THE KIDS ARE ALL LEFT. Russell Motorcycles’ Sanglas 500 S2 Junior Flat Tracker
We all know that without getting kids into motorcycling the sport will go the way of the dinosaurs, Morris Dancing and Tiger Wood’s reputation. But what have you done about it lately? For Eduardo and Dani from Spain’s Russell Motorcycles, they’ve introduced their kids to the sideways glory that is flat tracking by building them a bike to do it on. It’s a Sanglas and Puch mash-up that really makes us want to get some dust in our faces.
“The shop is going very well,” says Russell’s Ed, as he plays with the shop’s dog and namesake. “We are building quite a few bikes in different styles, but we always try to keep our special touch that we are so proud of. Gladly, it seems like there’s some other people who like it, too.”
“The donor bike was a Sanglas 500 S2 from 1983. Flat track is becoming very big in Spain, so we were inspired to build our own mini oval track for us and our kids to enjoy. And what good would a flat track be without a bike to ride on it?”
“We found it in a local garage, where it had been sitting in original shape for over 15 years. While the bike did not run and needed a lot of work to get it going, it was a complete example with no major missing parts.”
“First of all, we dismantled the entire bike and rebuilt the chassis to the exact way we wanted it to sit. Next, the engine was disassembled and we rebuilt the cylinder head with new valves. The piston and the engine’s bottom half were in good shape, and we found out pretty quickly that these bikes were made to last. They don’t go that fast but they were built strong.”
The old bike‘s main issue was the electronics, so new parts were fitted in order to make it all much more simple and durable. Next, the front discs were taken off and the new battery box and electric components were all hidden better than Donald Trump’s bald patch. Then adding some major flavor to the bike was achieved by an old-style tank and seat from a mini cross donor. As you can see, it fitted perfectly and looks the business.
“Our main challenge for this build was to have the bike fit both us and the kids well. Too big and the kids would probably find it hard and it might not be so safe. Too small and it wouldn’t be as exciting for the adults. I think the balance we came up with is great”
“The finished bike has a really mean look and a super low stance. It looks like fun the moment you see it. And luckily, it doesn’t disappoint once you get it on the dirt. It goes great and the engine seems to really enjoy its new job.”
[ Russell Motorcycles | Photos by Alvaro Vazquez]