Rat Racer at the Rat's Hole Bike Show at Ocala, FL. Bike Fest
Photo by Julius Williams
The day of the show, a photo of me sitting on Rat Racer appeared in the Ocala Star Banner article on Bike Fest. Pretty cool!
We were lucky enough to walk away with a win in the Pre 1935 Antique Bike Class and received a great plaque designed by Teddy Smith.
Rats Hole Bike Show Plaque
By Teddy Smith
The Mikuni, being a much more modern carburetor, has several advantages. First they are relatively cheap, especially compared to period alternatives. Second tuning parts are readily available and reasonably priced. Finally, I am very familiar with tuning these Mikuni carburetors from my AMA road racing days. With a little tuning, the engine ran strong throughout the rev range with the Mikuni.
The next problem was a working brake. The rear wheel assembly with the Free Wheel Clutch assembly I am using, also comes with a period style drum brake on the right side of the hub. The trouble is the hub assembly with the clutch and brake, would no fit my racing frame. I opted to use the hub with the clutch assembly, and find an alternative brake for the front end. This required a pretty significant offset in the lacing of the rear wheel to get the tire aligned with the centerline of the frame, but after a few hours of painstaking adjustment, everything lined up.
|Free Wheel Clutch Rear Wheel After Alignment|
|Front Wheel Assembly with Drum Brake|
With all the major problems solved, it was time for a road test.
Rat Racer Road Test - November 6, 2016
Lee Merkel Field - Sylacauga, Alabama
|Rat Racer - Road Ready|
Deadly Dave's Collection
Ocala Star Banner