Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Factory 6 Party!

If your anywhere near Melbourne on the 18th...

A Simple Man

Monday, January 30, 2012


This photo makes my heart warm and fuzzy inside.  

Cycle Porn #219


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Invercargill via Fabricator Kevin

After I ran the pic with Burt Munro and a couple of the neighborhood kids (originally thought to be his daughters) and his Velocette I recived this great note from Fab Kevin containing pics he took on a trip to Invercargill.  The lovely lady in the pics is Margaret, one Burt's daughters.  Kevin also got to visit Burts grave and hold one of his legendary hand poured pistons!  Great stuff.  Thanks again Kevin!  I've also included the note Kevin sent along with the pics.  Enjoy.


Great pic of Burt. I've attached a couple of shots of his daughter, Margaret.  One is at Burt's grave in Invercargill, and one is next to the movie prop of the Munro Special.  She is a wonderful women, and told us that her childhood was very fun with Burt as a father.  He would give them motorcycle rides and pull them on sleds behind his motorcycles in the winter.  As he aged, he became so focused on the bikes that his family life disappeared completely.  His kids had no idea whatsoever what their Dad has accomplished until after he was gone. Sad, but his son and two daughters that we met were very witty and loved to talk about their Dad.

I also included a snap of one of Burt's piston's, as well as a shelf (One of many I was able to inspect) of cast off parts that Burt had made. I left that pic large so you could zoom in. (Kevin, I did not receive this pic btw).

I have many more, including some racing shots of some vintage brit bikes (Rudge's and Vincents), as well as Andrew Stroud riding a wheelie on a Britten, I just about broke down in tears when he took it out on the track....

Take care!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sans Fairing?

Don't think so.  This pic has been described in the past as Joe's land speed knuck sans fairing and front body work.  Although there is no question that that is the tail section from the knuck, and that this pic is from that epic day in Daytona in 1937, the bike in the background is a 45.  Joe rode two bike's that day and received two world records - one on the big twin and the other on this 45inch bobber which ran no bodywork whatsoever.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Once a Year...

..it happens.  Thanks to everyone that showed up including Ry with whom I share the same date of manufacture. Didn't get to bed till 5am and smiled the entire time.  Thanks to Shahin for the pics!

The Right Profile

...and attitude.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dave Roll's

Another one from Greasy Dave's epic collection of period kodachrome.  This is Dave at the porno bank in Rochester Mi - late 70's.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Farm Fresh Flow

Greasy Dave gets his Ohio cornfield Free Former flow going circa '76.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Playin' it Straight

Somewhere along the way from 1955 to 2012 my winter build frame received it's share of bends, tweaks, random holes and modifications.  At some point the clutch side down tube got a good whacking causing a twist in the neck.  But that's all in the past now thanks to Fab Kevin and his big twin frame table.  I was originally going to attempt to straighten it all up with the generous help of my good friend and all-around stand-up guy Dwayne (thanks anyway my friend) who has graciously donated so much of his time and expertise to me in the past. But the more I studied the frame the more I knew it would be a beast of a job without the right big twin motor/trans jigs.  So I called up Kevin and went over and checked out his shop and dropped off the frame.  Yesterday I got the call from Kevin that it was done.  He had performed a couple miracle's with my frame saving me a ton of time and money.  I can't say enough good things about my experience with Kevin.  If you need any frame or fab work give him a call.  Or click the post title for the jump to his website.  Thanks Kevin!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Flying the Flag

Hippie Dave illustrates the proper stoke at all times.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Welcome Home

If your a factory XR/KR with good history, and you make it to heaven, this is what you'll find when you arrive - Gene and his well cared for stable of Milwaukee racing iron.  One of the coziest museum/shops I have ever had the pleasure of standing in. Welcome home - your in good company.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kick It!

Rosemary gets some late summer spur.