The pre 30’s boardtrack motorcycle continues to inspire custom builders. Of course, the objective is not to race on motordromes – or murderdromes – with 45-degree pitch corners. It’s all about nostalgia and a naked style where a motorcycle is a 2-wheel powerful machine that doesn’t need any add-ons or embelishment to go fast down the track.
The best new parts with a touch of old are featured on this Sturgis Special built bt T.D. Ward at Rods & Rides Motorcycle Co. starts with an old school one-off rigid frame with a 34-degree rake and 2″ backbone stretch. In it, the crew installed a new 95″ Knucklehead motor from S&S Cycle and Ultima 6-speed tranny with kicker.
Front suspension is provided by a Springer front end sourced at DNA. Concession to today’s trend, the bike rolls on a pair of 26″ wheels (dressed in Vee Rubber tires) from Performance Machine equipped with a front brake also from PM and rear brake on chain sprocket from DNA. Result, a beautiful very clean machine, “just another hand-built bike” says TD Ward. Rods And Rides Motorcycles. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa for AMD World Championship courtesy to Cyril Huze)