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Speedway Solos (Sliders) have a long right hand peg. It enables the riders to lift the rear wheel of the deck while waiting at the start line to save the clutch.
 

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R.I.P. Allan Girdler (b. 1937; d. last Thursday, 4.15.21): top-notch motorsickle journo, author of a shit ton of good tech books, racer, and XR specialist.

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Oh holy dang on a stick. I got the Allan Girdler = Dead story from a single source; a week has passed; I've searched every day for a corroborative story or obit, and have found only one other assertion that Girdler bit the dust, and that guy used the same source as I did.

Girdler may still walk among us, or he might be gone. I'm ashamed to have (maybe) spread hogwash. In any case, I am getting out of the obituary business as of right now.
 

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Looks as if it reads "[L]eonard" on the swingarm. Is this frame familiar to anybody?

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That’s Tony Lenard - just detective work noticing the spelling. In case I break any rules, if you search ‘Norton racing Lenard’ a nice article comes up on the Access Norton site by the man himself. Frame is C&J racing frames, Fallbrooke CA.

Sounds like the bike / rider was quite a competitor!
 

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Thank you, Cooks.

To get pedantic about it, the Access Nortoon piece says the rider is Steve Keston. Lenard got hurt on his short-track bike before he got to race the 1/2 miler.
 

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It's a swell example of whatever it is. (Did a JJ member build it, or did I make that up? I've def seen it before, but of course not necessarily here.)

Do board trackers count?
I guess whatever the poster thinks counts, counts. Just speaking as a guy who posts a lot, maybe compulsively, in this thread, I mostly try to stick to what belongs here according to the thread's title. I know I've posted at least one (remarkable) "street tracker" somewhere in here, but I try to confine myself to real race bikes.

I'm not the boss of this topic by virtue of posting a lot (or by any other virtue). And if it came to that, I'd sluff off any decision about what is/isn't "appropriate" onto the shoulders of the JJ's chronically underthanked mod(s).
 

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You're right, Ratso.
I bought the bike in 1998 and put it away. About 6 years ago I brought it out and started putting it back on the road. I went with a 1971 iron head for power but modified the engine to fit the frame instead of hacking up the frame to take the engine. That way I can put the original pocket valve motor back in and have it back to stock in about a day. Luckily for me the original owner saved everything he took off to race the bike so I got all the original parts too. His son inherited the bike and I bought it from him, making me the third owner, and I got all the paperwork back to the original 1921 bill of sale from the Harley Davidson agency here in town.
I studied loads of vintage pictures and tried to get all the original details right, even to using friction tape instead of the modern plastic electrical tape where needed.
I also put iron head Sportster brakes on it including making my own backing plates to adapt the drum brakes to the hard tail frame and front forks.

With so many bikes restored to museum grade, I wanted mine to retain the barn find look which I find much more interesting with all their rider modifications to gain a little extra speed.
True, it's a board tracker, not a flat tracker but I'm kinda proud of my work and wanted to share. My apologies to the purists.
 

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Swell bike, and the story is amazing in several respects.

Below: "Shep" Hurd, Elsinore GP, 1970. The passenger biting the hack is his mom, perhaps known as "Mom" Hurd.

Below that: I know nothing beyond what the caption says.

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The CCM was what took-over the BSA 441 Victor Scrambler role as BSA fell-apart. I never owned one, but I did own a TR25W Triumph single. A friend bought it new with money he got from a student loan when he was attending university. He used to ride the bike to work and to school, but when he had an accident one morning on the way to work fire-rescue, he pushed the bike into a shed and forgot about it. I tried to pry it loose from him many times, but it wasn't until his kids grew-up and began to badger him about 'that old Triumph,' and wanting to repair it and begin riding. That's when he finally asked me to make it operable. I had to un-freeze the piston in the bore, and new piston, rings, wristpin,a new sleeve to restore it to OEM piston spec, a carburetor re-build, and new wheel tubes and tires were the $ items.

He rode it for a few rides, and sold it to me for the cost of repairs. I didn't charge him anything for labor, which probably was in my favor in the long-run.

1969 BSA 441 Victor Special - Motorcycle Classics | Exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!
 

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Ossa Pioneer below. Looks like a little bit of a handbag, but it gets raced.

Circa 1974, I moved into a house up the hill from Sunset and Alvarado. The sort-of basement was stuffed with Ossa parts and most of a road racer and a flattracker. Their owner, the landlady's son, hadn't come home from Vietnam. I kept my sticky fingers strictly to myself.

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I once had an OSSA Six days Replica. A MI friend had a Pioneer and that bike was a lot of fun to ride, it was pretty-new, and after trying that I bought a new Yamaha 360 Enduro and used it for hare scrambles and enduros. That green OSSA is a good looking flat tracker.

Here are pics from St. Augustine FL at the annual bike meet. Note the hardtail.

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