Cal Rayborn, one of America's most talented riders grew up as a motorcycle delivery rider in San Diego. Hours spent on the job gave him a lot of feel for motorcycles and road courses.
In his early years, he would attend club races on his street bike and thrash all the top AFM road racers. His talent was immediately spotted by Harley Davidson, who signed him up as a factory team rider. The Harley was outdated and heavy. But Cal Rayborn’s riding style was very different from the other riders. He was extremely fast at tight corners, entering the corners much faster than anyone else and turning the front tyre in to scrub off the speed.
In 1968, he rode the KR750 and lapped the entire field, including the former world Champion Phil Read, to win the Daytona 200. In 1969, he did it again against a field of cutting edge Japanese two-strokes. His outdated Harley was the only one to qualify in the top ten.
In the spring of 1972, he was invited to race in England at the Trans-Atlantic Match Race, which was dominated by European riders. Against the wishes of his employee Harley Davidson, he rode the unreliable and seriously outdated iron-head XR750 which belonged to a Harley-Davidson employee, Walt Faulk, who was also his tuner. The XR750s were prone to over heating but Cal thought the cooler weather in England would help.
The Trans-Atlantic Race was more of a competition between the British and the Americans. The English invented the short circuit race, so they naturally expected an advantage. Rayborn, with no experience at the British track, took on Brands Hatch, Mallory and Oulton Park. He won 3 of the 6 races and blew the minds of 60,000 British fans, changing their perception of American riders forever.
Later that year, Rayborn won 2 more Nationals, giving Harley-Davidson its final AMA Grand National road race victory. With Harley-Davidson increasingly overtaken in the technology department and no longer competitive, Cal Rayborn decided to race for Suzuki.
Tragically, in Dec 1973, he died in New Zealand in a club race event when his Suzuki TR500 seized and hit a wooden barrier. Rayborn was believed to experiment with alcohol fuel to make the Suzuki faster. However alcohol did not have the lubricant properties compared to gasoline. Rayborn was 33 years old and with his death, America lost an incredible rider.
The Harley XR750, despite being outdated became an iconic motorcycle synonymous with Cal Rayborn.
Engine: 45° V Twin
Weight: 324Ib (147kg) dry
Power: est 70-100hp
Top Speed: 145mph (233.5 km/h)
Print Size: A2 (420mm x 594mm)
Approx 16.53" x 23.38"
Print Type: OffSet Lithographic 4C Printing
Paper: Maple White - Acid Free - 220gsm
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