June Softly

Friday, April 8, 2011

Vintage Motorcycle Racing

Motorcycles per se are just metal; it is individuals who animate them,
and inhabit the stories within this site. We provide meaning to the metal,
and in telling the story of Motorcycling, we tell the story of our world.
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STUNNING XS650 dirt-track lookalike chopper

Dig this.... I love Yamaha's old 650 twin, I've owned three of them myself, so imagine my joy when I found this little beauty on the XS650 Chopper website. 
It looks like an old dirt track Douglas from the late 20s with a 650 lump 
stuffed into the frame.  Read More

NOTE:  The photo credit for the shot above goes to Knucklebuster Inc.
The following excerpt is taken from the Knucklebuster website ~built by Grail Mortillaro.

It’s about the guy in his garage / shed / driveway wrenching away on his bike trying to fulfill his vision of what his ride should be. It’s about the guy fabricating his own parts because he can’t get what he wants from a dealer or motorcycle shop. It’s all about the D.I.Y ethic. It’s about doing it yourself, even when it’s easier to buy something off the shelf. It’s about learning as you go and then sharing what you’ve learned with others. It’s about the pride in attaining your vision with your two hands and creativity. I dare say it’s infused with old school attitude – when motorcycles and bikers were a sign of rebellion and not on every TV station in the nation. When custom bikes didn’t cost 100K and didn’t have $20,000 paint jobs. When custom bikes and choppers were actually ridden – not built to be put on a trailer and taken to the next expo or promotional event. When bikes weren’t a status symbol for rich doctors, lawyers and the corporate elite.

About Me and This Site
There are a lot of guys out there that would like you to believe they’re running a bigger operation than they really are, that’s fine and all, but I’m not one of them. When it comes to motorcycles, and especially choppers, there are a lot of guys out there that are pretending to know more than they really do – once again, I’m not one of them – I’m learning as I go, one step at a time. I’m not a big shop with employees; I’m not a master bike builder, master fabricator or master mechanic. I’m just one guy who loves bikes, loves riding them, working on them, making parts for them, looking at them and learning about them. I work on my bikes in my driveway, shed, basement or where ever else I can find some free space – I don’t have a shop or even a proper garage. I built this site because I love bikes, because I think it would be useful to other guys, because I like sharing information. I built this site because I love the do-it-yourself work ethic and because I enjoy working on it. Maybe someday Knucklebuster Inc. will be a legitimate business and actually make some money, or maybe it will continue to be a “hobby” – there is a certain freedom in not having to worry about it making enough money to pay the bills. Either way, right now I’m just enjoying the ride.

Thanks for visiting my biker blog


unite tyre changing machine said...

If you are checking with regard to fit, consider gripping the helmet using both of your hands and move it on all directions. Your face should follow and there is going to be no moving in between your skin/head and the internal liner of your helmet.

plumbing said...

I personally not agree with this kind of racing because it is so dangerous with your helmet as your only protection.

double glazing said...

I had no idea what a motorcycle look like a long time ago until I saw this post. Thank you. Anyway, it looks like a bicycle with heavy metals. You could see the big difference from the motorcycle a long time ago and the present one.

Fancy Dress said...

I'm amazed by this vintage motorcycles but i don't think its capable of racing i think its functions are not that built for racing.

Fancy Dress said...

I don't agree with this. Vintage motorcycles are not that capable in this kinda act it doesn't have the modern motorcycle parts that usually the modern motors have so i think owners of vintage motorcycles just need to hide their motors.