have a winner!
mystery engine is from a 1912 Marvel motorcycle, and was
designed by Glenn Curtiss, who also built motorcycles
under his own name. It features an overhead valve configuration
activated by a single pushrod. The pushrod drives a single
rocker that alternatively opens both the intake valve
and the exhaust valve. Valve overlap theory obviously
was still a thing of the future.
much is known about the ownership of the Marvel company.
Both Marvel and Curtiss motorcycles were built in separate
factories in Hammondsport,
New York where Curtiss was involved in the formation of
the Marvel brand. In his “Standard Catalog of American
Motorcycles: 1898 – 1981,” Jerry Hatfield opines that
Curtiss had begun to realize that his long-term future
lay in the aircraft industry, and that it may have been
his strategy to tie the Curtiss name to aviation and phase
it out of motorcycle manufacturing. Hatfield's book (Krause
publications, 2006, ISBN 0-87349-949-2) contains an excellent
drawing of the Marvel's novel valve train. Pictured here
is a recreation of a 1912 Marvel, owned by Dick Winger.
The engine is authentic and exceedingly rare. The rest
of the motorcycle was expertly reconstructed by Paul Brody
based on period drawings and advertisements, using the
engine pictured in our quiz.
It has been on display at The Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition
in both Orlando and Memphis, where this picture was taken.
quiz winner is Dale Walksler, who responded with the correct
answer within about two hours of our posting the quiz.
It should be no surprise that Dale would get this one
right since he is the owner and curator of the Wheels
Through Time Museum, the home of one of the nation's best
all-American motorcycle collections. For more information
about the Wheels Through Time Museum, click here.
Congratulations, Dale, and thanks for all who participated
in our Motohistory Quiz.
speeds on to Vermont
June 10, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum officially
closed “Mastery of Speed,” an exhibit about the history
of high-performance BMWs that has been on display since
mid-July 2005. The exhibit, curated by collector and pre-war
BMW expert Peter Nettesheim (pictured below), featured
rare BMWs from his collection supported by artifacts on
loan from BMW AG in Germany.
BMW enthusiasts and history buffs who missed the exhibit,
however, will have a second chance in July. The Mastery
of Speed, sponsored by BMW Mobile Tradition, will now
move to Essex Junction, Vermont where it will become
the core of a much larger display at the BMW Motorcycle
of American International Rally under the title “ BMW Mobile Tradition Center.”
The Rally will take place July 20 through 23.
explains, “We're shipping the motorcycles and graphic
components of the Mastery of Speed Exhibit to the BMW
MOA Rally where they will be integrated with many more
motorcycles and artifacts to compose and complement a
very significant indoor display in more than 12,000 square
feet of space.” Nettesheim reports that the new BMW Mobile Tradition Center will include 27
motorcycles from his own collection as well as fixtures
and artifacts from BMW AG and BMW of North America. The
Center will provide ample space for private collectors
to display their prize BMWs around the perimeter of the
exhibit hall. He adds, “Also, to remind people that motorcycles
are the masters of speed, we will have a historical diorama
where visitors can sit in a vintage BMW car and have their
picture taken while being given a speeding ticket by a
mid-1960s BMW-mounted motor patrolman. We expect this
to become one of the most popular features of the rally.”
the BMW Mobile Tradition Center, the exhibit will be sponsored
by the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America and BMW Mobile
Tradition. For more information about the BMW Mastery
of Speed Exhibit at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum,
For more about Peter Nettesheim and his remarkable collection,
go to Motohistory News & Views 12/12/2005. For more
information about the BMW MOA International Rally, click here.
For more infomation about vintage BMWs, click here and here.
kids, it's time for another Motohistory Quiz. I haven't
stumped you in a long time, and this one probably won't
either. The first person to give me the correct name of
the motorcycle that this engine belonged to will win a
valuable prize: your choice of a Motohistory cap or a
video of one of the curator's tours from the Motorcycle
Hall of Fame Museum. Here's a hint:The high flyer who
designed this engine also invented the twist grip. You
could link this engine with two different brand names,
but I want you to tell me both. Send your answers to Ed@motohistory.net.
Vintage Japanese and European Motorcycle Club is planning
a big exhibit at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in July and
is appealing to its members to bring out their collectible
machines for display. For more information, write
this is a podcast
done radio and I've done television, but on the evening
of June 14th I had an opportunity to
talk about old bikes through new technology. Motorcycle
Hall of Fame Museum Executive
Director Mark Mederski and I were guests on a one-hour
podcast taped for worldwide internet distribution. The
event took place at Columbus, Ohio's Quaker Stake &
Lube, where Wednesday evening Bike Nights draw upwards
of 3,000 riders. Sponsored by A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson
& Buell, produced by COW TV, and promoted by ColumbusBiker.com,
the service, known as Cyclecast, will create additional
shows throughout the summer that can be downloaded through
your computer or I-pod. Our inaugural show, hosted by
Darris Blackford, was mainly about the history of motorcycling
in America, its current
popularity, and how a growing number of museums and motorcycles-as-art
gallery shows are contributing to its respectability.
To access this and future shows, click here.
To learn more about A.D. Farrow, click here.
To access ColumbusBiker.com, click here.
gather at Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
American motorcyclists, B to V used to mean Barstow to
Vegas. At the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum on June 9
and 10 it meant Bimota to Vespa as British and European
motorcycle enthusiasts gathered for the Museum's second
in a series of three special interest weekends. The prior
weekend had been Japanese Motorcycle Saturday, and on
August 19 the feet-forward crowd will gather for Custom
and Cruiser Culture Saturday.
rainy weather, approximately 300 owners of Brit and European
bikes turned out for tire kicking, camaraderie, an unjudged
bike show, and seminars. For more about British and European
Weekend at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, click here.
Motocross des Nations
American Motorcyclist Association has just announced that
the 62nd Annual Motocross of Nations will be held at Budds
Creek Motocross Raceway in Maryland, September 21 through
23, 2007. This marks only the
second time the U.S.
will host the Motocross of Nations, and the event's fourth
appearance outside of Europe. Begun in 1947, the Motocross
des Nations has seen several format changes over the years,
and today is based on three-rider teams racing three motos.
The United States has won the event sixteen times and
is the current defending champion. In my opinion, one
of the most exciting upsets in the history of the international
motorcycle sport was when a young American “B Team” gave
the United States its first win in 1981, launching a string
of 13 consecutive victories. In November 2004 I wrote
a story about that great moment for the AMA Pro Racing
Motocross website. To read it, click here
photos of the Corsa MotoClassica held
recently at Willow Springs Raceway, click here. Vintage Views editor Mat Benson is the guy behind
conjunction with Hodaka Days 2006, Strictly
Hodaka is raffling off a restored 175SL to benefit the
Ohio Make-a-Wish Foundation. At $5.00 per chance, you
can order your tickets on-line. Just click here to learn more about Hodaka Days 2006.
out the beautiful vintage BMWs that
appeared at the 23rd Alex Silvero Memorial Picnic June
11 at Vasona Park, Los Gatos, California. To see these
photos by Marco Hyman, click here.
fast footage from Duke
road racing enthusiasts, Duke Video has added two new
DVDs to its catalog. “Saarinen: Against the Odds,”
is a historical film created for Yamaha after Jarno Saarinen's
tragic and untimely death at Monza in 1973. It follows his brief but brilliant career with
footage from his victories at Daytona, Imola, and the
French and Austrian GPs, punctuated by interviews with
his wife and fellow riders, including Phil Read and Charles
Mortimer. There is no footage of the crash at Monza that killed Saarinen and Renzo Pasolini. Rather, the story
is told with still shots of the newspaper photos and headlines
at the time. This video captures nicely the flavor of
diversity that existed during the brief heyday of Formula
750 when many brands and nationalities on both two and
four-strokes ranging from 350cc to 750cc gathered under
one exciting umbrella of road racing competition.
A Film Documentary” is not a historical video.
Rather, it consists of modern footage brilliantly directed
by Andrew Strickland to convey the flavor of the Isle
of Man TT today, as it approaches its 100th year. The
history of this legendary event is covered with brief
black and white footage from the past, plus cameo comments
by Geoff Duke, but otherwise this DVD has the flavor of
a promotional film sanctioned by the Isle of Man Tourist
Board, intended to make you want to attend the races today.
In my opinion, it succeeds in that purpose with convincing
images and interviews that convey the excitement and madness
of the fortnight of the TT. As Geoff Duke points out,
even after the loss of its world championship status,
the TT has continued as arguably the most popular motorcycle
race in the world, for riders and spectators alike.
If you can't make it to the TT in person, this video is
the next best thing. Both DVDs -- about Jarno Saarinen
and the Isle of Man TT -- are available from Duke Video.
For more information, click here.
of us think of BMW motorcycles as the world's best pavement
burners, and when we associate them with off-road riding
we think of the GS, introduced in 1980. However, BMW's
off-road tradition dates back to 1923 when its
first motorcycle underwent off-road testing, then just
three years later the marque earned its first gold medal
at the International Six Days Trial. Issue 26 of VMX,
the high-quality vintage motocross and dirt bike quarterly
published in Australia,
presents the first of a two-part series about BMW's long-time
involvement in Gelaendesport. This well-researched story
is illustrated with wonderful historical photos from the
archives of BMW AG. One is of Hitler and Hess drooling
with Fatherland pride over the 1935 ISDT Trophy. For more
information about VMX, click here.
of BMW off-road provided by BMW AG, courtesy of VMX.
Telemotojournalist Dave Despain, host of SpeedTV's popular
“Wind Tunnel,” writes in the June 7 issue of National
Speed Sport News about how the economic model for
motorsports has changed since the advent of television,
which has turned racing into an advertising medium for
commercial sponsors, and in turn made racing dependent
upon the whims and largesse of outside corporations. In
describing how racing used to be, Despain invokes the
name of Bill Boyce, a long-time racing
director for the American Motorcyclist Association who
characterized professional motorsport as a three-legged
stool where the legs were the interests of the promoters,
the competitors, and the fans. Under this business model,
it was the role of the sanctioning body, through rules
and enforcement, to keep the stool sound and relatively
level. If one leg failed or was neglected, the whole thing
fell down. Satisfied fans actually paid the freight, providing
enough to keep both promoters and competitors in the game.
No one got very rich, but survival was possible without
becoming dependent on the generosity (or tyranny) of outside
Despain's column reminded me of the wisdom and straightforward
approach of Bill Boyce. Though short on formal education,
he had deep experience that earned the respect of those
he dealt with, both competitors and promoters. He was
an honest man who assumed the same about others until
they proved him wrong. He lacked pretense, yet achieved
enormous status in the international motorcycle sport
through many years of dedicated service on committees
of the FIM. I worked with Bill for more than 25 years,
and learned so much from him. When he died shortly after
his retirement, Dean Adams, editor of Superbikeplanet.com, asked my to write a tribute. If you want to read
why I respected Bill Boyce so much – and I think I am
not out of line in saying that Despain had equally high
regard for him – click here.
have a winner!
Price of Dunstable, Massachusetts was the first reader
to correctly identify our quiz photo as a Calthorpe.
Panther and BSA were the most common incorrect answers.
sloping, twin-exhaust cylinder shown in Motohistory Quiz
#22 belongs to a 1935 500cc Calthorpe Ivory Major, a British
brand that probably never got the credit for quality and
value that it deserved. Calthorpe was founded (some authorities
say 1909, some say 1911) by George Hands, and offered
motorcycles built around JAP, Villiers, and Blackburne
engines until 1925. At that time, Calthorpe began to manufacture
its own engines in 350cc and 500cc capacities. Its Ivory
model, so named for the color of its tank and fenders,
appeared in 1929, featuring an overhead valve, twin port
engine noted for its remarkable torque, claimed to be
capable of lugging along at 15 mph in top gear. It was
a well-developed and finished machine at a very low price.
However, the company did not chase notoriety at Brooklands
and the TT like other British brands, and its motorcycles
never earned the following they deserved. Calthorpe went
into receivership in 1938 and was acquired by Bruce Douglas,
a member of the Douglas motorcycle family.
He produced a few more under the label with Matchless
engines, but ceased production with the outbreak of the
Second World War. Following the war, remaining assets
were sold to the DMW factory.
photograph in our quiz was provided by Virgil Elings,
curator of the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum. For
a picture of the Calthorpe Ivory Major, click here.
To learn more about the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum,
Congratulations again to Dave Price for winning our Motohistory
Quiz, and thanks to everyone who participated.
Motorcycle Saturday, held June 3, was graced by brilliant
weather following a week of torrential rains in Ohio that organizers
feared might extend into the weekend. It is a new fixture
in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum's calendar of special
events that will include British and European Bike Weekend
June 9 and 10, and Custom and Cruiser Culture Saturday
August 19. Sponsored by the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle
Club, Japanese Motorcycle Saturday featured an unjudged
bike show, seminars about acquiring, preserving, and restoring
vintage Japanese motorcycles, vendors, and admission to
the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum at no additional charge.
the event, Museum Executive Director Mark Mederski said,
“We're certainly going to do this event again. The participation
was great, including visitors from several neighboring
states. The pre-1980 Japanese makes on display were beautiful,
and some near-100 point restorations and excellent originals
represented a nice range of brands.” Mederski added, “Participation
in the seminars tells me we picked good, popular topics,
so a lot worked well for a first time event.”
President Pete Boody echoed Mederski's remarks, stating,“I
feel this is truly the beginning of a grand relationship
with the Museum. Our organization's goal is to present
an awareness of vintage Japanese motorcycles, and judging
by the interest and attendance at
the seminars, we were able to show some folks real value
in owning and restoring one of these great machines.”
Boody added, “I look forward to next year's gathering
at the Museum with great anticipation of another successful
attraction of the day was a rare Honda RC161, pictured
above with Mederski and Boody. About the bike, Mederski
said, “The Honda RC161 shone brightly and many marveled
at its appearance here, and its wonderful design. This
bike will be a significant attraction for visitors to
the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in the coming months.”
For more information about the RC161, see Motohistory
5/24/2006, or click here.
The motorcycle, on loan from the Henry Ford Museum, will
be on display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame for the coming
year. For more about Japanese Motorcycle Saturday, click here.
For information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, click here.
For information about the VJMC, click here.
the first to correctly identify the brand and the nation
of origin of this motorcycle, and you will win a Motohistory
cap. Here's a hint: It's a single sloper.
your answer to Ed@motohistory.net .
SuperMann coming to Plan
and artifacts have begun to accumulate in the storeroom
of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in preparation for
the assembly of SuperMann, an exhibit that will
celebrate the career and accomplishments of Dick Mann,
scheduled to open on July 27. The exhibit, organized in
three segments, will include motorcycles that Mann rode
as well as non-pedigreed machines chosen as accurate replicas
of significant motorcycles in his career. The three groupings
will depict Mann's racing career, the period he contributed
to product development at Yankee
Motors, and examples the motorcycles he has built for
vintage competition over the last two decades.
actually ridden by Dick Mann during his racing career
will include the G50 Matchless, his BSA triple, and the
Triumph dirt tracker he rode during his final professional
season in 1973. Accurate replicas of his competition machines
will include a BSA Gold Star dirt tracker, an OSSA Stiletto
scrambler, and an OSSA Desert Phantom similar to the bike
on which he earned a bronze medal at the International
Six Days Trial in 1975. His racing career will be described
also through photographs, a video presentation, a historical
time line, and artifacts, including three sets of his
leathers, his steel shoe, and a rare prototype Bell Helmet
he wore in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, pictured above.
segment of the exhibit about Mann's work with Yankee Motors
will include a Yankee, a rare Wildfire SS street scrambler,
and an OSSA DMR short tracker (pictured here), all of
which he helped develop. Mann designed the chassis for the 500cc twin-cylinder Yankee, he executed
the styling treatment for the Wildfire SS street scrambler,
and he built the original OSSA short tracker for his
own racing career, which Yankee later began to build at
in Schenectady, New York. All three motorcycles were built
in limited quantities and have become prized collectibles.
contribution to the vintage motorcycle movement in America
will be illustrated with three of his exquisite creations,
including a Gold Star scrambler (pictured above), a BSA
441 vintage enduro bike, and a BSA B40-powered observed
trials machine. Mann has hand-built approximately 200
such machines over the last twenty years. They are highly
and rarely change hands in the field. Consequently, Mann
still has a waiting list of more than a year for such
motorcycles. As for his personal creations, the exhibit
will include a rare 1936 BSA Y13 that Mann constructed
for himself. Only 1,600 of these overhead valve 750cc
V-twins were built between 1936 and 1938. There
will also be an original OSSA Desert Phantom ISDT bike
(pictured here with its owner Karl Heise) that was ridden
by Don Cutler at the Isle of Man in 1975. It is
a twin to the machine on which Mann earned a bronze medal
at that event.
Mann will be present for the exhibit's official ribbon-cutting
ceremony on July 27. A special leather-bound, numbered,
limited edition of “Mann of His Time” has been produced
by the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to defray the costs
of the exhibit. Only 40 copies exist and are selling to
fans and collectors for $1,000 each. Each copy will be
signed by Mann and the author. More than half of the books
have already been sold. For more information, contact
Museum Executive Director Mark Mederski at MMederski@motorcyclemuseum.org . For more information about the SuperMann exhibit, click here.
Mann as America's G.O.A.T:
is not a derogatory term. It means, “Greatest Of All Time,”
a speculative and illusive concept that has led to countless
debates by followers of every kind of sporting activity.
Just this week, the stick-and-ball commentators have been
driven into a frenzy of opinion by the fact that Barry
Bonds has finally hit more homeruns than Babe Ruth. Now,
we don't know what kind of metabolic boost the Babe might
have gotten from all those hot dogs he ate, but Bonds'
achievement has been challenged for the fact that it was
possibly chemically assisted. The point being: the title
of GOAT can only be conferred through speculation since,
over time, circumstances change. Replicable laboratory
conditions just don't exist in the world of sport, so the data between
any two performers is never comparable. Bonds and Ruth
might each be revered in his own right, but comparing
their achievements – or the achievements of any other
two athletes from different eras -- will always amount
to comparing apples to oranges. Still, fans will never
stop arguing about who is the GOAT, and to support their
beliefs they will site broken records, statistical evidence,
and the length of one's career. Yet, there is another
metric by which to identify the GOAT, and this is versatility. This is the basis on which I would argue
that in American
motorcycling, the title of GOAT goes to Dick Mann.
Mann began his racing career in 1952 and earned his AMA
Expert license in 1955, finishing the
season 29th in the nation. The following year he was given
his first National Number – 64 – and improved his standing
to 15th in the nation. In 1957 he broke into the top ten,
a status he would maintain sixteen of the next seventeen
years, slipping to 12th in 1966 when he withdrew from
competition for much of
the season. He won his first National Championship at
the Peoria TT in August, 1959. When Dick Klamfoth retired in 1964, Mann was assigned National Number
2, which he carried for the remainder of his career except
when he was AMA Grand National Champion, and during 1971
when the AMA moved for one year only to a new numbering
system that proved exceedingly unpopular. Over his Grand
National career, he won 24 championships, including eight
TTs, 12 road races, two half miles, one short track, and
one mile. This alone speaks to his versatility since he
was the first person ever to win Nationals in all of the
five types of competition included in the AMA Grand National
Championship schedule. And though he was well beyond his
prime when motocross gained popularity in America during
the 1960s, he proved himself capable of championship performance
in that form of competition as well.
District 36 organized a district championship motocross
in 1960, Mann won all three heats. While most of his racing
peers did not have the slightest interest in motocross,
Mann began to carry a motocross bike around the country
with his Grand National equipment, looking for any opportunity
to compete. When the AMA sanctioned its first professional
motocross in 1970, Mann was there, winning – at the age
of 36 -- the 250cc class over Husqvarna development engineer
and international star Gunnar Lindstrom.
Grand National career spanned eras. When he won the Daytona
200 in 1970, he did it aboard the first Japanese motorcycle
to win the event. The following year he won again, this
time aboard the last British machine ever to win the Daytona
200. In this respect, he closed one great era and
opened another. His two Grand National Championships
came eight years apart, in 1963 and 1971. Ironically,
his championship victories came to an end right where
they started, at the Peoria TT, which Mann won as his
last National in 1972. In the latter years of his professional
racing career, Mann found time to start riding International
Six Days Trial qualifying events, aiming toward another
of his great ambitions: to ride the ISDT. After qualifying
for the American team in 1973 and 1974, in 1975 he rode a factory-backed OSSA at the Isle
of Man and finished the event to earn a bronze medal.
one would argue that there have not been better dirt trackers
(Scott Parker or Chris Carr) or road racers (Kenny Roberts
or Miguel DuHamel), but for longevity and versatility,
none of these can rival Mann's achievement. In the annals
of American motorcycle competition, one has to look back
to the 1930s to identify someone who is arguably Mann's
rival for the greatest of all time. This would be Joe
Petrali, whose record for 49 AMA National Championships
was not exceeded until Scott Parker won his 50th
55 years later. In Petrali's day, there were essentially
only two forms of competition – track racing and hill
climbing – and in 1932, '33, '35, and '36, he won both
national titles. He also set land speed records, and,
like Mann, could win aboard any brand of machine that
a sponsor chose to stick under him.
Mann's greatness goes beyond his racing career. He stood
up for safety and the rights of riders to earn a decent
wage, proving instrumental not just in changing rules,
but in revolutionizing the way that the AMA wrote rules
and governed competition. He was suspended twice by the AMA for standing
by his conscience in violation of the rules. He helped
launch the modern American vintage motorcycle movement
and served on the board of the American Historic Racing
Motorcycle Association for more than 15 years. Over his
career, he was one of the best innovators and chassis
builders in the field, and today he continues by building
the most exquisitely beautiful vintage racing motorcycles
in the world. Given this lifetime of achievement both
on and off the race track, it seems to me difficult to
identify another American rider whose record will challenge
Dick Mann as the GOAT, the greatest of all time.
credits, top to bottom:
Mann head shot by Rick Kocks
on Matchless G50 by Jerry West
dirt tracking by Rick Kocks
at Daytona, Honda photo courtesy of AMA archives
TT racing, BSA photo courtesy of AMA archives
as Grand National Champion, BSA photo courtesy of AMA
short tracking courtesy of John Taylor
motocrossing courtesy of John Taylor
head shot by John Gola
at the Hoot
The Cycle World Vintage Concours will take place
Saturday, June 24 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Honda
Hoot. Hoot organizer Charlie Keller reports that
Baja and Six Days legend Malcolm Smith will be the Grand
Marshal for the event. He states, "We had some
great bikes there last year and it is a fine ride for
all. This year Malcolm will ride a restored street-legal
1971 Husqvarna 360." "On Any Sunday,"
the movie that made Smith a household name, will be screened
on Thursday evening at the historical Tennessee Theatre,
and proceeds will go to Casa De Nino, Malcolm Smith's
adopted orphanage in the Baja. For more information
about the 2006 Honda Hoot, click here.
MJ will be commentator
at Monterey Classic Bike Auction
Jackson, known to his friends as “Old MJ,” has been invited
by Monterey Classic Bike Auction co-founder Gavin Trippe
to provide color commentary at this year's event, scheduled
to take place at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey,
California July 20 through 22. Jackson (pictured here),
a former racer and distributor of Norton and AJS motorcycles
in America, retired from selling new motorcycles in 1995
only to find himself in high demand as a judge, writer,
and appraiser in the world of old motorcycles. He has
consulted for Southeby's in Chicago, Cheffins in Great
Britain, the Guggenheim, and the Louis Vuitton Concours,
and recently served as head judge at the Legend of the
Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance. Trippe says, “Anyone who
has seen or heard about Old MJ's involvement in a show
or auction can tell you that he just transforms the atmosphere
of the event. Not only does he know his stuff, but he
brings an element of entertainment that creates a memorable
Jackson's presence may bring excitement to the event,
bidders do not in fact have to be present to participate,
since an online simulcast bidding program will enable
prospective buyers to bid in real time at their computer
screens from anywhere in the world. Last year, a third
of the successful buyers were bidding offsite via the
internet. A registration fee of $250 will be waived for
all bidders who register prior to June 23. To obtain a
registration form, click here.
Jackson photo provided by Monterey Classic Bike Auction
at Greenfield Village
Motorcycle Club of America President Peter Gagan, picturted
here with his replica Copeland steam motorcycle, will
provide commentary for the motorcycles entered in the
Father's Day Motor Muster at the Henry Ford Museum at
Greenfield Village on June 17 and 18. The annual event
caters to lovers of classic four-wheelers, but there will
also be more than three dozen motorcycles and bicycles
to pass in review. For more information, click here.
provided by Peter Gagan
Indian going to Pomona
News reports that Burt Munro's Indian streamliner
will be part of a new exhibit running June 10 through
August at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona,
California. In addition to the Munro liner, the exhibit
will include other vintage Indian racing motorcycles.
For more information about the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports
Museum, call 909-622-2133.
Video has just released “Honda: The TT Golden
Years,” a historical survey of Honda's achievements
at the Isle of Man from 1959 to the present. Some of the
best footage comes from Honda-produced documentary film
made when the brand launched its first serious Grand Prix
assault in 1961. Also of note is coverage of the 1967
Diamond Jubilee as well as Joey Dunlop's spectacular rides
on the Island. As a special feature, you can hear the
howls of fours and sixes, as well as the throaty little
GP Honda 50 in an audio-only segment called “Sounds of
Honda.” To order it from Duke Video, click here.
2005, KTM held its national dealer convention in Columbus,
Ohio, in close proximity to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
Museum. This created a special opportunity for KTM dealers
and Penton fans to step back in time at a special event
hosted by the Museum and the Penton Owners Group. On the
occasion of John Penton's 80th birthday, 80 Pentons and
early KTMs were brought out for display. “POG
at the 2005 KTM Dealer Meeting” captures the
moment, including interviews with John Penton and Malcolm
Smith. In addition, POG President Al Buehner talks about
the rare Kenny Roberts-framed Penton/KTM short tracker,
Dane Leimbach reviews the history behind the limited-production
125cc Hiro Penton, Paul Danik describes riding Pentons
at the ISDT, and Doug Wilford explains KTM's history in
the bicycle and moped business, before and after the arrival
of John Penton. To order this entertaining DVD from the
Penton Owners Group, click here.
have often reported stories about efforts to resurrect
defunct brands such as Indian, Norton, Vincent, and Excelsior-Henderson,
to name a few. Now Can Am is back, but
this time it will not be affixed to a motorcycle, but
rather on Bombardier's 2007 line of all-terrain vehicles.
Explaining its resurrection of the name, a company statement
said, “The Can Am name recaptures the spirit of unequalled
performance, superb handing, and advanced design that
are unique in the industry.” Rumors persist that motorcycles
will be next. For the whole story, click here.
we are on the subject of great off-road bikes of yesteryear,
click here to see photos of the beautifully-restored machines on
display at the recent Hemet, California Vintage
Motocross Show .
noted previously that Duane Ausherman has a cache of pre-1985
BMW literature for sale. Some is still available.
For a list, click here.
McLemee, writing in the “Intellectual Affairs” column
of the web journal “Inside Higher Education,” has penned
an interesting and generally laudatory review of the “ International Journal of Motorcycle Studies.”
Equally interesting are comments by readers who have blogged
in following McLemee's column. To read it, click here.
For access to the International Journal of Motorcycle
Studies, click here.
more than one way to be obsolete
Iannucci, the founder of the American Historic Motorcycle
Racing Association, whose Team Obsolete campaigned BSA
Rocket 3s and Matchless G50s from 1978 through 2002, has
now formed Fleet Obsolete, an enterprise that currently
owns PT728, PT615, PT459, a 1955 Army ST tugboat, and
a 1957 Chris Craft. When discussing the ownership and
maintenance of 60-year-old wooden-hulled, high-performance
boats, Iannucci has some cautionary advice for vintage
bikers: “You think it is expensive to keep a G50 on a
competitive edge? You have no idea!” For more about Fleet
Obsolete, click here.