Sidecar For Sale: Vintage Harley-Davidson Racer

Hello all,

There is a Bob Bakker- build, AHRMA-legal, vintage sidecar for sale on ebay right now. You can follow the link here for all the details, but in case the link goes dead, here is the description. The machine is located in California and is a new-build, and the 1000cc Ironhead engine has also been rebuilt so as to make this a turn-key racer:

Harley Davidson Sidecar racer

Up for auction is a one of a kind, 1976 Harley Davidson 1000cc vintage sidecar racer!  Bob Bakker, of Bakker Racing, personally built this beast with his own two hands!  Before I go into any further detail on the build, I’d like to talk about Bob for a minute.  Bob is one of those amazing people you probably have not have heard of, but he has been right there, elbow to elbow, working with motorcycle legends for almost 65 years!  Bob has been handbuilding and racing sidecar racer motorcycles since the mid 1950’s and built his first racer from scratch in 1958.  His lovely wife pictured raced with Bob from 1971-1977…she was the “monkey” hanging off the sidecar…but don’t call her that or you’ll regret it!  🙂   Bob currently has 2 builds owned by the Barber Museum:  a 1989 Sidecar Suzuki 1000cc landspeed Streamliner that was clocked at 175mph, and a 1964 BSA A-65 Road Racer sidecar that he raced back in the early 1960’s.  The American National Motorcycle Museum owns his last Bonneville record attempt (2011) landspeed sidecar.  A Turbo Hiyabusa that hit 161mph.  It is the current record holder for 1350cc gas blown sidecar class raced that day by AMA Hall of Famer Larry Coleman and passengered by longtime bonneville multi record holder Warren Ryan.  Bob hung out with Bud Ekins in the 1950’s and 1960’s here in California.  In 1966 he made a few visits to the Rickmann Brothers workshop in the UK.  They wanted a dealer in the U.S., but since Bob was not a dealer, he turned his friend Bud onto the idea, and the rest is history!  Bud Ekins sold Rickmann desert racers to Steve McQueen and other “movie types”…thanks exclusively to Bob.  Bob also worked with Sonny Angel on both road racing and Bonneville speed efforts…sharing race ideas, and motel rooms!  He helped Bob Hansen out on several road race events when Hansen was known as “The Green Meanie” while he worked with Kawasaki.  By the way, Bob Hansen is the man who gave Mr. Honda the idea to make the Honda CB750 four cylinder back in 1967!!  He also has done some work for Jay Leno on frames by way of the late great Mike Parti.  Both Bob and Bud Ekins worked together fixing up all the bikes Steve McQueen abused throughout his motorcycle career.   He also did R&D for Tony Murphy of American Honda Motor Company in 1961, road testing their prototype CB72 250…that later became the 305 Superhawk.   Bob also set records at Bonneville, and at Irwindale 1/4 mile drag strip in the 1960’s.  He raced the Hare and Hound races as well as the Catalina races until 1958…the last Catalina race.  He also raced the Baja 500 as well as AMF and AHRMA race circuits.

Harley sidecar racer
Now for the motorcycle.  Bob built the entire frame including the custom exhaust about 4 months ago.  The 4 speed, 1000cc Ironhead motor was rebuilt.  Cases split and cleaned, new valve job, cylinders honed,  and new pistons and rings installed.  Intake ports cleaned and a 45mm Mukuni round slide carb installed.  The carb is huge…and rare.  Bob picked it up on a trip to Can-Am in 1976.  The frame is a hand fabricated steel chassis using 1 1/4 inch and 1 inch DOM tubing of .085 wall thickness, braze welded using an in-line-fluxer. The sidecar rolls on 10 inch diameter front and sidecar alloy wheels and has a 12 inch diameter alloy wheel on the rear.  New Yokohama competition racing tires all around.  Brakes are disc on the front and rear wheels, the front having 2 calipers one controlled from the handlebars, the other controlled by the rear brake. All calipers are period AP Lockheed brand.  The engine has electric start using a 24volt “off sidecar” battery pack.  The engine ignition and fuel pump are at this time total loss.  However, a generator is in place along with regulator that can be activated.  This racing sidecar comes with period correct streamlining and is Vintage sidecar racing legal world wide.  It is new except for some track testing and has about 3 miles on it.  It was built by Bakker Motorsports in Gold Canyon Arizona USA who have been building racing sidecars for 60 plus years!  Here’s your opportunity to own one of Bob’s handbuilt creations!  Who knows how many more will ever be built…especially using the lost art of braze welding.   We can assist with loading locally, International and domestic shipping, but please remember…SHIPPING IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER.  As this is a race bike and not meant for street use, a bill of sale will be provided.  The motorcycle is located in Wrightwood California.  Please check out all pictures closely and ASK QUESTIONS!  Feel free to contact me directly at the number listed below.  Thank you for looking
Shannon Sweeney

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