As the museum winds to a close each year, we spend a lot of time in the restoration shop restoring bikes that will eventually go on display at Wheels Through Time. While I’ve been gone over the last week, my dad has been hard at work on several KR dirt track and road racing machines. In fact, two of the bikes are already up and running after less than 7 days.
And these aren’t just any old Harley KR race bikes. The first bike on the lift was Carroll Reseweber 1952 Harley KR Flat tracker. The little red and white scalloped 45 cubic inch factory racers was one of Carroll’s first Harley Competition machines, and was disassebled decades ago. Dale found the bike in the garage of Ralph Berndt, Reseweber’s engine builder and tuner with many of the famed 4-time National Champions other race bikes. Over the years, Dale managed to finish most of the bikes from the garage, but it took until 2013 to get to this one.
Bike number two is another in the long line of historic racing machines at WTT — this one belonged to 3-time Daytona Winner Brad Andres. Brad held the number one plate for a few years, and is the only rider to win 3 Daytona 200 beach races. This machine was initially prepared by Andres father Leonard, who tuned a total of 7 Daytona winning motorcycles, for 1-mile dirt track competition.
I got home about 8:30 last night, and headed right to the shop knowing my dad would be hard at work on something interesting. Wouldn’t you know that my timing was perfect — he was just filling the bike up with gas and preparing to crank it up for the first time. Of course, it fired on the second kick, and boy did it make a glorious racket.
The next machine going on the lift will be another Harley KR competition machine, but this one will be in full road race trim (pre-front fairing). The bike features lightweight KR frame, all alloy rims, brakes, controls and rear fender, fiberglass gas tank, and too much more cool stuff to list.
Keep an eye out for progress on this machine — my guess is that it won’t take long to put it back ont he track!