Month: September 2012

A Repsol Goldwing and other strange creations from the Seattle, Backfire Moto motorcycle rally.

Sometimes I’m jealous of people who live in places that have seasons. Don’t get me wrong, living in Florida has perks not the least of which is year round (mostly anyway) riding weather. But sometimes I get jealous of those folks who live in places with big climate changes. It allows them a few months to simply concentrate on their latest project without the nagging guilt that they could actually be out riding instead of wrenching. It’s that thought that struck me when I was notified by Google that Steve Ginn had updated his latest online albums with some shots of the Seattle, September 19 Backfire Moto motorcycle rally. He’s also got other some fantastic albums.  Anyway, it occurred to me that any spontaneous gathering of such eclectic brands here in North Florida would be quite difficult to organize because A) we’re sorta segregated here when it comes to brands and styles and B) our projects are never “finished” because we’re usually out riding instead of wrenching.

Anyway here’s just a taste of some of the bikes in his album. Hit the link above to go see the whole thing.


The worlds smoothest Repsol!  I can’t even imagine the technical hurdles that went into this!





Seattle seems to have a great motorcycle Scene.  Here’s A few more choice bikes from his album.  Go check it out.  LOTS more there.



Interesting one of a kind Rotax powered, street legal, street/flat tracker, “Lineaweaver Special” from E-bay.

A cool tribute build called the “Lineaweaver Special” Lot’s more info on the E-Bay AD. NO!I am NOT affiliated with the sale! Sop please do NOT contact me about it. (It tends to happen when folks get lazy about reading the copy).


“Offered for sale is a one of a kind Lineaweaver Racing assembled Rotax powered flat-tracker. This bike was custom built as a tribute to Ricky Graham. Ricky was AMA Grand National Champion three times: in 1982, 1984 and 1993 earning him AMA Athlete of the year in 1993. The bike was assembled during the 1991-92 calendar year. Andy Mill, the world-renowned World Cup downhill skier and, commissioned the assembly of the bike and was the first owner. Andy put nearly all of the bike’s current miles on it, totaling less than an estimated 20 hours. Being a race-modeled bike, no odometer exists.

Mechanically the bike is in excellent shape. The 600cc Super Single Rotax engine is Wood prepped, possessing special pistons and cams for higher flow and more power. The dyno sheet included with the bike shows 80whp at just over 4000 revs. The engine sits on a custom Wood designed frame weighing no more than 15lbs with a wheelbase of 54.5 inches. The bike itself weighs in at 251 lbs wet. The carburetor is a 41mm flat side Keihin. The bike does not possess an electric start, as it was intended to be pushed by a race team, kick started in second. That said, an electric starter could be easily added in the future for those interested.”