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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by jehu, Mar 25, 2008.
So many great memories are brought back by these pictures.
The one glaringly obvious failure for many modern tributes of the real desert sleds... is the seat.
Almost always the old bikes had thicker, soft seats than came from the factory to help with the lousy suspension.
Many of the modern bikes have ridiculously low seats that are not much better than NO seat at all.
That is the current requirement for every "custom" bike now it appears.
A piece of plywood with maybe an inch of foam under the cover.
Looks like an ironing board.
Stupid looking to me on everything other than a road racer, flat/street tracker, or drag bike.
With the current "lifestyle" custom bike/surf/skateboard scene I am surprised I haven't seen one of these customs just use a skateboard AS THE SEAT.
Wheels and all, with a subframe built to have the board fit right in place.
Who will be the first???
I haven't seen one to that extent but i have seen a few with only the skate deck, just plywood and sandpaper.
Here is a pic of the beginning of the Big Bear run.
Here is a pic of one of the guys who was in the above race then and now working on a Rickman he just got done building, still riding and building bikes at 87yrs young!
Good inspiration here for us younger cats.
Last Saturday I was out at my parents house for my step dad's 74th birthday. Back then he was known as Tiny Maxwell and here is a photo of him on his 1964 Norton 750 scrambler. He couldn't remember what race this was but said it must have been cold because he is wearing his barber suit which he hated because it was too hot for anything but the coldest weather.
Here is another from a couple years later on a different Norton, not sure what year or model other then I know it is before 1968 when he rode one of the first p11's.
From the Garage Brewed Moto Show , Cincinnati , last night.
I couldn't find anyone driving up , so , I jumped on the KLR at 4:30 in the afternoon , when the temps were in the mid 40s , when the show was over at 12:30 I rode home , it was in the low 30's. 100 miles each way.
Holy Crap! That's me in the 1970 Barstow to Vegas race! The bike is a 1969 Yamaha 125cc AT-1 mx, with ton's of modifications. That is a race I'll always remember as due to the very large number of riders, it was the very first time the started the Novice class on a separate line/wave. I got the start of my life and was 2nd bike to the smoke bomb and ran 2nd novice overall until the last 10 miles when a open class bike passed me. If you notice my number was 709x which showed that the "Lightweight" class was for all bikes from 101cc up to 250cc. So as a 125, we had to race against the 250s. Here is the trophy for 2nd overall 250 novice, 1st 125 novice: