In Memory Of Dick Allen T-Shirts

Chuck Vogel and Bruce Parrish teamed up to recreate the shirt Bruce designed for Dick Allen back in the early 70's.

The back of the shirt features Bruce's original art of Dick on his Loco-Motion Knucklehead chopper.

The front of shirt has the motor company logo as did the original.

The shirts are Navy Blue and available in the following sizes: Large, XL, and XXL.

To buy, contact: Chuck Vogel at: vogelelectric@verizon.net

Tell him Chris from MC Art sent ya!

Advertise on Bikers Expressway


Dear Advertiser,

I am writing to inform you of a new motorcycle specificwebsite to advertise on, BikersExpressway. Bikers Expressway just recently launched in January of 2012. Itis geared to motorcyclists, bikers and scooterists of all types. BikersExpressway is a motorcycle product advertising service where we personallysearch the web for the best deals on motorcycle products of all types. We then postthose for the biker community to view and direct them where to purchase. We arecurrently looking for advertisers for anything and everything relatedto motorcycling.

Bikers Expressway is where you can advertise your weekly ormonthly motorcycle deals, discounts, closeouts and specials. Bikers Expresswaydoes not sell anything but ad space, similar to Deal Sucker, 24 Day Deals, Todays DOD, and Deal A Day, we just direct our subscribersto the best motorcycle related deals.

Bikers Expressway customers subscribe to our Weekly DealsNewsletter, Twitteraccount, Google+ account, Facebookaccount, Blog or the RSS Feedand we direct them to your site for purchases.
Partnerwith Bikers Expressway and receive a discount on Sale Item Listings and Sidebar Advertisements.

Affiliates also get a banner add on the Affiliates Page Listingwhich links to your site along with a description of the site.

Sale Item Listings are the best way to be seen, and will generallystay on the first page for around 5-6 days. The ads will receive social mediaadvertising on: Facebook, Twitter, & Google Plus. Sale Item Listings alsoget posted on the Bikers Expressway Blog, RSS feed and placed in the weeklye-mail to subscribers.

Bikers Expressway offers Sidebar Ad space (text, html, flashor image) to be placed in the right sidebar. Pricing is based on a 160x160square. For longer ads just multiply by the length of the ad.

We are open to custom ad placement and sizing. Pleasecontact me at torch@bikersexpressway.com sowe can discuss what you have in mind and we can give you an estimate. If youcannot support these rates and are a small company, email me as well, we canwork with you. All pricing is negotiable.

 Thank you for yourinterest,
John Ashford (Torch)


*In our effort to keepthis site a family friendly site, Bikers Expressway will not host sexuallyexplicit advertisements or link to sexually explicit websites.

ready, set, go man go!

Big Bear Run


Some cool footage of an early Big Bear Run.

Hall of Famer Shrimp Burns Goes All Out at 1921 Beverly Hills, Calif., B...


Hows about a little board track action in Beverly Hills. Yes there was a board track in the 90210.

Nelson Anthony Bettencourt Jr


Thanks Chris for the better picture. It's allowed me to see some better details. Bettencourt was a bicycle and Harley dealer from the Napa and Vallejo area. I'm not sure if this particular bike is the "Bettencourt Special" If it is, it is possibly a 45 in a single loop frame. Still would like to know more about this particular bike so any help would be appreciated.

Help!


I need to know some info about this bike! Somebody knows something. Doc? Blind Melon? Help!

Jalopy or style ?

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While we were all on the roads last summer, I met Fred from Blitz Motorcycles on the southwest coast. He was riding a strange sophisticated jalopy.... a bitza who can make you love BMW motorcycles...
Of course, i shot the bike... Today on Internet, you can discover a new short movie explaining everthing about the Blitz style.





















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Norton and Honda 4 cylinders motorcycle engines

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Last week we received a photo taken at George 'Norton' Cohens workshop showing his latest restoration, the 100th Manx Norton Special with Daytona engine. Upon closer inspection of the photo I detected an intruder of Japanese origin, what could this mean?

Has george had an alarming and sudden change of heart?




Here's George Answer:


For the past 35 years I have messed around with single cylinder Norton machines in side-valve, over-head valve and single and double over-head cam configuration. I have rebuilt, repaired and wrecked hundreds of them; all in the quest for more power and reliability. I have also read with interest over the same period of time numerous articles pertaining to the experimental 4 cylinder engine of the early fifties. Up until very recently, I had always lamented the fact that this engine was never seen fighting the multi-cylinder machines from MV, Gillera and Honda. That was until a few months ago, but first a pre-amble to my story.
Manx Nortons dominated motorcycle racing before and after the second world war, but by 1950 the Italian 4 cylinder engines were becoming a considerable threat to the trusty single cylinder unit.
“Tony” Vandervell, who was part of the works Norton Isle of Man TT racing team in the early twenties (along side Murray Walker’s father, Graham), was Nortons major shareholder after WW II and he also had a great passion for racing cars. He was one of the major financial backers of BRM and commissioned them to develop a watercooled double over head cam four cylinder, 500cc engine for Norton in 1951. Numerous problems relating to engineering design failures, personality clashes and finally financial cut backs meant that the project failed, for three main reasons.
Firstly, BRM failed to take into consideration the need to mount the engine in a motorcycle frame and the development was brought back to the experimental department at Bracebridge St, Birmingham. Here, Leo Kuzmicki, who was a former Polish fighter pilot, was found to be sweeping the floor far too slowly for the likes of the head of the department, a fiery Irishman and tuning maestro, Joe Craig. After a good telling off, Craig was told that this floor sweeper was a senior lecture on internal combustion engines at Warsaw University before the war. Soon, Kuzmicki was put into the drawing office where his genius on cam profiles, combustion chamber shapes, valve timing and porting soon paid dividends on the Manx engine, especially the 350 cc version. He also started work on the 4 cylinder engine.
Secondly, Vandervell fell out with Raymond Mays at BRM and subsequently continued to develop his Thinwall specials, named after his very successful closed caged ‘Thin-wall’ bearings business.
Thirdly, as a consequence of Nortons financial difficulties they were bought by Associated Motorcycles (AMC) in 1953. The financial backers at AMC were appalled at how such a large slice of the cake was being put into the racing machines to the detriment of developing better machines for the road. They pulled the plug on the racing department. No more works team, no more works machines and finally no more Leo Kuzmicki, who was given a much larger wage packet by Vandervell at his new venture the Vanwall Specials. It is ironic that the 2 litre Vanwall engine was essentially four 500 cc Manx Norton engines on a common crankcase.
So Norton did try with a multi cylinder machine and the prototype engine and drawings can be seen at Sammy Miller’s museum, but I am now bloody glad that it never materialized.
Why the change of mind, you may ask?
Last summer a conversation with my 23 year old daughter, Camilla, went along the lines of:
“Dad, my bike has not got lights and sometimes it wont start”.
“That ‘s about par for a thirties 350 Norton International, live with it”.
“I’ve seen a 1972 Honda 500 4 on ebay, its got lights and an electric start”
“Oh no!”
Too cut a long story short, a week later we had this motorcycle in the shed. Camilla rode it for 900 miles over the next few months and I even had a ride down to the seaside on it. Not as fast as a 500 International and a lot heavier, but at least it started every time and you could stay late at the pub, because of the reliable lighting system.
So far so good, but the next week the oil pressure light remained on and to my untrained ear the engine sounded like the proverbial bag of nails. So we bought a Haynes manual, a set of metric spanners and a good bottle of wine and proceeded to pull the thing apart. A hundred hours later, struggling with thousands of cross head 6 mm bolts, primary thrunging sprockets, bizarre gear change mechanisms, tiny little gudgeon pin circlips which were flying around the shed as we snapped at them with tweezers and a manual which even the most intelligent of grease monkeys could not follow we had the bloody engine down to its bare bones.
I could not find a fault anywhere! All journals, shafts and ‘wot-nots, miked’ up to the manufacturers specification. Another million hours later we managed to get it all back together and squeezed it back into the frame. According to my research on Google and at the local Bike Club, it is apparently almost impossible to get the four carbs onto the inlet manifold rubbers and air box at the same time without resorting to a combination of wooden wedges, big hammers and plenty of Vaseline. To my surprise, my daughter and I managed to do this within the hour and eventually the heavy machine was taken out of the shed and replenished with fresh oil. It worked perfectly, the oil light went off and the engine sounded sweet.
So far this Honda engine has consumed the time it would take me to build a trillion Manx Norton engines and we never did find out the problem. Perhaps it was just a faulty switch, which would have taken just a few hours to replace, instead of weeks of work.
So the moral of this story ends with the thought: Would I have been able to spanner a four cylinder Norton engine?
Perhaps with practice I might have of got the hang of it, but I am mighty pleased that a Manx Norton engine has only got one piston, two valves and Whitworth nuts and bolts.




President's Day


I had to do this for today. It kind of works on several levels. It goes with this month's header too.

Have a good one!

Happy Presidents Day from Honest Abe Racing

Southsiders Babe February 2012

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Renee Perle was a Romanian model and first Muse of French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue circa 1930




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Valentines


From a card I made in 1997

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My Leathers - A Bikers Poem



My Leathers

My leathers have been with me since I started motorcycling,
I tend to wear them whenever I’m riding.

They are faded from the elements, stretched and saggy fromuse,
but they still keep me from taking abuse.

My leathers bare the scars, scrapes and abrasions from a fewslips and some spills,
and my leathers still keep me warm from those morning chills.

Despite them being my body guard we have become old friends,
going on long rides together taking on hills, valleys andbends.

My leathers have sheltered me from the rain and from the fog,
they even have blocked the bite of an angry dog.

They have protected me from flying rocks and from bugs,
and have been on the receiving end of many hugs.

My leathers have shaded me from the blistering sun,
on a long, dry and hot Texas run.

Over time they have become supple and comfortable like awell broken in boot,
as a bonus, there’s a place for my gun in case I need toshoot.

My leathers are getting old, wrinkly and are slightlytattered,
but they continue to protect me from getting battered.

They have screened me from the wind,
and they will stay with me to the end.

But at the end of this long ride,
it’s not just a cows hide,

It’s my skin.

© 2012 - Torch

Ride on,
Torch


What Sort of Man Reads MC ART?


A hip guy who's big on blazing his own trail. The kind of guy who finds that trail leads him to MotorCycle entertainment that's Right On track.

Vintage Chopper Photos

Mark Bourassa sent in a bunch of old chopper photos and mentioned he had sent some to other bloggers as well. Many of them (his sportster and other digger style chops), have already been posted so, I won't re-post them all. Anyhow, here's two of my favorites.

I believe this is Mark with a friend's Panhead. It might have been posted on ZZ Chop or Loserrules. Even so, it's cool enough for a second look.


Marks' buddy Greg Thompson on a very cool 45 powered trike.

Pre tear offs. Wipe them goggles clean!

This Month's Very Late Header


You might have noticed that last month's header didn't have a date on it. This was done since I originally thought I'd just leave it up for awhile. Then I had what I thought was a clever idea of changing it to honor Black History Month which would also be fast and easy. Clever might be argued but, fast and easy?... it didn't turn out that way.

Last month and this month for comparison. At first I thought going from one to the other wouldn't require much. You know, replace some heads (on people and bike), draw up some new bars, pipes, and seat. No biggie, until I got into the thick of it.


First, I found I had to redraw almost the entire bike. Then all the elements below. This alone took enough time. What I didn't realize was, how much time it would take to put everything in at just the right angle and place. I found I needed to move and tweak a lot of little things in the original art. Stuff like moving the tools and crate a touch, tweaking the box, and test placing all the new elements a few times until they looked just right.


All in all, it took much longer than doing the last header from scratch. Not to mention, it's late and for a short month. Was it worth it? I don't know but, once I get an idea...

There's a lot more to say about this month's header than just the process of doing the art (which I didn't plan on ranting about). Now, I hope to get to that while there's still time left.

"Bikers Got Culture!"



Here is a little PR for a fellow biker, Wild Bill:

Announcing the pre-release of
"Bikers Got Culture!"

"Poetry for the discerning biker!"

Though a serious poet "WildBill" Rogers takes the reader into the humorous side of a lifestyle thatis as unique to America as the cowboy and a culture that is largelymisunderstood.

BikersGot Culture! contains over fifty poems and limericks of humor, wit, and atouch of the unnatural. The author speaks of a Biker Culture encompassing allwalks of life from the lawful to the lawless and from the rich to the poor."Wild Bill" takes the reader through an entertaining chronicle of thebeginnings of what has become one of America's biggest icons using engagingcharacters, meter and rhyme, then introduces the reader to a sad sackaffectionately given the handle of "Oilslick" a fast-talking,beer-drinking, oil-encrusted, bug be-speckled biker.

From the mountains of Alaska to the sands of Daytona Beach, this is
"Poetry for the discerning biker!"
If the editorial staff of your periodical would like toreview this book contact support@publishamerica.com or fax (301)631-9073 with your written request for a review copy.

If your book sales outlet wishes to order copies forinventory contact PublishAmerica at (301) 695-1707

"Bikers Got Culture!" is currently available at Amazon, Barnes& Noble or PublishAmerica at:
http://www.publishamerica.net/product46510.html
“Wild Bill” Rogers has been writing and riding most ofhis adult life. With his wife Terri he was the Co-Publisher and Editor ofMidnight Sun Rider Magazine. His reporting, prose and poetry have been enjoyedthroughout the U.S. in print and on the Internet.

"Bikers Got Culture!" ISBN: 978146266050

Read on,
Torch

Antoni Tàpies

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Barcelona
13 December 1923 – 6 February 2012




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Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday with a color pic!

SPRING: IT'S COMING...I can feel the drums!



Actually, it's only early February,but here in North East Tennessee we've had a very mild winter and bikes have been out more than they have been put up. NICE! 






The weather has been in the high 50's with a few days where the mercury has soared into the low sixties! This is the kind winter weather we as riders pray for. It's a blessing from ... well if you have God, it's from God. If you have something else such as Karma .... perhaps it's just that this region has been blessed with good Karma? How ever you choose to garner your blessings, it's what it is. I'm happy to have what I got. Yes, the days can be a bit damp and cold, but I'm still riding. Life is good. 






I have been planning to ride to Columbia, TN for Mule Days. This is a celebration of the animal that started our trek across America as the pioneers started to make their way from East to West. The event continues for the entire Spring season! It's amazing. 


Starting on Feb. 25,2012 You can start your day watching mules in the Tennessee state pulling contest, and close the day with a beauty pagent. OK, so the gals are dressed in blue jeans and plaid shirts not bikinis. It's still pretty girls contesting one another on stage. It could be fun...maybe? But the real fun starts with the wagon train that wends it's way through middle Tennessee on the back roads for 2 days of slow mule paced plodding. Still, it has to be quite the sight. You can join for a ride and a night of camping for only $60 bucks! If you choose to come to the park and forego the mule train, admission for the day is 8 bucks or you can get a weekend pass for 15 dollars. Don't forget you can also camp for the weekend. I want to do this. Even if I can only stay one day. I'd better let my boss know I need a day off for this event. 


You can find more information here: MULE DAYS 


Did y'all hear? Last week I was riding around the Mars Hill N.C. area,






 and I stopped for gas. As I was in the store pre-paying for my fuel, some guy shouts "Hey! That guy just knocked that bike over at the pumps!" I fly out the door to give the joker some of my well earned ass chewing and to pick up my bike when he slides out from under my bike and jumps into a waiting pickup truck and takes off. 
I pick the bike up and check for damage. Not seeing any I go back inside to pay for the gas. The guy inside (whose ethnicity I shall not get into) is laughing his ass off at my predicament. I quietly tell him that he should remember me the next time he is facing down the barrel of a gun while some yahoo is robbing his store. It's the same feeling of helplessness and anger. That kind of shut him up. 











I fueled up and rolled out to the road, only to realize I didn't have a front brake. OK, Fred Flintstone panic stop before I get my wits and use the rear brake. Scary stuff. The front brake line had broken at the banjo fitting on the master cylinder. I'm ducking fluid as it squirts toward my face. Yeah, that was the muckiest part of it all (next almost dying.) My bike was down for a week, but the great guys at Smith Brothers Harley Davidson took care of me (as they always do) with compassion and speed. I love ya, Willard, Big John, and Tim.






So boys and girls, this is the start of a new year of riding.  I love the ride, rain or cold, sun or clouds, it's the ride that counts and the sights along the way!  Get yer dreams dusted and come on...let's ride!  

The Lowboy Racer

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This machine was bought in England, build in the 70s from recovered racing spares.

Chassis

the frame, tank and seat comes from a DOMIRACER “ Lowboy” designed on demand by Doug Hele to replace the old Manx Frame, much lower, leaner and lighter than the Manx featherbed (35 pounds less) for the 1961 Tourist Trophy.

The DOMIRACER episode ended in 1962 by the shutdown of the AMC factory in Birmingham and the switch of Doug Hele for Triumph.








“In January 1962, when Norton sold out at Bracebridge Street, Birmingham, Paul DUNSTALL bought most of the experimental Domiracer twin engines and development bits and pieces that had been developed for the factory race team. This included the actual machine raced by Australian Tom Phillips to a magnificent third place in the 1961 Senior TT.”

Soon after Paul Dunstall will build some Lowboy replica frames.

Mick Hemmings built a small serie in 85/90s.

The fork is a shortened Norton Roadholder
front brake is a SEELEY double side single cam
rear wheel hub is a Triumph model

Engine

is a Pre Unit T100/RS from 1957, developped by Edward Turner for the Daytona races, based on the all alloy T100, and fitted with the DELTA (Splayed cylinder head) tuned in 1957 on TRICOR demand.

132 T100/RS plus seven Daytona engines were build and individually tested by Triumph factory.
Inside we find the camshaft E3134 type and the Pushrods “R” types.
Initially fitted with two GP Amal carbs , the output was around 38 Bhp and a maximum
speed at 125mph with a final drive at 23X45

The Triumph DAYTONA project will let place in 1962 to a T100 unit Triumph Daytona model with the arrival of Doug Hele at the Triumph factory.

this brillant engine was also fitted on Formula 500 Cooper racers.

The gearbox is a five speed Triumph and the Magneto a Lucas racing complete the equipment of the extremely pleasant small motorcycle of only 135kg










Brilliant photography by Benoit Guerry for Guerry & Prat images


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