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Old 08-23-2009, 07:50 PM   #261
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Malcom Smith and his first motorcycle.

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Old 08-23-2009, 09:18 PM   #262
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Malcom Smith and his first motorcycle.
Wow.....what a great pic, of a true pioneer & living legend...

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"At 15, Smith sold his scooter and bought a real dirt bike, a Matchless. One minor problem for Smith, who was small for his age, was that he couldn’t kick-start the big thumper. He would have to start at the top of an incline and coast downhill to start the bike."

"Smith’s first taste of competition was at a local hare scrambles race in Riverside, California. He rode his 1953 Matchless to the race and figured that in order to race he would need to hold the throttle wide open.

"We entered the first turn and I just stayed on the throttle and ended up knocking a bunch of people down. I can vividly recall seeing a chain right next to my face with the rear wheel going around. I got up from that crash and crashed about 13 more times and ended up second place. Going home I started thinking, ‘If I wasn’t laying on the ground so much I could have won that race.’ The next month I went back determined to ride my ability and I did win the race that time." "



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Old 08-26-2009, 12:46 AM   #263
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my street tracker... was still waiting for final finish when photo was taken... front disc, pegs, etc...

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Old 08-27-2009, 10:11 PM   #264
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Heres my 68 Firebird Scrambler, I didnt wanna stray away from what BSA had perfected too much, here are before and after pics. I got her for $750 and the final was 300 man hours later. I like her alot rides like a dream and very comfortable. Hindsight, I shoulda kept the high pipes they were perfect, live and learn!











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Old 09-07-2009, 08:55 PM   #265
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:18 AM   #266
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Where are these pics from, Nice looking. Is there any more information?
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:12 AM   #267
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:53 AM   #268
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Where are these pics from, Nice looking. Is there any more information?
If you mean the post above yours....the Triumph is very interesting, I've seen more pix of it years ago.

The other stuff though, "gamble racing at Kawaguchi", per the edit note, just doesnt fit here.

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Old 09-08-2009, 02:03 PM   #269
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Oh yea, I was looking at the triumph and the blue bike there. The blue one looks to have some sort of AJS engine or somethng. but yea not flattrackers ay

Looked at a load of gamble autorace stuff on the web, quite interesting. I wasn't familliar with it.
Looks like both the bikes there are vintage autorace bikes.
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She ain't too purdy but she sure hauls ass.

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Old 09-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #271
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Some more info on the gamble racer photos above:

Pics from the track at Kawaguchi, on the outskirts of Tokyo.
These guys make serious money, and the tuning skills have evolved accordingly. Meguro made an almost exact copy of the two-piece Triumph for use by the gamble racers. Mods included cams which could be switched without splitting the cases, a stronger crank which is adjustable for balancing! That is, heavy screws are threaded vertically into the flywheel, allowing the riders/tuners to adjust the amount of flywheel effect to suit track conditions. The riders also made their own carb needles on tiny lathes, tuned the engine's performance using different weight valve springs, etc. The single-cylinder blue bike is a Japanese-made Kyokuto, oil pump driven off the cam, total-loss oil system. Many of the early gamble racers were British bikes which were then copied and modified by Meguro. Later they used their own engines such as the HKS and, recently, the Suzuki.
Those interested in the arcane world of the gamble racers might want to read, 'The Zen Masters of Motorcycle Racing.'
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:35 PM   #272
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Here's a few more pics of 'Fireman' (the name on the tank). The bikes run 2-speed gearboxes.

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Old 12-01-2009, 04:16 PM   #273
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This was set up for flat tracking when it lived the US, I dont know if it ever raced or not. Its in a sorry state now, havent started it yet. It will probably end up as some kind desert sled/beach racer hack.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:17 PM   #274
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Buddy Elmore's Triumph in it's last permutation as a TT racer. This bike was 6th at Daytona in '65, the year before he won on a factory ride. Built by Jack Wilson when it was still Dahlio's in Dallas. Based on a 59 5T.
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:45 PM   #275
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Norton 'Flat Tracker' circa 1985

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Old 12-13-2009, 05:51 PM   #276
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Lets don't confuse street trackers with Flat Trackers. A very different beast.
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Old 12-13-2009, 05:56 PM   #277
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my next project, to be intended for off street only

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Old 12-13-2009, 08:03 PM   #278
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my next project, to be intended for off street only

have we finally discovered what is believed to be, possibly, the oldest motard bike? it looks confused, and cool all at the same time. I kinda dig it...

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:22 PM   #279
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have we finally discovered what is believed to be, possibly, the oldest motard bike? it looks confused, and cool all at the same time. I kinda dig it...

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yeah, I thought so to. so I am going to run with it and see what I end up with.

Who knows? maybe AHRMA will let me run it in their Motard class once I escape this little island.
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