Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Randy Hoffmans Velo-Manx KTT Ahrma racer.

Randy with his Velo-Manx at Roebling Road, 2012
One of the most intriguing motorcycles to hit the vintage racing circuit this year is without a doubt, Randy Hoffmans Featherbed framed 49 KTT Velocette. With a similar bevel-drive overhead-cam set up as the Manx, it seems like a perfect fit, though I haven't seen another one like this anywhere. While in Savanah Georgia for the AHRMA season opener I had a chance to hang out with Randy and shoot some pictures of his bike. After a couple laps he came in with clutch problems. If anyone is familiar with the Velo clutch, they'll know the 20 spring, oddly designed set up as a real tedious lesson in tinkering. Fortunately, Velo expert Dave Roper was on hand to help sort out the issues. Though he ended up not competing that weekend, Randy got a feel for what the bike needed after it's 20 some year hibernation. Little is known about the motorcycles origin other than who he bought it from (anonymous) and said seller knew little about the bikes history either. As info comes in, it will be posted to Smoke and Throttle. For now, check out these specs and drool over the pics!

Motor: 1949 Velocette KTT Mk V111
Frame: 1951 Norton wide line Featherbed
Front end: Shortened Road Holders
Front Brake: Grimeca
Rear Brake: Norton Commando
Gearbox: Velo Venom
Carb: Amal RN (Remote Needle - needle set apart from the choke area, so as not to obstruct the airflow)
Randy noted he only uses Castrol R oil in this bike. Wise choice.

The bike in all it's glory. Roebling Road 2012.
Randy and Dave Roper sorting out the clutch. 
Custom fabricated primary cover

exploded view of the KTT. Bevel drive OHC design similar to the Manx.
Good luck this season Randy! We'll be checking in for updates.

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