The Cedar River came up a bit with all the snow melt (in 2 days) - and now we're getting some heavy rain to wash all the salt and sand down the drain . . . I don't talk about it much, but the last 3 years, I've been into "fitness" and health and eating right and all that terrible crap. I sure feel a lot better, but it takes commitment for sure. I've been tryin' to dial in my new Fezzari bicycle - and with all these new Iowa trails everywhere - maybe get back out there and do some single-track?
It's like a Ferrari . . . But with ZZZZZZs . . . !
Hopefully, I'll be able to pack this thing up again this year - and ride someplace ? 1. We need to get through this virus deal - and 2. The weather needs to straighten out. I'm pretty sure #2 will happen eventually - but #1 will need everyone to work together, since all the fun things we do rely on other people to make them happen - and without everyone - it won't matter that you live in a rural farmhouse, or Montana wilderness . . . it's just gonna suck. So do your part - stay away from people for a bit, hole it at home, bust out Easyrider (and watch it again). Crack that old bottle of wine you 'been saving . . Call all your long lost relatives and friends you never talk to . . . and just hold-the-line for a month - and maybe it will all go away (along with your savings account)??
Hey, some of the best times of your life is when you had no money, but you had an Ironhead Sportster or a Honda 350 chopper - and all you did was ride ride ride - and your bed roll was it. You roughed it and didn't know any better. At least we still know how to do it if necessary.
Stay safe - and I'll try to post some most stuff to ward off boredom . . . -Noot
A friend of mine gave me this old Cycle World magazine, so I framed it. Neat picture of ol' George Roeder sliding in.... His son still has the bike and runs it for exhibition from time to time... Great shot !
In his early years, Jay Springsteen and his brother Charles raced short tracks. "Chuck" ran a 360cc or bigger - and the younger brother Jay raced a smaller 250cc. The lack of power to most racers would be a disadvantage, but Jay learned to make up seconds/lap with corner speed ! Holding the throttle wide open all the way around the track, steering with the rear wheel under full power - and pitching the bike sideways to scrub speed when necessary. It helped hone his skills - soon becoming a top ranked Junior - and then Expert status. The poster above celebrates his 1977 National Championship. He won the previous year (1976) and won again in 1978 - A 3 time national champion. Jay had a mysterious ailment that plagued him during his prime - causing him to miss races and forfeit points. It was years until smart physician finally diagnosed his problem - and he came back strong as ever ! Scott Parker is the king - but Springsteen (in my opinion) is the greatest flat track racer ever - due to his skill, stamina, longevity and promotion of the sport. He's still goes fast as heck too . . .
One of the best investments you can make for your kick-start Harley 4 speed ! They operate smooth as silk - and I've tested these gears for 5 straight years on my kicker panhead. It's a one kick bike on most occasions, and this Baker set up is a big part of it. Not cheap - but nothin' good ever is . . .
Above: I got my first set of gears from Bert Baker himself. I won a bike show, and received a Baker gift certificate as a prize. James Simonelli, me, and Bert Baker in Sturgis, SD. I run their heavy forged kicker pedal with chrome moly shaft too. Maybe someday afford a complete transmission?
I talked to Buddy Stubbs awhile back when I visited Arizona. These are his personal race bikes he ran short tracks, TTs, desert races, 1/2 miles - a couple KRs and an XLR. He beat the factory riders many times - and won the Daytona 100 (250cc class). I think he said he's 80 now !
The best museum in Phoenix (off Cave Creek). Buddy Stubbs' Harley-Davidson