Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 Vintage Motorcycle Days

It is my favorite time of year again, time for Vintage Motorcycle Days.
Hope to see Y'all there.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

There Just May Be A Cure For The WInter Time Blues

For most of us, I don't need to tell you, this winter has been brutal. Here in the Metro Detroit area we are seeing weather conditions not seen in twenty years. Record January snowfall and still counting. minus zero temperatures that  don't seem to want to relinquish their icy grip. Yeah I could keep complaining till the cows come home, it's not going to change a thing.

There is a reprieve from all this wintery purgatory. The Walkslers of the Wheels Through Time Museum have come up with a video series that will at least distract you from our wintertime woes.  There is enough content on there to keep you fixated till the crocuses start popping up.


For just $9.95 you get yourself a yearly subscription, that will satiate your deepest vintage biking desires. With some where around three hundred videos, you won't be getting bored anytime soon. I signed up and while I don't have my hair in the wind, I do get enjoy loads of footage of interesting rare American iron.
 
 
 
This series has been keeping my heart warm with images of rare bikes that these guys keep running  and loads of info you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. If you love bikes like I like bikes, I know you do. Do yourself a favor and sign up for this vintage bike feast for the soul, you'll be glad you did.

 

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

1977 Harley - Davidson XLCR - $10500

Currently on the Detroit metro Craigslist is a 1977 Harley XLCR. Well I guess you would be able to figure that out by reading the title of the post. I guess you would not be able to nail down the exact location by the title alone. Nor does the first sentence of this post give it away. Enough of this Jack Assery, the bike is located in Kingston, which is located not in the Detroit metro area, but in what us Michiganders refer to as the Thumb, pretty much the smack dab in the middle of it. If you're not from Michigan, the next time you look at a map of the state, the thumb is the region that looks like a thumb on a mitten. Now that geographical portion of our post is complete, lets talk about the bike shall we.
The bike pictured below is the actual bike for sale.


This bike resides in the top five of my personal favorite bikes of all time. Not because it's a fire breathing canyon caver as the CR in the designation suggest. Not because I would love to toss a leg over it and ride strait from Detroit to Los Angeles. Not that it will leave any bike of similar displacement for dead in stop light to stop light competition. It doesn't do any of those task particularly well. I love this bike, for the way it looks. Willie G. got the look of this bike so right, It makes every hair on my body stand strait up.

Harley produced just 3,123 copies of this beauty in just two model years, 1977 and 1978. The main reason this bike was a sales flop was, price and about anything in it's class would flat leave it for dead. If looks alone could sell a bike, they probably would not have been able to keep up with demand. Although it just doesn't posses good looks, it also has soul and is a hoot to ride. If you have to ask, what is soul, you need to run strait out and ride a Bonnie, a 750 commando, any Iron Head Sportster, I could go on and on.

"Following is the ad:

Nice Xlcr Café Racer Harley Davidson. Still has The Original Key .Never Been Down. Adult owned. 10,000 miles . Comes with extra set of Stock hard to find Goodyears eagle At's In plastic yet (Stock Original Tires). New chain and sprocket. Lockhart Oil cooler. Owned since 1994. all Books Included new or very lightly used . Service manual. Parts manual, warranty Book . These Bikes are Getting Rare . Look at NADA Prices and you'll see this is a steal .No Offers FIRM.

I have omitted the phone number so the owner doesn't receive calls long after the bike is being enjoyed by it's new owner. Follow this link if you would like to buy the bike.

Unfortunately, I will be making no offers on this bike myself. I would love to own it, but, I can put the ten five to better use elsewhere. Perhaps sometime in the future. That is one very nice bike for the money. And a very rare find.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Start Polishing Your Insurance Card.

If a wild custom chopper doesn't tug on your beard, or a one hundred ninety H.P. super bike just can't blow your skirt up high enough. Up for your consideration is this  post apocalyptic demon machine. Powering this one way ticket to the emergency room is a 1971 Can-Am ZL-1 427-inch aluminum block big block Chevy with a 10-71 blower.
 
 
If you simply cannot live without a bike such as this, you can contact the demented souls at Sidewinders, the self proclaimed builders of "The worlds most dangerous motorcycles". This is a claim I think most would be hard pressed to dispute.  If you have enough cash on hand and a secret desire to be The Humungus, you may want to wave your wallet around in front of these people. As long as that wallet has at least seventy five grand stressing it's structural integrity. 
 

 
You certainly would stand out leaning up against this monster sipping your recently purchased Caramel Brulée Latte from Starbucks.at your local bike night. Just firing this barbarian mechanical device up will have the women and children seeking safe harbor, not to mention a large portion of grown men.



So if you have an insatiable desire to rearrange the contents of your body cavity and have been a bad enough boy. You may want to get your writing utensils out and get a letter to Santa post haste. You just may be lucky enough to spend the holiday season in intensive care at your nearest trauma unit.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's Back

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And they are looking for racers.

Check it out from the Thunderdrome folks:


Behold, The Ultimate Challenge

You can't buy honor.

RACERFOLK, LISTEN UP: WE WANT YOU TO PARTICIPATE. WE WANT YOU TO GET UP, GET OUT AND GET ON SOMETHING DANGEROUS. SOMETIMES, THAT TAKES A SPECIAL SORT OF MOTIVATION. WE’RE UNLEASHING THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE. HERE’S THE SKINNY: YOU RACE BOTH DAYS (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY) AND NO MATTER HOW YOU FINISH YOU’LL RECEIVE ONE RAFFLE TICKET PER CLASS YOU RACED IN THAT CAN ONLY BE EARNED THIS WAY. THAT’S RIGHT, YOU CAN’T BUY A RAFFLE TICKET THIS YEAR. THAT MAGIC TICKET WILL GET YOU ACCESS TO A WHOLE HOST OF SUPER RAD PRIZES LISTED BELOW. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE TROPHIES, RIDICULOUS AWARDS AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU’LL GO HOME WITH. SOUND GOOD? GREAT. GET YOUR RACER TICKETS AND HIT THE GRID.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. returns as banquet sponsor for the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

From The A.M.A

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has reaffirmed its support for the AMA Legends Weekend -- and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013 -- by returning as banquet sponsor of the Induction Ceremony at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino, Friday, Oct. 18.

The gala event will officially welcome the Hall of Fame class of 2013: AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael; AMA and desert racing champion Danny Hamel; racer, promoter and motorcycle industry icon Norm McDonald; AMA roadracing champion Randy Renfrow; and motorcycling fundraisers and Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

"Kawasaki has a great history with motorcycling, and especially with one of our 2013 Hall of Fame inductees, Ricky Carmichael, who enjoyed factory support through the company's Team Green program as an amateur, as well as support as a professional on the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross circuits," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. "Kawasaki was part of many amateur and pro championships for Carmichael, and we're proud to have the company's support as they help us honor all of the members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013."

Said Kawasaki's marketing director, Chris Brull: "The annual induction ceremony is meant to recognize outstanding performers in our sport and industry, and Kawasaki sees the AMA's role in preserving this heritage of achievement as vital to its continued growth. Kawasaki has been part of that past for almost 50 years, and we're proud to continue our involvement with this event."

The class of 2013 will be officially inducted on Friday, Oct. 18, during the AMA Legends Weekend in a star-studded gala at Las Vegas' Green Valley Resort & Casino, with tickets available to the general public.

Also featured at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are two Hall of Fame Legends -- existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are highlighted. The 2013 Legends are: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time FIM World Motocross champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America and later founded the Thor brand.

Also part of the weekend's activities is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday, Oct. 19, where the class of 2013, the 2013 Hall of Fame Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling's heroes.

Additionally, fans in town that weekend also have a chance to enjoy the AMA Supercross Monster Energy Cup Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Tickets for the Legends Weekend are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. The price is $140 for Friday night's induction ceremony, and $20 for Saturday's reception, which includes a continental breakfast. Additionally, rooms at the Green Valley Ranch can be reserved now for a special rate at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=19471407 or by calling (866) 782-9487 and using the code GCIAMHF.

The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. The mission of the AMHF is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. For more information, please visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum's three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

Let's Face It

There are those of us whom were not meant to ride.

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