Book - Bubeck! The Life of One of America's Motorcycling Legends
Max Bubeck knows a lot about motorcycles and just as much about their history.
Max enjoyed the rivarly and competition of Indian Vs. Harley Davidson.
Relive these stories as told by Max Bubeck
Book Review by Gary Stark
��� Bubeck! The life of one of America's Motorcycling legends is a 206 page hard cover book that is filled with the life stories of Max Bubeck. Who is Max Bubeck? Well let's sit down with our book and Max will fill you in about the past 92 years of his life.
��� Max was born in the Los Angeles area which he deems a very fortunate event! By 1933 at age 15 he had his first motorcycle, a 1930 101 Scout. It wasn't long after that he got acquanted with the local �hounds� as they were known then, and every week he would be off some event, usually a TT race, field event or beer bust.
��� Max has had many accomplishments during his riding years. In the summer of 1938 Max took his Chout, ( A 101 Scout frame with a Chief engine), and heavily modified the engine to get the horsepower up to 65 on the dyno at 4,400 rpm! He then set the speed record at Rosamond Dry Lake at 135.58 MPH� on this bike. This record was so fast, that it wasn't until 2006 that it was broken!
Enduros seems to be Max's favorite passion as he has ridden in over 300 Enduros, and won multiple times. �Those were great days! As well as riding my '39 Four on the streets and on trips, I also rode the Four in cross-country events like the Greenhorn 500-miler. I had the privilege of traveling with Ed Kretz, and sometimes Jimmy Kelly, another good Indian rider. We usually piled into the car late on Saturday, and drove long, hard, and late at night to make some Sunday race meet at some distance from LA. Many were the pranks and jokes. The world was our playground and we would never grow old.�, as said by Max Bubeck.
��� When you look at Max's Indian Four the first thing you notice is the Forks. Unlike most 1939 Fours, Max's bike had Teloscopic forks made by Vard: As told by Max:
�In 1946, I'd put on Vard forks, and Vard was an outfit in Pasadena that made drafting equipment. They made these things that draftsmen use that got all these mickey-mouse arms on them. During the war, they used their facilities for all kinds of different things, and they happened to have four Pasadena Motorcycle Club members working there. Of course, in their spare time, they were always comin' up with something new, and when the war was over, they already had thought a lot about some of this stuff, so they built these forks, which were the forerunner of the Harley Hydra-Glide forks. Vard made these forks extra-wide Because Harley front ends were a lot wider than Indian front ends. They were made so they'd fit Harley or Indian, either one. Anyway, (Ed) Kretz got the wholesale price, $50.00, which was what he charged me.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a book to take you back to an earlier time that no longer exists, you will enjoy Bubeck!. The stories as told by Max take you back in time to the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's. Max was involved in all of these era's of motorcycling. But it doesn't end there, since he continues his love of motorcycling today! It is fascinating to learn what it took to keep the bikes running, and the seat-of-the-pants engineering that was used to finish the race. The determination, skill, and fortitude of Max Bubeck is something that is rarely seen. At 91 years old, Max can still be seen riding at many local events, including his beloved Death Valley Run. Join him next year and he can tell you his story in person!
Hardcover: 206 pages