2019 David Mann Chopperfest – Ventura, CA

The weather report going into the weekend of Chopperfest was bad (bad for Southern California anyway), but scattered showers on Saturday only served to bring brighter blue skies for Sunday’s show. The staff from Clymer/Haynes went to the Ventura Fairgrounds December 8th to talk to our customers, as well as check out bikes, music, BBQ, and beer. Not only were there plenty of Harley-Davidsons of every type, there were Japanese and British bikes, and custom vans too.

We here at Clymer/Haynes love all kinds of motorcycles, from full dress touring rigs and plastic clad sport bikes, to motocross and mini bikes, but from our founding big American v-twins have been at the top of our list.… 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

Floyd Clymer History Discovery

We recently got an email all the way from Australia with a surprise Christmas gift – a rare treasure trove of early Clymer information and pictures! Floyd Clymer and the things he did are well documented, as he was always out looking for publicity, but much history was lost when he suddenly died in 1970 and the company was sold by his widow.

The email we just received was from the family of a man who worked with Floyd from the 1950s. One project was the 1957 Volkswagen Complete Owner’s Handbook of Repair and Maintenance, one of the earliest Clymer repair manuals.… Read the rest

Turn Up the Heat with Heated Gear and Accessories

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 motorcycle, ATV, tractor and snowmobile. Once upon a time, motorcycle electrical systems were so marginal that having the headlight on all the time caused premature alternator failure. Vintage bikes could barely handle an electric vest, but that was more than 30 years ago, and charging systems are now much more robust. Besides, modern technology has developed standalone, rechargeable heated clothing that doesn’t need to be connected to your vehicle at all.

Heated Grips

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

Mecum Gone Farmin’ Fall Premier 2019 Auction – Davenport, IA

Did you know that Clymer loves tractors too? We have a whole collection under the I & T manual imprint for agricultural brands like John Deere, Case International Harvester, Massey-Ferguson, Minneapolis-Moline, and more.

That’s right! We even have manuals for brands that, through the passage of time, have been consumed by others, if not discontinued altogether. Implement and Tractor service and repair manuals for agricultural tractors had first been published in 1948 by I & T Publications, which began publishing magazines on the subject back in 1885. Delving into the ag side of the business allows many of us here to re-experience the wondrous machines we first connected with as kids.… Read the rest

Joe’s Mini Bike Reunion – La Crescenta, CA

For many people who love motorcycles, that relationship started when they were in grade school with a crude mini bike powered by a lawnmower motor. The lucky ones had a Honda Mini Trial, Trail 70, or XR75, which was like the Vincent Black Shadow of kid bikes. Joe’s Mini Bike Reunion, now in its eighth year, celebrates all those little bikes we loved as kids, plus the modern Grom, Ruckus, and others, which are still immensely popular with adults and young people.

Mini bikes got their start, like hot rods and much of modern motorized enthusiast culture, in the years after WWII.… Read the rest

American International Motorcycle Expo – Columbus, OH

Us folks here at Clymer love motorcycles, and powersports in general, so we never miss a chance to work an event. Like most enthusiasts we never get tired of meeting fellow riders and talking about bikes. The AIM Expo was formerly just a trade show, collecting all the dealers and vendors to preview next year’s offerings, but recently it has been opened up to the general public, and now it is even better.

An international team from Clymer offices in the midwest and California, and Haynes in the UK converged to meet with our dealers and users. We brought all our latest manuals to show off, and a sneak preview of our upcoming Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 powered touring bike book.… Read the rest

The 5 Most Important Biker Movies

If you are just getting into riding motorcycles, there are certain “biker movies” you simply must see, even if just to better understand how popular culture sees you. Only about 8% of the American households own a motorcycle, and many of those are off-road only, so when you walk into the Piggly Wiggly with your helmet and motorcycle jacket, you are going to draw attention. Of course, these movies are not necessarily accurate, but they are memorable and entertaining, so they are certainly worth bingeing on a long weekend when its raining or cold.

You’ll notice that most of these are quite old at this point, but that is part of what makes them classics.… Read the rest

Deus Ex Machina USA Bike Build Off – Venice Beach, CA

Deus Ex Machina is known for the amazing custom bikes that come out of their workshops around the world, and are ridden by celebrities, or just displayed in living rooms. Despite that, for years now they have held custom bike contests for amateurs that reward them for “making the most from the least”. This past weekend the only United States outpost of Deus, in beautifully quirky Venice Beach, held their portion of the worldwide competition and your Clymer editor was there (though we did not build a bike this year, unlike in 2015 when our Bosozoku Honda got an honorable mention).… Read the rest

Beginners Guide: Gear Up Before You Ride!

Many people live by the motto, “All the gear, all the time!” (often seen online as ATGATT) and are very vocal about it. At the opposite end of the spectrum, are riders who demand freedom to ride with no helmet, their hair blowing in the wind. New riders may not want to invest in expensive gear, only to decide riding isn’t for them after a few months, but buying a few strategic pieces now is wise. It can actually change your whole experience on the bike, and help lead to a lifelong love of riding.

Buying and using a few crucial pieces of gear from day one, not to get too serious too soon, can also help you live a long healthy life even if you never ride again.… Read the rest