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Roadog

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Gelbke built the Roadogs using existing technologies in ways no one else had. They took form with a frame built from aircraft tubing. The powertrain and engine were the same used in the Chevy II Nova. The rear end of the bikes were modified one-ton Chevy truck differential.

Other elements of Roadogs design were unique to the motorcycle world. They had twin headlights and were the first motorcycles with an automatic transmission. The bikes had disc brakes from a Corvette and was equipped with four hydraulic stands to keep it upright when parked.

Cost to build? approx $40,000

Specifications:
  • Model: Roadog
  • Builder: Wild Bill Gelbke
  • Year built: late sixties
  • No. Built: 2
  • Motor: 4 cy. ChevyII 152cu.
  • Transmission: 2 Spd. Powerglide
  • Length: 17'
  • Tires: 6.85 X 15
  • Wheelbase: 126"
  • Weight: 3,280 lbs.
  • Cruising speed: 90+ mph
  • Fuel capacity: 5 Gallons
  • MPG: 25
  • Turning radius: Approx 110'

 

The owners:
Steve "Doc" Hopkins Bonduel, WI owns the original. http://docshd.com/
 
The second Roadog is now owned by John Parham, the founder of JP Cycles and it is in his National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.
http://www.nationalmcmuseum.org/
 

 

 

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