Greg McInroy was doubtful that his garage contained anything of interest.
“I just cleaned out my garage, so I’m not sure what you’re going to find to write about in here,” he says.
Passing a snow shovel and a couple political signs, he came across what appeared to be a very old dirt bike that saw its best days decades ago.
“It’s just a dirt bike: a 1972 Ace 100 Hodaka. I could probably get it running,” assures McInroy. “Really, the only thing it needs is a seat. Well, the tires are flat, but I could get it running.”
For those unfamiliar with this particular trail bike, the Hodaka was an American-Japanese company that manufactured motorcycles during the 1960s and 1970s. With fun, madcap names like the Super Rat, Combat Wombat, Dirt Squirt and Road Toad, their popularity quickly increased. However, Hodaka had a relatively short presence on the motorcycle manufacturing scene, only producing bikes for about 10 years.
But at 42 years old, the bike still runs. It also sports a sticker that informs everyone who rides the bike that they’re on a “Boogey Machine.”
“I traded a ’66 pickup I had around 15 years ago for this Hodaka,” McInroy says. “My wife didn’t love the truck, and I was only really needing it to haul materials while I was remodeling the house we were living in. After that was finished, I traded up for the motorcycle and would tool around on my parents’ farm on it.”
Even though Hodaka had a short production time, there is a devout following of collectors.
“I don’t think these are worth much money, but there are collectors out there that love ’em; I’ve been offered to sell mine actually,” McInroy says.
Though he hasn’t ridden the bike for years, McInroy’s not looking to let go of it anytime soon. As of now, it’s a staple in the garage waiting for a new potential owner to clean the dust off of it.
“What I’m planning is just keeping it for my son — who asked me not to get rid of it — and he’ll probably restore it sometime,” McInroy says. “He’s kind of into that.”
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