Friday, December 19, 2014
Whenever I saw her, I'd say "Hey Margaret !" and she'd tell me some stories, and it was a real treat to talk with her. Margaret (and her husband Mike) are one of Iowa's greatest motorcycling hall-of-famers - and real nice people too . . . (see previous post June 2012 on the Wilsons)
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
#70 Mark Williams
All three of these racers (Morrison, Hateley and Williams)
had success in their racing careers.
But, I'd like to note that Williams led the AMA GNC Points
for the first few months of the 1976 season -
against the likes of Springsteen, Scott and Aldana.
Williams crashed soon after in his career and was unfortunately paralyzed from the waist down for the remainder of his life. However, it didn't really slow him down much, since he drove boats, snowmobiles and was an excellent remote control airplane operator. He passed away in 2012, but Mark remains a legend in motorcycle flat track racing history.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Pat welded up my gear cover (the front was completely broke off) and I got hours in this thing, and it still ain't done - but, it fits now. Perfecto ! But, still jammin' . . .
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Bates - "the little shit one . . . "
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
It seems I've now bored and honed a lot of cylinders over my lifetime. All types of pistons (cast iron cylinders). Clearances from .001-.002 or .0015-.002 or .002-.003 or .0035 to .0045 and all types of other weird combinations. The bigger the piston, the more clearance, unless it's made of bla bla bla bla . . . there are so many different combinations of materials, sizes and finish. It's really a delicate balance. Get the bore straight and the correct surface finish (60 degree cross hatch) . . . It's the most important part of the motorcycle engine(of any engine) - it's this cylinder and piston combination that endures the heat, the speed, the force, the fuel, the oil, the wear . . . it makes the power. If overlooked and not done correctly - performance and reliability will suffer.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
A point: You can never recreate history. It never has the same power or glory. But, if you can get a small glimpse or feeling of being there that day . . . the rush. The sense of that Sportster hitting the rpms - the sound - the pull. It's quite worth it - I know. Makes life worth living - and you get a hint of what it was like to ride like Leo. At least in his younger years, before he rewrote the record book and made the rest of us just an enthusiast.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
How do you like my "patented" engine power washing system?
Well, my friend (let's call him Bud) has wanted me to go through his motor - it needed it.
- piston on backward
- sunk in valves
- pinion nut was off (holy shit!)
- stripped threads
- no primary chain tension spring (holy shit!)
- wrong gear cover gasket (holy shit!)
The incorrect gasket was blocking a vital oil passage - so the oil was just barely seeping through and it's amazing this thing didn't blow up. It also has Q Cams (ha ha) which are possibly the lowest performance cams ever produced for a Sporty. A broken cooling fin, peeling chrome . . . We'll make it a runner !