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Mon, 31 January, 2011 12:21:54 [ No Subject ]

Ron Wood Rotax Flat Track Motorcycles

by Paul Crowe - "The Kneeslider" on 6/7/2006


Some of you may look at the RR and get all weak in the knees, wondering how you can sell your first born to buy that street legal racer, but some of us look at bikes a little differently. Ron Wood builds flat track motorcycles designed to race on rutted and rippled dirt tracks at very high speeds. Ron also builds what, to my mind, is one of the simplest, cleanest and most strikingly beautiful motorcycles anywhere. Unfortunately, what Ron doesn't do is build them for the street.

There is at least one example I found in an old issue of Motorcyclist of a street legal Ron Wood flat tracker, it was a one off built by Dale Lineaweaver of Lineaweaver Racing. It was based on the twinshock frame and looks just perfect. The frame weighs 21 pounds! The entire bike weighs in wet at 251 pounds! The 600cc Rotax single cylinder engine, a specialty of Ron Wood is set up for bump starts and when you consider the race tuned Rotax in a 251 pound motorcycle, ... sign me up!!


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Ryca CS-1 Suzuki S40 Cafe Conversion

by Paul Crowe - "The Kneeslider" on 5/19/2010


ryca-cs1.jpg Ryca CS-1 Suzuki S40 Cafe Conversion

suzuki-s40.jpgWould you be interested in a nice, brand new, lightweight, single cylinder cafe racer? You're probably thinking, why bother asking, no one is making them, but maybe you're just not looking in the right place. Former NASA engineer Casey Stevenson of Ryca Motors had the same idea, he wanted a lightweight single to cruise around L.A. but finding few options he figured he could design his own, something with a Japanese single cylinder engine and a sort of modern cafe style. Then he saw the Suzuki the little belt drive cruiser, but he didn't see cruiser, he saw something else hidden right there, in plain sight.

ryca-cs1-5.jpg Ryca CS-1 Suzuki S40 Cafe Conversion

The S40, previously called the Savage, has been around for over 20 years but you can still buy them new. His idea was to transform the Suzuki with his own custom made parts and accessories, creating a kit in the process enabling anyone with basic tools to build their own urban thumper. The CS-1 features a 650cc single with 5 speeds, good looks and up to 60 mpg.

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