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False Neutral #43: Alpha Makr with Mark Atkinson

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Our guest this week is Mark Atkinson, the man behind the Alpha BMW that was recently named the 2016 Hooniversal Car Of The Year. Mark is not only a highly skilled machinist, fabricator, and tinker, but also an accomplished two-stroke tuner and longtime veteran of the Bonneville Salt Flats. We discussed his past endeavors, what is ahead for him and Alpha, and his views on engineering, aesthetics, and the dangers of perfectionism.

You can find his build thread for the Alpha by clicking this link to the ADVrider.com forum.

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False Neutral – Alpha Makr with Mark Atkinson

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Mehmet Erdem's Alpha Concept

Mehmet Erdem’s Alpha Concept

Alpha takes shape in Mark's shop

Alpha takes shape in Mark’s shop

Mark's LSR RD400/RZ350

Mark’s LSR RD400/RZ350

1995 HONDA RS125R racer

1995 HONDA RS125R racer

Yamaha TZR250

Yamaha TZR250

Eric racing his RZ500

Eric racing his RZ500

Pete's Bultaco Pursang Model 135 roadracer

Pete’s Bultaco Pursang roadracer

Mark's Bultaco Sherpa T Model 199

Mark’s Bultaco Sherpa T Model 199

Snarlyjohn's Bultaco-Rotax hybrid LSR bike

Snarlyjohn’s Bultaco-Rotax hybrid LSR bike

US Patent No. 8746721B2 by Jean-Michel Thiers

US Patent No. 8746721B2 by Jean-Michel Thiers

  • I admit I hadn’t expected quite that much geologic content.

  • Facebook User

    Mark is totally interesting to listen to; great episode! A peek into a talent that guys like me can only dream of possessing. An amazing part of the world of motorcycling.

  • Fuhrman16

    You guys used to race bikes? Far out!