Sunday, January 22, 2017

Siege’s 8th Annual Racing Motorcycle Show

I loved this bike. I could never figure out who the owner was.

This was probably my favorite bike of the show. Yamaha TZ250

1914 Yale

Speedbird Update

I've mentioned on several occasions how special I think my friend English Stephen's "SpeedBird" is going to be. Take a look at some of the previous teasers I've posted. Stephen sent me another photo a couple of weeks ago and it's really coming along. 2018 One Moto Show maybe?
Just conventional factory Triumph frame dropouts? Not if you're a perfectionist and must slightly alter the factory stretch and drop. That means new dropout tube angles. Just design them in Solidworks, 3D print casting models (accounting for shrink), find someone that can cast steel to acceptable standards and machine the finished castings. The whole process can't take more than 4 years maybe... I'm telling you. This bike gonna be unreal.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Clayton Paddison's 1926 Model T

I'm generally not as much a fan of Model T hot rods as I am later cars like '32's but this car stole my heart.

Friday, January 20, 2017


Flathead Rob recently bought a pre-Monobloc Amal for me at an auction. To get it he had to buy a whole box of miscellaneous crap, mostly garbage. It did include a muffler of unknown origin that washer type baffle. It had an integrated knob that allowed you spin the washer 90 degrees to "engage" and "disengage" the baffle. I initially thought it was homemade, I've seen washers welded in as baffles before. I thought it was kinda neat and pulled it out to clean it up a little.

Once I knocked some of the carbon off I saw the Pacifico, Portland Oregon lettering. Naturally the Portland connection got me interested. A little research took me to a Cycle World write-up on them.

Allan N. Lader of Gresham, Oregon, applied for the patent on Snuff-or-Nots on November 5, 1964, and got the patent on October 10, 1967. A computer programmer back when computers understood Fortran and took up entire climate-controlled rooms, Lader was also a keen on-and-off-road rider who disliked having to put in and take out exhaust baffles—or what he calls “snuffers”—on his four-stroke dual-purpose bikes for different riding environments. 

What amounted to a flat washer that could be pivoted inside the exhaust pipe to silence the exhaust or turned edge-on to allow it to flow freely, depending on whether the bike was on- or off-road. Doing most of the test riding on his Ducati 250 Single, he invested two years and some $8000 of his own money (more than $57,000 today) to create, develop and test it before even trying to manufacture what became the Snuff-or-Not.
Lader sold more than 100,000 Snuff-or-Nots in the first year of manufacturing at $1.95 each (retail—and Twins, of course, needed two), through Pacifico, the company he co-owned with his brother, Randy.

There were shops back in the day that wouldn’t even work on a bike with Snuff-or-Nots. Joe Bolger, legendary AMA Hall-of-Fame scrambles and MX racer, inventor and former Honda shop owner, reminded me of this when I asked him if he’d ever installed any. On the other hand, Carl Cranke, another AMA Hall-of-Fame member told me that when he worked at and raced for a Honda shop, he installed what seemed like thousands of them. 

I love the way a pile of crap that laid around in a storage shed for 40 years can result in a little snapshot of motorcycle history.

Thursday, January 19, 2017