name is Tony. I got my first motorcycle when I was 11 years old.
It was a Honda 50 passport step through, and I rode it for two
years. After that, I got my brother’s Honda 65cc which was an
upgrade at that time. My father bought three Trail 90cc Hondas
for our motor home and I got one of them. At that time, I had
just started riding my father’s Honda 305cc dream. It was
large, fast and red.
I grew up, you could only ride and operate a motorcycle below
6BPH, and when I was stopped by our local motorcycle policeman,
I received five tickets at one time, and got a free ride in the
back of his car to you know where.
I turned seventeen, and was able to talk my parents into
co-signing for a loan. I bought my first bike, a Honda 500cc
four cylinder. Chopper motorcycles were getting popular at the
time (1973), and so like any young rider, with a job and money,
I began to order chopper and custom parts.
the time I was nineteen years old, I had already sunk about
$9,000 into my radical custom Honda. Now it was show time. I had
started going to shows and placing in the top four spots.
a win here and there, in 1975, Daytona Beach was hosting the
Rats Whole Chopper show on the boardwalk, and I was asked to be
a judge for the show. The show was put on by Big Daddy Rat, Ed
Roth, and spending time setting up and having dinner with
everyone sure was a treat for all for all the time and money I
had spent so far. [Big Daddy passed away last year in
his home in Utah. He will be greatly missed along with all his
crazy drawings. He was a fun guy.]
twenty, I got a Kawasaki 1000ltd, and a in 1977 after installing
a new clip-on set of handle bars, and jetting the carbs with
velocity stacks, installing two new tires, I hit the road.
the way home after a day of riding, my bike went into a speed
wobble (my speed had to be close to 135mph, don’t ask). I was
able to get my speed down to about 105mph, before impact. After
being rushed to the trauma ward of the local hospital, where I
was not supposed to make it, and only by the Grace of God, and
some great doctors and nurses, after three months I went home .
. . . .returning for some plastic surgery in early
that month on Christmas Day, I took my show bike for a ride
around the block, and coming around a long sweeping left hand
turn, an elderly lady backing out of her driveway, ran over me,
breaking my left elbow again, and my right leg in two places.
Great Christmas present, hey?
four years of operations and major therapy on my broken body, I
was on my way back. With trading two motorcycles and some
insurance money, I was able to buy a 1960 Corvette and began
restoring it for shows.
a lot of time in a hot rod shop, where I was building a blown
1934 Ford, high boy three window coupe, I had noticed over in
the corner of the shop, a Harley-Davidson, dusty and dirty. . .a
XLCR Harley-Davidson . . . the attraction was immediate. Asking
the owner of the shop regarding the XLCR, he told me it needed a
battery and some gas. Well always having a love for motorcycles,
and for custom race bikes, I fell in love with that XLCR Café
when it all started. . . .I began to spend time going to all the
area shops, talking to salespeople and owners, to learn as much
as I could about this XLCR. After buying my friend’s XLCR for
$2,500, with only 5200 miles, the love affair began. I have
owned one of these classic/collectibles since 1979. Through
2001, I have owned 12 of them.
five years ago, I began building and restoring XLCR’s to 100
point concourse-quality restoration. I have had my hands on
about 25-50 of these love/hate relationship motorcycles. Knowing
my past, and my love and the experience of motorcycles, I have
been encouraged by my friends and fellow owners to begin an XLCR
club. While after years of this encouragement, and after many
years of experience, I have decided to pursue this dream, and
together we can preserve the future of the XLCR Café
we can have these time Classic/Collectible motorcycles around
for years to come for everyone to enjoy.
invite you to become a part of the members who own/ride and
collect these XLCR motorcycles.
here for details on member in the club.
riding and I look forward to hearing from you soon.