Vintage & Antique Motorcycles


 

My vintage & antique motorcycle projects include . . .

The 1911 Curtiss, 1912 Blackhawk, 1950 Vincent, 1966 Benelli and the 1972 Aermacchi Ala d’Oro, to name just a few.  Each one has a story to tell . . . if you’re curious.

 

  • The Curtiss.  Bruce Lindsay really helped me out on this project. He has an original, unrestored Curtiss, and we spent a lot of time on the phone discussing (in minute detail) every little bit of the frame.
  • The Blackhawk.  Start of the frame. Engine is lying on the bench. The dropouts were salvaged from a wrecked frame from the same era. They had the correct “look” to them.
  • The Vincent. I bought my Vincent in 1974 when I was nineteen. The total price was $600, and I was working in a machine shop for $2.50 an hour. A brand new Norton Commando was $1995, and a used Vincent in good shape was $4000.
  • The Benelli.  This bike came to me in pieces: wheels, frame, engine, Marzocchi forks from something else, and a Yamaha 650 front hub. The engine was already done. The “trick” was to put it all together as a Vintage race bike. The engine is a 250 single, 2-valve pushrod, with a 4-speed gearbox.
  • The Aermacchi Ala d’Oro.  It all started innocently enough. I’ve always been fascinated by frames, and I wanted an Aermacchi racing frame. I knew the Trev Deeley Motorcycle Museum had a 1966 250 CRTT, so I got introduced to Trev and asked if I could borrow his racer, strip it down, and make a jig so I could produce my own frame. He agreed.

 

1911 Curtiss Guggenheim 1912 Blackhawk

                 1911 Curtiss                                      1912 Blackhawk

1950 Vincent 1966 Benelli Racer

                   1950 Vincent                                 1966 Benelli

1972 Aermacchi Ala d'Oro

                1972 Aermacchi Ala d’Oro

 

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