Ligthning Rod Retro-Racer Rolling Chassis









There are quite a few board-track style frames available on the market. And each manufacturer does its own interpretation trying to improve what was used in the old racing days.  With a greater design freedom since these frames are not destined to be waved by the checkered flag. In this spirit here is a new roller with a double tube loop frame shown with 23″ wheels, a “Knuckle Dragger” front end, dual caliper rear brake setup and more. Notice the curved frame members on each section of the frame ad the use of gussets at all stress points for frame reinforcement…and looks. This particular frame is longer than the usual board-track frame because we are all taller than 80 years ago. You can buy the frame only, the unpainted chassis or have Lightning Rod Motorcycles complete it following your wish list.

6 Responses to “Ligthning Rod Retro-Racer Rolling Chassis”

  1. 1 Fluke Jul 22nd, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Now with everyone and their uncle making boardtracker style bikes or parts, and me thinking women fashion was changeable season to season, can’t someone actually design some frame and suspension parts that would make the bike handle and be comfy in real world riding AS WELL AS just looking good for photo shoots or parked in front of your favorite bar?

    This looks way cool but lethal, a true triumph of form over any form of function.

    I love the boardtracker look, in fact I am parts collecting ( very slowly) for one with a Buell engine, but unless I am mistaken that hard tail rear, no front brake and a front forks with utterly random rake and trail changes over bumps looks lt will bite you and chuck you down the road the first time anything untoward happens on your way to show it off to your friends.

  2. 2 Steve Carr Jul 22nd, 2009 at 11:36 am


    Thanks for your comments, they are welcome.

    As you can see, this bike is Our Shop bike, This is simply to show the bike the way we want to build it for our use. We wont sell a completed bike to anyone without a front brake on it.

    The front end R&T that everyone is concerned about is not an issue. The axle only moves 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch forward and back as the supension is working, it uses dampened shocks that stop the “jolting” effect that other front ends of this style may have had in the past, and remains in tolerance of correct R&T and causes no issues in handling on the street. Any Front suspension will change R&T to some degree as it goes up and down. This front end is not designed to be on a roadcourse or a MX track where every milimeter will cause a different outcome.

    This basic style front end has been around for a long time and has worked well for many people including us, But its not for everyone, we dont build parts for everyone, we build what we like and want to ride. I know that If I put my ass on a bike that I built, it better get me home safe and in one piece.

    As far as comfort on a custom bike goes, if a person building a board teack style bike is worried about comfort, that person needs to save his or her money and get a softail style frame . We build Hot Rod Style bikes, and ride them all the time, suspension or not, We build what we like and wont comprimise Good looks and Style for “Comfort”. Thats not the way we do things and its what makes Custom bikes Custom, You build what you like and what makes you happy, and dont worry about what others should or shouldnt be building. If a person wants a “Softail Board Track ” style bike, Then so be it, go build it……

    But it wont be us


    Thanks for your comments

    Steve Carr

  3. 3 A 1 cycles Jul 22nd, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    why do you need a front brake it has two rears…lol. nice bike steve. like the mix of old and new.. a 121 turbo would put you over the top and make people scratch their it just to make people talk

  4. 4 RIC BONIN Jul 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 pm


  5. 5 jatinder pal Jul 24th, 2009 at 2:57 am

    I like the build quality,it seems good in pics…i like this kind of stuff…keep up the good work boys.

  6. 6 alan Jul 26th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    very nice

    nice job one more time

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