While you were out - A note from the secretary . . .
Scotty, Chris and
Kevin "Cupcake" (Parker and Springer's nickname for) Atherton
Kevin Atherton and his brother Brian were fast racers. Their father David ran BSA's for many years and they learned their skills on the tracks of Michigan. Kevin was a factory racer, but his injuries sidelined a great career. To finish first, you have to first finish. Something like that . . . ?
Steel Toe. Jason is the Brewmaster. The guy. The brains of da outfit. You dig? So, take it from me. Next time you hit the cities, you just gotta make the call to: Ph: 952-955-9965 and stop by to git yerself a growler full o' suds. Good stuff. Give you a whole new outlook on life. His new barley-wine is currently being aged in real Templeton whiskey barrels. It will be ready soon. Are you ready? Of coarse yer ready . .
Steel Toe Brewing
4848 W. 35th - St. Louis Park, MN
For the love of the sport - he loves to ride.
"Bake's" latest project is actually his street bike. An FLHX "sleeper." Now, you can ask anyone around here about "Bake" and his engines - and you'll basically hear the same answer. Hawbaker? You know whatever motorcycle he's riding ain't stock, and it's fast. If you can beat him today, which you probably can't. You won't win the next time you race. His only goal is to finish "First." At age (48? 49?), when most racers are content to stick with one form of racing or retire altogether - not Jeff. "As long as I got the tools and can still do it- and have some fun - I'm doing it." Something on that order.
Can I ask you some questions?
JH - "About what . . . ?"
Maybe do like a rider-interview type o' deal?
JH - "You pretty much know everything Richie." (he calls me Richie 'cause I got like 20 nicknames)
What motorcycles have you owned?
JH - FZR1000, V-Max, Sportster XLX, ZX-10, 450s, XLs, XRs, TTs, etc etc
(and all the above with stroker cranks, big bores, I'm totally serious)
Best places to race?
JH - "Stockton, Kansas - awesome, 4 races in 4 nights. I like any big, fast track - really."
Greatest racing achievement?
JH - "An AMRA National Record . . . maybe a couple Davenport wins?"
JH - "Which one . . . ?"
This part ends here - but, the racing hasn't. The motivation is still there - probably always will be. Jeff is fairly modest. I think we got most of it? He worked for my dad at Noot's Custom Cycles for years - and pretty much ran the backroom. We had a lot of fun doing crazy stuff on bikes - things you just can't get away with anymore. It makes you smarter. More seasoned. He's now mentioned with other veterans of the sport.
Bake's Latest Project:
Modified Twin Cam Cases with
4 5/8 Stroke X 4 1/4" bore (you figure the cubes)
Nikasil Cylinders (no sleeves please)
HD Hurricane Heads (with secret port job)
62mm Throttle Body (358cfm)
S&S Roller Rockers
Woods Directional Lifters
Really Cool Pistons !
He'll put it all together, then plan to follow him . . .
Not just anyone can build these motors -
but, from Hawbaker . . ? What did you expect !?!
(PS. Thanks for the thrust washer . . .)
I dedicated my morning ride to a woman named Laura Seaton. She's buried in the Floyd Cemetery. She passed away on March 28th 1887. Age: 64 years, 8 Months, 18 Days. I'm sure she was quite a lady. I realized the importance of getting out and doing some things. She had a different life. Possibly a better life than we do?