Month: August 2012

Video Reminder. Be carefull out there this weekend.

Stuff like this really pisses me off. I once almost planted my front wheel at 70mph on the interstate when a big flatbed dropped 5 or 6 pieces of sod right in front of me. I had a friend get killed years ago from a ladder falling out of a truck on a bridge. Remember, there is a lot of shit not tied down and this is the second busiest weekend for people moving all year. Ride safe folks!

UPDATE! Mystery bike. I have no clue.

We have a winner from the comments:
Chris Saddler Sam commented:

DKW Hummel Victoria (google it!)

Hell of a catch!


Warren Wood sends in this mystery bike… Interesting but not a clue on my part.

Mystery bike in Paranesti,Thrace, Greece. —also— my ancient [1989?] Honda AX1 250cc while on tour of the Rodolpi Mts, same area.

A hugely underappreciated little Honda

Robie Pruden is back with some really interesting bikes from the LEmay Museum motorcycle show.

Steve, Here’s a few from the vintage bike show last weekend

1) Nicest build there IMHO
2) Look close ! A tracker for the street
3) Cushman scooter as promised
Of course lots of vintage stuff. 1st year for this show at the LEmay Museum. Next year should be better.

Robie Pruden

An XS650 hybrid dirtbike. I absolutely LOVE this build. I’ve mapped out a similar build a few times over the years. Glad to see it could have worked.


Gotta love street legal trackers!


Wow…  just wow..  I can’t figure out what that engine is.  Any guesses?

Time to get caught up on some recent e-mails. The latest from Murph!

Hey Steve, 

Murph here. I’m STILL in Holland, or put another way, still in a country where gas is $10 a gallon.
Meanwhile, I ran into a friend over here who new of another friend who has some nice old iron, a pair of Indians, a 1921 & 1930 Indian Scouts and also an unusual and rare Cees Fick Vincent, so I thought it might be of interest to some of your readers. it’s an interesting article, full of intrigue, depression, schizophrenia, homosexuality, pedophelia and castration.
Hope is well with you, all the best and the next set of pictures I’ll be sending you will be of my new completed BMW 2 Wheel Drive Sidecar outfit. We’re almost finished final assembly and ready to start it up and test ride it.
Regards to you and hi to all the readers looking at this post and a big thanks to you for coming over to my blog.
Best to you all from Holland,


Published picture links:




A fantastic Henk Van Kessel 50cc 2 stroke racer. Like a little piece of motorcycle jewelry.

I confess to lifting these pictures straight from this great ADV Rider thread. They are too good not to post. For those who don’t know much about the early days of Moto GP and the significance of the early 2 stroke small cc bikes I highly recommend a book called “Stealing Speed”. It’s a well researched story of industrial espionage, spy vs spy and the end of WWII and German rocket science all rolled into one.

And here is the man himself.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henk van Kessel (born on June 25, 1946) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He won the 1974 F.I.M. 50 cc world championship. He won seven Grand Prix races during his lengthy career.
Nationality Dutch
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1972 – 1976, 1978 – 1986
First race 1972 50cc Swedish Grand Prix
Last race 1986 Baden-Württemberg Grand Prix
First win 1974 50cc French Grand Prix
Last win 1979 50cc Belgian Grand Prix
Team(s) Kreidler
Championships 50cc – 1974
Starts 87 Wins 7 Podiums 25 Poles 0 F. laps Points422

Sorry folks, taking a break for a while.

The great universal vacuum cleaner is sucking me down a back hole lately and rather that let things suffer on here I’m just going to take a hiatus.


HOWEVER! This is temporary. So PLEASE DO Keep sending me whatever you have and I PROMISE  I’ll make it up to you with something of a post bomb when I return.


Till then hang tight, ride safely  and go enjoy the fall colors and roads.