Update: Video added! Reader Ride. Nicely Modded Jawa RT350 From the UK

Terence Hines writes in:

Hi , Thought you may like to see a few photo’s of the Jawa r.t. i built a couple of year’s back . This bike started out as a standard Jawa T.S. 350 from 1990 , But i was after something a bit more retro looking , At the same time it had to be Jawa , There are many changes to this bike ,some major ,some minor but detailed . The front end has been lowered by 40mm and the rear end raised by the same amount . With a one off hand made rear light unit and number plate bracket mounted on a Honda mudguard . Seat rail’s modified and a one off seat base made up . Rear fender strut’s made from tapered tube . And the internals of the original speedo tacho sprayed black and mounted on a one off mount together with home made l.e.d. warning lamps made from S/S 8mm button head bolts . The list goes on and on . But these are a few of the changes I’ve made to get the type of style i wanted . Hope you like . Terry P.S. You can see my vid’s of this bike and my latest project at http://www.youtube.com/user/terence20001?feature=mhum

A Metro Racing Sponsored Beauty! And a Yamaha too..

Sorry Don… probably too late to help out but here you go!

Donzilla of Metro Racing sent me this pic of a very cool Yamaha two stroke twin but in all the hubub I must have missed it.  If you’re even remotely interested in period correct gear be sure and check him out at  www.metroracing.com.
You know you want some new head……gear for the new year.  Metro’s got the all new Bell Custom 500’s that are not only a great retro helmet, they are DOT approved and not a budget buster at $99.00 for White, Black or Satin Black and $119.00 for Orange metal flake and Silver metal flake. Hit up www.metroracing.com and get one on  the way.

Thanks,Don Miller  Metro Racing

Like I’ve said I can be had! A cool pic for a quick ad! 🙂

Reader Ride. Beautiful Bultaco Restoration.

Jesus Buisan of Spain writes in:

After many months standing in the garage, today I started my Bultaco Sherpa T, and I felt like Steve McQueen in “On Any Sunday”, it was fun again feel the pull of the small two-stroke.
Greetings from Zaragoza, Spain.

That is an excellent build! Thank you for the photo’s. I’d love to own a nice Bultaco someday. They are growing on me a lot!

Phew! Home From Holiday Travels! Here’s AN Excellent Reader Ride, Kawasaki H2 – 2 Stroke Restoration Till I Get Things Caught Up!

Philip Rochette writes in:

Here are some shots of my 1972 Kawasaki 750 H2 that I have recently restored.
It was a long term and very interresting project .
I enjoy my bike and I have a lot of fun riding it in the beautifull french Alps.
Here is the link to my site about that restoration and more;
Best regards

Fantastic Restoration!  Thanks for the excellent pictures Philip!

Totally Sick! RZ500/R6 Hybrid. Too good not to share. Cross-post From The 2-Stroke Board.

You hear about bikes like this in lots of conversations…. “wouldn’t it be cool to put engine X in chassis Y”..  Well someone REALLY did it.  More on the project over on BARF

“Current generation Yamaha R6 chassis with Ohlins forks and shock, Brembo brakes, forged wheels, and aluminum subframe. Engine swap with Yamaha RD500 (aka RZ500 aka RZv500) V4 twin-crank two-stroke. Handmade expansion chambers with carbon fiber silencers. Mikuni flatslide carbs.”

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.