Month: October 2009

In Celebration of 100,000 visits to the Blog!!

What a freaking cool milestone! I’ve had a blast putting this thing together. It’s still just a hobby for me and (despite a few serious offers to sell out) it will remain that way. To be honest, I was just goofing around when I started this thing.

I don’t have the old script anymore but my ham-handed first attempt at the layout was terrible and I really didn’t know what I was doing exactly. I really didn’t think this thing would last a month when I first started but despite a few slow months I’ve kept at it and enjoyed every minute all while making some great new online friends (you all know who you are).

So, I’d like to give a great big THANK YOU to all the visitors who’ve stopped by!! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have! Anyway I need to commemorate the moment and since I feel like jumping for joy I figured I’d let Mr Evel Knievel do it for me so here you go! Oh and if you’re curious THIS was my first post. Not surprising since I’m really a 2-stroke junky at heart.

Fantastic reader submittal! An insanely trick Yamaha XV1000 Virago Racebike and a sweet Desmo Ducati!

Reader Travis Lawson with Iron Spade Cycles in Houston TX sends in a pair of great bikes from 1987. A nice Ducati and a truly one of a kind Yamaha Virago! I’ll let travis explain these two. He writes:

Hey there Steve, Travis here. I’m a member of the 2 Stroke World forum and I’ve been following both your 2 Stroke Biker blog and the Picture of the Day blog for quite a while. I’ve been wanting to do something similar for a long time.

Hey I thought I send you some pictures of a couple of unique cycles. I took these at a CRRC club race at Texas World Speedway in College Station TX back in 1987 and although I really know nothing about the owner I did find the welding shop (K&K Welding Austin TX 512-444-7485) that did the fab work but was unable to contact them. This bike is a complete custom Formula USA/BoTT race bike built around a Yamaha Virago XV1000. Look closely at the carbs, they are billet one-offs! The frame and swingarm was made from .250 thick alloy plate and the rear shock has no linkage back when everything had linkage. Also this bike began life as a shaft drive cruiser. Simply amazing! Super trick! The guy who rode it that day also campaigned another hand built, vintage 80’s Rotax 250 in the Formula 2 GP class. I was told they were doing a shakedown run for the Battle of The Twins race at Daytona just a few weeks after I took these pictures.

I’m also including pictures I took that same day of a Ducati Desmo 750 that was built by the now closed House of Wheels Yamaha of Houston. I took these pictures over 20 years ago but every time I see these I just think wow!Feel free to post them on your blog. I’m planning on send you some other pictures of my several RD projects that are slowly coming around. Since I’ve joined the Street Fighter forum recently I’ve gotten so many new ideas for two of the three RD’s I’m currently building. Until then, have fun with these.

Later Travis

Hey Travis that is freaking awesome. You wouldn’t believe how much attention the Cafe Virago posts get on here and I’m sure there’ll be a LOT of attention on this one. Thanks much for the pics and keep me posted on that RD build. Now that my KZ is wrapping up I’ve got to get going on my own LC project! Winter’s coming and it’s time to get wrenching.

Fantastic MV Augusta 350 Reader Ride!

Reader Greg Rathe sends in some pictures of his gorgeous MV Augusta 350

Greg Writes:
Great website and wanted to share one of my favorite bikes with you and the site.

This is a two cylinder 350cc with twin SS1 Dellortos. The details of the bike are incredibly beautiful and it is in all original condition.

Its a bike I love to ride that is solid, smooth and reliable. Handling is great, turn in’s are smooth and even the brakes are not to bad for drums. Cruising the back road twisties are great and I have seen 85mph on the speedo without feeling close to top speed. The wheelbase is short and the tires narrow, if you think a new direction than the bike is headed, most likely the bike will already be going in that direction before you have made the decision.

On top of the gas tank is the original MV Agusta sticker with 34 stars, noting the championships the company had won.

My best,

Greg Rathe
New York, NY USA

Thanks Much Greg for the pics of this great bike! Must be pure joy on those back road rides!