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Doug Duncan from Shawnee, Oklahoma was kind enough to bring a couple of really nice vintage dirt bikes to the OKC Motorcycle Show to share with participants. Doug is a vintage bike restorer and collector on a budget.

1972 125cc Penton

“I always wanted a Penton growing up. I could never afford a Penton as a kid. All I had money for was a Suzuki TS-125 which was about $475, while a Penton ran closer to $900. But you had to do a lot of work to the Suzuki to even try to get it close to a Penton, if you even could.”

Doug looked for a Penton for 15 years for before he found this particular model. “I wanted a bike that had matching engine and serial numbers.” He purchased it from the original owner, brought it back to his shop in Shawnee, removed the Sachs engine and swingarm, had everything powdercoated and painted, installed original Radaelli wheels like the ones that came from the KTM factory. “I did not paint the gas tank” says Duncan. “It had a few scratches but I think that adds to the character of the bike.”

John Penton and his family imported these KTM made bikes from Austria back in the early 1970’s and prepped them for racing in the states. These are rare bikes and this nicely restored model was raced in enduro’s in California before being brought to Oklahoma for restoration. “The Penton Owners Group (POD) was invaluable in finding old parts.”

This beautifully restored 1972 Penton (KTM) motorcycle is owned by Doug Duncan in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
This beautifully restored 1972 Penton (KTM) motorcycle is owned by Doug Duncan in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

1974 Bultaco Model 123 360cc Flat Tracker

“I have been looking for a Bultaco flat tracker for 25 years” says Duncan. “Again I wanted matching frame and motor serial numbers.” He found this particular bike in northern California, where it was amateur raced all over the state. “This bike is just like I bought it and just like it came off the track” explains Duncan. “It was tuned by Pistone, who did the head porting and built the pipe. It also has a custom made box section adjustable swingarm for added strength. The back wheel is reversable so that a racer could use both sides of the tire. You just pull the wheel, flip it around, switch the sprocket, and you are good to go.” Like most flat track bikes there are no front brakes.

No restoration is needed on this awesome piece of motorcycling history.

This 1974 Bultaco Model 123  flat track race bike is unrestored and just like it came off the racetrack.
This 1974 Bultaco Model 123 flat track race bike is unrestored and just like it came off the racetrack.

On a cold January night, a sudden fire turned the world upside down for the Richardson family. Forced out of their home into an unfamiliar city, this family of 5 had nowhere to turn. Most of their belongings charred to a crisp, they took refuge in a friend’s house until finding an apartment for rent a few days later. No clothes, no furniture, not even a television, they had no choice but to start over as best they could. At least they had each other – and unbeknownst to them, the thoughts of fantastic group of motorcyclists.

Dressed in street-worn black leather and riding thundering Harley Davidson motorcycles, the Heartland Heat chapter of the Wind and Fire motorcycle club roared into the Walmart parking lot on a cold February day. People in the Walmart parking lot might have thought trouble was brewing. But they soon discovered a group of hard riding yet big hearted firefighters were descending on the giant Supercenter not for trouble, but to purchase little girls shoes, a young boy’s underwear, a teenager’s Levi’s, and a mother’s sweater. Not to mention a new television set, a few games, and several shopping carts full of bedsheets, blankets, and clothing.

I discovered the Heartland Heat chapter of the Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club over Christmas, when they volunteered time to help the Salvation Army distribute food after the “Toy’s for Tots” drive. Quiet and unassuming, I soon learned these leather-faced riders had hearts of gold. Comprised of local OKC metro area firefighters who love and ride Harley Davidson motorcycles, this group of local hero’s quietly hold fundraisers throughout the year to help fire victims who may be without a home, without insurance and without family and friends to help in their time of need. Steve Capps, President of Heartland Heat, calls these unlucky victims “the have nots”.

The fundraisers are held at Oklahoma motorcycle events during the year such as OKC Thunder Roadhouse “Thunder Run”. Heartland Heat members man vendor booths at no cost, and encourage other motorcyclists attending the event to donate to their cause. Every penny of the money raised is used to help fire victims such as the Richardson’s.

As we left the Walmart parking lot, I followed the Heartland Heat riders, thinking about how privileged I am to know such a cool group of motorcyclists. Turning into a nearby apartment complex, the deep throaty rumble from their Harley’s chromed exhaust reverberate throughout the complex, announcing to bystanders that “the cavalry is here”.

The group gathers up bags of clothing, while two riders grab the new 32” TV and an Xbox game console from the back of accompanying pickup truck. At first I thought it was a bit odd to be providing a TV and game console, but I soon learned that was just what a family needed – entertainment to take their minds off the disaster that had befallen them. Obviously Heartland Heat members had done this many times before and knew what it took to bring a bit of normalcy back to a displaced family’s home.

Seeing the excitement and gratitude of the Richardson family, I quickly understood just why this group of hard core motorcyclists devote so much time and effort into their club. Being the modest riders they are, Heartland Heat member Matt Capshaw was sure to tell the Richardson’s that the gifts were not just from Heartland Heat, but from all their motorcycling friends who had donated money to help out with their charity efforts.

After gracious thank you’s and multiple hugs, the group paused for a shot with the Richardson family in front of their Harley Davidson motorcycles. It was with a feeling of great pride that I watched as this great group of motorcyclists thumbed the start switches on those big v-twin’s, bringing Milwaukee’s best to life in a deep “thump-thump-thump, and then slowly ride out of the parking lot, leaving hope and joy in their wake.

This picture made the cover of our April 2007 issue.
This picture made the cover of our April 2007 issue.
Some of the Wind and Fire crew.
Some of the Wind and Fire crew.
The Wind and Fire guys posing with the family they helped who were devastated by a fire.
The Wind and Fire guys posing with the family they helped who were devastated by a fire.
Everyone in the family devastated by the fire was thankful for the Wind and Fire motorcycle club. These guys do their work without fanfare.
Everyone in the family devastated by the fire was thankful for the Wind and Fire motorcycle club. These guys do their work without fanfare.
It was a cold February day when the Wind and Fire motorcycle club went to a local Walmart and purchased clothes, supplies, toys and other necessities for a family devastated by a fire.
It was a cold February day when the Wind and Fire motorcycle club went to a local Walmart and purchased clothes, supplies, toys and other necessities for a family devastated by a fire.
It was a cold February day when the Wind and Fire motorcycle club went to a local Walmart and purchased clothes, supplies, toys and other necessities for a family devastated by a fire.
It was a cold February day when the Wind and Fire motorcycle club went to a local Walmart and purchased clothes, supplies, toys and other necessities for a family devastated by a fire.
Watching burley firemen search for little girls clothes was pretty funny.
Watching burley firemen search for little girls clothes was pretty funny.

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This story ran in the May 2007 issue of Ride Oklahoma.

Our original story from 2007. Click to download and read a PDF of this story.
Our original story from 2007. Click to download and read a PDF of this story.

A group of off-road adventure riders are meeting up for an impromptu event titled Little Dakar in Little Sahara. It is a fun weekend ride of dirt bikes and ATV’s in Little Sahara State Park near Waynoka, Oklahoma on February 22, 2014.

LittleSahara

Little Sahara State Park rules:

Rules:

All vehicles must have a WHIP attached to the ORV that extends 10 feet from the ground to the top of the whip.
All vehicles must have a 6″x12″ FLAG attached within 10″ of the whip’s tip that is bright orange in color only with no writing on the flag.
All vehicles must have Lights, front and rear, for night use.
Dune buggies and 4×4 vehicles must have a ROLL BAR sufficient to support the weight of vehicle and must have a seat belt for every passenger.
Riding double no longer allowed unless the vehicle was specifically designed by the manufacturer for a passenger.
Riders under 18 must wear a helmet.
Reckless operation of off-road vehicles, such as “wheelies” or “power slides’, is prohibited in the campground area.
You must stay within park boundaries.
Full coverage HELMETS are strongly suggested, and of course riding is at your own risk.
Your are required to stay within the posted SPEED LIMITof 15 MPH. ORVs should use low gears only.
No speeding, wheelies, or reckless operation of any vehicle in the camp grounds. Speed limit 15 MPH.
Transporting open containers of beer in any motor driven vehicle is prohibited. This includes three-wheelers, four-wheelers and dune buggies in the camp ground.
No person under the age of 21 may drink or possess alcoholic beverages.
All pets must remain on a chain or leash not to exceed 10 ft. in length.
Fires in the dune area are strictly prohibited. Fires in the camping area are approved in the grills only.
Glass containers are prohibited in the dune area.
All alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the dune area.
All roads in the campground are open to vehicle traffic but the use of the campgrounds for the children to ride. ORVs is dangerous and of concern to everyone. The children are hard to see from a vehicle, and the dust stirred up bothers other park visitors. Parents are asked to limit their children’s riding only to and from the bath house and the dune area, unless they are accompanied by an adult.
Wading pools, swimming pools or similar water collecting devises are prohibited due to the over demand placed on our park water pumps while filling such containers.

Frank Pittman, General Manager Customer Support Group at Yamaha Motor Corp., USA (left) helps Dane Westby (right) unveil his new Yamalube/Westby Racing YZF-R6.
Frank Pittman, General Manager Customer Support Group at Yamaha Motor Corp., USA (left) helps Dane Westby (right) unveil his new Yamalube/Westby Racing YZF-R6.

Dane Westby, AMA Pro motorcycle racer from Tulsa, Oklahoma recently announced he will be forming his own team to race in the AMA Supersport class for 2014. Dane and is father Tryg joined forces with Yamalube to contest this highly competitive series. Dane took 2nd place in the 2012 Supersport championship and was second at the prestigious Daytona 200 in 2010.

“I’m ready to get back to my roots,” said the 26 year old. “The Yamaha has always been my 600 of choice. The first race I ever won at a National club race was on a Yamaha, and I prefer this bike over the others. Some people think I was crazy to leave a good team and run my own program, but I know we can be successful. I’d like to thank Team Hammer for their help the past few seasons. I feel like I have grown a lot as a rider with their help, and now I’m ready to take on this challenge. We’re starting a new team, but everyone involved with the team really wants to be here to take this on and gladly joined up knowing the task at hand and our goals. This project is all our baby together, and I’m more than excited. I got to sit on the bike with the paint scheme on it for the first time Sunday night. She told me to come back when I had my leathers and gear on and let’s go racing.”

More information on Roadracing World web site.