3.218 stroke X 3.004 bore @ 7000rpms


Stephen "Speedy" Krell was orphaned as a young boy.  He grew up on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin until about the age of 10 or 12, driving tractors, mowers and operating other farm equipment.  On the farm he learned mechanics, he did repairs.  For a small frame, dirty blonde haired 13 year old - he was well versed with the internal combustion engine - and could run anything he fixed.  Equipment considered "antique" at other farms, was still in daily hard use here.  But, sometime in the summer of '65, he was sent to live with his god-parents in Eastern Canada, of all places.  The weather was similiar, but the back roads were different.  These rural roads were covered in tiny pea gravel, sometimes packed and sometimes loose.  With his savings from an entire year, Stephen bought a clean BSA 650, with high pipe and some goodies in the motor. (a big bore bike for kid's 1st motorcycle) and started running these back roads to, and from work.  He rode all the time.  He never shut the thing off.  Stephen was one of those natural riders.  Whizzing by the neighbors, and screamin' through towns earned him the nickname "Speedy" . . . who was now known by all the local mounted police - as " Speedy Krell. "   The sport of motorcycle flat-track was not as popular in Canada as the USA, but Speedy was entered by a local shop in a race somewhere in up-state New York.  Krell smoked the competition on his "street BSA" and soon was racing local fairs, mid week specials, where-ever he could make a buck, in between farm hand jobs.  Around 1970, the new XR750 came out, and it wasn't the winner's circle design the factory Harley engineers and race department thought it would be . . . this new race bike was a disappointment.  When the new "aluminum XR" was debuted in 1972 . . . it was obviously a better design and started taking victories - as the old iron one was pushed in the shed.  This is where a local old-timer, with a rough and ready ironhead XR, pulled the tired race bike from that back shed, and gave it to Krell.  Speedy Krell, with his expertise in mechanics and his excellent riding ability, turned this motorcycle into a winner.  First, he bolted the Iron XR motor into a better handling, TT-Style XLCH chassis.  It gave him the legal 45"(750cc) displacement - and opportunities to race more classes.  He took home many trophies.  He ran scrambles.  Short Tracks and Half-Miles.  Speedy never shut this bike off either, jumping from one class to the next.  All the factory execs had their eyes on this little guy, with big letters S.K. on his worn leathers . . . racing this out-dated machine - he took checkered flag after checkered flag. A series of bad decisions saw Krell fall on hard times - the bike was passed from one to another . . . as many racers tried for glory, but never a victory.  The old XR was in a shed - yet again, neglected and forgotten . . . but it never lost a race with Speedy on the seat.

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