"One day a few months ago, my sister called and said a friend had called to tell her that my old bike was for sale on eBay," Emde recalled. "I thought, 'Yeah, right,' but when I checked...sure enough, there it was! What was so cool about it was that it was so close to the same as the last time I'd raced it in 1971. It was at least 95 percent untouched. When I went home from work that night, I was showing it to my wife and saying, 'Look here, there are the footpegs that my dad made like this, and the battery box that my dad put like that...' In those days there wasn't anybody you could get the racing-type clutch covers from, to narrow the engine down so it wouldn't drag on the ground. My dad made the clutch cover out of an aluminum frying pan that my mom had-everything was handmade. When my wife saw all that, she said for me to go ahead and go for it.