Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2008 Desmosedici RR for Tail Guard Fire Hazard

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2008 Desmosedici RR motorcycles.

Due to insufficient distance between the tail guard and the exhaust system, the tail guard could overheat.

386 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, September 28, 2009

El Camino 09 Part 2

It took me so long just to do the swap meet, that by the time I made it back to the show area, many of the bikes were loaded and gone. Most of the bikes left belonged to guys waiting to hear if they had won anything.

If your into Antique MC's , you probably know this fella. Mike's done bikes for big shots such as Jay Leno.

This '66 returned but this time with a side hack.

Too flashy for me and likely for the judges as well.

Craig Taylors exceptionally clean '61.

I heard he took it all the way to Davenport.

You had to see this BMW's color in person to really appreciate it.

Nice '51. I love black wheels but not with whites. If your into flash and want to run whites wouldn't it make more sense to have chrome wheels?

Interesting but too much flash (and red), for my taste. All that work, so why the funky and torn '80's Sportster seat?

A simple Chief. It may have been the only Indian in this groups line up.

Pepper Red and Ivory White. Yes, the factory really did this simple form of two tone for '54.

This funny little Powell was the last (scooter class), bike standing when I came back. It appears the seat and rack are sprung by those 3 springs in the back.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


(From the Standard Motor Club website):
"Allan Sorensen from Denmark has sent these remarkable photographs of his father, Svend Aage Sorensen, together with this associated story:

Svend was a keen Motorcycle Racer and attended the Isle of Man TT from 1935 to 1953. In 1946 he bought a 1938 Standard Flying 8 Saloon as a transporter for his bikes. He used this to attend the Isle of Man from 1947 to 1952. The photo above shows the car in its transporter mode. Typically, there is a Norton Manx 350cc racer strapped behind, and an Excelsior 350cc bike together with a spare Norton 500cc engine inside, the passenger seat having been removed. As a counterbalance on the front are several wheels and tyres! Most years Svend journeyed on his own except in 1949 when Alans mother joined Svend and travelled in the back seat!
From 1950 to 1952 the car was also used for the trip from Denmark to the Hedemora Grand Prix in Sweden, a trip of sixteen hours each way. The Flying 8 carried the bikes and both Alan and his mother. Alan sat on the floor between his mothers legs and his only view was treetops and the electrical wires. No DVD movies or computer games, but four exciting days in the pits. 1952 was the "worst" year for the Standard as his father had got a Featherbed 500cc Norton, a Norton Gardengate Manx 350cc and a Norton Featherbed Manx 500cc engine. On one occasion they all had to get out of the car when the back seat started to smoke as a rear tyre was rubbing on the bodywork. Alan also recalls his mother taking over the driving when his father fell asleep.

Remarkably Svend was never stopped for being overweight!

The car required painting 4 times in their ownership - the bikes damaged the paintwork.

When the car was sold in 1952 and replaced by an EMW, East German Van, the extra space allowed Allans sister to come along as well.."
[It was common in the 1920s and 30s for impecunious racers to find creative transport for their mounts, tools, and spares. This little Standard is a late example of the practice, and especially dramatic given the number of wheels and tires strapped to the bonnet! - pd'o ]
And this update from Bo Eklund:
"Hallo Paul.
Referring to your recent notes under the heading "Standard Race Transport", about the Danish road racer Svend Aage Sörensen, may I take the liberty to add the following:
Svend-Aage Sorensen was a very competent racer, gaining many very good results i international road races between the years 1934 - 1953.
In 1934 he won the 250 class in Swedish Grand Prix, riding a works British Excelsior "Mechancal Marvel".
He competed in 25 races at the TT in the Isle of Man, between the years 1935 - 1953, gaining some commendable placings and several replicas, often having been supplied Works machines from British Excelsior.
He won both 350 and 500 classes at the major Swedish road race Hedemora Grand Prix in 1950, against international competition, using the same machine, having changed the engines between the races.
At the Hedemora races in 1951 he again won the 500 class and came 3rd in the 350 class.
He was a very popular and much liked and respected rider among competitors as well among the race organizers".
Regards, Bo Eklund, Sweden."

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2010 F1098S Streetfighter Motorcycles for Engine Stalling

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2010 F1098S Streetfighter motorcycles.

The Electronic Control Unit ground screw may have been improperly tightened during production which can cause the engine to stall.

247 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Sarah and Mayabb

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Sarah with her 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Nightster. Also see Mayabb on his 2001 Suzuki Volusia. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Norton 961 Commando

Norton will be unveiling two important new machines, the 961 Commando and the Café Racer Commando to the world at the Carole Nash International Motorcycle and Scooter Show later this year.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Ducati Hypermotard 796 is coming!

Ducati releases the first images of the Hypermotard 796, in advance of the international EICMA motorcycle show, Milan.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Indian for Irish Rich....

and other Indian Motorcycle lovers... well sort of... it's the P-61 American Rocket

For 1951, it's quite the Hot Rod. Although it looks the part, it's really too heavily modified to be considered a Bobber. Pierce hoped it would become a factory model.

I like the "H-D parts dept." gag.

Old time cyclist seem to always come up with clever slogans for putting down other makes.

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EL CO 2009 Part 1

If you live in So Cal and are into vintage iron, then you probably look forward each year to the El Camino Classic MC show and swap meet. Now that both the Ventura and Del Mar shows are no more, it's our only truly vintage venue. But, if we are to only have one, it's the one to have... and we almost lost it too!

Projects looking for the right caretaker.

This knuck featured a poorly done Faux patina paint job that just ain't working. It looks like black paint was rubbed way too evenly over it's entire surface. It needs to be a bit more random with some rubbed thru areas, chips, etc. to sell it.

A tidy Pan in the "Noise" space. I chatted with the owner and T-Bone (who assisted with the build), and complemented their work. It has some very clean mid controls set up. You really need to see the shifter side. It also featured a glide handlebar clamp nicely integrated into the top tree.

Mike (Born Loser), Davis had a space and was promoting the upcoming Born Free show.

Interesting take on stuffing a Knuck in a VL. Nicely done, but the seat, tank, and whole stock looking fork, fender, horn, light and bars aren't working for me. I'd like to see a more aggressive bobbed look.

Looks better from this side, but who has 35k for a toy these days?

I'd guess '20-'23. Wheel rims don't appear to be originals.

This Sport Twin is looking for a new home. Harley was literally going in a quite different direction with this "Opposed Boxer Twin" design. Looks like half a VW turned sideways. It also may have the longest intake manifold in all of motorcycling, and yes, that casting includes the exhaust manifold too. It's heat makes up for the loss of atomization the long path creates. I suppose VW's have those pre-heater tubes for the same reason. I believe they had a run from 1918 to 1922.

I hope this Knucklehead gets some paint and isn't left rusty and bare.

Nice to see old cases are still available, but I shudder to think their cost.

When I was a kid, Hodaka was a magic word.

This well built 45 from Biltwell was being offered for 7k.

You'd be hard pressed to build one for that.

This chopped one has a nice stance. I didn't ask the price.

Since the clutch lever needs to be modified and a sharp bend is required, you don't see too many up sweeps of this type on 45's.

A decked out UL.

I prefer riders like this to pristine show bikes.

KR top on a WL bottom stuffed with WR goodies.

Any color you want, as long as it's Black!

H-D singles are pretty rare. Unless it's an overhead racer, you really shouldn't call them Pea Shooters. The twin lights probably makes it a '28.

I hadn't seen Grace McKean at El Camino for some time. She told me it had been 15 years! Sneaky Paparazzi stalks behind the Indian.

Stay Young... Ride a Bike. Grace stands proud with her 45. She purchased it new in '51 at the tender age of of 17. You do the math.

The old gal is holding up real good... You decide.

So far, these shots are just from the swap meet area. I'll post more later.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Suzuki confirm GSX 1250FA details

The GSX1250FA features rake and trail figures (25.3 degrees and 104mm) with 43mm front forks and the single rear shock absorber featuring spring pre-load adjustability.

Featuring Suzuki's proven 1255cc power-plant equipped with Suzuki's sophisticated digital fuel injection system, the GSX1250FA offers superb throttle response and feel with improved range and reduced emissions. This, combined with highlights such as large intake (31mm) and exhaust (27mm) valves, Suzuki's own nickel-phosphorous-silicon-carbide cylinder coating, to reduce piston friction and a 6-speed gearbox.

The GSX1250FA offers digital ABS as standard and an adjustable seat. With handy additions such as a gear position indicator and shift light as part of the functional and easy to read instrument cluster, the rider is kept fully-informed.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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