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Links for Resources Added

Finally compiled and posted a links page of useful resources. Not all links are vintage only, because not all supplies need be vintage.
The Links page can be found under the Collections Menu. The piston suppliers, sprocket suppliers, and reproduction rubber parts and decals, might be some of the most useful for vintage motorcycles and of course the plastics.
But if you ever needed to know the specifications of chains or tires those links will be helpful since sometimes the chain width for identical sized chains from different manufacturers might vary and that can sometimes make a difference in use, for example.
And the Sudco Catalog is a good source for most carburetor parts.

Nostalgia - 70's Enduros

Members of a facebook group, Enduro/Hare Scrambles Riders fom the 70's/80's have been posting results from old enduros, two of which caught my attention.

The first was the Over The Hill Enduro Riders (O.T.H.E.R.) enduro from 1979, the last year I rode as a "B" rider before being advanced to the "A" class, something I never dreamed was possible when I first started riding! Unlike a lot of my friends who had mini bikes or motorcycles when they were young, I didn't own a motorcycle or dirt bike until I graduated from college and could purchase one myself.

Third place in the B-Medium Light (175cc-200cc) class. I don't remember anything about the event and neither did the friend who posted the results to facebook except to say the scores seemed pretty high, implying a hard enduro. Still, a fun rememberance although I don't remember anything special!

OTHER Enduro - Page 1
OTHER Enduro - Page 2
OTHER Enduro - Page 3
OTHER Enduro - Page 4
OTHER Enduro - Page 5

The second results posting in contrast brings back very vivid memories ...

This was the 1977 Southern Pensylvania Enduro Riders (SPER) National Enduro. It was, I think, the first national enduro I ever rode, national enduros being the premier championship event for enduro riders and always had the best riders competing. I did not want to ride a national until I became a "B" rider because I didn't feel I was good enough to enter.

This was also the first event I entered on the 400cc Penton GS6. When I advanced to the "B" class I thought it would be cool to reward myself with buying my dream dirt bike at the time, a 400cc Penton. To actually afford the Penton however, I traded in my streetbike, a Norton 850cc Commando. This was made easier because the motorcycle shop where I purchased the Penton, The Sports Spot in Haledon NJ was a dealer for both brands and a great multi-brand motorcycle shop unlike the shops of today. When I picked the Penton up, Barry Higgins, who they sponsored in MX and also worked there as a mechanic (I think) was visiting and took my new motorcyle for a spin around the lot! I felt as though my machine was blessed.

I did a quick set-up of the motorcycle when I got it home, and that same Wednesday I also was lucky that a friend was able to join me for a break-in ride in Sterling Forest, my closest riding area and a great place it was...

Then Sunday came and I was entered in the SPER National on the same minute #27 with my friend Al. First National, First ride on the 400 ... I was nervous and excited! Unfortunately, while it might have been a very difficult enduro as can be seen from all of the DNF's (Did Not Finish) scores, i had the misfortune of breaking my foot in the first section, not a crash I just hit something really hard with my boot, rode to the end of the section which exited onto blacktop, glanced down and saw my boot had been torn open and had exposed some bloody toes, and seeing that then almost ran off the road!

Luckily, my friend's wife who was driving the van with our gas cans to the next gas stop just at that moment, saw me, saw my problem, and after finding someone willing to deliver my bike back to the start (thank you good samaritan), took me to the local hospital and waited for me while they cleaned out my wound and bandaged me up.

That is the story of my first national, my first ride on the 400 Penton, and my first broken bones while riding dirt bikes! While I may wish it had been a different result I have few regrets of my days racing dirt bikes with friends. And it is probably an experience most true enduro riders can relate to!

SPER Enduro - Page 1
SPER Enduro - Page 2
SPER Enduro - Page 3
SPER Enduro - Page 4
SPER Enduro - Page 5
SPER Enduro - Page 6

Trail Ride 11/14/2021

Just a short clip of a trail ride with Mat on his 79' Can-Am 250 and Al on his 91 KDX 200.

Watch out for the slippery leaves ...

Book - History of Hercules

This is a book only for Hercules Motorcycle fanatics, like myself, especially as it is written in German only. I found it through after first learning of it's existence through a motorcycle FaceBook group of which I am a member. And Leo Keller. Of course it's impossible for me to give a review other than it is a quality book that has many interesting photographs and, with great effort, I may actually struggle to use my 2 years of High School German lessons and try and read the most relevant portions.

The translations that follow were done using Google Document Translate.

Translated from the back cover, a description of the book's origin and purpose.

Past two-wheeler brands retain their good sound, and this also applies to Hercules. Leo Keller is dedicated to the time-honored brand. Because the Nuremberg two-wheeler manufacturers always bought their engines from the Schweinfurt giant Fichtel & Sachs, the engine builders took over Hercules. In the mid-1960s, F&S bought the Zweirad Union, which was formed in 1958 from the DKW, Express and Victoria brands. This extensive documentation describes which brands and models were created in this way and how things continued with the Sachs brand. History, models, technology, sport - finally a complete chronicle of the lost but unforgettable company.

Chapter listings translations. To preview the contents. As best I could!

Page 4 Contents German
Page 4 Contents English
Page 5 Contents German
Page 5 Contents English

NESCO Vintage Swap Meet

It was good to get out on a nice day and bring my OSSA to the Sunday Bike Show. I wish I was nearer so I could also attend the Saturday MX track day but I'm sure i will be riding there sooner or later.

I met some old friends and unfortunately missed meeting another who was going but somehow we never crossed paths.

One of my main needs was a rear tire and I eventually found one that should work although I may have missed even better ones that were no doubt grabbed by others on Saturday, but that was the trade-off to going Sunday only.

Some photos below from the event. It was nice to have it scheduled again after missing it last year due to the pandemic.

Single Cylinder
My OSSA Super Pioneer
BSA Gas Tank
Swap items
vintage truck
Vintage Car
Event Flyer

Hercules Tail Light

CEV 9241 Tail Light

The correct tail light for the Falk Fenders on the Hercules 7-speed.

I have seen some Hercules motorcycles without the correct tail light, which is understandable as it is easily damaged and then becomes difficult to find the correct replacement. I have used Moto Guzzino since I first needed a tail light for my own Hercules. They supply two identical yet different ones, metal base or plastic, and each uses a different bulb so you have a choice to make as to which one you would prefer.

They also supply just the lens cover and even the correct screws for the lense cover if those are the only parts required.

AJS Concept

Eye Candy - Design

Motorcycle Design/Art for your enjoyment

Designer Oberdan Bezzi

A friend posted a link to a motorcycle art/design site on his Facebook page and I thought it well worth sharing. I think I've seen this designer's artwork mentioned on other motorcycle sites but not the whole portfolio. There are many track, street and dirt bikes to view, some being concept bikes.

Not strictly vintage but beautiful motorcycle art anyone can appreciate. I believe that AJS is a concept but I could be mistaken. I almost purchased an AJS from Sport Spot in Haledon NJ back in the 70's but eventually chose another brand I was more familiar with. But I still love the look of that bike!