The first SR to roll out the door of the Venice workshop – a caffeinated SR500 bound for Oyster Bay, New York.
This is the fourth bike built by Michael “Woolie” Woolaway for Billy Joel and 20th Century Cycles. Crafted and conceived by Woolie based on the brief provided by Billy Joel and Alex from 20th Century Cycles. This SR has a tasty spec sheet:
TZ 750 front brake, Buchanans rims with 304 SS spokes. The fender was hand made by 7metal West with Deus fender mount. The headlight was a vintage Ducati Mona modified to fit the Motogadget speedo, head light bracket was hand made out of stainless steel. NOS Tommaselli clip ons and a quarter turn race throttle. The twin pull brake is off a old water buffalo.
The tank is a copy of a works Honda CR then heavily modified to fit the SR frame. The motor has a big J&E forged piston with all new valves and rocker with a fully ported set up, Megicycle cam shaft and FCR flat slid carb. The frame was straightened by Dr John and then modified with a loop tail. The seat was hand crafted from the pan up – leather work was by C&C’s. The shocks where made by Works Performance engineered by Pierre for Billy’s weight .
A & A Racing in Northern CA, a legendary old school Flat Track custom shop who have been racing and building parts for over 30 years, built the triple clamps (with adjustable offset) as well as the chrome-moly swing arm. The A & A Racing rear hub is a fully adjustable with knock offs and full floating rear brake hanger (over sized rotor and Brembo caliper).