Kicking Off, Looking Good

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rats, as always you're a gentleman & a scholar !

The vintage specialties are always interesting to see & study.

IOW - " El gusto es mio. "


Class C was it. For the small bore classes, we have to remember the tremendous production of motocross bikes was great for flattracking.

I've never had a Harley / Aermacchi MX250 motor in a Champion frame or similar, but I do own a fine example of an original MX'er.

Here we go...

It seems to be close to 100 %

Maybe a few other proper race versions will come out of the woodwork ?

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rats, as always you're a gentleman & a scholar !

The vintage specialties are always interesting to see & study.

IOW - " El gusto es mio. "


Class C was it. For the small bore classes, we have to remember the tremendous production of motocross bikes was great for flattracking.

I've never had a Harley / Aermacchi MX250 motor in a Champion frame or similar, but I do own a fine example of an original MX'er.

Here we go...

It seems to be close to 100 %

Maybe a few other proper race versions will come out of the woodwork ?

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ambike

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Gentlemen & scholars , cont'd ....

We're not forgetting 92 above, but in conjunction with the MX250 models, there's a related book.

It was put together by Keith Geisner. It's safe to say he did his homework.

The title is : Finding # 49.

The following provides a preview for those interested in all phases of H-D race history.



It was published 11-14-2019 and maybe a few missed seeing it ??
 
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Gentlemen & scholars , cont'd ....

We're not forgetting 92 above, but in conjunction with the MX250 models, there's a related book.

It was put together by Keith Geisner. It's safe to say he did his homework.

The title is : Finding # 49.

The following provides a preview for those interested in all phases of H-D race history.



It was published 11-14-2019 and maybe a few missed seeing it ??
Great book!
There are a few SX's raced locally. I literally just deleted photos this morning from my phone of a survivor MX a pal rescued recently. Found leaning against a mailbox along a rural road with a 4-sale sign. o_O When he knocked on the door the guy who answered had inherited it, and seemed to know what he had. Fortunately for my friend (and the bike) the guy's shakes foretold that he needed something else at the moment more than an old motorbike and he took the offer!
Not a "proper" dirt tracker but I rescued an SX myself a few years ago. Been on the track a few times but not a "proper' race... yet.
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Of course it's not a racer, but the man who purchased it new has traveled as fast as any human.

For this one, I always say, " What else would a Right Stuff astronaut-in-training have purchased before the first lunar landing ? "

That's right, a new BSA
Rocket III.

The man is acclaimed astronaut and genius, Dr. Story Musgrave. His credentials, abilities, physical conditioning, and discipline are second to none.

He flew on all five shuttles. The missions involved work he and a team member performed to correct the spherical aberration in the Hubble Space Telescope.

While orbiting, he was standing on a platform outside the shuttle bay for hours at a time. It was a bit more complicated and tedious than changing a flat.

Photos 3 & 4 show his parking permits when working at Johnson Space Center outside of Houston, Texas.


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More Content...

They are " Framers " :

Rickman T100C

Original from 1968

Verified Steens' Kit

Includes genuine Rickman hubs


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Rickman Montesa 250, 1972

Mint, 100 % NOS, Never Run



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Good Framer stuff indeed. 531 Reynolds Tubing -Brazed together & then plated. Our local racer, the late Wayne Hosaka did a couple years of saddle time on one. Raced mostly at Ascot & Southbay Park Speedway, with the larger 750 mill & a noted Trackmaster swingarm installed later as with a rear disc brake. His 'ol Class C mount is still a survivor. His racing bib has PP's team on it which is short for our great local tuner at the time, Pete Pistone.
 
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Here's a righteous Turnip TT from ' 66.

I don't know of any special race history. Limited use could be why the original headers remained in great condition ?? Most were flattened for obvious reasons.

For a number of years it belonged to Craig Vetter . It was featured in a mag article possibly in the early 1990s. Maybe CycleWorld ?

A few months into the production year, Triumph changed the VIN nomenclature from T120 C to T120 TT. This one is stamped TT.

It runs strong.


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Bought 66 tt new in the crate from dealer in Ga. in 66 or early 67 for rediculous cheap. Was exactly like this. Wonderful bike wish I could go back in time and get it back. Hooked up c15 lights ran street, scrambles, tt “tavern to tavern”, racing & even enduro once.
 
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Good Framer stuff indeed. 531 Reynolds Tubing -Brazed together & then plated. Our local racer, the late Wayne Hosaka did a couple years of saddle time on one. Raced mostly at Ascot & Southbay Park Speedway, with the larger 750 mill & a noted Trackmaster swingarm installed later as with a rear disc brake. His 'ol Class C mount is still a survivor. His racing bib has PP's team on it which is short for our great local tuner at the time, Pete Pistone.

I remember Wayne from the 1971 Astrodome ST when he qualified for the Main Event. The announcer, probably Rockwood ?, called out his name and said Hosaka will be in leathers with Suzuki identification, but he'll be riding a Bultaco. The things we remember ! I never met Wayne in person. We communicated several times during the days when the other forum was active. He mailed a few samples of his art work. One of which is my favorite. It's a natural setting, somewhat of an impressionist's view with bright colors depicting Spring flowers. It was a beautiful day- the sun was shining. I believe there's a cottage in the background. Everything is saved & packed and I can't find the exact artwork on the net or I would post the sample. So, he was obviously multi-talented and greatly admired. I'm confident all were humbled by his fortitude and for being the man that he was.
 
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Bought 66 tt new in the crate from dealer in Ga. in 66 or early 67 for rediculous cheap. Was exactly like this. Wonderful bike wish I could go back in time and get it back. Hooked up c15 lights ran street, scrambles, tt “tavern to tavern”, racing & even enduro once.

That would have been incredibly exciting. We can read thousands of words discussing the nature of Time. Most of it becomes someone talking in circles. I can condense the gobbledygook into one simple phrase : Time is the dimension of change.

What doesn't change, and hopefully never will, is our memory of the great times we've had.
 

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What would Harley Co. have been without Willie G.

1971 H-D FX Super Glide


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A few years later, Willie struck again with the infamous 1977 XLCR Cafe Racer. Any wonder what inspired the tank & seat ?

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Yee Haw! -- but I still find the early Superglide boat tail hard to forgive*. Thanks for the show & tell.

* And when HD gave it the heave-ho, they stuck a tubby Sprint tank on the SG. ('73, was that?) Oh well, I've never had a bike I loved that didn't require a considerable amount of forgiving. I guess that's "character."
 

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Well, if I hadn't been 15 YO, I might have been able to persuade Willie to let's build something like an FX-Sprinter.

Use the H-model hump tank, Giuliari seat, bobbed fenders, special Ceriani fork w/ larger tubes, Ceriani 4-shoe front binder, and see how we can trim it with shorter bars and make the Big Twin able to lean & turn. I'd kill a frame or two getting there, but that's prototyping for you.

Could be I saw something earlier than he did ?


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Well, yeah. Could be and is be. I'd use the CH tank, though. It is "iconic" (as an ad copywriter would say) and crudely beautiful. And at least a small part of the HD fun is the frequent gas stops/bystander admiration opportunities.

Sprint seats are hard. But then the early Super Glide seat seemed to provoke a lot of ouching and hobbling too.
 

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I hear you about the fuel tank.

I have another ' 71 FX project. Its body work is gloss black with the standard white stripe details on the tail.

Its seat " cushion " will not be the hard plastic. I'll keep the identical look, but leather-covered is the way to go. The Guiliari from the early CH & Sprint models is no where near as hard as the AMF plastic.

I've been down the road with Big Twins running a CH fuel tank. You're right, a guy doesn't go far before the next pump is needed.

Back to my proposed 74 " FX-Sprinter, envision the cycle below with the 74 " Shovelhead motor.

I'd still run the classic Sprint hump tank. Those were used on the early long-stroke CR-TT racers. Admittedly, it could require mods to aid fitment on a different frame..

The clutch hanging out too far as they do could be remedied with a single diaphragm disc. Easier said than done but not for a manufacturing outfit with basic savvy. I'd probably raise the trans an inch and incorporate the earlier style horseshoe oil tank. That would allow the cycle's wheelbase to retain the Sportster's short frame looks. The seating would require a touch of pilot crouch but that's the deal. It's not a traditional cruiser by any stretch. ( pun intended ) Don't worry, we're not putting the rider into an uncomfortable position. The motorcycle is not chopped & compressed too short. My FXR Super Glide on Page 2 has the basic idea with its improved power, braking, and handling, but retains the stock wheelbase. It's a great ride and is piloted in comfort. It will run as fast as a guy needs to go without issues. Besides the looks, the 18 " rear wheel makes a big difference in how it feels.

Here you go. It shouldn't be too difficult to imagine the motor changes. The Hi-Fi Blue & Ivory paint scheme has always been a great color combo. To date, I have a 30-year association with this 1966 XLCH :


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& the Oddball for the Week, my '77 Hiro (re-badged Aprilia 250).
 

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