- 17/12/2016The Harley Davidson WR was a purpose built factory Racer - stripped down and lightened for the fast times around the track. Nearly everything decorative was stripped off the bike to maximize the power to weight ratio. The oil reservoir was removed and part of the chopped 'gas tank' was slaved for the black go juice that cools the motor. As it was a dirt tracker, even the front brakes are gone. (front brakes on dirt are rarely your friend - doubly so at speeds approaching 90 mph) And of course the batter was tossed our as well.
Powering the scoot down the straight aways is a 750cc side valve motor - grinding out the gears by a hand shift. Rolling meats at the ends were knobby 19 inchers instead of the 16 road going models.
The style is finished out with a springer front end, low bars and short cut exhaust.
This will probably be my next bike, though in street mod trim with the required lights and license - and keep that passenger leather pillion off my ride. The orange can stay. The ride from the 40's still looks great today.
- 10/08/2016Moto Lust - I cannot resist the Orange & Black
1994 XL883 Cafe in serious modified stance. An aggressive Stage 1 Intake and Exhaust giving a 10% boost. In my opinion, it still needs the Zippers 1250 cc upgrade ~ but at 6,999 there is enough left in the wallet for that mod. The long stretched tank is vintage 70's cafe GP racer, as is the shelled solo seat. New updates are the wider front forks, rear set controls, larger brakes and progressive shocks. The alloy wheels are older Buell units - great for light weight, but need a more aggressive tread to the tires. The rider cockpit is framed in low clip-on bars and faced with a large speedo / tach combo. Of course, without saying - the striking character to this ride is the twisted high side pipes reminiscent of the dirt flat trackers of the 70's era.
Great for the short commute, the weekend club hopping and definitely the classic road runs. It is available at my old shop Destination Harley Davidson in Tacoma Washington; if you pick it up - say hello to Ed Sr. for me.
- 14/04/2016Salida de Montjuic '72 en 50cc con el holandés Jan de Vries y Angel Nieto. Qué neumáticos! #SpanishGP #MotoGP