How come I have forgotten about this cute boardtracker sitting since a long time in my digital files. The kind of bike you imagine could have been discovered in an old barn in the middle of nowhere, then immaculately restored after months of intense labor. As a matter of fact, “Ode To A Legend” was built from the ground up by René Van Tuil in a small village of the Netherlands counting less than 1000 inhabitants. Not a smaller task than a restoration when you realize about much of the bike is painstakingly hand fabricated.
In a hand-made board track style rigid frame, Rene Van Tuil installed a modified 350 cc 1958 Bernard engine (originally Bernard static pump W110 engine) with a Solex carb modified for motorcycle throttle and a custom made breather valve between rocker boxes. He also fabricated a reverse-gear primary drive and adapted a gm-180 clutch. Dummy magneto. Front end and all sheet metal, gas/oil tank, seat pan, exhaust is one-off. No front brake and clutch hub final drive pocket-bike rear braking system. Both wheels are 28″ alloy bicycle wrapped in Schwalbe 28” x2.00-700x48c HS 338 tires. Painted by Cor Blom. Revatu Customs. (pictures by Onno Wieringa courtesy AMD Championship)