Some day this pile of parts will once again be a motorcycle.....
Picture below is the concept drawing provided by the owner, Grant.
Some big dirt bike tires for the Convert. I know what your thinking..... Not very practical. But they look cool. Old bikes are all about looking cool. Right?
Had to try them out and got stuck in the sand behind my shop.
I actually found this picture in a Craigslist ad. He's trying to sell the sidecar. I'm not sure its a selling point or a deterrent but I really like the picture.
MANY months ago Dan and I struck a deal on this Lilac MF-39. After many miles and across the ocean to the UK, he finally has it in his driveway.
So what the heck it it? All I can find is that its a bike that was made in China in the early 80's. I did have one guy say that it looks a lot like a Yamaha but the liquid cooling was out of place. It is for sale. Be the first one on your block, heck probably the first one in the state to own a Heynkel.
I first met Dave when he was looking for someone to re-align his sidecar. He stops in every once in a while looking for parts for his radical XS650 builds.
Duo travels more than 4,500 miles to Nova Scotia
Mary Beth Spooner heard several small communities in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia bear her maiden name, Spry.
That was all the reason and most of the planning she and her husband, Dave, needed to embark on a 4,532-mile motorcycle journey in July.
"So we had a destination," Dave Spooner said in a recent interview at the couple's Chippewa Falls home.
But not much else. That is how the Spooners travel.
"We don't make reservations. We have no idea where we're going to be," Dave said.
No GPS, no computer maps and no planned route. Just old-fashioned paper maps and a cellphone only turned on in case of roadside emergency.
During stops for fuel and sightseeing, their 2010 Ural motorcycle and sidecar - made to replicate the looks of a 1939 BMW model - catch the attention of motorists.
"When you stop for anything, this thing is surrounded by people," Mary Beth said, noting the motorcycle's manual even says owners should expect onlookers. "If you enjoy meeting people and talking to them, it was really fun."
But the Spooners believe their ages - Dave is 73 and Mary Beth is 69 - also attract interest from people surprised at the long, winding journeys they take on a motorcycle.
Dave's daughter, however, was not caught off guard by the adventurous road trips.
"Riding cross-country on a motorcycle certainly didn't surprise me," said Jill Lauro, 43.
Midway through their trip, the Spooners visited Lauro's family in the Boston suburb of Melrose for a couple of days.
Aside from the impromptu visit from her folks, Lauro also was overjoyed that they have an interest in taking long trips instead of just staying put in retirement.
"I'd rather they be adventurous and do stuff like this rather than sitting at home watching time go by," she said.
While her dad and the Ural were in town, Lauro got a few rides around Beantown in the sidecar and noticed the motorcycle attracts admirers.
"The best is just hearing people's comments as you ride by," she said.
A motorcycle rider for almost six decades, Dave said his favorite is the Ural because it is simple, easy to ride and has a comfortable spot for his wife.
"I love it. It's like traveling in a recliner," Mary Beth said of the sidecar she rides in.
Usually Mary Beth puts in earplugs to drone out the engine's noise so she can sleep during the journey. She still can hear the sound of her husband switching to the auxiliary fuel tank after the main one is drained. That noise does not relax her.
"I get a little nervous when I hear him put it in reserve and we're out in the middle of nowhere," she said.
One of her most recent birthday gifts was the small red plastic gas can they keep in the sidecar. It puts her mind at ease, and it did prevent them from being stranded on one occasion in a sparsely populated part of Nova Scotia.
They had one minor breakdown on the trip. A nut that holds the shift lever fell off, but Dave quickly repaired it along the road with a small spare parts and tool kit he keeps on the Ural.
"If it happens, you deal with it," Mary Beth nonchalantly said about breakdowns.
They do carry a cellphone in case of emergencies but otherwise rely on Dave's talent with a wrench to keep them on their way through bucolic byways of North America.
"We tour back roads. We avoid interstates," Dave said.
That leads them onto scenic detours and often into antique shops along their way.
They found amusement on their journey by seeing the "pole people," a Nova Scotia folk art tradition.
Residents stand tall wooden poles - similar to sawed-off telephone poles - near roadways and paint them with faces and other human features. Regular clothes are added onto the poles to complete their look.
Some residents even put raincoats on the pole people to protect them in bad weather, Mary Beth said.
The Spooners also sampled the local lobster and scallops, which were cooked on the same pier at which the boats would dock.
As for the impetus of the trip, Mary Beth casually talked to locals around Spry Harbor, Spry Bay and other spots she shared a namesake with about any potential family connection.
She didn't find anything, but she said she wasn't really out to track down ancestors or knock on a bunch of doors to chance upon one.
"Our goal was to see the country," Mary Beth said.
The couple didn't get the gas savings one might expect from traveling by motorcycle.
The added weight and wind resistance brought on by the sidecar and baggage brought the overall gas mileage down to about 30 miles per gallon, Dave estimated.
"The emphasis is on fun," he added.
The trip took 20 days, but they only brought enough clothing for 10 days to save space on the motorcycle. They stopped at a laundromat as needed to freshen up their clothes.
Their daily travel limit is 400 miles or as far as they can travel by 4 p.m., whichever comes first.
They stop at hotels because camping gear would take up much of the precious little storage space on the Ural.
And Mary Beth is not one for sleeping outdoors.
"I have standards," she said.
Ever since Dave retired from his career in facility maintenance spent at numerous local businesses, he and Mary Beth have toured the country on motorcycles. A couple years ago they traveled from Alma all the way south to Louisiana and back using the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River.
While he's a longtime motorcycle veteran - his garage decorated with racing trophies from his youth - Mary Beth had only ridden a couple blocks on the back of a motorcycle until they were married 12 years ago.
Mary Beth said she's going to learn how to drive the motorcycle, just in case Dave needs a break or gets injured.
However, she just hasn't found the time yet.
She's a parttime tour organizer at the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls, while Dave's hobby is building custom cycles from old parts he gets at swap meets, plus a few pieces he makes himself.
But when the mood strikes them and the weather forecast favors their journey, the two take off for wherever the road takes them.
Article was originally in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
A couple of videos after I got it running. I need to get a GoPro.
The odd stuff is always more interesting.
This bike is in NICE original shape. Tool kit, tire patch kit, and a spare headlight bulb in the tank box. Last registered in 1979. It was preserved well though. I thought it was missing the petcock but it was in a small sealed jar full of gasoline in the battery box.
More pictures and possibly a video of this one once I get running again.
Kevin at Scrambler Cycle