2011 Bud Ekins Memorial Tour, Atascadero, CA part 1
Last week was the annual tour around Atascadero, Paso Robles, etc., as hosted by Steven Wright. Pics of last year are here.
In the parking lot, Steve Huntzinger arrives in style in his 1931 Ford roadster, pulling his 1915 Excelsior. The roadster has a Ford Y block motor with three deuces, not the typical Chevy 350. Split wishbones, juice brakes, lakes pipes and ‘46 Ford hubcaps are all good stuff. Steve built the car when he was a teenager. The X was finished last year, just in time for the Cannonball and did every mile across the USA.
At the Mission San Miguel, just north of Paso Robles. 1916 X, 1914 X and a 1915 HD.
1915 has the shifter on the right side, fuel primers to the cylinders are from a syringe in the tank cap, breather is in the timing cover, and the motor crankcases and cylinders are all one year only parts. Foot pedals for the brake and clutch are longer and the toolbox and exhaust cutout is different from later models.
Two rear brakes. Internal one is operated with the left hand, external band brake is operated with the right foot. All this stuff is one year only 1915.
Front gate to the Mission. There are striking differences between inside and outside: Outside, everything is hot, dry and almost dead. Inside, it is green, lush, and cool. Probably some metaphors in that…
Who wants to buy a 1/4 scale copy of Burt Munro’s Worlds Fastest Indian? Phil at Suspension Concepts is making 36 of them. Here is one of the motors, complete with hardened gears, high speed bearings, etc. They will run once he finishes the scaled down Schebler carbs and the magnetos. The bikes will be built complete, with frames, fairings, etc. all at 1:4. Total length is something like 30” due to the long fairing that Burt used.
Jim brought his 1930 Excelsior Henderson 4 cylinder. Normally he has a sidecar on this one, but he had it off to make it easier to adjust the valves. It is a very solid bike, as used by police forces way back when. They were advertised to go “from 8 to 80mph without shifting gears”
Two cam Harley JDH. A favorite of the bobjob and cutdown fans. More info here.
Grey hair and grey beards are common on these old bike tours.
Greg’s 1911 Excelsior receives some attention during the lunch stop. This was my favorite bike on the run. I’ll post another article showing more photos of it.
Stay tuned for the next few articles, which will include the two Crockers, a Sears, a belt drive Yale and other bikes.