Ossa DMR Assembly.

How long does it take to assemble Ed Salley's Ossa DMR? Turns out Donzzilla can do it in 33 seconds. Well that would be time lapse, but it took him 33 minutes real time. Well this isn't reality TV and we have to say that the assembly was just finger

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Seven Day Montesa Motor Rebuild

My posts usually are about some of the high-end restorations that I do when everything has to be just so. In this case, a good friend has this Montesa trials bike that he wanted to ride and enjoy, but would like it to still be presentable. The bike w

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Thankful

Two weeks ago, a customer, Walter, took the time to send me this photo of his newly purchased Maico hat with his dog at the cemetery visiting a friend. His note simply said, "Thanks for the hat. Randy was a Maico guy. I raced with him." Well, I wrote

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Ed Salley and His Daytona Winning Ossa DMR

In some way or another, every restoration project has a story to tell. Usually, the main reason why it’s being restored is so that special and unique story can live on for many years to come.Hold on to your helmets, folks, this one is a good one!Most

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That Time We Promoted Vintage Racing

This week, as we head to the AMA Vintage Flat Track National Races at Short Track New York, it brings back great memories of the start of the series we created.  Don and I moved from the Philly area to Brackney, PA in 2003 and by then he had bee

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Joe Bolger 1930-2020

Joe Bolger was one of those guys that I am lucky to have spent some time with over the years.  He was always kind, humble and a true renaissance man when it came to motorcycles.  Joe was always just as happy to see me as I was to see him wh

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The Beauty of Don Castro's Flat Trackers

Don Castro, Champion Flat Track Racer and AMA Hall of Fame Inductee, was the definition of form and function.  His bikes performed amazingly well on the track and looked like they could be dusted off and taken to a concourse bike show the next d

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My Friendship with My Hero

Circa 1999, I had been a few years into vintage flat track racing my Bultaco Astro.  The new millennia was on its way and I figured it needed a paint job.  As usual, I am not one to just slap some paint and stickers on and call it a day. &n

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Mama Tried 2019 - True Motorcycle Enthusiasm

Even though I have been around motorcycles for a little over 30 years, I don't really considered myself a motorcycle person. Before that, my first 27 years on the planet, I was basically oblivious to the two wheeled world. So maybe that is why I am

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Memorable Times at the Swap Meet

This past weekend I attended the Potomac Vintage Riders Bike Show and Swap Meet.   I have been going to this event for about 20 years and it is always a great reason to get out of the shop in the middle of winter.  Being a veteran at this e

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When the Cannonball Run Comes to Town

The great Cannonball Run's second day stop brought them to Binghamton, NY which is only minutes away from Metro's world HQ which meant a trip to the Doubletree Hotel.There is not much parking in town, so I expected mayhem  and was pleasantly sur

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Don Castro's Outlaw Justice - Part Two

  The Don Castro Red-lined framed, Tracy Fiberglas Triumph only raced once, pronounced illegal for slipstreaming by the AMA and then retired in 1972.  The bike could have disappeared after that.  And without Don Miller, it probably wo

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