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Sportsman Flyer Racer

Posted on August 15, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Moped, Racer. 24 comments

Back in 1910 the world’s first board track was opened at the Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome near Playa del Rey, California. Now, 100 years later, board track racers are again making a comeback to America’s west coast. These stunning bikes are being hand-built in Gilroy, California by Pat Dolan who started the company out of passion for these classically styled motor bicycles. The “Sportsman Flyer Company” started not as a business, but as a hobby” he says. “I have built and collected cars and bicycles for years and have always wanted to add a Schwinn Whizzer motorized bicycle to my collection”. So while Pat was searching for the right bike, he started seeing motorized bicycles around the place with newer two stroke engines. That’s when he decided to build one and started the project with a vintage Schwinn Panther frame.

We’ll let Pat go into more detail of how the Sportsman Flyer came about: “This particular frame, commonly called a straight bar frame because of it’s unique middle frame tube in the front triangle, is very similar in shape to early motorcycles. Gas tanks were added into the pocket between the top and middle frame tubes on these early motorcycles, so it only made sense to build a gas tank to fit the Panther frame in the same fashion. Using my fabrication and CAD design skills I designed and built my first in-frame gas tank that fit the Panther frame perfectly. Soon I had people asking if I could build more of these gas tanks. As I continued with my own build I quickly discovered that most of the unique vintage style parts I needed were simply not available. This led to the development of a series of vintage style parts not available anywhere else. Soon people were requesting custom frame and tank kits, as well as seats, handlebars, wheels, and mounts for more powerful engines. The Sportsman Flyer Company was born.”

This red ‘Racer’ model is said to be “true to it’s namesake”. The chassis comes set-up to house the two-stroke single cylinder Morini S6S 50cc engine – which gives you around 9.4 horses of power. To quote the Sportsman website: ‘If you like the quick throttle response and durability of a modern two stroke engine, this is the model for you’.

These esquisite little racers even come with a certificate of authenticity, serial number and record of the original owners name and build date. The kits also start at 1920’s prices (well almost) – for $1250 you receive a basic frame, fork and tank. The Morini engine will set you back a bit extra; they usually retail for around $660. Then all you need to do is dust off that leather helmet, polish those aviator goggles and wax your moustache. Huzzah!


(Thanks to Peter Brock for the tip – no, not that Peter Brock)

  • P.F. Flyer

    That is too cool!!

  • If only the food delivery people here in Brooklyn could be riding these types of motor powered bicycles, instead of these newer looking ones…. Man, it would make getting hit by one of these guys so much more classy!

  • zeke rigg

    sweet but a bit pricey for my tastes and yeah i have heard nothing but awesome stuff about those motors except the price tag.
    also i thought this was Briton Bees work at first glance mostly cuz he is the only guy i have seen use that engine. but on the second look it's completely different. but really 600$ for a motor is a lot.

  • Paddy

    It's beautiful no doubt and if I really wanted something so unique I wouldn't quibble about the motors price.
    However, considering there's no back suspension, how is that seat supposed to hold up to even a moderate pounding? Looks like it couldn't hold 150 pounds.

  • Greg

    This is a classic beauty. Perhaps Moto Preserve should think about parking this in their space – then it would have something worth protecting or wrenching.

  • revdub

    Here we go. Very nice quality little bikes. Love the details. Those Morini S6S engines are pretty cool too. I'd have a difficult time deciding between a Briton Bee and one of these.

  • Beautiful, glorious. But for use on the street I think that the seat should be a sprung seat of some sort. Boardtrack velodrome riders didn't have to worry about bumps and potholes.

  • @davidabl From what we've seen, the boardtracks were pretty smooth when they were first made, but once they were left out in the elements for a few years they were anything but smooth as you can see here.

  • Great workmanship. Makes memories flood back …. I used to race BMX in the 1970s and lot of us BMX racers used to hang out at this "10 speed shop" in Tucson Az. The dude that owned the place was named Andy sunthin. Anyhow he used to make stuff like this. He'd silver braze everything together, all of the tubing connectioins and such. The frames turned out beautiful, just like this one is.

    My only observation is … perhaps he could use a four stroke instead of that stinky premix burning two stroke? It may even make the bike look a bit more *period correct* so as to shore-up the olden days look of the thing. I mean the expansion chamber hanging off the bottom looks anything but *vintage*. Looks more like something hanging off the bottom of one of my RDs.

    Anyhow, outstanding work, great *marketing* idea, and super glad that something is working for someone in the manner of making money with a good product in this economy. Good on ya!!

  • Troy

    Absolutely RIPPER.. I love it!

  • DP

    Dang, i love how the bottom of the frame melds with the pipes and makes the engine kinda float in place. overall look is bitchen

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  • DrDoom

    Beautiful bike, the lines of the expansion chamber, the whole visual package is just great. But I hope this is a prototype, the quality of the weld on the down tube just under the tank is inexcusable on a kit that costs $1250.00, also the exhaust pipe cut and weld corners at the head look like crap. Fix those faults and you'll have a winner!

  • zeke rigg

    don't worry guys ridgeds work. i have ridden many that are surprisingly not that bad on your but. also i have seen many with that thin of metal used as struts where the shocks went. the struts bend a little giving some cushion but not much.

    lastly to the guy who said four stroke you do realize people build this stuff to ride right? have you ridden a 1 speed 4 stroke 50cc? no not a scooter with a cvt a true one speed. they are so slow it is honestly dangerous. this thing will be reliable, and fast enough to use on the street with out getting run over. the only way a 4 stroke could do that is if you had the massive transmission like you see on scooters, which i think might look out of place on a broad tracker, or a engine above 50cc which would make registration hell on earth and cost a lot more as motorcycle standards are pretty strict in comparison to moped standards.

  • t_s

    Expansion chamber and silencer ruin an otherwise splendid little piece of kit.

  • t_s Ruin? Dude, they MAKE it!

  • Nope .. never ridden a 50cc four stroke on the street, not since the Mini Trail I rode when I was like 11. I think I'd be inclined to stay off that bike on the roads around here anyhow … no matter WHAT engine it had in it.

    Just sayin' … there are plenty of 125cc four banger engines (see Honda 110cc or 90cc and the plethora of clones out there). It's just an opinion. Geez! And as far as the historical "look" of the bike using the 2 stroke vs the 4 stroke … yea that expansion chamber … just asking … how historicaly correct is that? Just sayin man .. if it isn't the pregnant chamber it would be the 4 stroke's transmission … if it ain't one thing, it's two! Besides, I've not seen a "broad tracker" just yet … are they pretty cool or something? I bet they are! Seen a few board trackers, though. 😉 Haahaahaa!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I think it's time I go. Crowd's changing here. Yes I took my meds tonight … (HAA!!) .. 🙂 😉

    Great pics Pipeburn Staff …. it's been .. um … ~fun~ …

    All the best …. 10-Bones.

  • I've tracked a few broads in my time. Until that restraining order came through…

  • I love it!! Would prefer to see it with a bigger engine though…a nice V-twin would be perfect.

  • …Yep too bad there isn't a cute little Morini 90cc or 125cc v-twin engine…'tho you'd have to register it as a motorcycle i guess. Even at 90cc. Many might be tempted to reg as a moped, do an engine "upgrade" and take their chances?

  • Davidabl2

    Looking at it almost 6mo. later I’m still impressed…Still wish there was some way to get natural white tires on it..little less chrome…and after purchase a stealthy way to put a bigger motor in it while retaining the 50cc freedom from regulations 😉  The bike i’d get ASAP if my driver’s licence/motorcycle licence endorsement went away…

  • Davidabl2

    An option for clip-on electrics might be good..for when ya get caught out after dark.

  • Nash

    lots of people have been attempting builds like this, and regardless of the engine used, i think this one in looks and craftsmanship just totally NAILS the whole turn-of-the-century board tracker look. finally somebody’s figured out how to do it right! plus i’m a huge sucker for those engines…been wanting one forever…

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