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Cabana Dan’s Never Ending Projects

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Mostly Early Harleys before Transmissions

by Bandit with photos by Weed

This piece speaks to so many things. This brother is retired, but he’s not turning the motorcycle flame down. When we started this series, he faced three restorations of 1913-’14 Harleys and one Excelsior-Henderson. I could be wrong. There could be a 4th. Since then, he’s scored more early bikes, sold bikes, restored Museum bikes and is currently trying to buy another JD-model V-twin.

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Dick Dale: King of Surf Guitar

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by Sam Burns & Bandit with a little help from Wikipedia

Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist. He was a pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverb. Dale was known as “The King of the Surf Guitar”, which was also the title of his second studio album.

He obviously customized his music and his motorcycles.

Even with bad health, he cherished custom bikes, as we do.

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Sons of Speed 2023 gets massive attendance

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by Rogue – Misled – Christy

Sons of Speed 2023 has started Bike Week Off With Record Attendance

Sons of Speed has always been an enjoyable event for me to attend and cover. I really like that people have taken the time to keep these classic motorcycles running and even more to the point, actually racing them. This event is exploding.

I am not the only one who feels that way, the event was packed. Attendance was up and so were the new classes and number of riders racing.

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Live broadcast of Sons of Speed vintage motorcycle racing

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Northern Tool + Equipment Brings First Ever Live broadcast of Sons of Speed vintage motorcycle racing to Next Level Sports & Entertainment and live streaming on YouTube

Tools for the Trades™ brings local high school students to pits for hands on experience working in the trades

NEW SMYRNA, Fla., Feb. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time ever, Sons of Speed® will be broadcast on Next Level Sports & Entertainment available on multiple cable and streaming platforms around the globe and live-streamed on YouTube, bringing all the excitement of the classic motorcycle racing series to fans who can’t make it to the track.

With color commentary from NASCAR’s Kyle Petty, viewers will be fully immersed in the races from the comfort of their homes. The races are possible thanks to presenting sponsor Northern Tool + Equipment and live stream sponsors Twin Power, Mercer and Holland Transfer Co. Races begin at noon EST on Saturday, March 4.

During Daytona Bike Week, Sons of Speed centers around racers competing on vintage motorcycles racing on a steeply banked track hitting speeds up to 80 mph. The race takes inspiration from the early 20th century board track racing that showcases pre-1950 V-twin motorcycles. The Sons of Speed race was created to showcase vintage motorcycles and expose the next generation to the history and excitement of motorcycle racing.

Additionally, Northern Tool + Equipment will welcome three students from Deltona’s Pine Ridge High to New Smyrna Speedway on Friday, March 3. They will meet Sons of Speed participating racers and work on vintage motorcycles together as part of Northern Tool + Equipment’s Tools for the Trades™ program.

Tools for the Trades was created to help address the skilled trades labor gap by providing schools, students, and instructors with the proper equipment for teaching the trades to the next generation. The students selected are seniors currently enrolled in classes providing the skills needed to pursue a career in the trades. Northern Tool + Equipment will also donate tools and equipment to their school’s CTE program.

“As a company dedicated to supporting skilled solvers and serious DIY-ers, our partnership with Sons of Speed was natural,” said Suresh Krishna, president & CEO of Northern Tool + Equipment. “Welcoming the students from Pine Ridge High to the racetrack highlights the amazing variety of professional opportunities out there for skilled trades, including welders and fabricators.”

For more information, please contact Holly Steffl at northerntool@media-minefield.com.

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World’s Oldest Production Motorcycle Sells For $212,000

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This example may be the earliest one still in existence in 2023.
World’s Oldest Production Motorcycle Sells For $212,000 At Auction

by Janaki Jitchotvisut from https://www.rideapart.com

The early days of motorcycling were a wild time. From strapping engines to the frames of unsuspecting bicycles, to steam-powered velocipedes, people were eager to find new and improved ways to get around. New technological frontiers are typically a time of great experimentation, and this era in motorcycling was certainly no different.

In February, 2023, an extremely interesting piece of that early history went up for auction at Bonhams Paris The machine in question is an extremely rare 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, which bears the reputation of “the first powered two-wheeler to enter series production,” as well as the first vehicle to be called by the name “motorcycle” (or “motorrad,” in German). It ultimately sold for €195,500, or roughly $212,000 Yankee dollars including the premium.

Brothers Heinrich and Wilhelm Hildebrand set to work crafting their first powered two-wheeler designs during the crucial transition between steam-powered and gasoline-powered vehicles. As the story goes, they started with steam, but eventually turned to a two-stroke design in cooperation with two other individuals: Alois Wolfmüller and his mechanic Hans Geisenhof.

Development is often an iterative process, and what the team eventually came up with to make this production vehicle was a water-cooled, four-stroke, parallel twin engine with what must have been a breathtaking displacement at the time: 1,489cc. This reportedly made about 2.5 brake horsepower at 240 RPM, and resulted in a machine that could top out around 30 miles per hour. That might seem terribly slow in 2023, but was likely more impressive in a time when motor vehicles (let alone faster ones) weren’t so commonplace.

If this machine seems like an alien contraption to your modern eyes, that’s because it’s quite different from any motorcycle we know today. Here’s how the Bonhams listing describes some key features of this bike:

“Steam locomotive practice was further recalled by the long connecting rods directly linking the pistons to the rear wheel, which opened and closed the mechanical exhaust valves via pushrods actuated by a cam on the hub. The latter contained an epicyclic reduction gear and there was no crankshaft flywheel, the solid disc rear wheel serving that purpose. Rubber bands assisted the pistons on the return stroke. Fuel was fed from the tank to a surface carburetor and thence via atmospheric inlet valves to the cylinders where it was ignited by platinum hot tube, as developed by Daimler. The box-like rear mudguard acted as a reservoir for the engine’s cooling water, while one of the frame tubes served as the oil tank. The tires, manufactured under license from Dunlop by Veith in Germany, were the first of the pneumatic variety ever fitted to a motorcycle,” it reads.

Also, this bike didn’t have a clutch. Instead, the starting procedure involved pushing it until the engine fired up, then jumping into the saddle and riding it wherever you needed to go. (Perhaps it wasn’t only the world’s first production motorcycle, but also the world’s first production exercise bike?)

The design for this bike was patented in 1894, and the machines were produced both in Munich, by parent company Motofahrrad-Fabrik Hildebrand & Wolfmüller , and also under license in France as La Petrolette. People of the time were reportedly optimistic about the new bikes, but their optimism was soon tinged with regret and demands for their money back due to starting difficulties and unsatisfactory running performance. By 1897, after French licensee Duncan, Superbie et Cie lost a court case with a customer about these issues, both the German and French concerns went bust. It’s unclear how many of these machines were ever made, but it’s believed to be somewhere between 800 and 2,000 in total.

This specific example is believed to be the earliest numbered example still existing today, with frame number 619 and engine number 69. It was last sold in 1990, and documentation that accompanies this sale includes papers from that time, as well as period marque literature (mostly, if not all, in German). The tires and bands have been replaced (and one of the bands needs replacing yet again), but this bike is otherwise in mostly untouched condition—which makes it even more remarkable, given the fact that it’s almost 130 years old.

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Highly Anticipated 2023 Mecum Auction Report

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by Bandit with photos from Mecum and Micah McCloskey

Are We Doomed or Kickin’ Ass?

Some feel the Las Vegas Mecum Motorcycle Auction is the Devil Incarnate. The money-making desire to flood the market with almost 2000 Vintage motorcycles in an unpredictable inflationary period could destroy the motorcycle industry and return us to where we started—grubby bikers.

Others were excited to find bits and pieces to complete vintage projects. Some wanted to sniff the action for clues to future sales. The Bikernet investigative team, which we can’t name included builders, brokers, collectors, racers and celebrities.

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1951 Jacobsen Power Cycle Prototype Discovered

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by Bandit, Cabana Dan and the National Motorcycle Museum

A brother, Cabana Dan owns this bike. There were only ten built as prototypes to compete with the Whizzer kit motorbikes. Dan only knows of two and this is one of them. It’s been housed in the National Motorcycle Museum for years.

In the early years, the American motorcycle industry served riders with a broad range of machines including lightweight singles. But post-Depression most American motorcycles were at least 500cc’s and had a considerable weight and price tag. The price of a new Indian or Harley-Davidson could buy most of a new Ford or Chevy.

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Revised Edition: Estate Planning for Motorcycle Collectors

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by John Stein with edits from Bandit and John Martinisko

Or what might happen to your beloved bikes when you’re not around

Note: I’m not pretending that this is the definitive work on winding down your collection or living your life. But if it gets you to at least consider what steps should be taken, and how, the article will have done its job.

As motorcycle fanatics, we’ve all laid awake nights wondering how we could add to our collections. At some point in our lives, doing exactly the opposite probably makes more sense. The reason, of course, is advancing age while hanging onto a deeply misguided belief that our family shares our passions.

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Is Royal Enfield Releasing Major Updates To Its 650 Range For 2024?

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by Enrico Punsalang from https://www.rideapart.com

Most interesting of all would have to be a sportier Continental GT 650.

Ever since their debut back in 2018, the Continental 650 and Interceptor 650 pretty much propelled Royal Enfield to the global spotlight. Prior to the launch of these bikes, the brand had a decent footprint in Europe and Asia, with its retro-style machines being a favorite among classic aficionados. While the 650 Twins are well and truly classic in nature, they brought fairly modern performance technology to the equation.

Naturally, a motorcycle with modern-day amenities such as ABS, electronic fuel-injection, and most of all, reliability, is something that anyone can appreciate. Throw in classic styling and an ultra affordable price tag, and what you have is a recipe for success. Indeed, in the past five years of the bikes’ existence, Royal Enfield has somehow managed to continue raking in sales by just updating colors and releasing special editions every now and then.

As such, it isn’t at all surprising that the rumor mills have once again been churning. Word around the block is that RE is gearing up to drop major updates on the 650 model range, particularly to the sporty Continental GT. These updates may indeed be foreshadowed by the components we see in the Super Meteor 650. At this point, it’s important to note that Royal Enfield has yet to release any information on the upcoming 650 range, so the best we can do is speculate. Nevertheless, multiple sources suggest that the bike will break cover in time for the 2024 model year.

So, what exactly can we expect? Well, our friends at VisorDown have an interesting prediction, and it’s that the upcoming Continental GT 650 will be equipped with alloy wheels, and possibly even the inverted front forks found on the Super Meteor. Should the new generation Cafe Racer be equipped with these components, chances are it’ll directly translate lower unsprung weight, which means better handling. Alloy wheels also mean tubeless tires, which also mean more options when it comes to replacing tires for performance purposes.

The Continental GT has long been involved in the world of motorsports, with Royal Enfield launching a one-make racing series focusing on the sporty classic. Indeed, if these updates come into fruition, they could make the new Continental GT 650 Royal Enfield’s most performance-focused model to date.

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Chopper Time Biketoberfest 2022

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by Rogue, Dale, Christy

“This event has a big turn out and has for as long as I can remember. I never miss it, and it appears many others feel the same way.

Wille from Tropical Tattoo, some sponsors and a lot of volunteers come together to present this great bike show twice a year.

While the motorcycles on display are all great, Roadside Marty the MC is always a hit with the mic.”

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