A lot has happened since 2011, when Falcon Motorcycles debuted its Vincent-based custom, the “Black,” at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. In my CW print story “Back to Black,” I pondered the tidal wave of time and effort required to build that exquisitely intricate Vincent special, and also whether Falcon’s business model was sustainable. The answer [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Falcon Motorcycles “White” Preview What’s next from Ian Barry? The Velocette project and further reinvention, no doubt.
Photographer : Travis Shinn, Mark Hoyer
If a well-developed mind can hold two conflicting points of view, then the Cannonball is, among other things, an opportunity for wisdom. It was an exercise in daily on-the-road mechanicking, surely not worth the investment of two months and thousands of dollars for the reward of a daily grind of pre-dawn rising, horrid coffee and [...]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)
So, what exactly constitutes “character” in a motorcycle? It’s an old debate and probably has as many answers as there are riders, but I’ll try to put in my two cents because Editor Hoyer has asked me to. He probably figured that, as a serial owner and restorer of British and Italian motorcycles—not to mention [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Well, it’s a lot to pack into a couple of discs, isn’t it? Which is why these two run over four hours, with the lion’s share of that packed onto Disc 1 and divided into eight chapters, from “The Pioneers, 1907-1914,” to “The 120-mph Years, 1990-2006.” Cameras were there from the start, and if you [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Years ago, the former head of Harley-Davidson racing, Dick O’Brien, described to me what happens when a Harley engine “wet-sumps.” If for any reason oil at the bottom of the crankcase is not picked up rapidly enough by the scavenge pump, it can be swept around by the whirling crank into the narrow gap between [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)