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1968 Aermacchi M68. Another Outstanding bike from Ted Guthrie!

Nice to see long time contributor Ted Guthrie still at it!   I checked and sure enough, he’s sent in so much stuff over the years that he has his own tag,   Thanks Again Ted!  Beautiful!

Just finishing up this 1968 Aermacchi M68.  All original except for recovered seat and aftermarket grips (which don’t fit right).  Even wearing the original tires.  Those with sharp eyes however will note the intermediate chain guard (between main guard and engine case) is missing.  Original lost.  eBay replacement on the way.Aermacchi 4 M65 1 M65 2 Aermacchi 1 Aermacchi 2 Aermacchi 3

Reader Submittal. Stunner Of An Ariel Square Four From Ted Guthrie.

Ted wrote about this Vintage Days Beauty:

The Ariel club’s display included this beauty. This group was also just set up in the swap meet. Note all the congestion behind the Square Four, which is typical of Vintage Days – just tons and tons of fantastic old bikes and parts.

Reader Ride. Moto Beta 125 Premier Enduro. A Stunning restoration From Our Old Friend Ted Guthrie.

Haven’t heard from Ted in a while so I thought he might be up to something… and sure enough… here’s his beautiful restoration on a Moto Beta 125 Premier Enduro that he finished just in time for the Mid Ohio Vintage Days event. I have GOT to get up there one of these years dammit.


And here is the before pictures.  I mean holy smokes that a nice restoration.  Really well done there Ted.  thanks for sharing it.

Great stuff from the Packard Auto Museum courtesy of Ted Guthrie.

Ted Guthrie has been sending me so many good pics for so long now that he has his own search term over to the right of the blog in the word cloud.  His latest e-mail is so good that I’m just going to recreate it here as I recieved it in its entirity.  Good to hear from you again Ted and  as always, Thanks Very Much for the post!

Hi, Steve. Here are some pics from a nice, little vintage bike display at Warren, Ohio’s Packard Auto Museum. But first, a little background on WHY there is a Packard auto museum in Warren, Ohio. Well, James Ward Packard, founder of the luxury auto giant bearing his name, was born in this small city, which is located in the NE part of the state. Among his other business interests, Mr. Packard opened Packard Electric in 1890. A manufacturer of electrical components for the automobile industry, Delphi Packard Electrical Systems as it is known today, became a part of General Motors in 1932, and is still located in Warren. By contrast, the Packard Motor Car Company, which began production of automobiles in 1900, moved operations to Detroit, Michigan, in 1902.

The Packard MCCC became known the world over as a manufacturer of some of the finest, most innovative cars in the world. Among other things, Packard is known for standardizing the use of steering wheels in automobiles (as opposed to tillers), as well as introducing the first V-12 engine in production cars. Packards were among the cars of choice for the rich and famous during the 20’s and 30’s. During the war years, Packard produced Merlin engines for use in P-51 Mustang fighter planes, plus the V-12 engines which were used in PT boats. Unfortunately, following the war, a combination of dated engineering and poor marketing choices, plus a changing customer base, left Packard lagging behind the Big Three auto manufacturers. Falling further and further behind in market share, Packard released its last models in 1958.

But, we’re here to talk bikes. Although automobiles and other products featuring the Packard name, plus a historical record of the company, all have a permanent place in the museum, local collector and motorcycling historian Bruce Williams, organizes a supplemental motorcycle display every winter, which helps to bolster attendance at the museum. Featuring a different theme each year, this season’s display is called “Ready For The Road”. Following are few highlights.

Here’s Bruce, with a German-made Horex moped, which he just unearthed. The little putter features zero miles, having never been fueled. Bruce himself is well-known for his restroration work on Indians and numerous other brands, as well as his extensive collection of BMW’s and other German bikes.

 This sculture, which sits in the lobby of the museum, not only shows the design of Packard automobiles’ famous hood ornament, but also lists some of the manufacturer’s innovations in the auto industry.

Here’s a couple of real oldies. Just visible to the left is one of the first Packard automobiles ever produced. It runs – regularly.

Check out that gorgeous Indian sidecar rig. To the right is one of the Packard family’s personal cars, dating to the 30’s, plus two 50’s-era concept cars in the back.

Another fabulous Indian. Look closely and you can see that the pinstriping and the tank graphic are all hand-painted. Big Packard limo in the back.

Check out these two Ariels. Square Four in the front, and a twin behind it. Fabulous restos.

Cool, Maico streetbike from the 50’s. Get a load of all the interesting features. Leading-link forks, all-enclosed bodywork, gorgeous paint & graphics, crankcase induction, big, comfy seat, bar-end turn signals. Also, how ’bout the chicken-coop-find BMW R25 behind and to the left?

There is much more to see at the Packard museum, plus they are preparing to open a huge addition. Note that the motorcycle displays run from January – April, each year. For more information, go to: http://packardmuseum.org

Regular Contributor Ted Guthrie just back from the International Six Day Reunion Ride with some outstanding shots!

Ted Writes:

Hi, Steve. I’m just back from participating in the International Six Day Trial Reunion Ride. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s a 2-day version of the oldest motorcycle competition event in the world – the International Six-Day Trial (now International Six-Day Enduro). Routinely referred to as the Olympics of Motorcycling, the ISDT(E) pits teams of riders from different countries in six consecutive days of off-road competition. Held each year in a different country, the ISDT(E) is one of the toughest and most prestigious motorcycle competition events in the world.

The Reunion Ride is a much milder version, primarily geared for old(er) riders, on vintage bikes. Numerous ISDT vets show up and participate, as well as AHRMA regulars and many other vintage motorcycle enthusiasts.

Here are a few pics of some of the more interesting machines I spotted.. Note, one exception is the phantom Rockford flattracker, which vintage resto specialist Gary Roach brought along for display. Also shown are a neat, little Benelli enduro bike, a genuine Jawa ISDT bike (similar to those piloted by the many-time ISDT champion East German team, back in the 60’s & 70’s), a couple of Rokons, and Bruce Williams’ ISDT-replica BMW. There were lots of other cool bikes, especially Pentons, Huskys, and Hodakas. I included a nice example of one of the Pentons (also owned by Gary Roach), as well as a trick, 70’s Honda XL350-based sidecar rig. Hope you find them all interesting. Oh yeah – I did compete, on my ’75 Can-Am 175 TNT. Bike ran great, but with all those ISDT vets and AHRMA regulars present, I got my ass handed to me. Sure had fun, though!

Ted Guthrie

I bet it was a hell of a good time! Thanks as always for sharing these great pics!

Some Great BSA rally pics from regular contributor Ted Guthrie!

Ted sent me these a while back. Not sure how they got past me in my E-mail. Sorry about that Ted. Some real beauties in there. I’ve always wanted a Victor (not to mention a ROKON!) and that’s a beauty for sure.

Ted Writes:
Hi, Steve. We had our summer BSA meet this weekend. Here are a few shots of some interesting bikes seen there. Note the “raffle” bike. Anyone can take a shot at it, for just five bucks! Go to the OVBSAOC website for more info.

Ted Guthrie

Honda CL 70… Cafe Racer! (update)

Ted Guthrie keeps sending in some really great stuff. He caught this one at Vintage Motorcycle Days a few years ago. What a cool build! When I was 12 I would have done anything for a ride like this! Well Done!

Thanks again Ted!

While we’re at it, he also included some sweet Ducati singles from the same show. I do love those little ducks..

Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club "Reliability Run". Some More Great Pics from Ted Guthrie!

Woke up this morning wondering where to go with today’s post and was very happy to find a few e-mails from regular contributor Ted Guthrie. He’s been busy lately and sent in these fantastic pictures.

Ted Writes:

Hi, Steve. Attended the Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club spring meet this last weekend. Lots of cool bikes on hand, as usual. The following images represent a sampling of machines, which took part in Saturday’s Reliability Run (vintage dual-sport) event. So, these bikes are riders, not just for show, and as a result wear their battle scars proudly.
Note, the guy posing behind the Penton MC5 is none other than Jack Penton.
I’m sending these in full-res, so I’ll send more in separate e-mail. Enjoy.

Here are a few more. Note, in addition to those bikes, which participated in the Reliability Run, the pretty blue BSA single and the old Indian were part of the BSA Club’s vintage trilas event, and the cool, little ’52 Triumph Terrier is in flattracker guise.

Great Stuff as always! You can even see the grins under some of those helmets. Thanks Much Ted!

A Zephyr pic from Reader Ted Guthrie

Ted Guthrie send in the following:

Really enjoyed the just-out-of-the-crate ZR1100 posting. Attached is a photo of mine. While I didn’t buy the bike new, it was only a couple of years old when I got, was in perfect condition, and only had about 5K on it. I’ve racked up about 30,000 since then, and consider it to be a pretty nice bike. I left it stock, other than the Corbin seat, which you see in the photo, plus have a Plexiscreen type of windshield. Oh, and heated grips, too.
The bike could basically be best described as a “GT”. It is very smooth, wonderfully comfortable, tremendous power and torque, and GREAT brakes. However, it is also very heavy, puts out engine heat like a blast furnace, and is a real handful at speed on twisty roads.
However, at the speeds I ride (slow), the big ZR behaves quite well. It has been dead-ass reliable, and is not even that hard on tires and chains (course once again that’s taking into consideration how pokey I ride it).
Kinda funny what happens when you DO try to ride it fast: The chassis flexes quite easily, and since I’ve never upgraded the suspension, bottoming the forks is (too) easily accomplished by just grabbing a big handful of front brake. Also, it is easy to tell when the tires needs replaced because the bike starts handling really wierd. It gets all squirrelly and won’t hold a line, and the front end resists coming around. Kinda spooky when you’re all hung off and committed to a hard turn, yet the bike keeps going straight.
But, all in all I love the styling, love the “big block” power, and find it a very comfortable and friendly bike indeed. Say, also attached is a little story, which takes into account bikes like “Zeke”. Cheers.