Harry Enyart’s 1968 Triumph Trophy 250 classic British cafe racer scored second place in the cafe racer class sponsored by Cafe Racer Inc. Clymer was at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show to check out all the awesome bikes, and the people who ride and restore them. The Trophy 250 was a last ditch effort, with help from BSA, to give Triumph a competitor with the Japanese scramblers and dirt bikes than flooding the market. Now, customized for the street, this Trophy delivers adequate performance around town and classic British bike looks.
The Honda Trail 90 (CT90) is practically indestructible, but most have been used hard and left rusty and dusty, unlike this one seen at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show. Originally created by a rural Honda dealer by taking the leg shield off of their popular 50cc step through scooter, and adding a much bigger rear sprocket, the CT90 became a perennial favorite. Unlike most other dirt bikes, these were not about playing or racing off-road, but simple transportation where there were no roads, be it a farmer’s field, a rancher’s grazing range, or the forest hunting ground’s of a sportsman.… Read the rest
Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Bill Doll’s custom Moto Guzzi 850 T3 cafe racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. The 850 T3, resplendent in Italy’s tricolor paint scheme, was awarded 2nd Place — Best Moto Guzzi by Reno’s PowerSports KC.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more.… Read the rest
Southern California is one of the largest motorcycle markets in the country, even without the northern half of the state, so it has its fair share of motorcycle events over the course of the year. Not only are there plenty of enthusiasts to attend, the vast majority of motorcycle aftermarket companies are all within 150 miles of Los Angeles, and most of the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are headquartered there. One of the newest and hippest shows, returning for just the second year in 2018, is the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show, aka the OG Motoshow.
The show is set up in a large space in the downtown L.A.… Read the rest
A surprise entry at 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show was this rare 1983 Suzuki RGB500 grand prix race bike, one of only a handful Suzuki made each year. Originally introduced in 1974, these bikes won the world championship seven years in a row from 1976-1982. The street going version of the Suzuki Gamma 500 is rare enough, with only about 10,000 of those made between 1985 and 1987, but this pure racebike is a legitimate unicorn.
Clymer visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and took a close up look at Tom Marquardt’s 1980 Honda CB750F former AMA factory race bike. It received the trophy for Best Competition Motorcycle sponsored by Heartland Park Topeka. This factory AMA Superbike was part of Honda’s re-entry into AMA competition, with a team including Freddie Spencer, Steve McLaughlin, and Ron Pierce, who raced this bike in competition. Midway through the year Ron was injured racing in the Suzuka 8 hour endurance race, and Roberto Pietri finished out the season.
Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at this sweet 1975 Suzuki T500 Cobra/Titan cafe racer at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO.
While everyone remembers the Suzuki and Kawasaki two-stroke triples, and the Yamaha twins, the 500cc two-stroke twin in the Suzuki was certainly worth a closer look. Simpler, and lighter than the triples of similar displacement, the Suzuki T500 was not a bad handler, and easier to work on. Compared to the Yamaha RD350/400 of the same era, the T500 was only slightly more powerful, but easier to ride and more reliable. Though considered by many back in the day to be more of a touring bike, this example is stripped down for minimal weight and maximum sport. Perhaps the biggest improvement was swapping out the failure prone dual leading shoe front brake for a stronger Suzuki GT750 four leading shoe unit.… Read the rest
What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Yamaha Royal Star Boulevard, Venture, and Tour repair manual covers all models from 1996-2013 with the 1300cc V4 engine. The Clymer manual for this bike is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, and it is available in traditional book form, or mobile friendly online format! Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.… Read the rest
Clymer Manuals took a close look at this custom built desert sled, based on a 1975 Honda CB500T at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show Rally. This once street only bike has been stripped down, lightened, and fitted with knobbies to make short work of fire roads and dirt paths.
Once upon a time, shortly after its introduction as the CB450 in 1965, Honda actually made a dirt friendly scrambler version of their big, cutting edge DOHC twin. Brought out first as a kit known as the CB450D, the Honda was heavy when compared to Triumph or BSA off road bikes, but no less powerful.… Read the rest
In case you have been snowed in all winter, you are in for a shock when you get to your local Harley-Davidson dealer when the roads clear come spring.
For the motorcycle company that has defined the American motorcycle for over a century, how do you blend modern technology and the timeless style of the Harley-Davidson? In an effort to stay relevant in the 21st-century, this year brings all new big twin cruisers, with an all new frame, and the Milwaukee Eight motor first seen in the touring line.
Chief Engineer Ben Wright describes trying to walk the tight rope of tradition and modernity as downright “scary.” “The new Softail models are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history,” said Paul James, manager of product portfolio, Harley-Davidson.… Read the rest