Archive for April, 2011

May Ride and Meeting

Monday, April 25th, 2011

The May ride and meeting will be Saturday, May 7th,  in Redlands.  The ride starts at 10 AM, and the meeting starts at 2 PM.  See K17 for details.redlandsride.jpgWe had 5 Vincents on the ride, along with a Velo, a Guzzi, and a Honda.  The Vins, left to right: Mike Aleksander’s Rapide, Bill Easter’s Shadow, Steve Doherty’s Touring Comet, Dave Marshall’s custom, Tom Gross’s B Rapide.

Len Hardy Black Lightning

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Scott also sent a couple of pictures of the ex-Len Hardy Black Lightning.  The first picture is from 1972, when the bike had covered 32 miles.  The second picture is from 1976, after Len had changed the speedo because he couldn’t see the small yellow numbers on the original speedo, the bike at this time with less than 50 miles.  Note the factory breather tubes from the primary and off of the top of the engine.

Hardy Lightning 1972Hardy Lightning 1976

Black Shadow Touring model

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Scott from Canada recently started a K17 subscription, and sent some pictures of his very nice looking Touring Shadow, before and after versions.  Click the thumbnails to see a larger version of the pics.  Here is a short history of the bike in Scott’s words:

“Here are some more pics of my Shadow.  This first one was taken moments before it was disassembled for restoration September 1992 so as you can see it is a real Touring model.  Brent Mayfield, the owner at the time, told me he had ridden the bike up and down the street just before the picture was taken and then they tore it apart.  Brent did a lot of the paint work and had all of the original fasteners replated and then turned everything over to Mike White who rebuilt the motor and then did final assembly of the complete bike, finishing in early spring 1993.  Mike told me it was the last and best complete Shadow that he ever did!  I can attest to it being a typical Mike White quality engine, it started for me second kick after it sat as a museum piece all those years.”



Marty Dickerson and Bonneville

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Here is another video from Lou Fischer,, the same gentleman that did the Terry Prince video.  In this one, Marty talks about his experiences at Bonneville, including his association with Burt Munro.