Chuck's Motorcycles

I'm a collector. Collection in my neighborhood is on Tuesdays and Fridays!
Here's a list (and pictures) of my MOTORCYCLE HISTORY
This is the story of the motorcycles in my garage: (Bigger pictures underneath the thumbnails) 

I  bought my first motorcycle in November 1967 - it was a 1948 Indian Chief basket case.  I spent about a year collecting the parts and building the bike.  It had a left hand throttle, foot clutch and right hand tank shift.  First I built it, then learned how to ride a motorcycle on it.

This is the 1948 Chief I found not too much later.  I am the fourth owner - the original owner had it until 1965.  I rebuilt and restored the bike in the early 70's.  It still had the original pistons and probably only had the 20K miles it showed on the speedometer.  I still own the bike and bring it out every few years to ride and update.  It still is only showing about 34K miles.

I ended up trading my original Chief for a 1953 Velocette MAC 350cc, a Suzuki Olympian 150cc, and some cash.  At one point I traded off the Velo for an old Mercedes, but ended up getting it back eventually - in a lot better shape then when it left!

The Velo was my main ride during the gas crisis of the 1970's.  I used the car as a tanker and rode the Velo everywhere - got at least 70 mpg and had the fun of riding something really strange.  Still have it, and it needs another restoration just as badly as the Chief.
The Velocette Owner's Club of America

Next bike I found was a 1949 Indian Vertical Scout 440 cc twin.  It had been very original, except for a bent rod that it had developed when someone was riding it down to Mexico from Ohio in the late 50's.  It then was chosen as a chopper project, and the owner had had the entire bike sprayed with green and black flake epoxy floor paint.  It looked like a giant FROG!  I did a light custom on it and still have it. That's my Chief in the first "Seafoam Blue" repaint. It was originally black.


BSA Motorcycles whet bankrupt about 1972.  By late '72 you could hardly find parts for them.  Naturally, I got interested in them and found this cherry 1968 BSA Victor 441 Special for $200 - less the toe shifter and tool box cover that some parts needy owner had stolen off of it in front of the apartment.

I pulled it out year before last and updated it with an electronic ignition system and sleeved the carb.  Wow, did that ever make a great difference in the performance and reliability!

I found this 1968 BSA Lightning 650 next.  It had been lightly chopped, but it was pretty easy to find appropriate parts at the local cycle junkard.

Next, I found a 1970 BSA Rocket3.  The Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket3 are about the same 750cc three cylinder bike, and the Rocket3 was the fastest production motorcycle when it was first produced in 1969.  It's very original including the cream colored frame.

I grabbed up a 1948 Simplex ServiCycle next.  I overhauled the engine, and rode it on the street once, but the virtual lack of brakes was just TOO much.  It's an interesting bike though, and has the later model Simplex automatic transmission which uses both a centrifugal clutch and variable v-belt pulley.

We're all the way up to 1985 now.  In early 1985 the local Honda dealer was surplusing boxcar loads of leftover bikes, including this 1982 GoldWing Standard.  I didn't get it then, but picked it up at the end of the summer with about 4000 miles on it for $2400.

I've taken two extended (6000 mile) tours on this bike.  One loop out to California, up to Oregon, east to Wyoming, and back to Texas. The second tour was north up the Rockies to Canada and back.  The bike only had 68K miles on it now - hardly broken in for a GoldWing - it's hard to put a lot of miles on one bike when you have as many as three GoldWings at a time!

How about another BSA 650cc twin?  This is another Lightning, but a 1971 model - just about the last of the BSAs built.  It originally had a cream colored frame too, but was repainted at the dealer as part of BSA's "UPS! What a mistake!" retrofit.  I knew the original owner of this bike when it was new.

I was looking for bikes to ride on the ranch, and found this 1971 Greeves Griffin 250cc and a parts bike, and a 1971 AJS Stormer 250 too!  The Greeves runs, the Stormer had lost a box of parts somewhere and would be a challenge to complete.

This is my 1979 Kawasaki KZ1300.  Thirteen hundred c.c.'s and six cylinders make it a really amazing bike.  '79 was the first year for this model, and they discontinued it in 1988.

When I got it, it had sat up for four years for carb problems from sitting.  It runs great now, and I've never ridden a smoother or more powerful (120hp/140mph!) motorcycle
Path to Kawasaki Motor KZ1300 History Page

It looks like I still have every motorcycle I ever owned?  Not by a long shot.