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Jack Hoel

Jack Hoel, son of Sturgis motorcycle rally founders J.C. "Pappy" and Pearl Hoel, stands with one of his signature Yamaha XS 650 tribute motorcycles, built and offered by Gypsie Vintage Cycle and Sturgis Vintage Cycle of Sturgis.

The man who helped make Yamaha competitive with Triumph and BSA in the flat track motorcycle racing wars of the 1970s is being honored with the introduction of a limited-edition collectible motorcycle.

According to a release, Jack Hoel, son of Sturgis rally founders J.C. “Pappy” and Pearl Hoel, was in charge of Yamaha's racing program at a time when the manufacturer had no four-stroke or big bore machines.

Hoel was instrumental in developing famed XS 650 Yamaha, which quickly made its mark in the racing world and continues in half-mile competition 40 years later.

Sturgis’ Gypsie Vintage Cycle joined forces with Tim Anderson of Sturgis Vintage Cycle to offer the first two "Jack Hoel" editions of this famous 650 Yamaha, now built to their "Street Tracker" format to honor Hoel.

Each Jack Hoel edition will have his signature across the tank of the limited edition collectible motorcycle.

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