|Me on my first motorcycle,
in (I think) 1967. The bike
was a very used '58 BSA.
Mrs. Petti (Steve's mom) took the picture.
I was wearing a leather flyer jacket my
Uncle Eddie Goloff gave me.
|It didn't take long
before a little imagination,
a hacksaw, torch, (and
some help from Larry Katz)
resulted in my first attempt
at chopping a bike.
|1958 BSA CREDITS
Fabrication & Constuction by - Stu Segal - Larry Katz
|This bike was basically a
conglomeration of whatever parts I
could get my hands on or make.
The front end came off a Harley
ServiCar, the front wheel was off the
back of a Honda 50.
The handlebars were apehangers (of
course). The gas tank was a 1-gallon
"peanut tank", which cost 28 cents to
fill. Bates seat and pillion pad,
megaphone "mufflers", and a
hacksawed back fender.
Unfortunately, I didn't know anything
about frame geometry, rake, trail,
etc. The first time I went fast on this,
it went into a real live "tank-slapper"
and I wound up in the hospital,
having roadrash on my palms, arms,
elbows, knees, face, etc.
The next fall, somewhat deflated,
after selling the bike, I wound up
enrolled at Massanutten Military
Academy in Virginia.