Oldies but Goldies. Don’t just admire old bikes. Try one out in Daytona. I am not kidding. Visitors to Daytona Bike Week will get a chance to experience history firsthand, thanks to The Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The AMCA will host a display at the Limpnickie Lot (Stone Edge Skate Park, 1848 S. Ridgewood Ave. in South Daytona Beach.) to give visitors a chance to see historic motorcycles…and to try them out as well. In addition to a collection of classic machines for visitors to admire, the AMCA will have two bikes set aside for hands-on demonstrations of decades-old technology.
Those machines—a 1948 Indian Chief and a 1939 Harley Davidson Knucklehead—will be set up on stands so that anyone stopping by can try to kick-start them and learn how to operate a “dead man’s” throttle, hand shift and foot clutch. Those demonstrations will take place all day on Wednesday, March 4th.
“There have been a lot of times in the past, where I was out riding old bikes with friends, and whenever we stopped for a bite to eat, or to fill up gas, our group of old bikes would get bombarded by curious people.” said Matt Olsen, youth coordinator for The AMCA. “I thought that it would be neat to provide the modern motorcycle public with an opportunity to learn about these old machines and to give people a chance to try out a classic machine for themselves.”
On Friday, March 6, The AMCA will sponsor a class for motorcycles from the Linkert-carburetor era in the Cycle Source Ride-in Bike Show at the Limpnickie Lot. Linkert was the primary supplier of carbs to American motorcycle manufacturers from 1933 to 1965, and the class will be open to Indians, Harley Flatheads, Knuckleheads and Panheads, along with any bike that has been retrofitted with these carbs. For more information, visit the Limpnickie Lot Website.