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4/13/2010 12:14 PM

Late 70's one off I believe.

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Chuck Norris is 1/8th Scottish. This has nothing to do with ancestry, the man ate a fucking Scotsman!

4/13/2010 12:19 PM

Didn't AJ Whitting (or someone) build a custom one off to race the nationals,,, thinking 80 or 81. If I recall, did not go to well. For some reason, I recall a linkage front suspension.

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4/13/2010 12:48 PM

Chris Hiesser,,, "Tin Can" is what mxa nicknamed it, and your right it was a handbuilt bike not sure what kinda engine was in it, and also like you said it didnt work too well.

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4/13/2010 12:52 PM

That is Chris Heiser on what was referred to as the tin can. Honda motor I believe with a home made chases. Sweet pic

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4/13/2010 1:00 PM

Yeah, those are the black and yellow Scott boots and I think they only made those in 1981.

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4/13/2010 9:34 PM

I believe that is the second version of the Tin Can. The first was based on an air cooled RM125 engine if memory serves correct.

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4/13/2010 9:36 PM

I saw Heisser race the Tin Can at the Lake Whitney national in '81. I don't remember him doing that well with it.

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4/13/2010 10:32 PM

That bike had a 81 cr 125 engine with a mugen top end on it.

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4/14/2010 2:36 AM

I believe in today's world it would be called a P.O.S

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The older I get, the faster I was

4/14/2010 6:56 AM

Heisser raced the Tin Can in the 1980 season starting with the golden state series.It didn't hold up real well and it was a honda with watercooling/mugen engine.

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4/14/2010 7:05 PM

Craze wrote:

I believe in today's world it would be called a P.O.S

True, true...but it WAS a trick P.O.S. for the time....

I eyeballed it up close in the pits and it looked "space-age" back then....water-cooled, disc brakes front and rear, hand-made aluminum gas tank, airbox, and swingarm with a Mugen engine....pure "unobtainium" smile

If I recall correctly, he only rode one moto that day because something broke on the bike in the first....

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If you don't crash once in a while, you're not going fast enough.

4/15/2010 11:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/17/2016 10:08 PM

Chris Heisser posted the real story on Vintage Factory's Facebook page:

Chris Heisser: Was nicknamed the tin can because of the hand built aluminum gas tank. The bike was all hand built. We modified a stock Honda frame by cutting and welding increasing rake, decreasing trail, lowering the motor, extending swing arm, adjusting shock mount position e.t.c. once we got it where we wanted it we built a entirely new chromoly frame with the geometry we refined on the stock Honda frame. We used much larger diameter tubing and thinner wall material for less flex and less weight. We used disc brakes before any works bike had them. Entirely hand built, should have worked in theory, but did not. No flex in the frame made it feel rigid as hell. Needed another year for R&D but also needed results now. Ended up scraping the project getting Suzukis and I think I got fourth or fifth in the nationals that year with all the past heroes in my class.

Q: who built the bike for you?

CH: I hired a guy by the name of Matt, dont remember his last name. He worked for Edie Lawson, the road racer. His background was primarily road race related.

The bike was given to Steve Hutchinson's Dad for a collectors item and now I can't get it back. Museums from everywhere want this bike. I go to bike shows looking but no luck.

no carbon fiber on that bike at all.

The motor lower end was a Honda, top end modified Mugen, Lectron flat slide carb, we built the exhaust. Oneal helped me fund this experiment, hence the custom made apparel, all black and silver. Scott custom made me the boots, black and silver. We looked trick

Check out the handmade aluminum air box. Weighed less than a stock plastic air box. The seat was handmade aluminum underside, also lighter than stock. All hardware practically was titanium.

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Chuck Norris is 1/8th Scottish. This has nothing to do with ancestry, the man ate a fucking Scotsman!

3/27/2013 12:24 AM

Chris lived in westlake village. He lived about a mile from me. I lived in the last house on the end of the street that led into the hills where chris rode many thousands of hours. His dog " metzler" would follow behind him. His brother kevin was a good rider too n his sister courney was smoking hott. Chris took heather locklear to prom

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