Bike of the Month - October 2004
Well I built this bike this past spring or redid it after having restored it about 12 years ago. When I finished it this year it had 81 CR 250 forks and Fox airs and an aluminum works swingarm, it looked like a factory racer Smith or Lackey would have raced back in the day. I was well pleased with the look as I had also used all the Fox aluminum replica parts that were available, I had some zero nine numbers, bought a silencer from Rick Horvat.
At the first race I attended this year at Garmon Ranch, Mike Brillant took some pictures of my bike and sent them to Dave Turk in California. Dave contacted me a few days later and asked if I would be interested in selling or trading the swingarm on my bike. He stated he was building a RC450 and that the swingarm I had looked very similar to the one used on those bikes, like Al Baker used to sell, but he knew it was a replica arm because it didn't have the tab for the brake backing plate to slide in to.
Well I had noticed this tab years ago I figured it had to be one for a works bike since that's the only bikes that didn't use a brake arm and I told Dave, but yes it does have the tab you just mentioned, he gets all excited and starts calling and checking and lo and behold it is a works arm and is almost exactly what he needs to complete his 450. We work a trade for the Fox forks and Fox swingarm on my bike, I ordered the stickers for them and that's where the Fox parts came from.
Now where did I get the works arm, back 10 years ago a guy I would see at the vintage races in Fla. he told me he had an aluminum arm for my bike so I traded a parts bike to him for the works arm, of course at the time we did'nt know it was a works arm. Nathan hope this isnt to much I could go on but........ as of today I am putting on some DG Fim side panels with yellow backgrounds.