XS650: Boardtracker   Leave a comment

Board tracks, loosely based on French velodromes, were popular in the United States in the 20’s and 30’s. Oval courses. Wooden plank surfaces.

 

 

top racer Otto Walker,  one of Harley-Davidson’s first factory riders…after ww1 he started wearing a German aviators helmet and goggles when racing

 

The Coliseum Motordome, LA, California, opened April 8, 1910. Built with 4x2in (100x50mm) boards, banked up to 45°  (Fulford-by-the-Sea and Culver City both claimed 50°+). By 1915 there were a few tracks operating up to 2 miles (3 km). 24 in 1931.

 

 

High maintenance costs, perceived and real dangers killed them.

 

1916 “Big Valve” Excelsior Motorcycle Racer From Wheels Through Time museum…i dont know what this does to you-makes my blood scream

 

Reminds me of this Opel Sandracer replica  built in Opelwerk Rüsselsheim. I’ve had the luck to ride this-yes, it does go.

opel sand racer replica…1/3-2/3 hp…over 40kmh….DM700 in 1922

 

The thrills of raw speed, banking, overtaking possibility are still suitably exploited in modern racing.

There have been a few nice replica projects documented over recent years.

A couple of examples are this Cyclone

Cyclone

 

And this Excelsior

1919 Excelsior replica

 

which started life as these casings

 

and this picture

 

and concepts

like this EFI SR400 Board Tracker from Vicente Design

 

here

Recently this trend has appeared across a wide range of bikes. Interesting.

The XS650 hasnt escaped.

metalhead

 

from Metalhead Cycles also here

bryan hall from k street cycles

 

K Street Cycles

fong bros

 

the Fong Bros

triumph

 

from Falcon Motorcycles

79 SP1000 guzzi

 

from Adam Nestor

these kiwi indians are pretty cool

 

Kiwi Indian

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Posted January 30, 2011 by xscafe in Frame - Design, XS Pics

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