Tribute To The Board Tracker Style

lasalle1lasalle2lasalle3lasalle4lasalle5lasalle6Julian von Oheimb from German shop One Way Machine is an Applied Sciences Engineer brought up by his father around Harley Flatheads, Knuckeleheads and Pahneads. From him he learned to always respect the past, to honor the old fabrication techniques and was encouraged to build bikes not only cool to look at but also correct from the point of view of mechanical engineering. Although board track racing disappeared in the early 30’s, the style of the machines racing on wooden planks continues to inspire many of today’s builders, and you can add Julian’s name to the list.

lasalle7lasalle8lasalle9lasalle10For this board track racing inspired project, a deliberate choice was to use as a platform the modern technology and reliability of a 1994 Harley Softball. The 1340 cc Evo engine was immediately turn into a retro looking motor via a set of Knucklehead rocker boxes. Then all custom fabricated bodywork and parts were conceived with visual cues of the designs found of the racing machines of the beginning of the last century that gave spectators so many thrills but also killed so many top racers while competing.

lasalle11lasalle12lasalle12bislasalle12terTo be mentioned is the fact that this modern board tracker – exactly as you see it featured – respects all the stringent rules imposed by the German technical inspection agency TÜV, and is stamped road legal on all Europeans roads. Since completed, the bike was voted Best Modified Harley in numerous and prestigious bike shows all over Europe. For those into the board tracker style but who want to keep their genuine Harley title, a tech sheet is listed below. One Way Machine.

lasalle13Builder: One Way Machine
Owner’s Name: Jürgen Faff
Bike Name: La Salle
Year/Model: Softail – 1994/2014
Time to build: 500 hours

Engine Make/Size: Evolution modified
Displacement: 1340ccm
Cylinder: EVO
Top End: EVO / Knucklestyle
Cams: EVO
Carburator: CV
Exhaust: BSL / One Way Machine

Transmission Type: OEM EVO / Primo
Gears: 5
Clutch: Primo
Primary: Primo / One Way Machine

Frame Make/Type: HD Softail / One Way Machine
Rake: OEM
Front End: VL Springer
Triple tree: One Way Machine
Swingarm: HD Softail / One Way Machine
Shock absorbers: OEM / One Way Machine
Brake disc front): CCE
Brake disc rear): One Way Machine
Brake front: Beringer
Brake rear: GMA
Front wheel: HD / One Way Machine 2,15” x 21”
Rear wheel: HD / One Way Machine 2,15” x 21”
Tires Front: Continental Twinduro / 90/90-21″
Tires Rear: Continental Twinduro / 2.75″-21″

Risers: One Way Machine
Handlebar: One Way Machine
Grips: Old Style
Rear fender: One Way Machine
Seat: Mesinger
Forward controls: SSC / One Way Machine
Tank: One Way Machine
Oiltank: OEM / One Way Machine
Electrics: Michael Schmidt
Paint Idea: One Way Machine
Paint: BK-Lack GmbH / Mike Hot Style

34 Responses to “Tribute To The Board Tracker Style”

  1. 1 Rodent Oct 27th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Nice bike for display

  2. 2 chopmonster66 Oct 27th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    nice bike , but need perimeter brake on front also. just a bit more thinking needed

  3. 3 Sean Oct 27th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Very, very nice.

  4. 4 Shifter Oct 27th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Love it.

  5. 5 Jeff Duval Oct 27th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    A tad more exciting that them vulgar baggars…

  6. 6 Jack deagazio Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Great looking bike, very well done

  7. 7 J. Grant Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    A reliable Softball with a board tracker look must be applauded. well done.

  8. 8 Frosty Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Nothing to criticize. Great work.

  9. 9 Tom Ryan Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Nice work, OWM! However, I don’t get those knobby tires. Would a real board tracker use that style of tire?

  10. 10 Guy Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Now that is a beautiful bike, Bagger builders take note.

  11. 11 Brett Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Would like to own it, change the tires, and ride the hell out of this bastard.

  12. 12 Brian Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Nice. I’d ride the hell out of that!

  13. 13 Jim Watson Oct 27th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Looks good, with the knobby tires it looks more like an old school Speedway bike, which is very cool!

  14. 14 Lyle Landstrom Oct 27th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Agree with Jim above. It’s not a board tracker but it is a neat bike.

  15. 15 SIGFREED Oct 27th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Indeed – there is potential here.

    Deep black, when done right, is a thing of beauty.

    I am impressed with the way the faux knucklehead came out. HD EVO motors have tons of potential (within reason) and will today run till doomsday (and likely beyond), plus can be gotten for a steal (certainly when compared to some of the aftermarket builds), in certain instances at less than half the dough.

  16. 16 fuji Oct 27th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Finnally. Good looking ride with those tires and stance to me it looks akin to a hill climber

  17. 17 fuji Oct 27th, 2014 at 2:10 pm
  18. 18 Kroeter Oct 27th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Mean looking bike! Agree with fuji on the hillclimber look.

  19. 19 GEAH Oct 27th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Knobby tires make no sense in this context.

  20. 20 Rob Oct 27th, 2014 at 3:01 pm


  21. 21 TJ Martin Oct 27th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Nice . But enough Bored Tracker [ spelling intentional ] Tributes – Replicas – Hommages already ! A few was great . A few too many now becoming redundant

  22. 22 Blackmax Oct 27th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Agree with Sean
    Very, very nice !!!!
    Beautiful representation / art …..

  23. 23 motojefro Oct 27th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Really nice work, but board tracker is a bit of a stretch.

  24. 24 Sharkey Oct 27th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Super sweet, streetable and a style that could be done by Joe Average income
    But it is a hillclimber more than boardtracker

  25. 25 nicker Oct 27th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    “… Knobby tires make no sense in this context…”

    Not if the context is a European grass-track racer……


  26. 26 Victor Oct 27th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    The builder didn’t try to build a board tracker, but a bike inspired by the board trackers of last century. So, give him the freedom to do his own interpretation following his own taste. Beautiful bike.

  27. 27 Septic the Sceptic Oct 27th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Nice looking bike. Board Tracker nomenclature seems little more than buzz words, certainly not a design reference.

  28. 28 Woody Oct 28th, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Nice. Looks like a motorcycle.

  29. 29 Asphalt_Squadron Oct 28th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I was liking it until I saw the faux Knuck rockers.

  30. 30 Too Low Oct 28th, 2014 at 6:36 pm


  31. 31 pokergolf420 Oct 29th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I like everything but the knobbies. Street bike or motocrosser?

  32. 32 nicker Oct 29th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    “…Board Tracker nomenclature seems little more than buzz words …”

    Just more yammering by the clueless.

    Its OK to be a Break-in-Biker, but too many of-em prattle-on more than they listen.
    And so we end up suffering through drivel like “suicide shift”…… 🙁


  33. 33 nicker Oct 29th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Grasstrack then & now requires knobbies, board-track didn’t


  34. 34 BCinSoCal Nov 19th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Absolutely great build! Question the knobbys, not only on this bike but many customs appearing on this blog, another tire issue, for me so is fitting a rear wheel(500.16) on the front. Yes too many “break in bikers” fitting what they think is a sucide/jockey shift when it’s just a lever on a ratchet lid. How many here have ever ridden a jockey lid sucide? Including those posting about them.

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