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Von Dutch Monday XIII

Ok, how cool is this? A roller skate powered by a nitro- burning 2 stroke engine. Just your average '50's girl's steel wheeled sidewalk roller skate powered by a .23 ci. engine, that turned 13,000 RPM according to the letter Dutch sent Hot Rod magazine that showed up in their Nov. '55 issue. You'll notice that in the specs Dutch painted on the skate, it says 1,300 RPM. Dutch said the ignition was via glow plug, and the engine had a counterbalanced, double ended crankshaft mounted in ball bearings. The rear wheels mounted directly to the crankshaft ends. Holy cow.

This thing actually worked. Somewhere I have a photo of Von Dutch tearing down the street on the skates, with a teather string for a throttle. I can't find it right now, but when I do, I'll post it up for you to see.

Some people have said that both the pair of skates were powered, but Dutch only powered one of them. That was how you "stopped" yourself - when you had scared yourself silly on them, you raised the powered skate off the ground to "stop" yourself. Sidewalk cracks must have been a bitch!

Here's a drawing of a 2 stroke pogo stick that Dutch sent along with another photo of his roller skate to Hot Rod magazine, that they published in their Nov. '55 issue. Dutch said in part, in the acompaning letter, that the pogo stick ".....is under construction now (pilot model), to be available in one, two, and three story hop models".

Now, I've never seen a photo of the finished pogo stick, and I've always read that Von Dutch never actually built one, but.......

I have a friend that I trust when he tells me something, and he told me that Dutch actually had this pogo stick almost finished, then he traded it off. Now, my friend says that a person he knew very well had possession of the pogo stick at one time, and he also saw the pogo stick himself. He said that person who had it was none other than Slave Lewie Roseberry. Take it for what it's worth....

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Analog Run Tentative Schedule

The Analog Run 2014 is fast approching. Below is the tentative shcedule.

Oct. 10th  The Run 
Ride to Lake Lopez, Arroyo Grande California,  Camp

People will be riding from all different directions so there is no "official" meeting place or route. The sponsors and organizers will be riding the 33 hwy through Ojai  to the 166 then up 101 to Lake Lopez.
We should be arriving at Lopez in late afternoon. The sponsor camp site is Campabello group site. You are welcome to come hang out. If you want to camp, you will have to make your own arrangements.

http://www.slocountyparks.com/activities/lopez.htm

We should have plenty of refreshments from our friends at Firestone. We have made it a point to support local business and we will be enjoying 805 Beer.  http://www.805beer.com/

At our group site we are having food brought in from another local business Old San Luis BBQ. The food is for sponsors and friends ONLY!! If you are at our site during this time, please respect that.

Camp site gathering, hang, enjoy 805, some tunes and leave your cell phone in your tent.

Oct. 11th Motorcycle Gathering The Union Hotel, Los Alamos Ca.
362 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-2744

We will be taking a canyon ride from Lopez to The Union. 

If you cant make the run on the 10th, please come up and hang with us at The Union for The Motorcycle Gathering.

Noon till 6pm ish. Parking in front of Hotel is reserved for bikes only,  we will be taking over the rear patio with bike parking as well. There will be a bike show with awards for first, second and third. Any bike parked at the Union is eligible and it is free entry. 

We have awards and raffle prizes from Antigravity Batteries, Biltwell, Crazy Heart Leather, Show Class Mag. Dice Mag. Ink Fx, Harley Davidson and many others.

Horseshoe Tournament: 1pm to 4pm. ( Teams of 2, sign up cut off at 1:30, play to 6 ) 
Bike Awards and Raffle at 5pm.
Group photograph at the magic hour in front of the Union Hotel.  (Elvis Castillo will be taking film shots.)

Of course this is all subject to change as we are trying to keep things loose. 
 
If you want to explore and ride the area on the 11th, then return to the Union later, we encourage that. 

http://centralcoastclassicmc.com/ is also going on if you'd like to check that out.

Leave your cell phone in your saddle bag, pocket or in your room. This is a "social media blackout event" Talk to your friends, meet new ones, have a great time! We can share all the stories when all is said and done. While there are no digital or iPhone police, we are asking that you get in the spirit of the event.

The Union Hotel is booked solid, but there are rooms available at The Alamo across the street. Book now.  

Alamo Motel
425 Bell St
Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-2852
 
 
 Oct 12th : RIDE!!




 

Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally 2014 (pt.4)








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Had some problems with overheated brakes in Austria last summer so I had to figure out why: 1 left brakepiston got stucked in the caliper so it was hitting the brakepad and pushing it to the disc all the time. Ordered some new kevlar coated pistons and new disc and Hawk brakepads to be sure everything is fresh again. Pistons in and out took a while, righthand side took half an hour. Some bleeding going on tonight so the brakefluid DOT 3 is fresh and we can drive safe for another 6 years.

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Prism Motorcycles from Rob Russell on Vimeo.

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the Brooklyn Invitational!  We will  be heading out tomorrow. Talk to ya'll soon!

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Factory Chromed '48 EL?

As we arrived at Ride to Skate in Philly a couple years ago, I spotted a chromed bike from a distance, and was drawn to it like a magnet.  Ooooh a panhead + springer = 1948; it was gorgeous.  Struck up a conversation with the owner, Dave Minerva, and found he had just bought it recently.  What a score!  He probably thought I was nuts but oh well haha.
After that, I started seeing the bike at every antique swap meet, and then saw this really cool article about it from the Oley, PA meet 2014, in the latest AMCA magazine.  They talk about the history of the bike, and the possibility of it coming with chromed tins from the factory.  Super interesting; so here's some scans of the article, enjoy!
"While original-paint bikes develop an interesting patina over time, this machine might be said to have a certain 'chrome-tina,' with the weathered plating looking like an artistic representation of faded technological promise."

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