Bike of the Month!

 

 

  Gear-Head and Bikes of the Month!

 

 

Bike of the Month

April 2013

  

" The Slider "

1978 Yamaha SR 500

Built by the VRM Team

XR750 Tank & Tail, Bobbed Frame "Trick" 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Pat Murphy - Rider of the Month

November 2013

 

 

Hello,

Just want to say thank you, for all your help in answering my questions and pointing me always in the right direction over the last year, I have finally finished my 77 TT500 and got a chance to race it at Woodland, It has been at least 17 to 18 years since I’ve raced and at least as long since I’ve thrown a leg over a bike, The photo, 1st moto  50+ Evo and running alone in 4th place ended up finishing the day with a fourth overall and had the time of my life! So once again thank you for all your help!!

 

Thanks, Pat - this is what it is all about!

Have a great return to racing and ridin'!

Some of the photos are before and after, it took almost a year to build and find parts, unfortunately had to find a motorbecause the origninal needed lots of work. All in all I have about 1300.00 in to it and love it. The pic 038 was the bike I raced in the mid 90's it is a TT500 motor in a Husky frame with a RM tank, Honda throttle and carb, when I bought it I had never seen anything so odd but had to have it, it was fast and once I had got the suspension dialed in handled pretty good. still have it and plan on building a HL out of it. as far as racing goes my first race was in 1977 on a '74 TM 125 at washougal ended up with a 29th overall but what a kick. Unfortunately life stepped in and I didn't race again untill the 90's where I raced what I thought was a huskamaha the bike I mentioned earlier and did pretty good on it usually finished in the top five against the 2 strokes, not to many TTs back then. It's all fun and good to see the new guys and alot of the old timers  from the early days of VDR still riding, I give props to Monte and Ann for taking the time out of there lives to run the vintage races and guys like you who help support our addiction. hope this helps?

 

Tim Pongraz

 
commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  -  Jan 1, 2014
 
 
Hello,
Thats a great combo of the yamaha and husky. When I first had the idea of placing a tt500 motor in a husky frame I thought it would be too tricky but I have seen now quite a few people that have had similar ideas and succeded in creating such a bike. The only difference is that many people use husky frames that are a few years younger then mine usually 1978 or so. So I just wanted to know, would I be able to fit a yamaha tt500 motor into a 1983 husqvarna xc frame? You may see on my channel the husky I am talking about. 

 

 

 

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March 2012

Hi my american friend, how are you?
As I promise you there you are a photo of my restauration of maico 440 the 1980!!!!!!
Best regards Simone

 

July 2011Bike of the Month

 

Simone  Sorini from Italy

 

Before


AFTER

 


Hi I'm a Italian boy lover vintage cross. I'm interesting at the yamaha wr 500 in video on youtube. 

Regards Simone  -    this is my maico 250 83 spider -

 

Ok i introduce my self.

I’m Simone Sorini and I have 24 years old I come from Esine a little village in province of Brescia Italy.

I have study an mechanical institute.

I restored these monster whit my father Sorini Battista (54 years old) and he transmitted me this passion for vintage cross because when he is young he’s run whit these moto, he’s run whit a Yamaha yz 490 and whit a Honda cr 500 cross.

Today we share this passion of restored vintage cross whichmakes usspenda lot of timetogether.

Now we are restoring a maico 440 of 1980. Just we have finished the restoration I send to you the pothos of this restoration.

Today we have a lot of bikes. I have: maico 250 of 1983(in photo), maico 250 of 1981, maico 250 of 1982, 2 maico 440 of 1980, maico 490 of 1981, yamaha 490 of 1983, yamaha 490 of 1987 (this is the moto whit my father ran), yamaha yz 250 of 1987, yamaha wr 500 of 1991, kawasaki kx 250 of 1988, husqvarna cr 250 of 1981, 2 honda cr 480 of 1982, 2 honda cr 500 of 1984, honda cr 500 1988 (this is the moto whit my father ran).

My best bike is a Maico and honda.

If you have this bike to sell I’m interesting.

Particularly I’m interesting at maico honda yamaha kawasaki husqvarna and suzuki but 500cc.

I’m like too the large cilindrate.

Next month if you want I send you the photo of maico 440 restored.

If you have the bike indicated please send me the photo of this and the price whit shipping inclused (if it possible shipping)

Thank you for the photo on the web site.

I hope to fell soon.

Regards Simone


 

 

 

 

Give it up for Bruce!

June Bike of the Month

 

 

 Bruce Larsen

 

Regards

Bruce
Its a 1978 model. The motor has mainly had headwork done, valve and a real good port/polish job, 10:1 compression, plus your carb that pushes it along nicely.

Parts are all aftermarket.

Daytona Alloy tank, Peyton Place handle bars, those came from Vanem over on the eastern states of Australia. Motlanna seat and a few other pieces from them, stainless steel chain guard and a smaller front guard yet to go on, I sort of prefer the old guard as it gives it that old roadster look. Most of the brackets etc I hand made from good quality Aluminium and hand polished.
The bike will be my second ride as it will be going in most of the vintage comps here, hill climbs and 2 day road trials etc. I use a 2006 for my daily ride, but this bike will probably get used more than what I expect, too nice to leave in the shed.

Thanks again for the parts

Bruce

Thanks to one and all for all the help that you have given me. This is the SR500 finished.

The story behind it is that about a year ago I got Prostate cancer and underwent an operation to remove it, long recovery and certainly does make you think that life is very short. An old cliche as they say, but it hits home.

I decided to finally finsh one of these to how I wanted it to be after building 2 others that were sold before completion.

It was never meant to be a show bike, but a riders bike and I left a few things on there as they were, road character as I call it. Bit of old and a bit of new.

Not a sooky story. But if there is something you want to do or build, do it now.

Anyway thanks.

Hello Bruce,
 
Thanks for considering us in your restoration.
That was tough to take this on during a difficult recovery.
You have great strength! And, a great lookout on life.
 
When you share this with others it makes us sit there and say " Bruce, is right! We don't realize the gifts we have... the gift of life and doing those things that define us as an individual".
 
Keep it going, Bruce. A wonderful inspiration for all of us.
 
You, definitely, gave us the appreciation for the day, and, the thought for the day! Sometimes, people just don't know what to say,and, they stumble over themselves. Just saying: "Thank you" for being a gear-head!! Ride on!
 

 

 

 

 Give it up for Bruce!

 

 

 

 Bruce Larsen

 

Regards

Bruce
Its a 1978 model. The motor has mainly had headwork done, valve and a real good port/polish job, 10:1 compression, plus your carb that pushes it along nicely.

Parts are all aftermarket.

Daytona Alloy tank, Peyton Place handle bars, those came from Vanem over on the eastern states of Australia. Motlanna seat and a few other pieces from them, stainless steel chain guard and a smaller front guard yet to go on, I sort of prefer the old guard as it gives it that old roadster look. Most of the brackets etc I hand made from good quality Aluminium and hand polished.
The bike will be my second ride as it will be going in most of the vintage comps here, hill climbs and 2 day road trials etc. I use a 2006 for my daily ride, but this bike will probably get used more than what I expect, too nice to leave in the shed.

Thanks again for the parts

Bruce

Thanks to one and all for all the help that you have given me. This is the SR500 finished.

The story behind it is that about a year ago I got Prostate cancer and underwent an operation to remove it, long recovery and certainly does make you think that life is very short. An old cliche as they say, but it hits home.

I decided to finally finsh one of these to how I wanted it to be after building 2 others that were sold before completion.

It was never meant to be a show bike, but a riders bike and I left a few things on there as they were, road character as I call it. Bit of old and a bit of new.

Not a sooky story. But if there is something you want to do or build, do it now.

Anyway thanks.

Hello Bruce,
 
Thanks for considering us in your restoration.
That was tough to take this on during a difficult recovery.
You have great strength! And, a great lookout on life.
 
When you share this with others it makes us sit there and say " Bruce, is right! We don't realize the gifts we have... the gift of life and doing those things that define us as an individual".
 
Keep it going, Bruce. A wonderful inspiration for all of us.
 
You, definitely, gave us the appreciation for the day, and, the thought for the day!  Sometimes, people just don't know what to say,and, they stumble over themselves.  Just saying: "Thank you" for being a gear-head!!  Ride on!