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Clymer Marine Manuals for Your Boat and Personal Watercraft

America knows and loves Clymer for their manuals that keep motorcycles and ATVs running right, but did you know we also have a marine division to keep your outboard motor purring and your PWC jetting? Our sterndrive and inboard motor manuals basically cover everything but the hull and the head for your powerboat or cabin cruiser. A boat is probably the second biggest purchase you are ever going to make, below the cost of your house and often above your car. Unfortunately, a boat is likely the most maintenance intensive possession you are ever likely to own (unless you also own horses), and to protect your investment you need to take care of it before and after every outing.… Read the rest

Mini Bikes and Go-Karts – The Perfect Father and Son/Daughter Projects

Father’s Day is coming which has us thinking about our dads and the projects we did together that got us into all things mechanical back when we were kids. If you have been looking for a way to spend time with the kids and teach them valuable skills while having fun, there is nothing better than tackling a kid-sized motor vehicle with them, whether mini bike, go-kart, or pit bike.

The simplest is the traditional mini bike, typically just a bent tube frame, a rub block for a brake, and no suspension. Go-karts are the next rung up the ladder, and in their purest form are just four wheeled mini bikes, rub brakes and all, but can get much more complicated and faster.… Read the rest

Travis Pastrana Aims to Recreate Evel Knievel’s Jumps

As I type this, the great Travis Pastrana and his Nitro Circus crew are at an undisclosed location in Southern California. They are running practice drills and jumps for his live three hour TV special coming up on July 8th from Vegas called “Evel Live“. Pastrana will recreate three of the iconic jumps that Evel Knievel did in his prime, including one that nearly killed him. A few of these stunts have been recreated before, but never on a heavy flat track bike like the one Evel originally rode.

 

 

 

Pastrana has just the bike, The Indian Scout based FTR750 which is similar in many respects to the Harley-Davidson Sportster based XR750 that Knievel did most of his jumps on, including weight and (limited) suspension travel.… Read the rest

Jason Climer’s 1954 Simplex Servi-Cycle Automatic – 2013 HoAME Show

Clymer Manuals took a close-up look at Jason Climer’s 1954 Simplex Servi-Cycle Automatic on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Simplex started making bikes very similar to these way back in 1935, and only made small incremental improvements for the next 40 years.

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 including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more.… Read the rest

Tim Thoele’s 1911 Pierce Single Antique Recreation – 2013 HoAME Show People’s Choice Winner

This bike is more than just a restoration, as much of it was hand built by Tim Thoele, like the frame. His attention to detail is so good that this recreation, based on an original Pierce motor, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.

This spectacular bike has as much of Mr. Theole’s own fabrication as it does parts from the Pierce Cycle Company. Starting with a not quite complete 1911 Pierce 600cc single found at a swap meet in 2005, the rest of the bike was recreated from pictures, as there are only about a dozen genuine examples still around.… Read the rest

1972 Scat-Cat “Tom” Model-SC114 Mini Bike – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Mini

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, there were literally dozens of companies making minibikes powered by Tecumseh and Briggs & Stratton small engines, like this Scat-Cat SC114. Clymer caught this particularly nice example at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally, where it won second place in the mini category.

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 including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display.… Read the rest

The Congregation Vintage and Custom Motorcycle Show – Charlotte, North Carolina

The Congregation Show, only in its second year, is quickly rivaling the likes of Austin’s Handbuilt Show, The One Show in Portland, OR, and LA’s Outlier’s Guild Moto Show. Hosted by DICE Magazine, Harley-Davidson and operated by the boys of Prism Supply, this vintage motorcycle show features a variety of talented custom builders from around the country.

This year’s show saw over 5,000 attendees, 120 motorcycles, 25 hot rods and over 40 vendors. One of our favorite parts of the show is the venue: Camp North End. It’s a former Ford Model T assembly plant, across an alleyway from Prism Supply’s shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.… Read the rest

1967 BMW R50/2 Classic Boxer – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best BMW

Until the late 1960s, BMW was still making bikes that looked and performed much like the slow but durable touring bikes they were known for before WWII. For the uninitiated it is hard to place this 1967 R50/2 historically and it was a bit of a modern classic even then. This particular bike, as seen as the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show, wears white with black pinstripes, the reverse of the typical color scheme, which helped it win best BMW.

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.… Read the rest

1950 Schwinn Whizzer Motorized Bicycle – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

The Whizzer bolt on bicycle engine was originally created by an aircraft parts manufacturer so it is fitting that Clymer found one on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally held at an airport.

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 including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more.… Read the rest

1970 Honda CB750 K0 750-Four Street Bike – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

The Honda CB750 four was the first four cylinder superbike, and the final nail in the coffic of the British bike industry. The first bikes, referred to as K0 for 1969 and 1970, are often seen as the rarest and most valuable, with supposedly more power and some slight cosmetic differences. Clymer spotted this near perfect 1970 CB750 KO in “Candy Gold” on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally.

There are a few key differences that allow you to spot a 1969 or 1970 Honda CB750 in a crowd of other bikes. The headlight ears on all the early bikes were color matched to the tank and side covers, while later year had mostly chrome plated pieces.… Read the rest