If you ask Everett Brashear, crashing was more of a “when” than an “if.” He “finally got it” at a half-mile track in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1954. “I fell off in practice,” recalled Brashear, “and another guy ran right over the top of me. He hit me in the side of the head and severed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Blind Ambition: Everett Brashear, American Racing Legend Winner of 15 AMA nationals on Harley-Davidson and BSA flat-trackers.
Photographer : Everett Brashear Archives
The first Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Festival drew around 250 collector bikes to the nine-acre field adjoining the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, on August 25. Saturday’s concours was followed by a 110-mile ride to Mt. Rainier the next day. Summer Shakedown 2012 kickstarted a bike component to the museum, which opened June [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Michael Lichter
Every low-bar, stripped-down, lightweight sporty motorcycle from a pre-unit Triumph to the Zach Ness Victory [link NessCafe when live] owes something to a little café on the North Circular Route in the northwest London area known as Stonebridge. Yes, the Ace served as ground zero for a café-racer movement that not only survives but flourishes [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
There are two types of people who ride the Cannonball: Mechanics, and those who can afford to bring one along. Sometimes the afforders are decent wrenches too, but hire even better ones: whizzes with side-of-the-road magic in their fingers, rewinders of magnetos, truck-axle crankpin makers. All such repairs were made on the first Cannonball two [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
From the Archives: Daytona, 1973 Nearly 40 years ago, the dreaded Yamaha TZ700 and the racing slick were still in the future.
Photographer : Cycle World archives
Prior to 1969 in AMA competition, side-valve engines (like the Harley-Davidson KR) were allowed 750cc, and overhead-valve engines got just 500cc. When new rules for 1970 made it 750cc for everybody (to make a place in racing for the cool new Triumph Trident, BSA Rocket 3 and Honda CB750), few people realized what a can [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2011 Cycle World Rolling Concours The CW Rolling Concours returns. Who knew what great bikes lurked in the shadow of the Speedway?
Register for the 2012 Cycle World Rolling Concours brought to you by BikeBandit.com. Well, Editor Mark Hoyer and I were a fine pair at our own Rolling Concours at the Indy MotoGP this year, what with no vintage bikes to ride. Mark had planned to ship his 1958 Triumph out from California, but the magneto [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
An important point can be easily forgotten in high-flown discussions of technology: cost. Each time the state of the motorcycle art is advanced, this point is central—but invisible. Through most of the 1960s, Honda produced its reliable electric-start motorbikes using traditional (and expensive) rolling-element bearings. Meanwhile, in winning many world championships, its Grand Prix racebikes [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)