Ode To A Legend Board Tracker

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)

12 Responses to “Ode To A Legend Board Tracker”

  1. 1 Walt Lumpkin Feb 27th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    A virtual digital barn find. Beautiful work.

  2. 2 JG Hardtail Choppers Forever Feb 27th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Great work . Attention to small details is always a winner . Super clean machine . I understand the smile on your face . Congratulations on a great build . Jg

  3. 3 hk Feb 27th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    very nice build .super clean

  4. 4 MannyP Feb 27th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Nice Find Cyril. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5 Irish Rose Feb 27th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    When skill and talent combine, you get this.

  6. 6 Three Two Choppers Feb 27th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Stunning bike built by a great guy. I had a great time meeting and hanging out with you in Sturgis my friend. Look forward to it again. Loved this build. Unbelievable detail and enginuity.


  7. 7 bigalyts Feb 28th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    What a Neat Bike and a Great Builder/Fabricator found in a Land across the Pond ! Great Eye Cyril.

  8. 8 Mike Tomas Kiwi Indian MC Co Feb 28th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    One of the great things about the AMD world championships is meeting each builder and understanding his or her build. There is a story in each build and one can feel the passion. Rene’ has tons of passion.

  9. 9 captmike Feb 28th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This beautiful little bike puts many other “modern” bikes to shame. Beautiful work!

  10. 10 pops Feb 28th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    sweet!!! very nicly done

  11. 11 john reed Feb 28th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I like the bike and the builder,
    The bike reminds me of pretty little hand made watch,
    Rene is a friendly young guy who has a lot of skill and
    enthusiasm, I looked forward to seeing his next

  12. 12 Martin Twofeather Feb 28th, 2012 at 9:11 pm


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