Vintage Motorcycle show

Lawless Harley Davidson in Renton, WA decided to host a motorcycle show.

This is of course an excellent way of scoring goodwill with your customers and also give motorcycle enthusiasts a chance to show off their cool bikes. Heck, they may even sell a bike or two.

Let’s start with Mike Budshat’s 1930’s something Excelsior with a 250 Bultaco engine. It was raced by Bard Hanson and won many feature mains.


Bultaco 250 engine

Trophy porn


More Bultaco action. This is Justin Reinmuth 1966 Bultaco Mercurio 175.


On the description of the bike it was asked for the “cool factor” Mike simply wrote: “The Tank” No shit!


1966? Ducati Mark 3


Ducati engine porn


Ducati tool box porn


1931 Terott HSSL 350cc. From the LeMay family collection


1931 Terott HSSL muffler porn.


1966? Ducati


Ducati headlight porn.


Anyone studying vintage motorcycle racing will sure coma across the Rickman name as in Rickman frames. Rickman Motorcycles was a motorcycle chassis manufacturer spearheaded by Derek and Don Rickman.


Frame porn. Rickman made motorcycles from 1960 to 1975. Not only were these frames strong and allowed for excellent handling on the track, they nickel finish was an added bonus.



Luckiest kid evar…


Great show. I am personally interested in a Dyna Wide Glide so I asked a salesman if I could sit on a few.  However, he did not stop eating in front of me so I decided to keep looking. There are a lot of late model Harleys out there.


“Mellanspel” is Swedish and directly translates to “Middle Play” as in something you would do in between. I am in the midst of a full on rotisserie restoration of a 1961 Volvo P1800. Doing a big restoration like this sometimes requires some “mellanspel” to keep your sanity.

I took a break from riding when I had back surgery but now when I am doing OK I decided to get back in to riding again. A world famous motorcycle philosopher once said: Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul”

I picked up a very nice original BMW R60/5 and it has been a great joy to be back on two wheels. Riding the R60 for a while I have come to appreciate the simplicity and the solid ride on these bikes. At the same time I got bitten by the cafe racer bug but cutting up this virgin R60 is not an option, besides, if I am going to race from cafe to cafe I need more powaa!!

So what to do?? A Mellanspel Project!


So here is the “Mellanspel” project. A 1977 R100 bought from the 83 year old original owner. Needless to say, he did not worry about cosmetics but he changed oil every year in the 75K it has traveled. Runs strong.


This must be the ugliest motorcycle rear that I have ever seen. Originally I figure I would ride it for a while just to get to know it but I can’t see myself riding around with all those “things” so I decided to at least strip the bike of anything not essential. You know, the old race trick: remove anything not needed to run.


If you look up “ugly fairing” in the dictionary there will be a picture of this.


Just removing all this junk it looks like a motorcycle again.


This will probably get me banned from the BMW club but less is more. This is just a quicky job, the whole bike needs to be properly torn down and build right but it’s kinda fun to hack away a little.


Pretty good pile of farkels.


I know, this is NOT a cafe racer yet but after shredding close to 100 lbs it sure looks better and should scoot along just fine. I also replaced the handlebars with a shorter version for an all business look. It rides great and now I can spend a month or so getting to know it before I tear it down.


Ergonomics Galore!

With a 25% off coupon this motorcycle lift came to $322 from that tool company. Hell, I could not get the materials to build one myself for that. What a back saver.

This should be a fun winter project. Zoom-Zoom!

1971 BMW R60/5 motorcycle

I always loved the look of vintage BMW motorcycles and their engines. I figured I would build a custom BMW bike at some point.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle side

Just to see what’s out there, I clicked on motorcycles on that local interweb classified page. One should never click in classifieds that may contain your dream ride but there it was…a 1971 R60/5 and yes, it followed me home. What can I say!

As an original unmolested bike it would be a shame to tear it apart to build a custom. I think this bike should remain pretty much stock and enjoyed as it is.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle logo

The R60/5 was produced between 1970-1973. The 599cc engine was rated at 46hp @ 6,600rpm and could move the 440 lbs. bike to a top speed of 102mph.

Prior to the R60/5 the BMW motorcycles was rather sluggish and boring.

BMW stole Hans-Günther von der Marwitz from Porsche and that was a good thing as his first job was to design a new bike…this one.

The new design called for an improved engine. The engine now uses a chain driver cam shaft and the connecting rods came from the 2.8-liter 6-cylinder car engine. The electrical system was upgraded with a 12-volt alternator and electric starter.

The new tubular frame was lightweight and 7.3-inch drum brakes were responsible for the stopping part. Another brilliant design solution by Hans-Günther (yeah, I feel like I am on a first name basis with this dude) was that the drive shaft also served as part of the swing arm.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle

The suitcases…ahem, the saddle bags are like new, not a scratch.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle saddle bags

The seat is perfect as well.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle original keys

It came with original keys for the saddle bags and the seat lock.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle bike cover

Bike cover…then again, why would you want to cover this beauty? I can just sit and look at it!


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle Mikunicarb

The previous owner just added these Mikuni carbs. The work well so I will just leave them. I did get the original Bing carbs with the bike.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle Tools

A full set of the original tools was found under the lockable seat.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle manuals

Repair manual and the original owner’s manual complete with previous owner’s handwritten notes.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle headlight chrome

I am a firm believer in “less is more” so I think this chrome bar need to go. I like chrome and cool accessories as much as the next guy but these vintage BMW bikes bring out the practical utilitarian in me.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle lights

More “take off” stuff. These LED auxiliary lights are brighter than the stock head light but they don’t look right on this bike. So off they go. Maybe they get recycled as back up lights on my truck or something.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle take offs

BMW R60 diet:

None of this is needed to ride this bike and it looks better and cleaner as well.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle headlight yellow bulb

Do like the French…use a condom…safety first you know! This cover makes the white H4 bulb emit…you guessed it…Yellow light!  Looks great on a black bike.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle headlight yellow

Without the head light bar. Looks cleaner.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle mirror

The bar end mirrors did not look era correct so they had to go in favor of these perfect stock units.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle rear shocks

Sexy! The new rear shocks came delivered in red fishnet stockings. This are IKON brand and they have both adjustable pre load settings and rebound. I added for the top cover as that makes them look like a factory part.


1971 BMW R60 motorcycle top

There it is. Lighter, cleaner and meaner as in pure motorcycle.It will be a great summer.

Harleys and Hot Rods

The local Harley Davidson dealer (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) has a car and motorcycle show every year.

Anyway…I had no plans to go but I was just driving by when I saw the balloons at the entrance signaling some sort of event. I had my camera with me so I figured I would swing in and maybe shoot some nice bikes. I was headed for the spectator parking in my ’32 Ford but the gate keeper insisted that I enter the car show…sure, why not. Gotta park somewhere, right?

Once inside a very nice woman came up and said that she had closed the registration table but the gave me a meal ticket and said: Just go in to the motor clothes counter and say Tina sent you and they will give you a free T-shirt. As a car and motorcycle  guy we know that t-shirts are as important as underwear…or more.

I KNEW…right then and there…I would catch hell for this but I decided to brave any attitude that may be thrown my way and walked up to the young ladies as the motor clothes counter. I said (in a pleasant tone) just what I was instructed to say: “Tina said that I should just say that she sent me for a free Harley Davidson t-shirt” (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

The young ladies looked at me as if I were some sort of alien beamed down to earth just to try to steal an incredible valuble Harley Davidson t-shirt.  (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) The young ladies then spent the next ten minutes looking for said Tina or some other manager and then they came back asking: What size do you wear? Not a smile, not a “sorry, we have a lot of folks trying to pull a fast one”…nothing…just crap loads of attitude…

Well, let’s check out some bikes:

Remember: (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

How about a hard tail Harley Davidson? (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Harley Davidson Sportster (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) also (Sportster is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Not a Harley Davidon (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Another part of the entertainment: Having car show participants do burnouts with people standing less that 10 feet from the car. Brilliant!

Oh yeah, remember: Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI



Let’s go to the swap meet…

Swap meets are great. Parts and vehicles for sale with something for everyone.


Here is a very manly 4X4. All of the truck was powder coated. Very nice. Displayed by a powder coat company.


1948 Chevrolet sedan delivery. Total restoration and for sale for $16,500.00. You could not restore one for that.
Model A truck project
Another manly truck.
There is that word again. I wonder if it’s a complex issue?? I may have to talk to my psychiatrist…or bartender…they do the same thing.
1973 Fart…ahem, Fiat convertible
Super clean model  A roadster
Street Rod thingie
Very clean 60’s Chevrolet truck
Straight and complete model A roadster pick up. You can haul stuff and get a tan at the same time!
This swap is one of my favorites. Here are some two wheeled reasons:
1907…something-something. Forgot the brand. Cool bike, though…
Cool Indian project
How about a Harley Davidson for $500.00? Pretty decent and could be a runner.
Like new 1974 Kawasaki 900. Mint condition. Love that color!
You meet the nicest people on a Honda…or?
1974 BMW R-90 with side car. That seat and the Hella light looks a little out of place but a beatiful bike and color combo.
Ariel. Don’t know the vintage.
Very nice 1946 Indian
If one carburator is good three must be better! For a Chevrolet small block.
There you go, another swap in tha bag. Looking forward to the next one.

A Visual Virtual Motorcycle ride

This was posted back in 2010 but your Humble Editor was reminded how great motorcycling is after a ride in a horrendous Seattle down pour yesterday. I was so starved for riding that the rain was not an issue. I had to get some steering parts for the ’31 hot rod build and this would also allow me to use the HOV lanes for some rapid transport. When I need hot rod parts they have to come fast…this is serious business!

Hydroplaning with a bike is…interesting though. Ride Safe!

Not a fair weather rider

That brings me to memories of warmer days. Washington state offers some great roads and views but the soggy winters can take it’s toll on the spirit sometimes. That is when you have to pull up some digital memories and warm the soul:

So let us take a virtual motorcycle ride on Whidbey Island. Located in Washington state’s north west corner, the island offers unprecedented views  and great riding roads. Be warned though: Local and state speed tax collector are standing by in large domestic sedans waiting for you to support the local budget.

It is not a very big island so you can hit all corners in a day.  If it looks like a BMW commercial…well, so be it…I love the bike.

The pictures were taken Dec 25 2010

By Port Townsend ferry landing.

Penn Cove, home of the famous Penn Cove mussels.

This building started life as Grennan and Cranney’s general store, Coupeville, ca. 1933. It was later used as the first court house on Whidbey Island. It was once filled with liars and cheaters…and maybe some criminals too!

Penn Cove…doesn’t get more peaceful than that…

 BMW motorcycle riding on Whidbey Island

 BMW motorcycle riding on Whidbey Island

Two Silver Bullets

BMW motorcycle riding on Whidbey Island

Fort Casey State Park

Well, there you go.

You know what they say: A bad day riding is better than a good day in the office…Well, a GOOD day riding is…REALLY good.

Yamaha Custom Bike

Marco Yaya from Redmond, Washington is a car guy that I met at a classic car event. As all car guys we tend to fiddle with all things powered by combustion engines and Marco is not an exception. This full custom is his latest creation. If I had to pigeonhole this ride it would probably be a cross between a bobber and a board track bike.

Mixing different styles can be a treacherous area but Marco pulled it off. Regardless, we dig the all business style of course.


Marco is now working on some old school Benellis that will get the custom treatment. We can’t wait to see what he will come up with.


1971 Yamaha XS1 Engine (650cc) Parallel Twin (completely overhauled to new specs) Customized frame with hard tail rear section

Customized fuel tank and owner built seat.

Custom adapted 19″ rear wheel and 21″ front.

Custom built up and over exhaust system with custom silencer baffels.

Custom built wiring harness with cloth wires and battery-less ignition.

Custom built handlebars and controls.

In other words: ALL Custom

Thankd for sharing you bike with us.