Posted 6 years ago
I bought one just like it new in 67. Very rare machines these days. I was fortunate enough to beat everybody to this one. I love it just like it is but it will be brought back to life. The $250 I paid for it was a super deal. Before I picked it up, a guy in California offered the seller $850 to hold it until he could drive to North Carolina. I have to respect the man for sticking to his word even though he wasn't happy that he sold it so cheap.
The book value on this old machine in its present condition is listed at $1580. This bike was actually very advanced for its time. Dual rotary valve intake, chrome cylinder bores, a unique style built longer and taller than its peers in that era. It was much more comfortable for an American rider. It was a very high performance bike also. 0-60 in a little over five seconds and a top speed of 110 plus. I outran everything around Griffin and Barnesville, 650 BSA's and Triumphs, Honda 450's, Yamaha's and anything else that wanted a go. I used to wheelie down main street on it. I don't think I'll be doing much of that on this one. Well, maybe once or twice. My wife gave me the name Bikenstein after watching me bring a few of these "dead bikes" to life. You don't slow down when you get old, you get old when you slow down.