Likeable US talkshow legend Jay Leno talks jet-bikes, swapping out carbs on a Vincent Black Shadow and getting speeding tickets on a steam-powered car…
Now then, Mr Leno. Have you always been such a petrol-head, or did you work on it?I’ve been around engines all my life. I worked at car dealerships when I was a kid. I worked for Mercedes Benz, Bentley and Rolls Royce, but then I realised you are never going to be able to buy one of them working for them, so I went into show business to pay for my habit. Thus far, it seems to have worked…So how many vehicles do you own?I think I have about 90 cars and probably about the same number of bikes, but it changes. I get new ones and get rid of others all the time, in fact I’ve just got a new 2009 Triumph Thunderbird to go with my 1953 one. I like British bikes, I’ve got a few classic Bonnevilles and a Rocket III. I’ve only done about 15 miles on the Thunderbird so far, just around the block, but I really like it. Just the right mix of modern ride and classic looks.Sweet Jesus, 90 bikes? How often do you get to ride?I ride a lot, in fact I was riding my Harley WR just the other day. The WR was made in 1946 and is a Daytona Beach sand bike, it has the big wide bars, hand shift and 750cc flat-head engine with a dry sump oil system. It’s a real beast. It has what they call a bear trap clutch. It’s foot operated and is just on or off. It’s not a bike for cissies, but then I’ve always liked bikes that are different or have something quirky about their character.
I have the record for the oldest vehicle to be done for speeding. It was a 1912 Stanley Steamer, and I had it cranked up to 75mph on a freeway.
To see the full extent of Jay Leno’s collection go to www.jaylenosgarage.com and prepare to be amazed. This guy knows how to spend his money…
Alternatively, join Jorge Lorenzo for a glimpse on Leno's garage
Posted: 28/07/2010 at 16:51
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