Frontier West. In in terms of transportation, the motorcycle was more important, because it was created by, and dependent upon who rode it. It is an extension of ourselves.

its rider, the motorcycle is nothing. a machine. And with its rider, it be moving or it will fall There is nothing that the urgency or our age and the modern synergy of man and better than a motorcycle and its

It is a perfect marriage of the mechanical and aspects of our world.

As Decker eloquent about the deep of the motorcycle as art, and how it ties our era to our pre-industrial history, one cannot but be reminded of the vast popularity of the sculptures of Fredrick Remington. there was a time when the art community did not consider rough-and-tumble and bucking horses a fitting for sculpture. But art represents its time, and how Remington bronzes and Old-West are revered today.

These are highly valued and broadly Decker envisions a similar for motorcycle art. No one has yet taken the seriously as a subject for fine

Our art is pop art, such as tattoos and art, but it may be time for our motorcycling and our history to be taken to a higher Indeed, the commercial driver for a movement may have already With the Guggenheim declaring the an art form, and people waiting in to pay $30,000 or more for custom-built as investments and collectibles, the price of a edition Jeff Decker does not seem so out of reach.

the school of artists that Andy Warhol, Decker not confuse himself with his He is not a man to promote his works by promoting He wants his works to speak for and not become enmeshed in a cult of

Significantly, his press kit for Hippodrome his workshop in Springville, contains high-quality photographs of his sculptures, but no of the artist. He says, Quite the choice between fame and is simple. Give me fortune fame, so I might continue to buy old bikes from swap

Getting my name out there and T-shirts and trinkets is not my goal. He My goal is simply to make aware through my art of the importance of the history of motorcycling. In fact, declares himself a historian and an artist second, though his and fans of his work would disagree.

NOTE: This was updated from a similar published under the same in Thunder Press in 2002.

To Jeff Decker’s web site, here .

Photo of Decker for the quiz is by Adam Wright.

Quiz #68


Okay, it is time for another Motohistory Many of our quizzes have European bikes lately, so time we are going to tilt our American big twin performance

To become our next Motohistory be the first to tell us what this cylinder head was for and who built it. The first correct will receive a much-coveted Know-It-All Diploma. Frame and it to your next bike and everyone there will to pay for your beer.

No kidding! So to your keyboard and send answer to Ed@Motohistory.net .

Bonus Quiz #69


For the first in Motohistory, we offer a bonus

Who is this? Mysterious inventor Tesla, sculptor extraordinaire Decker, pioneer racing Fearless Balke, or despicable Ming the Merciless. Be the first the right answer and you too will a Motohistory Know-It-All Diploma.

Rule: Sorry, you can’t win quizzes today. Why not? I said so. We need to spread the around a bit.

Send answer to Ed@Motohistory.net. Photo by Wright.

Make way for the

Motomuseum Tour


I am uncertain kind of Motohistory Update I be able to post in August, because I will be in the saddle and on the for half the month. German contributor Ralf Kruger is over, arriving in Cleveland on 2. I’ll meet him there and we embark on a loop that include visitation of 20 museums and collections. We will cover miles through 15 states, and may take a ferry ride.

We dubbed it our Motomuseum Monster and we would be happy for motohistorians to us for a day if we come through your

Here’s the plan. We’ll the Crawford Museum before Cleveland on August 3, then we head for Hammondsport. New York we will visit the Glenn Museum on August 4. From we ride to Hershey, Pennsylvania we will visit the Antique Club of America Museum right) on August 5, currently the “Fast From the Past” exhibit.

This exhibit is the created by the Antique Motorcycle of America at the Hershey facility. try to catch a Harley-Davidson factory at York on our way out of Pennsylvania, then on to Rockville, Maryland that Rockville will be our Smithsonian camp where we will our motorcycles on the 6th and take the metro Washington to spend the day at the various museums.

On Friday, August 7, we ride out to Chantilly. Virginia to see the new National Air and Space Museum. we’ll head for Front where we will jump the Skyline Drive. Heading we’ll stay on the Skyline and Ridge until we get tired of slow, run out of time, OD on scenery, or get with motor coaches, comes first. At that we will hit the super slab and on to Maggie Valley, North to visit the Wheels Through Museum on August 8. That we will ride south Georgia to see the Bruce Weiner Museum in Madison .

Departing we will head west Georgia and into Alabama we will have the whole day of the 9th for the Vintage Motorsports Museum above). On August 10 we will out 500 miles to St. Louis where we visit the Dave Mungenast Motorcycle Museum. the Moto and Carl Donelson’s Museum on the

We are also hoping to have at the Triumph Grille, next to the Moto Museum in downtown St. On August 12 we will ride to

Iowa —about 315 miles—where we visit the National Motorcycle (pictured above) on Au gust 13. afternoon we will roll off 220 miles to Milwaukee to visit the Museum (pictured left) on 14.

At this point we are looking a two to fi nish the tour. Option A is to a ferry across Lake to Muskegon, then visit the Ford Museum before to Cleveland on the 16th. Option B is to south from Milwaukee the dreadful traffic of Chicago and so we can visit Jim Kersting’s World of Museum (pictured below) in Judson, Indiana, and the Studebaker in South Bend, which has a motorcycle exhibit.

If time we could even squeeze in the Cord Duesenberg Museum in Indiana before returning to If we make it back to Cleveland in we’ll ch eck out the Rock and Roll of Fame before Ralf has to in his motorcycle and catch his flight to Germany.

Maybe you can see why we call it a Tour. Keep checking News Views during the month. We hope to do postings of and photos from the road, we may be too tired most evenings to much time on the laptop. As I before, we would be glad to some motohistorians along the

If you want to check in to see if we are on schedule, me at Ed@motohistory.net. or call 614-519-2843 and me a voice mail. Maybe see you on the road.

Jim Oldiges:

Mr. Meticulous

In late June, Harley-Davidson and design guru Willie G. was honored with a lifetime award by Eyes on Design, a society that promotes and outstanding achievement in vehicle Until now, it had been a club of car guys, but no longer Davidson became the first stylist to be so recognized by the organization.

As a for this historic ceremony, 25 examples of more than a of Harley-Davidson products were to be placed on display. Two of these—a XLCH Sportster (pictured and a 1972 XR750 dirt to Jim Oldiges of Erie. Michigan. days before the Eyes on ceremony, the XR750 had earned the status of “Winner’s Circle” in Antique Motorcycle Club of judging at Rhinebeck. New York.

99.75 points against a score of 100, the motorcycle is in its quality, correctness, and attention to It also won first in its class at in 2007 and was named “most at the AMCA meet at Oley in About its near-perfect score, the judge who informed Oldiges of his added, “And nobody a hundred, don’t you know!”

Jim was born in Toldeo. Ohio in and graduated from Toledo High School in 1974. to graduation he had already signed up for the which he served until the end of followed by another two years in the reserves.

Oldiges is among the that was so profoundly influenced by the of Soichiro Honda. When he was five, a neighbor bought a Dream and offered him a ride. recalls, “I badgered my until he let me do it, and with that ride I was addicted.

From moment on, motorcycles would be an part of my life.” In the Marines, worked in Artillery and Transport, he did a of the West Pacific, then was at Twenty-Nine Palms in California. he got into the So-Cal off-road scene. He explains, “On the we would take our dirt out to the Mojave and race the civilians.”

to Ohio. Oldiges got a job as a heavy mechanic then moved the tree and lawn maintenance He says, “I liked to which many tree won’t do, so I was able to get a lot of well-paying tree work.” Oldiges had learned about landscaping and maintenance when he worked at ‘s Sylvania Country during high school.

those years, he laughs, got to see Palmer and Nicholas play in and 1971, and I really put it to those I had the greens mowed so close they complained is was like on concrete.”

While building up his trimming and landscaping business the late-1970s, Oldiges got into restoring, and customizing muscle Through this activity he the skills of metal working, and attention to detail. But he continued to motorcycles, and eventually they his interest in cars. He explains, finally got burned out with cars.

During the 1980s it kind of a cookie cutter and I got bored with it.” I also figured out what so others have,” he adds, is that you can have a lot more than cars for the same and with the same money.” collecting gravitated toward which are the core of his collection today. Over the years he has seven of the MX250 motocross dozens of CR, CRS, and ERS Sprints, ten and even two or the rare RR250 cchi road racers.

builds include a 1968 XLR (#8 of 15 built that year) above) and a 1980 XR750 right). About the current restoration he says, “There’s a lot to with. The engine was once in a hillclimbing chassis where it got light use, so this is a new motorcycle that has never duty on a dirt track.” it will ever match his 1972 still remains to be

Oldiges’ wife Tina and twin daughters, Jessica and are as dedicated to motorcycles as he is. Tina has her own 2001 Jade Green 883 Jim presented her on her 40th birthday—the cut their teeth on a 1971 mini-cycle, and extensive travel to bike meets around the is still usually a family Oldiges also has his own modern a 100th Anniversary XL1200 Sportster.

About this which is maintained as well as any of his collectibles, Oldiges says, was in the Marines when the Harley Editions came out, and I wanted one. It didn’t out, so I swore that one day I get another special edition. It took me about 25 years to that dream.”

Not surprisingly, meticulous restorations have not unnoticed by the many museums are assembling motorcycle exhibits days. At present, he has an authentic Poovey Harley-Davidson (pictured engine built to full spec by Teddy Poovey—at the Hall of Fame Museum in Ohio, and his near-perfect XR750 for Willie G’s Eyes on ceremony is now on display in the foyer of the Automobile Club of America in Hershey, Pennsylvania (pictured In addition, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in there are two Oldiges machines, a Sprint ERS and a 1974 SR100

As for how Oldiges affords his hobby, the fact that at age 53 he commands a fee because he is still an active climber in a trade where and courage have been entirely replaced by trucks and So who says motorcycles don’t you young at heart?

The German of 1953:

A new triumvirate for the


By Ralf Kruger


At the Bicycle and Motorcycle Show at Frankfurt in the autumn of 1953, and Hoffmann were the leading and, based on rumor, it was that a new small BMW boxer would appear as well. As stood, the IFMA was the possible for a new German boxer-twin four-… of middle-range motorcycles.

It would been the right time for machines because NSU had introduced its Max the prior autumn for sale in and the Horex 350 had already proven its These two technically-advanced singles the West German mid- market with resounding but, after all, were “just singles.” The remained wide open for modern four-… 250cc

As is often the case at IFMA, the on display in 1953 were met a fervent reaction by the attending Customers saw their dream and, better yet, it that the industry was about to the gulf between the wishful and the modest wallets of the time. rationing coupons had been only three years (1950).

The new currency—the D-Mark—had in use since 1948 and was now well-established in ‘s three western zones. At 2,000-DM, the price for a new motorcycle was still a lot of money $475 in 1953 dollars), but was excitement and pent-up demand those stalwart motorcyclists who had the journey to Fran kfurt, the fact that they still required to apply for to travel from zone to This was little impediment for hoping to see and possibly buy one of the new modern and motorcycles that would be on

Although much rebuilding had place since the war, a shortage was still an urgent Accommodations on the road were not available, but Germans were to travel again for recreation, relatives in Germany or even a vacation in Italy for its sunshine, history, and dolce vita . The of having the freedom and convenience to go by vehicle—not by bus or train—was especially adding one more reason to justification for owning a new road-going

The Zündapp B250 prototype left and above) on display at to be ready for immediate production—gave for a more cultivated motorcycle the many two-… models had been available in the years the war. There was an air of opulence and to the machine, depicted in its big, fenders and graceful styling.

interpretation of the “Zeitgeist” through a new language combined the stylishness of a with the traditional configuration of a The B250 was the star of the show and to provide an alternative to the sporty, NSU Max. Its boxer twin be smoother than any single, and carburetors promised more leg and greater comfort than its Bavarian competitor could

Its pushrods moved in cast-in in the cylinder and were driven by a cam under the crankshaft. The Zündapp had a and bevel gear final and delivered a healthy 19 hp @7,000 with plenty of margin for and “hop up” by performance-minded

The reaction was almost as sensational the 250cc Gouverneur by Hoffmann below), from Lintorf Düsseldorf. It was a classic beauty styling drawn by a calm emphasizing a delicate and smooth appearance to its engine. Both the layout and outward appearance of boxer twin had been by acclaimed designer Richard

It was no less exciting than the at IFMA in 1953, but it had already available for a year. Hoffmann, had built small mopeds 1948, was new to the motorcycle business, and had been many production with engine assembly—that had the motorcycle’s availability in its first

With experience only in the Italian Vespa under when it came to fabricating its own boxer twin in a new factory in 1952, Hoffmann learned its team lacked adequate especially in maintaining the required tolerances. Furthermore, when Hoffmann lost his license to Vespas, reduced cash made development, production, and of new motorcycles more difficult.

For reasons, the Gouverneur remained in availability.

The new 1953 Hoffmann MP-2 boxer engine a modest 14.5 hp @4800 rpm (up 11 hp @4500 rpm for the 1952 model), but was no great disadvantage because of the of the roads in Germany. Often made of cobblestones, they did not big horsepower and high speed

Rather, in addition to reliability, customers wanted middle-sized of nice appearance and modern design, especially with a and trouble-free shaft driv e to the wheel. These features provided by both, Hoffmann and

It was the view of IFMA visitors in that BMW’s 250cc simply did not compete in the same Customers felt that the firm should have with a conceptual engine based on its own long-standing boxer Besides, there had been for years about a new BMW boxer for the class, originating from a prototype from the pre-war

Sadly, BMW disappointed its customers at further feeding the question, there anything in development?” The new 500, which was shown at the display for the first time, that BMW was capable of resuming its racing involvement. Indeed, a RS-engine for GP competition in a 250cc appeared in blueprint in 1955 and was in prototype by 1956 (pictured but it never made it to a public

BMW was almost financially ruined and had to on the development of cars while it to sell its old, established line. And toward the end of the decade, a small street-going boxer was definitely no longer on the agend a, due in to sweeping changes that taking place throughout the transportation industry (see the Boxer story at Motohistory Views 12/11/2007).

That the German mid-class boxer did not materialize cannot be blamed on the manufacturers. In the spring of 1953, car Volkswagen lowered the retail for its Beetle from 4,400 DM to DM. This lower cost of a automobile triggered rethinking the typical German family the usefulness of motorcycles.

They away in droves toward the car—even micro-cars like BMW which became available in for only 2,600 DM—putting the existence for all German motorcycle in peril by the middle of the decade.

In the brief post-war renaissance and of the German motorcycle industry be measured by the statistics generated by (pictured above is the 1951 show). In 1951, IFMA 398 exhibitors and 305,000 attendees. By vendors had grown to 470 and attendees to But this was the the high point.

By IFMA attendance had fallen the 1951 level, and by 1962 the had declined to 250, and only attended the show. Prosperity and in social values sent the away from bicycles and and toward automobiles. It was a situation not what had happened in the United forty years earlier a low-priced Ford nearly a once-vital American motorcycle

Wauseon: Laid back


By Ted Guthrie


If you’re a fan of motorcycles, the place to be in July is the Antique Motorcycle Club of National Meet held at the County Fairgrounds in northwest Held this year 17 through 19, this is a fine, meet in every sense of the Parking is convenient in the huge, field next the facility, and is (can you believe it?)

While there is an admission fee for the vintage dirt track access to the swap meet and all activities costs you nuttin! So, a stroll through the gates of the perfectly flat (no hills to – another bonus!) finds one smack in the middle of a of fantastic old machinery. In fact, no did I set foot in the place than I was to none other than Through Time museum and motorcycle enthusiast extraordinaire, Walksler, blat-blatting about the on a 1920-something-or-other Harley-Davidson.

This us to another excellent feature of the event – it is not static! On the at any given moment one can be treated to the sounds, and smells of any one of a number of machines, of any age, make, and operational status.

Perfect restorations, amazing survivors, rat bikes, bikes look like they’ve living in someone’s living and bikes which give indication of having been hard and put away wet (for are all present. And, while the is virtually awash in H-Ds and from the Golden Days, are machines present to satisfy the and inclinations of any and all enthusiasts of old bikes. For you don’t see a German NSU very (above) in the U.S. but it is common as compared to the Polish Junak

A special case in point was the LE, which stopped me … in my (pictured above with the This machine, though in original condition, was nonetheless ridden around the fairgrounds by its owner. With its water-cooled, twin layout, extensive and numerous trick features, the little Velo was a treat for my

I could hardly pull away from it, and yet there was so more to see! For example, across the street were two vintage 1930s. One was obviously set up for track racing, and I arrived as the owner was firing it up for a warm-up And the sound which exploded that old twin’s shorty was pure music!

Absolutely The other of these two bikes was in its originality and road-weary condition. an artful patina, and all the oil, and road grime inherent in a which has seen decades of the beautiful, old Indian fired up in response its owner’s talented and technique.

More music!

there, a stroll around the revealed one after another of machines to be seen and heard. For the and enthusiast ali’ke, there are galore to be found at Wauseon. my child-of-the-70s perspective, a 1974 Indian ME125 in perfect, condition was a sight to behold. beyond that were Aermacchi/Harley-Daividson Sprints, amazingly restored.

And, next were several Harleys the late ‘30s, each a specimen. Another few steps an incredible orange machine, in the back of a pickup truck above). At first glance, I tell what it was. I got closer and became really

This “thing” was huge and and looked as though it had been in the dark by individuals with of welding rod on hand, but who had no understanding of design other than such machines featured two and sat on a single track. After the great machine for some I noticed the sign propped it, declaring it to have been in the 1920s, to be used for pacing bicycles. I don’t

know who ever got to ride the thing, but he or she have been an incredibly individual.

By great contrast, across from The Beast was a lightweight. All original, this 50cc two-… was once right off the floor of your Sears department store. even though the little showed its age – featuring in a rear tire which had completely off the rim and was lying beside the the little putter fired up at the owner behest.

Even was another Allstate nearby, design was that of a lightweight bike (pictured above). A cool and super rare machine.

And so it went. The above bikes are but a handful of the unique and machines which find at the Wauseon AMCA meet summer. Un-crowded, yet well-attended, yet accessible, low-key but exciting, event is an excellent opportunity to some wonderful examples of old of all ages, types, sizes, and

And, none of this begins to take in the awesome of the vintage dirt track So, mark your calendar, and yourself as I did, at the Fulton Fairgrounds next July. For keep your eye on the AMCA web Just click here .

by Ted Guthrie and Ed Youngblood.


If were to create visual do you know what the sound of the RC166 would look It would look exactly the glorious smile pictured To check it out, click and crank up the volume.

Chilly reports, “ We now have our U.S. Six Days Senior shirts ready. To see what we are posted on KTMTalk, click

We also have an Ebay set up for orders and plan to have it to our ISDE page on MotorcycleUSA.com This ISDE page feature my blog and stories on our build as well as some submitted by current and past so check by clicking here. Our theme this year is 60 years of US riders at the Six Days .

Guy who sent us the Nimbus photos for our #67 has also brought to our attention a on the film The Long Way Round by a of madcap Nimbus riders who their epic The Dumb Way . Click here and enjoy.

The Harley XR750 has outlived the Company’s interest in dirt racing to the extent that now it is repopped in whole. Got an extra Actually, that’s not a bad price you figure the AMA claiming rule for such an engine was $25,000 years ago.

Click to read about it.

Legendary Jeff Decker has graduated molten bronze to light-speed by creating a new web site that showcase his work, current scheduled appearances and more. To Decker’s site, click .

Zündapp DS 350
Zündapp DS 350

The 20th Annual Vintage Rally of the Classic British Club of Cincinnati will place September 26 and 27 at Boone Fairgrounds in Burlington, Kentucky. will benefit the Council on Abuse of Southern Ohio. For information, click here .

For of information about the game-changing Elsinore . click here .

For the who has everything—or at least every —you can buy a half-scale wooden for onlyu $10K, which personal delivery to anywhere in the 48. Click here .

Classic will restore to original or create a classic special new technology. Click here .

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame has its inductees for 2009. To get the scoop, here .

The Motorcycle Hall of in Pickerington, Ohio has announced an house on September 12. No admission be charged. For details, click .

Though designed for off-road Penton motorcycles were also for road racing an speed trials. Recently, the Owners Group forum a great story about a used in endurance racing. here. And check out the photo of Williams with his homemade racing tank.

Looks something from a 1919

In 2010, the Canadian Motorcycle of Fame will move its banquet from Toronto to For details, click here .

For great old Yamaha pix, here .

As always, there is reading on the Vintagent blog month. Click here .

Old MX Restorations has a new website. To check it click here .

Art of the Motorcycle . artists Scott Jacobs, Farmer, and Wendy Stansbery will open at the River Foundry Arts Center at Charles, Missouri August 22. For information, click here .

Barber Vintage Festival

to Bator auction

The Fifth Barber Vintage Festival, to be October 8 through 11 at the Barber Motorsports Museum and motorsports near Birmingham. Alabama. include for the first time an hosted by Bator International Glenn Bator reports he expects over 150 fine will be offered, and that will have no reserve. for sale may be viewed 9 to 5 on Friday, 9, and the auction will take on Saturday the 10th.

Bator There is no better place to the best dollar for your as there will be hundreds of buyers and classic cycle looking for their next However, space is limited so wishing to consign bikes contact us immediately.” For more or to consign bikes, click or call 805-646-9566. For more about the Barber Vintage click here .

Classic Meets

set for 2009-10

Will has announced dates for his Classic Meets for the remainder of 1009 and 2010. They are Ashland, County Fairgrounds on October 18, the Pennsylvania Expo Center on 15, Ashland on February 7, and York on March 21. There is a new lower for vendor space and children 16 are admitted free of charge. For information, click here .

While he won championships on several the imposing Herbert Schek always be associated with especially in America where he was in 1973 leading a four-man on big Bavarian twins at the first Six Days’ Trial held in the States. Schek first a factory BMW in ISDT competition in and in 1969 became key in helping the slim down its new 750cc /5 for off-road use.

When explained that the road-going had to be reduced to 150 kilos, the BMW engineers the notion as impossible. Schek set out to his own special BMWs, finally their weight to an astonishing 125 Understandably, such machines in immediate demand, and still they are in common use.

Our contributor Ralf Kruger that at the Biebesheim Enduro this month, no less seven Schek-type BMWs above) were seen on the To read our Motohistory feature Herbert Schek, penned by Leo go to Motohistory News Views .


Cafe Society is the first full-length documentary the fascinating history, legacy, and cult of one of the world’s most styles of motorcycling, that of the racer. Two years in the making, 60-minute film is scheduled for on August 28. It includes never-before historical footage, interviews legendary café racer including Dave Degens of Tritons, Ian Kennedy, Erik and others.

In addition, there are accounts of the live fast, young era presented by the rockers and Boys themselves. For more click here.

John who has been working on “ The Wrecking Crew ” 2005, reports that has wrapped and that editing be complete by the end of the year. To gather material, Holman has traveled the and conducted interviews with Ed Jr. Erwin Smith, Bobby Bill Tuman, Ernie Jr. Everett Brashear, Paul Joe Leonad, Dick Klamfoth, Mann, Doug Chandler, Roberts, Steve Bonsey, Shobert, Chris Carr, Joe and others.

About his project, states, “I was just to do some oral histories in the Then one thing led to another.” For information about the film, here and here .

Photohistory by Price


Motohistorian Price of Dunstable. Massachusetts us a photo aboard his 160cc circa 1967. Price “I bought it used the classifieds. It replaced my Honda and was not as civilized as the Honda, but it definitely had character. The electrics were primitive.

The horn was just a so I attached a canned marine air to the handlebars with hose Awesome!” Price adds, the way, my 33-year-old son saw the photo for the time today and chastised me for not a helmet.”

Thanks, Dave. A on a 160 is pretty impressive. As for your son, well, he just has no how to really have fun.

Bikers are Animals , a statement many have used in the sense, has been turned by Paul Jamiol into a for children that brings joy and while promoting safe and delivering a subtle but strong against prejudice in all its forms. community of motorcycle-riding fauna keep young readers There are three bears Maine who form a motorcycle

One’s love of riding has him from a life of raiding and anoth er likes to work on his all winter rather than Akorn the squirrel rides a bike, but he isn’t squirrelly. In he has taken a rider training and hopes someday to become an Prowla the puma plays in a called the Clawz when she is not her motorcycle.

Howlena is an assertive wolf who enjoys being of the pack. Zig and Zag are twin gorillas who painted their motorcycles Mad Yellow and always stop at stands.

“Bikers are Animals” is diversity, and in each little that describes the personality of one of its critters, there is a gentle about safety. There are no here, and the only commonality is each of the characters loves his or her In addition to his story and cartoons, offers a line-drawing of each of his that parents can photocopy so children can color them and again.

This is a clever that will bring back to this book, or not they overtly understand its socially-positive messages. If you’ve got or grandkids of an age to enjoy such a get it for their next birthday or for It’s coming in late and will be available at Amazon and book sellers.

All illustrations by Jamiol.

VMX #38 is now available. This contains a cover story the OSSA Phantom GPII and about the 1975 Puch the Suzuki RM family—125 to 370—the Kawasaki KDX400 and the 100cc Centurion. There are stories recent vintage events, a of Igor Grigoriev, and a history of in off-road competition.

As always, the is gorgeous, and backed up by excellent quality. To subscribe to VMX . click .

Based on a superficial glance, you think that Racer X —with its high-flying covers, layout, and … young aimed at a teenage audience. But you be wrong. Publisher Davey has always had a deep interest in and frequently he publishes features focus in depth on the great and significant events of the past.

For in July Eric Johnson some of the mystery from world champion Gennady a man who won with controversy and disappeared obscurity. And the new September issue a well-researched history of Spanish History aside, even covering the modern sport magazine often goes the scenes and deep into the of the riders in both its features and its To reach Racer X on line, here .

Cycle News keeps us but every issue also us of our important roots through the featured penned by publicist, and historian Larry Lawrence. is one of the best researchers in the business, and in the 15 issue he shares with his a new and important tool for motohistorians. reports that Google has put 50 of American Motorcyclist on line, the exception of a handful of missing

This magazine, as the house of the AMA, has often been off as self-focused in inconsequential by the commercial motorcycle publications. However, time it has become the most archive of American racing rider profiles, and statistical available. Lawrence is not just a historian. He is a man who helps others good historians.

To access News on the web, click To access American Motorcyclist on Google, click here. To “The Rider Files,” personal blog, click .

The September issue of Cycle contains a feature by Allan entitled “ Hap Alzina the Arrow .” It summarizes the of Hap Alzina, a man who helped Indian afloat during the dark of the Great Depression, then applied his experience and storied ethic to the task of establishing BSA in During Alzina’s days as Western distributor for Indian, he a project to upset speed achieved by Joe Petrali for Harley-Davidson in

Alzina’s machine was a 61-cubic Sport Scout OHV special, with a streamlined shell with the best aircraft of the time—spruce ribbing under linen fabric (fiberglass had not yet invented in 1938). Though the machine earned some records, the streamliner became as it approached 140 mph. Alzina was a man who refused to risk the life of Ludlow, his pilot, and the attempt was off and never resumed.

Excellent photographs illustrate the story, some of the most recently images of the ill-fated Indian which still exists To access Cycle World on the click here .

Whiskey by Uhl


Each year this time, fine David Uhl creates an official commemorative painting that American themes connected the rally or the history of the Black His 2009 painting, just is “Whiskey Business,” depicting a man who whiskey to the untamed … of the lawless West aboard his Clearly, it was not a task for the meek he carries not only a side arm but a Gatling gun on his motorcycle.

Uhl’s is a 30×40-inch oil on canvas. To access his web click here .


Motohistory contributor Mick writes from England :

Hi, Ed. the “double-barreled” Royal Enfield on your site (see News Views 6/29/2009) me that an apparently well-engineered 1000cc V-twin was running in around ten years ago. the Norcroft, it was built by two guys, one of worked for the Ricardo automotive company. The engine, with rods on a common crankpin, was in a modified Rickman chassis.

I the machine and enjoyed it. For anyone with 55bhp (I think was the Vincent-like output), it offered a pleasant V-twin experience sound handling. The project seems to have vanished.

a shame, since its originators aiming to go into limited

Duckworth included a photo of putting the Norcroft through its (above).

Photo by Martyn

In response to Ralf Kruger’s of the two-… engine (see News Views 3/27/2009), a from Austria who prefers his name not be used, writes:

I your very informative May I add some comments to your of two-… motorcycles in regard to Angas Scott (pictured . Scott was the first who built a motorcycle, in 1904, and he started in 1908. With its water two-…, twin-cylinder engine, it had little vibration and was smooth and

Its foot-operated two-speed gearbox and all drive with kick low center of gravity, and low weight (my model weighs only 89 put it at least ten years ahead of its I always feel u nfair I compete in veteran events the four-… bikes of the era (pictured .

Scott motorcycles dominated the scene in the UK from the very in 1908 until 1914, and to have success until the end of the The Scott was the first two-… to win a and the first to win the TT, which they did in and 1913. They set the fastest lap years running, from through 1914. Their bikes from 1911 1914 had rotary inlet and double spark cylinder

They were so advanced in time that the ACU applied a handicap on their two-… from 1908 to 1911. Scott responded with an campaign boasting that his were 32% better than approved by the ACU. For more about the Scott, click .


Can any of our Motohistorians identify rider? The photo was taken in The color of the number plate indicate that he was an AMA Novice at the of the photo, and the “E” on the plate he is from the state of Michigan. as he tells us on his jersey. If you can identify please contact Dave Uhl at .

Peter Findlay of Burnaby. Canada writes:

Hello Ed, I recently stumbled across and can see that I have a lot of reading to catch up on. I have an interest in (to read our brief history of Distance Riding, go to Motohistory Views 2/28/2009 ) , particularly the round the world trip by It was completed in 1913 by Carl (Stevens?) Clancy (pictured . I have been unable to very much information ab out it, I believe it was written up in World cycle Review, October 13, . If you have any information about trip, I would be pleased to about it. I am restoring a 1913 and have a dream of perhaps the final leg of the trip in 2013, San Francisco to New York via the Lincoln .

Okay, Motohistorians, can anyone—especially you experts—share some information Mr. Findlay about Mr Clancy? me at Ed@Motohistor.net. or write direct to Findlay at pfindlay@duetsoftware.ca. Or, go to Findlay’s web by clicking here .

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