Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Awesome Landspeed Racing Ural - Steampunk Speed Anyone

Russian Steampunk Land Speed Racing Anyone?

The frozen streets of Moscow are about as far from the sun scorched salt of Bonneville as you can get. Despite that, Russian workshop ‘Fine Custom Motorcycles’ is determined to make their mark at Bonneville's illustrious 'Speed Week'. Along with building award winning custom motorcycles for esteemed competitions like the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, FCM owner Sergey Maltsey and his head mechanic, Mikhail Antonov, have spent the last couple of years fine tuning a Ural based land speed racer which they hope will set a new record at this year’s Bonneville Speed Week.

This bike, which they first put together back in 2015, is ‘Bonny’ a purpose built, 1955 750cc Soviet made Ural. The choice of donor for the project came down to the category in which they wanted to compete, the vintage class, and what better machine to use than one that shared their roots. 2015 was to be Bonny’s maiden run at the salt flats, but due to poor salt conditions, Speed Week was cancelled. Since many of the events international competitors had already made the trip to the US a special 1-mile event was organised last minute at the Mojave airport. Because FCM had engineered Bonny for a 3-mile run they could only utilise 3 of the bikes 6 gears to record a top speed of 93mph.

In August of 2016, the FCM team headed to Speed Week once again. With the salt in good condition they put Bonny through tech inspection and prepared to race, unfortunately, everything did not go to plan. “After some runs, we discovered that our nitrous bottles were too small for this distance,” Sergey recalls. “but then when we mounted larger bottles one of the cylinders cracked!” Despite attempts to repair the cylinder, Bonny couldn’t exceed 97mph, 19mph short of the world record.

When it came to building Bonny Sergey wanted to “preserve the retro look of the motorcycle to correspond with the spirit of the time when its engine was released.” The engine in question is a 1955 Ural M-72, a 750cc flathead twin. The frame that surrounds it utilises titanium tubes connected using milled alloy clamps and bolts rather than welds for strength and lightness.

The bikes 21-inch wheels were also custom made by FCM using more titanium for reduced weight and are wrapped in speed rated Avon rubber. Bonny’s suspension consists of a Kawasaki set of USD forks up front and at the rear and the custom made swingarm is held steady by a peculiar looking set of shocks from DB Racing suspension. To slow Bonny down FCM mounted Hope 6Ti disc brakes front and rear.

Power was, of course, paramount with this build and working with an engine over 60 years old was no easy task. FCM re-engineered the engine to make it a more capable machine adding a BMW gearbox running Ultima 6 speed internals and a belt drive. “We had to adhere to many parameters,” says Sergey. “We were able to use methanol fuel to get the required compression ratio. Working with methanol is difficult though because it is very corrosive and it hurts your eyes.” Along with the methanol, FCM used a nitrous injection system to boost power levels well beyond factory numbers. The M-72 produced a mere 22bhp when it left the Ural factory but Bonny’s engine now produces 49bhp.

Bonny’s bodywork is all handmade from lightweight aluminium. The front fairing provides just enough cover for their rider to tuck behind without falling into the streamlined category. The fuel tank holds just over what is needed to complete a 3 mile, flat out run and the seat has enough padding to bring a tear to your eye. The handmade parts of the alloy bodywork remain raw while machined components were anodised gold to match the bikes front end.
Despite its clearly well thought out design Bonny and her FCM crew raised some eyebrows at Bonneville Speed Week. As the first Russian team to compete in the history of the event no one quite knew what to expect, but, just as New Zealand’s Burt Munroe had done decades before they proved themselves out on the salt.
For 2017 Sergey and his team will be taking a new bike, the ‘Bonny 2’ to Speedweek. With power upped to 58bhp and a few aerodynamic improvements, they’re confident a world record will be within reach. Due to their work with the engine FCM have also been invited by Ural to rework one of their current models for a possible special edition motorcycle. If Bonny is anything to go by I’d say it’ll be a far cry from the machines we are used to seeing from Ural and perhaps one worth getting your hands on.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kawasaki 750 H2 Digger Custom Chopper Madness

"here’s a chopper designed by FNA Custom Cycles run by a 1972 Kawasaki 750 H2 two-stroke, a digger so mental..."

 Original article: Kawasaki 750 H2 Digger by Florida’s FNA Custom Cycles

Now Florida-based FNA fabricate all sorts of mechanical mastery for custom motorcycles. Head headcase is Chris, a dude who as mad as he is clever. ‘I got this Kawasaki 750 H2 engine a few years ago when I repaired a couple of springer front ends,’ he says. ‘I had it sitting in the shop after putting fresh rings in it’. And it sat, dormant, for nearly two years before one of his friends, Matt White – a guy so cool they named a colour after him – prodded Chris to make something pretty wild.

‘I decided I wanted to do an old style magneto-ignited digger bike,’ Chris says. ‘And I wanted it to steer well and not be a pain to ride’. So the whole frame was designed and built in-house by FNA, who fabricated up the goose-necked hardtail with a few neat touches. The leather seat flips up for easy access to the capacitor and the oil filler. The tank, more 70’s than a carpet of chest hair, was set into the frame. The period vibe continues down below.

‘I’ve always liked the style of Triumph leading shoe drums,’ Chris says, ‘and they actually stop pretty well too.’ But there was a problem. He’d intended the whole bike to be polished within an inch of its life, but the standard Triumph hubs were steel and don’t respond all that well to a buffing. Instead he used early 70’s conical hubs with the same 8″ brake size, strapped to a sportster wheel at the front.

But the real highlight of this bombastically bodacious build is the ridiculous ‘72 two-stroke powerplant, which Chris wanted to scream like a banshee. The key? A 50’s era 6-cylinder Fairbanks unit. ‘Making a 60-year-old magneto work on a quick revver like this was a bit of a task,’ he explains. ‘I had to reverse the rotation and update the bearings, as well as time the timing belt so it’d fire every 120 degrees of crank rotation. Then two wires per plug and it’s firing properly’.

Such boffinry continues with the exhaust, with Chris turning to the internet to help him figure out the proper chamber dimensions. ‘We started out with a $18 dollar program off the ‘net that calculates the size after you punch in your bore, stroke, port timing and desire for RPM. It then spits the dimensions for cone sizes. We put that in a 3D CAD program. We then laser cut and rolled each 15 piece per pipe for the exhaust system and put in place.’

Phew. Who knew the internet held something other than videos of cat videos and porn? After all that number crunching, Chris estimates this puts out over one hundred horsepower of wailing, powerband-riding, underpant-ruining, two-stroke gorgeousness.

“Chris estimates this puts out over one hundred horsepower of wailing, powerband-riding, underpant-ruining, two stroke gorgeousness”.
At the end of the day this whole bike acts as a rolling showcase for the exceptional parts that FNA fabricate. The kickstand, footrest, hangers, fender and lights are all made by the Florida madhouse, with a few favours called in by friends.

The Kawasaki’s paint was completed by his Uncle, Terry Thompson, and the miles of gleaming alloy and steel were buffed up by local company Woodstock and a gentleman known as John Mooney, guest starring some small flashes of chrome served up by Brown’s Plating.

How long did this Kawasaki madness take? ‘Around 900 hours to complete, over the course of a year and a half,’ Chris says. And not a moment of that was wasted. All bow down before your new God of ostentatious 70’s excess – you won’t see another bike as mental as this for a while.

FNA Custom Cycles – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by Erick Runyon ]

Monday, July 24, 2017

Amazing Rear Brake and Sprocket on a Semi Rigid Chopper

Rear Brake and Sprocket Combo on a Semi Rigid Chopper 

"Burt Munro Special" Second Run at El Mirage going 161mph

Burt Munro's Nephew breaks the under 1000cc class record of 183.59 mph on his Indian Scout ‘Spirit of Munro Scout’ Motorcycle. In this run Lee Munro is going 161 mph but he did finally his a top speed of 186.861 mph at El Mirage Raceway.

Like the majority of current record holders the Indian team was using the Charlie Toy Body fairing from AirTech to help the aerodynamics and streamline the bike.

Video Link: "Burt Munro Special" Indian #235 Second Run of 161mph

Thursday, July 13, 2017

KTM Four Stroke to YZ250 Two Stroke Conversion

2003 ktm 450sx with yz250 conversion - $1800 (Omaha July 13 2017) 

2003 ktm 450sx 
with the popular yz 250 conversion
1997 yz250 motor with fresh rebuild
fresh suspension rebuild with gold valves
race ready
fmf spark arrestor 
acerbis hand guards
this is a quality build. not some crap, drunk uncle waldo cobbled together in the back yard
I've been building 4stroke 2stroke conversions for 15+ years
call text jeff show contact info 
$1800 obo
no i dont want to trade for some subs and an amp either. xr250r would be the only trade considered
[Best part ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Love it!]

To quote Noah... "Did not know that was a thing."

2003 ktm 450sx with yz250 conversion - motorcycles/scooters - by owner - vehicle automotive bike sale:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

OFFROAD! The River Valley OHV Park in Council Bluffs Iowa

The River Valley OHV Park is located at 4300 East S. Omaha Bridge Road in Council Bluffs Iowa

This is a 190-acre offroad park located in Pottawattamie County along the Missouri River in Council Bluffs. The park features 23 miles of trail and a motorcross track. Trails are open to off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and off-road utility vehicles (contact the Park Ranger for official fence width).
The park is open year round except for closures due to weather or trail conditions which do not permit riding.
Official Page:

VR Goggles on! 360 VR video through part of the River Valley OHV Park

River Valley Riders Group
River Valley Riders FB Group

Resident operators must have a current registration decal affixed to their vehicle in order to ride. Out-of-state riders must have a nonresident user permit affixed to their machines.

(Park Stickers can be gotten at nearby gas stations, local sporting goods stores, Walmart, etc) 

Address: 4076 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

If a nonresident rider lives in a state which requires vehicle registration, then this registration decal must also be affixed to the vehicle. (Info from:
Managed by the DNR
DNR Park Ranger:
Aaron Johnson

Mud Limited Saturday Enduro Ride Day. Outlying sand section at 00:25:20.

Here's a video of DigitalRider summoning an enduro wisp to protect fellow trail riders.

Ride fast, have fun!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pure Motorcycling - Riding Into the Sunset on a Chopper

This is one of the best motorcycle images ever...

Extra slim chopper on a lonely highway riding into the sunset from the Josh Kurpius Living Lost Photography Exhibit

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Harold Waddell OWNS the Logan Iowa Hill Climb!

Harold Waddell destroys the Logan Hill Climb on his 600cc Nitro Race bike Hillclimber

Iowa Hillclimb Schedule • King of the HillKing of the Hill

Here's RacerToy's video of Harold jumping all the way to the top. Amazing skill and power.

Honorable Mention for Preston because he goes big!


2016 Logan, Iowa Hill Climb - YouTube
Apr 7, 2016 - Uploaded by chance jarvis
Jarvis Racing in LoganIowa! ... 2016 LoganIowa Hill Climb. chance jarvis ...

2015 Logan, Iowa Hill climb - YouTube
Apr 12, 2015 - Uploaded by Ben Thoendel
2012 Logan Iowa Hillclimb Full Length video runs - These runs were videod by Randy - Duration: 24:13 ...

Harold's Insane Hill Climb Dirt Bike at Logan Iowa - YouTube
Jul 2, 2011 - Uploaded by jwolsman
Harold Wadell's 1500cc Suzuki hill climb bike at Logan Iowa.

Logan Iowa Hill Climb - YouTube

Apr 8, 2012 - Logan Iowa Hill Climb. Dclark415's ... NAYMBRAND MEDIA AMA Pro HillclimbFreemansburg PA 2016 - Duration: 9:24. NAYMBRAND ...

Logan iowa hillclimb 2016 - YouTube
Aug 19, 2016 - The View (August 5, 2016) | Hot Topics: Orlando Bloom Naked, Melania Trump & More (Full Episode) - Duration: 34:52. Live with Kelly / The ...

Motorcycle hill climb at Logan Iowa Harold Waddell first exhibition run ...
Apr 25, 2010 - Uploaded by ckaster500
Harold waddell exhibition run 1.

Trenton Long first run logan,ia hill climb 4-12-15 - YouTube
Apr 19, 2015 - Uploaded by Donnie Long
GoPro HD: LoganIowa, Hillblazers Hillclimb 2012 - Duration: 4:47. Aaron coret 6,885 views · 4:47 ...

Logan, ia hillclimb - YouTube
Aug 20, 2013 - 2016 LoganIowa Hill Climb - Duration: 10:53. chance jarvis 669 views. 10:53. Hill Climbin LoganIA April 7th, 2013. GoPro Hero3 Black ...

2013 Motorcycle Hill Climb from Logan, Iowa - YouTube

Apr 13, 2013 - Uploaded by Rick Gilbreath
Video of the 2013 Motorcycle Hill climb from LoganIowa. Most of the video was taken with a Canon T2i DSLR ...

Logan Hill Climb 2016 - YouTube
Apr 3, 2016 - Uploaded by Kendrea Stubblefield
GoPro HD: LoganIowa, Hillblazers Hillclimb 2012 - Duration: 4:47. Aaron coret 6,767 views. 4:47 ...

Logan Hill Climb 2016 - YouTube
Apr 6, 2016 - Uploaded by Andy Harrelson
Published on Apr 6, 2016 ... 2012 Logan Iowa Hillclimb Full Length video runs - These runs were videod by ...

Crazy Logan Iowa Hill Climb 2015 - YouTube
Jun 16, 2015 - Uploaded by Carson Peterson
This is my very first time racing a 450f up a hill and I would say I did decent. ... Crazy Logan Iowa Hill Climb ...

[4/1/2012] Logan, IA Hill Climb - Harold Waddell on a Nitro Bike "Flies ...

Apr 1, 2012 - Uploaded by Funny_Story
[4/1/2012] LoganIA Hill Climb - Harold Waddell on a Nitro Bike "Flies like Superman". Funny_Story ...

Apr 8, 2016 - Uploaded by thehogmw
Freemansburg Hill Climb 2016 - Duration: 11:02. BlueCometMC 892 views · 11:02 · 2012 Logan Iowa ...

Hill climb 2016 - YouTube
Apr 26, 2016 - Uploaded by Quinn Pearson
Hill Climb in LoganIA April 7th, 2013. GoPro Hero3 Black Edition - Duration: 12:15. Bob Gilbreath 7,869 ...

Logan Iowa hill climb 2011 - YouTube
Apr 5, 2011 - Uploaded by motomadman05
Logan Iowa hill climb my second run. ... 2012 Logan Iowa Hillclimb Full Length video runs - These runs were ...

2012 Logan Iowa Hillclimb Full Length video runs - These runs were ...

Jan 24, 2013 - Uploaded by Racertoy
2012 Logan Iowa Hillclimb Full Length video runs - These runs were videod by Randy. Racertoy ...

Logan Iowa hillclimb Cameron studer - YouTube
Feb 7, 2017 - Uploaded by Cameron Studer
Best hillclimb I have been too! Good run! ... Logan Iowa hillclimb Cameron studer. Cameron Studer ...