3 Reasons Buying a Parts Bike Is a Good Idea

Does this sound like you?

You’ve got a bike with some sentimental value, or that you got a killer deal on, but it has major issues. You might be feeling elation or despair, or both, but you are now definitely in need of some parts. Depending on the bike and parts needed, the best solution might be buying a whole second example of the bike you are trying to fix.

The first thing most people consider is purchasing new replacement parts direct from the manufacturer or the aftermarket. Everyone loves fresh, shiny parts, and you can trust that they are fully functional and will be for years to come.… Read the rest

Don’t Believe the Hype – Young People Do Want To Ride!

It seems you can’t look at a news source or social media without hearing about some new thing the young people are ruining because they spend too much time with their phones. Harley-Davidson new bike sales seem to be off by another 10% every year, and nearly every motorcycle expert says riders are aging out of bikes, and new riders are hard to find. Flying in the face of that doom and gloom though is a new survey from the people behind the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows and their Discover The Ride initiative.

This year, at motorcycle shows in seven major cities as well as the Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show, Discover the ride introduced a large number of people who have never ridden to the fun of motorcycles.… Read the rest

Electric Revolution at the Petersen Museum – Los Angeles, CA – now thru 2020

Whether you like it or not, electric vehicles of every type are gaining traction in every market. Electric power may just a tiny percentage of the vehicles on the road (and off the road, and in the sky, and on the water) right now, but it increasingly looks as if they are here to stay. The Petersen Automotive Museum (with guest curator Paul D’Orleans of the Vintagent) just opened an exhibit featuring custom, concept, and racing bikes, all powered by electricity; with backing from Harley-Davidson, who just released their first production electric bike , the Livewire.

Back when Floyd Clymer started selling cars as a teenager steam, gas, and electric were all competing for dominance.… Read the rest

Spring Lawn Mower Tune Up Time

Baseball season is back, and even though there may still be snow on the ground up north, it is time to start thinking about lawn car again. No matter how big your yard is, or what you use to mow it, just like your car, your lawn mower will last longer and work better with a little periodic maintenance. A poor running mower that gets bogged down easily in long grass just makes a weekend chore that much more work, but a little work in the shed now can mean less work in the yard later.

If you winterize your lawn equipment properly – storing it indoors with no gas in the tank or float bowl – that first mow of spring is much easier.… Read the rest

Electric Motorcycles vs. Power Assist Bicycles – What’s the Law Say?

When does an electric bicycle become a motorcycle?

There are more and more options on the market that blur the line between bicycle and motorcycle, thanks to the proliferation of inexpensive batteries. But how much “power assist” can a bicycle have before it is a motorcycle? Can you ride an electric moped on a bike path? Or in the bike lane? Do you need a license?

Juiced Bikes Scrambler

What about the increasing number of off-road focused electrics? Can you ride them on mountain bike trails? Are there environmental concerns? Are park rangers going to chase you out of the forest for having too much fun?… Read the rest

Top 5 Collectible Old Tractors

When one thinks of collectible vehicles, most think of things like Corvettes, Mustangs, European exotics, or even a few classic Ford and Chevy pickups. It’s not uncommon to see whole warehouses filled such vehicles in various preserved states, after all.

However, would you consider a farm tractor as a collectible?

Turns out there’s a whole different world out there, where the likes of John Deere, International Harvester, and others have garnered a level of attention normally associated with old muscle, classic luxury, and performance vehicles. Some of the desirability is nostalgia for the family farm of days gone by, and some is the simplicity and honesty of these old fully manual workhorses, with their exposed works.… Read the rest

Show Your Motorcycle Some Love This Valentine’s Day

So, Valentine’s Day is here and the only relationship you’re in is with your bike… (sad trombone noise) so what! Treat your bike like a star on this Hallmark holiday and enjoy a little romance along with the rest of America. Not every relationship is the same and it can be tough to suss out the perfect thing to do, so Clymer is here to help. 

YOU JUST GOT TOGETHER

 A new romance can be a very exciting time, but it’s also the time to set the course for how the rest of the relationship will go. If you go too big on the first Valentine’s Day, you’re setting a precedent for the future.… Read the rest

Implement & Tractor (I&T) Manuals Keep Your Tractor Pulling

People know Clymer for our powersports manuals, helping you maintain and fix motorcycles and ATVs, but a big part of our business is the Implement and Tractor ( I & T) line of manuals for agricultural equipment. Haynes acquired Clymer in 2013, and between then and 1970 when Floyd Clymer died, the I & T tractor manuals had become part of our back catalog. These original service and repair manuals for agricultural tractors had first been published in 1948 by Implement and Tractor Publications, which began publishing magazines back in 1885.

If you’s like an in depth look back into the history of farm machinery or American agriculture in general, you can’t get any better than looking at some of their old back issues.… Read the rest

Turn Up the Heat and Extend Your Riding Season

Most cars offer the option of heated seats and steering wheels these days, but where you really need auxiliary electric heating in winter is on your bike or ATV. Once upon a time, motorcycle electrical systems were so marginal that having the headlight always on could cause premature failure. Those bikes could barely handle an electric vest. But that was more than 30 years ago, and motorcycle charging systems are much more robust. Besides, modern technology has developed standalone, rechargeable heated clothing that doesn’t need to be connected to a bike at all.

Heated Grips

Heated grips are an inexpensive and popular upgrade to any bike, or anything that get’s ridden in the cold and/or wet weather.… Read the rest

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – As Seen at RadWood L.A. 2018

The folks from Clymer took a good close look at this techno tour de force 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo at the RadWood show at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

When first produced in 1978 the Honda CX500 water cooled V-twin was their most advanced bike. It was only their second water cooled motor, after the GL1000 of 1975, and their first V-twin. The centrally located cam may appear to be a step backwards, but it allowed a lower profile motor with the cylinder heads slightly twisted for less intrusion into the rider’s knees. Short pushrods operated four valves per cylinder via forked rocker arms.… Read the rest