Month: November 2010

Fantastic Historical Boardtrack Photos

From a REALLY cool site with historical images of all kinds called SHORPY.COM The Caption reads “Fred “Freddy” Fretwell of Washington on a Harley-Davidson”

Fair warning. Don’t go over there unless you have some time to kill. It’s addictive.

Here’s a great grandstand shot (of a car race obviously) to give you an idea of the scale of the the track sizes. Pretty amazing. Must have been quite a spectacle for it’s time.

Reader Ride! Cool And Affordable Urban Assault Yamaha!

I always loved the styling of the 78 RD400 (the best looking model IMHO. Ii occured to me years later that it was at least partly derived from the earlier XS360. Reader Andrew McQuade did a great job of blending those good looks into a low cost but very cool (and beautifully photographed by the way) urban assault bike.

Andrew writes in:

Howdy! My name is Andrew and I would like you to check out my 1977 Yamaha XS360 2D. it has 13,300 original miles. I use the bike daily to commute around Atlanta, Ga. The seating position and the torque from the 360cc parallel twin is great. Ive mounted Shinko 705 dual sport tires and they are excellent on the terrible streets around here. They are not only decent and inexpensive but also offer great traction for going off road to avoid traffic jams or just exploring gravel roads.

The bike breathes through dual CV Mikunis and stock mufflers and features a paint scheme similar to the Daytona Yamahas. Also, here is a quick video I made with my Go-Pro helmet cam.
The photos were shot at the old Murray Mill in west midtown, Atlanta.

Keep up the great blog!
-Andrew McQuade

More proof that you don’t need big bucks to have a really cool ride.
Great Stuff Andrew! Thanks!

Crossover post from the 2-stroke blog. Konig Racer. Really interesting engine cinfiguration.

this is a crossover post from the 2 stroke blog. I just did a cut and paste so i’s complete with updates from the readers. A really interesting bike and story.

Second Update: I’ve got the smartest readers on the web!

Lawrence wrote in:

A documentary about motor-racer Kim Newcombe, who turned heads in the 70s on a König motorbike he developed and designed himself. He was killed racing in 1973 and posthumously came second in that year’s World 500cc Grand Prix. The film mixes interviews and underdog triumph on the track scenes, with Super 8 footage of family life on the circuit, and poignant wife-of-maverick reflections from his widow Janeen. Love, Speed and Loss won best documentary at the 2007 Qantas TV Awards and Air NZ Screen Awards for best documentary, directing, and editing.


Thanks Again!  You guys are the best!


Update from the comments:
it is not a twin engine. It is a 4 cylinder engine. Originally a motorboat engine.
Cheers Uwe

I suspected that it might be but it was hard to be certain from the camera angle. thank you for clearing that up! Makes it all the more interesting!


A liquid cooled opposed four cylinder with a gear driven, toothed belt rotary valve intake intake setup. Interesting stuff.