Andreas & Dino
Project By: Andreas "George" Georgeades
The information on Andreas "George" Georgeades and his Ferrari powered motorcycles has been compiled from various sources. Some of the informational sources where somewhat conflicting, for example rather or not there where two or three bikes made. I am very impressed by his creations and accomplishments and would like to hear the full story of the man and his bikes. If you have information on Andreas "George" Georgeades and his Ferrari powered motorcycles please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andreas Georgeades Background
In exchange for working for 2 years at his father's restaurant in Johannesburg, 21-year-old Andreas Georgeades was paid with a brand new Matchless 500 G50 Gran Prix racing bike. This enabled his instant disappearance from the restaurant in 1964. That same year, representing South Africa in the renowned Isle of Man race, Andreas won the Bronze. This early success earned him entrance into the 1964 World Champion race in Europe where he finished at a respectable 10th place. His racing handle was established. "George the Greek".
After 2 years on the European circuit Andreas went on to win the Expert 500 cc Canadian championship race in 1966 riding his Matchless and took 5th place in the Canadian World Championship race at Mosport. Hailwood and Agostini took 1st and 2nd. With his future wife they rode to the racing circuit sharing space with the Matchless in their yellow van and establishing "Georges" free spirit outlook, that is alive and well today.
Georgeades Builds His Own Gp Racer
It was in 1968 when Andreas had his first encounter with Honda in Canada which would challenge his extensive education in machining and reveal a natural talent for innovation.
The racing press announced, "He's Done the Impossible" with the first successful attempt to build and win first place with his Honda 600 4 cylinder auto engine powered ASG racer.
Andreas went on to race at Daytona and Laconia, New Hampshire against other established champs including Don Vesco and British Champion, Peter Williams who took the checkered. It was here where photographers first caught Andreas' then unorthodox "knee-outstyle", in laying his bike over in turns that has since become de rigueur on every circuit worldwide.
Georgeades Three Ferrari Powered Motorcycles
Never satisfied with another "first", between 1978 and 1998 Andreas built 3 additional firsts and only (so-far) and all were Ferrari powered motorcycles. Two Ferrari V6 powered called "Dino" (one supercharged no less) and the the third a 308 Ferrari V8 caled "Andreas".
Andreas' Ferrari Motorcycle - January 1990
San Diego resident Andreas "George" Georgeades custom bike roars with a Maranello mill, namely a $15,000.00, four-cam, 250-horsepower V-eight from a 1978 Ferrari 308.
"I wanted to bring the mystique of the marque to my two-wheel riding," said Georgeades, a 500cc Grand Prix rider during the sixties. "Plus, I like the excitement of effortlessly going 130-plus."
Not so effortless was the packaging of that prancing-horse thrill into a singletrack machine, and the addition of a slew of motorcycle components. Georgeades' modifications include a new cam-belt drive that also powers the water pump, and a three-gear transfer case between the engine and Honda CBX transmission. A bank of Yamaha V-Max carburetors fuels the front cylinders while Suzuki GS1100 mixers feed the rear. Suzuki GT750 radiators mount at the rear of the bike to keep the wheelbase down to a short 59 inches.
The hand-built aluminum frame uses suspension components from a Kawasaki 900 Ninja. The rear wheel comes from a V-Max and was converted to chain drive.
"I want to build what is for me the ultimate piece of two-wheel art," Georgeades said.
Georgeades later built a V12 Honda CBX as well...
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(1978 Ferrari 308)
- Custom aluminum frame
- Custom cam-belt drive that also powers the water pump
- Custom three-gear transfer case between the engine and Honda CBX transmission
- Suspension from a Kawasaki 900 Ninja
- Rear mounted Suzuki GT750 radiators
- A bank of Yamaha V-Max carburetors fuels the front cylinders while Suzuki GS1100 mixers feed the rear
- Custom aluminum frame
- Ferrari V6 powered
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