Here is a great pic of Mike and Margaret Wilson and Mara and I. The wilsons had a dealership back in the early 50s. They are a cute couple, and the reason that Mara and I decided to go to AMA vintage days.
Here is a pic of them on my bike, Mike said that the buddy seat brought back good memories.
They are such a cute couple, I could talk to both of them for hours.
Here is a pic of Mara riding Buzz's 1957 NSU scooter after getting it running. She cleaned and rebuilt the BING carb and got it running like a champ. Unfortunately the the drive shaft made a bunch of noise and we couldn't ride it that much.
Here she is cleaning the carb. The bingcarb was a slide carb with a side float, it is the same set up as a hummer carb.
Here is my back tire after getting a flat going 80mph on interstate 90
I never flip up rear fenders, because it chips the paint, Mara and I found a telephone pole and tried to get the bike off the ground with it, but it didn't work.
Here is a pic of us with the tire all fixed up. and ready to reinstall
This is Caleb, He stopped to help us out. I lifted up the back of the bike, Caleb balanced it, and Mara pulled the wheel out. Then Caleb gave me a ride to get the tire filled up. It worked well, this whole process took 3 hours, and ruined our Iron Butt attempt.
Hey guys we are in madison wisconsin. The bike is running great, my left hip is killing me, I don't know about this whole buddy seat thing, as soon as I get home I am going to put the solo seat back on the circus wagon. We are on schedule, wish us luck.
So we are cheacking over the bike filling the oil and letting the feeling come back to my butt we bumped the speed to75 and the wind is working against matt and our gas milage traffic jam took a half hour there was a small accident
We just stopped for gas, we have gone 170 miles so far. The skies are clear and the bike is running well. I dropped the speed down to 70 mph in hopes of reducing fatigue on our bodies later on in the day.
Well guys, it is wiÞh great sorrow that I write this message. I came to the realization that I didn't have enough time to finish the 1000 mile trip.there were too many hurdles. The good news is that I did an iba run last sunday, and I know that I can do it again with a passenger. Mara and I are going to do the run on our way home this upcoming sunday. We are not throwing in the towel, just rescheduling the run a couple of days. Mara will still be doing updates, so if you are interested in seeing what else can go wrong or hopefully go right, then check out this site on sunday. Best, Matt and mara
We got through chicago, it was intense. The bike is running good,the speedo light broke, so I don't know how fast I am going. I will just have to judge our speed the good old fashioned way--by how many cars we pass lol
Well guys and girls, We are back on the road. We got the tire fixed with the help of my new friend caleb. I don't think we will break the record today, but I will still give it a try and drive til 5am. If we don't break it on the way to lexington, we will break it on the way back,
We just got a flat rear tire, going 80mph down interstate 90 in the rain. It was really squirrelly, I didn't know if we were going to make it off the bike until we made it to the shoulder. This may ruin our attempt for the record. Wish us luck
Hey guys mara and I just woke up from a two hour nap. We still have over 500 miles to go. Our breaks were getting too frequant and long. I had to take a nap or there was no way that we could finish. Wish us luck.
We are in lacrosse wisconsin. One of the lines on my rear head must be plugged, because there is carboned up oil spraying back onto my oil tank. I put a set of large port heads on my bike earlier this summer, they came with a basket case that my daddy bought, they are working well, just leaking.
We are in sherburn minnesota, the first 40 miles were really rough, I couldn't seem to go over 65 and the bike was shaking really bad. I pulled off of on an exit and when I went to downshifr I discovered the problem, I had been driving in 3rd gear. I can't believe the trans held up to 40 miles of two up 65mph abuse. Wish us luck!
Here is a pic of the two bikes in Redfield. This is what knuckleheads look like after running 70 miles an hour for 22 hours straight.
My front intake lower tin cracked a line and sprayed oil all over the oil tank. I silver soldered it up for today'sIbA run. The heads on my bike came with a basket case that my dad bought. I switched out my open rocker heads with these large port heads to cut down on oil consumption.
Here is Jack in Redfield after 1050 miles plus of riding through six states. I am taking this bike on another iba run to ohio at 2am today. If I complete it, I will finish 2 IBA runs within 5 days of eachother! Whoa
Here we are in Ohio getting ready to leave. Mike Lichter took this pic, good job Mike!
Hey guys, I don't know how to get a specific youtube link to show up on here, so I have to show you the url for my youtube channel. It is www.youtube.com/gosonytv Go and check out the 4 videos that my friend Iacovos and I took through out last Sunday, July19th. We rode a 39 and a 36 knucklehead for 1050 plus miles in 22 hours. It was an awesome trip and I recommend it to anybody that would want to try it. I am going to go do another one tomorrow, I plan on leaving at 2am on Thursday morning. Check out the videos and let me know what you think. best, Matt Olsen
My friend Iacovos from Cyprus flew into Aberdeen and rode to Wauseon with my dad, Neil and Mike last week. I have been friends with Iacovos for a couple months, in one of our conversations, he said his dream was to fly to the US and ride knuckleheads around the states, so I invited him over. We had a nice leisurely ride to Wauseon and an insane ride back to South Dakota. Here is a pic the Iacovos took of a sunset somewhere between aberdeen and Ohio.
Here is a pic of the bikes that we rode to the banquet in Wauseon. The 36 belongs to my friend Doug from Indiana, it is a great bike!
Here is a group photo from the first day, Kevin and J rode to Redwing MN with us, then they went home.
Well guys it is saturday night, and Iacavos and I are getting ready to ride our two prewar knuckleheads back to south dakota. We are going to leave at 5 in the morning and try to make it in one trip. I will keep you updated on how the trip goes as soon as I get home to sd. Wish us luck!
I climbed up on top of a grain bin to take this pic. I need some input guys, which pic do you like the most. The bikes are the same, just a different angle. Pretty neat representation of different decades and engines- btsv, knuckle, pan, shovel whoa!
Here is one from the ground. I need your guy's input. Please comment below and let me know which one you like the most. I have to use one of these pics on a shirt for amcasturgis volunteers, and I need to get it done asap. I will make a decision based on your comments next week. Thanks.
Mike and I went out on the town so he could practice handshifting old bikes. I lent him my old clunker.
We went to the Palm Garden in Aberdeen and they had amazing food. I had a bowl of soup and the chef made us this awesome fruit plate.
We did some riding shots later on in the day. Since Mike was taking the pics, he couldn't really be in them, so after we were done with the group, the two of us went out on the bobbers, and I snapped these pics.
Here he is on the silver bike. I am not the best photographer, sorry guys, I guess you get the idea though.
Hey guys, Here is a video of me starting up the silver bobber that my daddy and I built. I don't know how to make the youtube link show up as a picture, if any of you can fill me in on this subject, please leave a comment. Until I learn how to do this feature, you will have to click the link below. I hope you enjoy it and have a nice day.
Sorry for the iffy photo guys, My camera skills are lacking. I am trying to show you the nice even line between the flip and the fender. Warren uses his fender flap, and wanted a chrome hinge, so the paint wouldn't chip. This is the stroked 64 that we have been working on.
Here is a pretty good pic. Mike did a great job of painting the fenders, they are as smooth as glass, have great rivet definition and the body work is set up right. He is a good painter.
Here is my bike after a two day marathon of inspection. I put some flanders bars on it and put a set of bigger 37 basket weave saddlebags on it. Michael Paquette made them, and they are awesome. Good job Michael. I am going test riding as soon as I am done with this post.
Front 3/4, I changed the front end springs to a different set up. Mike Wilson told me about how he used to set them up back in the 50s, so I figured I would give it a try. Check out the pics below to see what I changed.
Here is the correct 36 to 38 set up. Curved inner springs on the bottom, and 36 to 38 straight top springs. As per Mike Wilson's advice, the top springs get removed, this was the most painful part of the switch over for me. I spent 700 dollars on reproducing these early inner springs when I was 19, and now I don't have them in my bike lol.
Here you can see the parts that are going back into it. The new lower springs are sidecar springs and much longer than the solo version.
I also inspected both wheel hubs to see how everything was wearing in or out. These hubs were re surfaced by Lee Armitage. He spray welds them and regrinds them back to standard size. On one of the forums somebody was talking about how this was such a bad fix, and that the spray welding will come loose. I had to check my wheels out just for piece of mind, after 4,000 miles they are as beautiful and smooth as when I first got them back from Lee.
My dad got home from his month long vacation on thursday night. He put over 5200 miles on his knucklehead in a little less than a month. The only problem that he had was a bolt coming loose that held his rear view mirror on. This bike is awesome!