TrackMaster Resurrected

Published In The February 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source

Article By: Mitch “Magoo” Bodine Photos By: Hannah Longo

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This bike came into my shop a few years ago. It kind of always got put to the side and we never really got going on it; I know nothing about BSAs. Fortunately, Phil found just the shop for the job: Classic Cycles in Baptistown, NJ. The owner of the bike, Phil Capozzi, wrote this story about his dream bike and its history. About 35 years ago, back in my college days, I was introduced to a guy named Bill Bradshaw. At the time, Bill owned and wrenched two, sometimes three, very cool BSA flat track bikes running at racetracks up and down the East Coast. Being a fan, I was immediately hooked and had great fun helping out as he campaigned from track to track over the next few summers. Bradshaw’s riders at the time were George Richtmeyer, Dave Singleton and “Rowdy” Rick Stone. In the early ‘90s the famed Dave Aldana rode one in the vintage races. All of these riders collected some w i n n e r s ’ trophies racing his bikes. I’ve never forgotten the sights, sounds or smells from that great adventure. It was during a visit to see Bill at his Connecticut home in 2009 that we talked about the old days, and looked at photos and articles that rekindled my fire. I decided then and there I had to have one of my own, but it had been years since Bill worked on those BSAs. The parts were scattered all around in various condition, with many lost to time and fading remembrances. That day, I returned home to New Jersey with boxes of motor parts, determined to collect as many of the original fragments as I could find to turn a great memory into a three dimensional reality. The idea: build it from as many original pieces as possible. Now fast forward to 2011. Original components were hard to find, but with Bill and the help of one of the riders, “Rowdy” Rick Stone, many important pieces were recovered. Most importantly, these included: a Trackmaster racing frame; Bates’ seat; Ceriani fork including triple trees; one Carlisle racing tire (in good condition); Borrani record rim; Kennedy quick change hubs with knockoffs; brake rotor; sprockets; baskets of engine parts; and best of all, the original fiberglass gas tank with intact paint.

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Next step — build it. To help, I contacted Dave Schostkewitz, the owner of Classic Cycles, Ltd in Baptistown, New Jersey — the go-to guy for vintage British bikes in our area. Dave was fascinated by the challenge of resurrecting the “one” I remembered. So, after dropping off a pickup truck full of stuff, he went to work. Concentrating on using what I pulled together, Dave built a strong motor. Since this was going to be a street tracker, we settled on a reliable A65 650cc setup with some neat upgrades, both old and new. For extra power, he used a Spitfire cam found in the collection. New Mikuni VM roundslide carbs were added to duplicate those used on the original race motors. For dependability, he used a Bob Newby Racing billet clutch assembly/belt drive, updated Boyer electrical system with high output alternator and Shoria Lithium Technology battery. The two sets of original pipes I found were beyond repair so Dave handcrafted new megaphone pipes mimicking the originals of the day. The frame needed considerable work. The original swingarm was lost and the sourced Trackmaster replacement needed extensive custom work to make it right. Fatigue cracks and ugly welds from back in the day were cleaned up, new tabs added and lastly the complete frame was re-nickel-plated. A second Borrani record rim and a NOS Carlisle race tire to match were located, and the Ceriani forks reconditioned. For stopping control, a new Wilwood brake caliper and master cylinder were used at the rear wheel only — in true flat track fashion. Dave also used his last “new” original Amal throttle to make this bike do what it’s made to do – GO! This build was a group effort, involving friends and family alike. The rear fender was fabricated by Dave’s son Luke, a student at the University of Northwestern Ohio, College of Applied Technologies for a school project. The front number plate and halogen headlight assembly was made by good friend Dick Gambino, an octogenarian metal bender. The taillight/number plate featuring LED lighting was engineered at C-K Specialties in Lakewood, NJ. The original Bates’ seat was repadded and the rear fender pad was made by Gary Moucher from Pennsylvania. The finished product resulted in piecing together the bike I remember and it’s better than I could have ever imagined. I can’t express my excitement to have come full circle on my decades old daydream of having an original Bill Bradshaw BSA to call my own. If you would like to check out Dave at Classic Cycles, you can find him at classiccyclesltd. com

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BSA Flat Tracker Tech Sheet
Owner: Phil Capozzi
City: Ocean Grove, NJ
Fabrication By:
Year: 1971
Model: BSA A65 Flattracker/Streettracker
Time: 10 Years – Off & On
ENGINE
Year: 1971
Model: A65
Builder: Dave Schostkewitz – Classic Cycles
Ignition: Boyer
Displacement: 650cc
Pistons: BSA
Heads: BSA
Cam(s): BSA Spitfire
Carb: Mikuni VM30s
Air Cleaner: K&N Filter
Exhaust: Custom Dave Schostekewitz
Primary: Newby Racing Billet Clutch/ Belt Drive
TRANSMISSION
Year: 1971
Make: BSA
Shifting: N/A
FRAME
Year: 1971
Make: Trackmaster
Rake: N/A
Stretch: N/A
FRONT END
Type: Ceriani
Builder: Factory
Extension: N/A
WHEELS
Front Wheel: Borrani
Size: 19”
Tire: Carlisle
Brakes: None
Rear Wheel: Borrani
Size: 19”
Tire: Carlisle
Brakes: Wilwood
PAINT
Painter: N/A
Color: Silver
Type: N/A
Powdercoating: N/A
Chroming: Nickel Plate
ACCESSORIES
Bars: N/A
Risers: N/A
Hand Controls: Amal
Gas Tank(s): Trackmaster Fiberglass
Front Fender: None
Rear Fender: Fab. By Schostkewitz
Seat: Bates
Foot Controls: Stock BSA
Oil Tank: Oil In Frame
Headlight: Dick Gambino
Taillight: C-K Specialties
Photographer: Hannah Longo

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