Nothing brings you back to the simple pleasures of motorcycling quite like a cruiser.
“I beat him once in Kansas City… I’ve got a BSA stroker crank, just need some cases… The center-port is illegal in this class, but there’s no rule says you can’t relocate a side-port… Man, that’s a lot of filler… See that little hole… No, keep going… That’s where the old manifold bolted to the head. As long as that shows, I’m legal…”
It was mid-March. I was sitting in the warm sunshine at Volusia County Speedway in Barberville, Florida, watching AMA vintage dirt-track racing and eating a $3 hot dog doused in onions, mustard, and flies. Surrounding me was the best kind of motorcycle chatter. These guys talk sweet trash—maybe not all true but all remembered as true.
Unlike other years when I rode straight up the coast from … More