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THE 2018 PHILADELPHIA VETERANS DAY PARADE

Post & Images by Jack McIntyre. Info provided by Mark Schultz.

It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia, right?  Well for this terrific parade it was. Being a former Marine, I was able to move in and about the parade talking with WWII Marine Vets. Wow, one Marine was at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and still in Asia for the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Just incredible, today’s youngsters couldn’t even imagine what that must have been like. Continue reading THE 2018 PHILADELPHIA VETERANS DAY PARADE

Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for Daytona Supercross By Honda

index1DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2016) – Immediately following the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 5.
For the ninth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.
Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.
This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course sees the starting gate return to pit road and competitors will race in a counterclockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy, including Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, and Cole Seely.
Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 25th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda are Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:
290  Truckloads of dirt
5,000 – Tons of dirt
12 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track
40 – Obstacles on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
20 – Loads of new clay for the start gate
2 – Whoop sections
450 – Honda-branded Tuff Blocks
2,915 –length in feet of the Supercross course
500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
In addition, two crawlers, two front loaders and two skid steers are used to move the dirt during construction.
The Supercross Pits will be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 5:30 p.m. – access is free with your race ticket.
Also returning in 2016 will be the seventh annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the 2nd Annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 8.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets for DAYTONA Supercross by Honda start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) start at $15; kids five and under are free in general admission stadium seating.
Fans can stay up to speed on the latest news by using #DAYTONASX and #BikeWeek. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway onTwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. You can also stay updated on the latest information by downloading the new version of Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app.
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Too Cool For School

Whether you had a Honda, Triumph, Harley or Yamaha scooter back in the early ‘70s Tracy’s Fiberglas Works had ready-made body panels, tanks, fairings and more to instantly transform your stock bike to custom cool. Take a look through the pages of this 1974 edition and we bet you’ll be itching to hop in a time machine just so you can place an order!

Though the company is long gone, the ideas and designs represented here still look fresh and interesting. If nothing else, this blast from the past might inspire you to start a new project or rethink how your bike might be improved.

Great stuff!

Tracy Catalog PDF  CLICK HERE

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The Holy Grail Trail

The Holy Grail Trail

Story & photos by Mark Joseph Good

 

            Like so many of you reading this, I was raised in the 1960’s and 70’s, getting my first taste of motorcycling on a 5 HP Montgomery Ward’s mini bike. I saved my lawn mowing and paper route money for over am7 year before I could finally afford to purchase my first little scooter and once acquired I thought I was Mister Fonda himself riding Captain America into the sunset every day after school. As the years went by so did many of my bikes as my taste changed and the motorcycle companies strived to improve their product lines. Oh how I wish that I somehow still had that collection of bikes today.  I could simply visit my stable whenever I pleased and take that walk down memory lane with my babies. It’s nice to dream isn’t it? I’m sure that we all do, each of us in our own ways.

            All dreaming put aside, I am a one bike owner today and my reality is a large displacement custom cruiser that I created in my spare time. I enjoy the big bike and it keeps me m6connected to one side of the cycling world…street bikes. My connection to the “other side” of the motorcycle world goes back to my roots in the world of off- road motorcycles, motocross, enduros, and the like as I am the manager of a facility in central Florida called Croom. Technically Croom is the Croom Motorcycle Area, or CMA located near the town of Brooksville, Florida. The facility is owned by the Florida Forest Service and claims 2600 acres of some of the best riding in the southeastern United States. People come there from all over the world to test their metal on the tougher trails, relax on the easier ones, or to take advantage of the training areas for kids and spend time passing on the passion to our younger generations. Travis Pastrana himself started there as a kid and when he gets the time still comes to Florida to play in the sand when commitments allow. My first encounter with Travis was at Croom when he and part of the Nitro Circus gang dropped by for a day of private riding in the park. You just never know who or what you might run into in central Florida and the surrounding areas.

Text Box: 1979 850 GS850G-Shaft            On that note of “you just never know”, I was pleased one sunny afternoon when I met a distinguished older gentleman named Russell that lived in a reasonable distance of my office. One conversation led to another wherein I discovered Russell is a world of motorcycle related information from the 1950’s to present day. Part of his life was spent as a motorcycle police officer where he was actually attached to the John F. Kennedy motorcades in the early part of the President’s career. He actually met the President and the First Lady, becoming quite fond of them over the years before the Presidents’ assassination.

            Russell is currently almost 80 years of age but still stays fit and active on his Suzuki 850 with sidecar. He has the big bike set up with off road tires much like a Ural and amazes me every time I see him running 60 mph down the dirt roads of central Florida. This man was truly “born to ride” like much of the motorcycle population believes in themselves, but Mr. Russell is by all means the real deal.m5

            I’ve known Russell now for 5 years and received a personal invitation to his home and property, a little slice of heaven this side of Orlando, Florida. The property is fenced with an electric gate at the entrance and a dog patrolling the grounds for intruders. There is a moderately sized building on the grounds, call it a barn without the farm animals, but it’s a focal point nonetheless. My first visit had Russell taking me straight to the barn and I admit I wondered why. He seemed like he was hiding a secret but wanting to share it at the same time. I felt a bit like I was entering the world of pirates and this man had a treasure map. “So I hear that you’re a motorcycle lover?” (He inquired as we approached the barn.)I really wasn’t ready for what happened next.

            As Mr. Russell slowly opened the big doors on the front of this facility I was awe-struck at what I began to see as my eyes adjusted to the lighting. I don’t want to sound like I’m exaggerating too much but I m4thought I actually heard trumpets sound and the Hallelujah Chorus being sung as my eyes went from one collectable motorcycle to the next! Harley Davidson, Triumphs, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Ducati, Husqvarna, BMWs, Suzuki, Royal Enfield, street bikes, dirt bikes, racing bikes, quads, three wheelers, you name it! The collection went through several rooms and seemed to never end. Parts were everywhere seemingly waiting for an eager owner to find the bike that they were meant to fit on. As I wandered around admiring his treasures my mind wandered back to younger days and one of the bikes that I never had the chance to acquire. The Honda Trail 70. I had a friend that owned one back in 1971 and I was never able to make it happen as a kid. I wondered…could there actually be one in this building hidden somewhere in this collection of other bikes? Could my childhood “Holy Grail” be resting here in central Florida?

 

            It didn’t take long and yes, I located my treasure under a ¼ inch of dirt and dust. The tires were still under pressure as crazy as that may sound. I was amazed! Russell also had several Honda Trail 50’s, the little brother to the 70cc version of this family trail machine. What does he not own in the wonderful collection of his?m3

           m2 Well, I can honestly say that I am honored to have been invited to share in this gentleman’s life, his world, and his collection. He spent a lifetime of collecting motorcycles, a lifetime of riding motorcycles, and a respectable lifetime of simply “living motorcycles”. To Russell I say thank you very much for my day on the Holy Grail Trail, and I wonder…which bike represents your Grail in our quest for motorcycle perfection and did it ever make it to your barn?

 

                  Mark Joseph Good

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Indian Chief Look-a-like Custom Drifter by author with his

                           permitted hawk, Terra.

Hard Work and a Honda

We all like a story about a builder with no formal training who knocks it out of the park on their first shot, but down here on earth, those stories are as rare as a dry Ironhead rocker box. The fact is, there’s no magic formula for building a great bike, and the only certain way to succeed is to work for it until you do.

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That was the path Joey Chanel took when he began building this radical Honda-based chop. Inspired to take a creative approach when tasked with completing a senior year design project for his fine arts degree at George Mason University, he eventually convinced the staff that a chopper can be art, too. Hey, we already knew that, but word spreads slowly sometimes.

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Starting with a dirt-cheap ’79 Honda CM400, there were hurdles to overcome right out of the gate. Joey had plenty of welding experience, but the resources at his school didn’t include a tubing bender. Working on a budget too tight to allow flagrant spending on pre-bent steel or a one-off frame built by someone else, Joey tackled the problem from another direction…or should we say dimension? Abandoning the preconceived notion that motorcycle frames have to be made from round tubing, he designed and fabricated the entire tail section out of flat 1/8″ sheet steel. “It’s 26 individual pieces, cut and shaped by hand,” Joey points out.

This radical section was mated to what was left of the front of the bike, where more cool touches can be found. The front is suspended on later-model CB650 forks, shortened to bring the geometry in line and capped with clip on bars, a trick brake master made from a glass fuel filter, and an LED headlight housed in what used to be a scuba tank pressure nut!

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Joey had a friend chip in with a bucket of good quality steel – in the form of pipe fittings and union joints! The free material ended up wrapping the bike together, visually. The kick pedal, pegs, heel/toe shifter, tail light housings – they all use the union fittings as their raw material, and were carefully worked into functional, artful pieces by Joey. Even the unique twin tanks are secured via these union joints. “My dad was joking that I wouldn’t know how much gas I had in the tanks, but I told him I could just unscrew them and carry them down the road if I ran out,” Joey laughs.

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He even worked in another craft that he loves, woodworking. “I was tired of propping the bike up with a broom stick, so I finally shaped a piece of black oak for a kickstand. It’s hinged to fold neatly against the frame, and has neodymium magnets to keep it in place,” he says.

That’s some serious blending of hard work and craft. After finishing the bike earlier this year, he met Copper Mike of Gravesend Cycles, who agreed to help get Joey’s bike down to Daytona bike week where he made an impressive appearance at several shows. He even scored the “Best Creative Custom” award at the legendary Willies Tropical Tattoo show, putting everyone on alert: this young man has talent, drive, and ambition. If he can turn heads like this with a $300 Honda, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Spec Sheet

Owner/Builder: Joey Chanel

GENERAL
Year, Make & Model: 1979 CM400T
Assembly/Builder: Honda

FORKS
Year/Model: 1985 CB650
Builder: Honda
Type: Telescopic
Extension: Lower!

ENGINE
Year/Model: 1979 CM400T
Rebuilder: Soon to be me!
Displacement: 400cc
Pipes: Joey Chanel

TRANSMISSION
Year/Modifications: Stock
Trans sprocket: 18
Wheel sprocket: 47
Final drive: 150 link O-ring chain

FRAME
Year: Stock frame, modified w/welded-on handmade flat stock rear section
Designer/Builder: Joey Chanel
Geometry: Stock frame was tilted forward to toe the front in

ACCESSORIES
Bars: Clip ons
Fenders: None
Gas Tank: Handmade using converted fire extinguishers, detachable for emergency fuel shortages
Headlight: Handmade AR 111 Bright white LED projection bulb, housed in a scuba tank pressure nut
Taillight: LED, housed in 4140 steel nuts
Speedo: Naaah…
Pegs: 4140 steel nuts
Electrics: Hand-wired
Seat: Cold formed 3/8” steel…cozy!

WHEELS/TIRES
Front Wheel: ’82 Honda FT500 mag
Front Tire: Off road
Size: 20”
Rear Wheel: ’85 Honda Ascot mag
Rear Tire: Off Road
Size: 19”
Brakes: Nissin CBR600RR caliper

PAINT
Bodywork/Molding: None
Painter: NOVA Powder Coat, www.Novapowdercoat.com
Color: Sand blasted bare metal
Powdercoating: Clear powder coat with black powder coat accents

Awards:
2014 International Motorcycle Show, Washington D.C. 2nd in Freestyle
2014 Timonium Motorcycle Show, Timonium Maryland. 2nd in Nostalgic Custom. Best Handcrafted Parts of show
2014 Willies Tropical Tattoo, Daytona Florida. Best Creative Custom
2014 Boardwalk Bike Show, Daytona Florida. 3rd in Radical Metric.
2014 Rats Hole Custom Bike Show, Daytona Florida. 3rd in 251-1000cc Class