Archive for March, 2013

1975 Honda CB500T Custom Desert Sled – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close look at this custom built desert sled, based on a 1975 Honda CB500T at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and 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.

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. … Read the rest

1982 Honda Motocompo NCZ50 Folding Motor Scooter – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals caught this tiny Honda JDM motor scooter on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Kansas city. Never sold in the United States, the 50cc Honda Motocompo has become a cult favorite for its tiny size and boxy shape.

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

Harold Johnson’s 1972 Ducati 750GT – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best Ducati

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Harold Johnson’s 1972 Ducati 750GT on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This classic Italian twin was presented the Best Ducati Award from Reno’s PowerSports KC.

Much like Harley-Davidson, Indian, and Vincent many year previous, when they wanted to move into faster, larger displacement markets, Ducati took their single and added a second cylinder in front of it. Using many of the parts originally developed in their 350cc singles, Ducati cast new cases and crankshafts, with a second cylinder set 90 degrees from the first. The bevel drive L-twin was born in spring of 1970, and set the outline for every Ducati to follow for the next 40 years.… Read the rest

Timothy DeWitt’s 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor – 2013 HoAME Show Best Modern Sportbike

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Clymer visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and got a close up look at Timothy DeWitt’s 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor (with 1986 headlight). This bike was named Best Modern Sportbike at the show and got a trophy sponsored by ThoughtBytes.

The 1000cc Interceptor was the most advanced street bike around when released and had some seriously trick features. The bolt together ComStar wheels were borrowed directly from the oval piston GP bike program. The rest of the bike was very much related to the HRD endurance bike racing program which had created the RS750R, RS850R, and RS1000RW, and the AMA Formula 1 FWS1000.… Read the rest

“Sandcast” 1969 Honda CB750 four K0 – 2013 HoAME Show

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The Honda 750 four is rightly considered a classic with values increasing in recent years. The 1969 bikes, referred to as K0, are often seen as the rarest and most valuable. Among those the first 7,414 examples, with rough finished “sandcast” engine cases, are even rarer and more treasured. Clymer spotted this immaculately restored CB750 KO “sandcast” on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally.

In 1968, when Honda greenlit production of the world changing SOHC CB750, there was still a little hesitation before jumping into the market with both feet. Before investing in the more expensive production molds for high volume casting, Honda ran off a series of engine cases and other parts by gravity casting them with permanent mold dies.… Read the rest

1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport “The Littlest Four” – 2013 HoAME Show

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We caught up with this sweet little Honda CB400F at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiast show, and had to take a second look at the Light Ruby Red beauty.

Honda followed up the brilliant CB750 four of 1969, with the 1971 CB500 four, and finally the tiny and exquisite 1972 CB350 four. In 1975, the sportier CB400F was created, with a slight tweaking of the CB350 motor, and a restyling that included lower handlebars, and a classic “loaf of bread” tank shape. Many in the American market thought this bike to be a bit small, but wonderfully engineered, and smooth as an electric motor; in Europe and Asia it was an instant hit.… Read the rest

L.J.Bergman’s 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900 – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Ducati

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Clymer Manuals got a close up look at this 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900, owned by L.J. Bergman, on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic air cooled twin was given 2nd Place in the Best Ducati category sponsored by Reno PowerSports KC.

The 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900 was one of the last of the long line of desmodromic valve, bevel drive, overhead cam, L-twin Ducatis. While the belt driven cam bikes that replaced them were immediately more powerful, more reliable, and easier to work on, they lacked some of the soul of the older models.

You can read much more about the history of the Ducati L-twin motor on Wikipedia.… Read the rest

1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 Dirt Drag Bike – 2013 HoAME Show

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You never know what you are going to find at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiast Show, and in 2013 Clymer Manuals found this 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 based dirt drag racer.

Cross a drag bike with a flat tracker and you get this 1075cc, alcohol burning beast, which can get down the dirt quarter mile quicker than a stock bike would do it on the pavement. Since it only has to run for less than a minute at a time, the fuel tank goes in the name of weight savings, and a tiny amount of fuel is carried

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

Mike Chris Glaze’s 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple – 2013 HoAME Winner Best Kawi

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Mike Chris Glaze’s 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 750cc two-stroke triple. This classic Japanese motorcycle was on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts  Vintage Motorcycle Rally and won the Best Kawasaki award sponsored by the HoAME Club.

The Kawasaki H2 was the biggest and baddest of their line of two stroke triples, with a full 750cc of fury. When it came on the pipe, this smoker would put down nearly 75 horsepower – far more than its primitive brakes, suspension, or tires could control. You can only imagine the reputation this bike had, if the smaller 500cc version was already known as a “widowmaker”.… Read the rest

Gerald Tims’ 1913 Pope Board Track Racer – 2013 HoAME Winner Best Preservation

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Clymer Manuals got up close to Gerald Tims’ 1913 Pope Board Track Racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This rare antique motorcycle, originally made in Hartford Connecticut, was named Best Preservation by KC Brake.

The Pope Manufacturing Company was founded in 1877 by Colonel Albert Augustus Pope formerly of the Union Army, and began making and selling bicycles. Somewhat confusingly, Pope operated out of the Weed Manufacturing Factory, and the bikes were branded “Columbia” and Columbia Bicycles are still being made.  In 1902 they began making motorized bicycles under the Pope name, which makes them as old as Indian, and older than Harley-Davidson.… Read the rest