Have you ever seen those old Jawa speedway bikes? Laying over and flying through turns they're quite a distinctive sight. The bikes have been around since the 20s and sometime in the 70s some
crazy adventurous Englishmen started running the rigid frame bikes over unimproved field tracks and soon realized suspension is a beautiful thing. The modified speedway bikes became known as grass trackers. Phil Little has two old Jawas and he used to race them on ice up in Minnesota, but Phil is a builder who has done some nice work before, like the CR-450 Clubman we previously featured and he's done it again with this Honda XL350 grass tracker.
You can use this bike just like a Jawa but it has not only suspension, but a multiple speed transmission and a kick start, it seems push starts on ice don't work so well.
Phil says he found the English main frame and fuel tank hanging in the Minneapolis area shop of Merritt Cody, a 50s flat tracker. All other frame components were custom made for this project by his brother Ric Little. The center piece of the frame is the dual engine plates which were cut from 5/16” aluminum, polished and red anodized. The bike’s color matches the plates. The leading link forks were obtained from Bill Cody Racing. An XL350 Honda was chosen for power because it is vintage, reliable and produces sufficient power for the intended purpose going sideways on the ice.
Little has the molds for both fenders and the number plate if anyone is tempted to
build a similar mount, which for those of us in northern latitudes, might be neat project.
I really like the look of Phil's projects, very finished, very clean, they look like something anyone with the time and inclination could put together and he provides some of the hard to fabricate parts to make it even easier. Very nice!
Link: Phil Little Racing