Archive for March, 2013

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 This rare antique motorcycle, originally made in Hartford Connecticut, was named Best Preservation by KC Brake.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

Stunter Teach McNeil Shows Off on BMW Motorcycles – 2013 HoAME Rally

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Clymer Manuals On the Road visits the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Not only did the show feature classic, antique, retro, bikes, both custom and restored, but also a stunt show by Chris “Teach” McNeil. Professional stunter McNeil makes drifting, wheelies, stoppies and the like look easy on his specially prepared BWM S1000RR, and F800GS stunting bikes.

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

David Howell’s 1976 BMW R90S Airhead Boxer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at David Howell’s 1976 BMW R90S at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This Bavarian superbike, sibling to the one which Reg Pridmore used to win the first AMA title, was part of the 70’s and 80’s superbikes display at the event.

The BMW R90S was their flagship sport bike from its introduction in 1974, with its distinctive bikini fairing and two-tone fade paint job. The engine was an evolution of the older 75/6, but with a larger bore, higher compression, better breathing, and Del’orto carburetors fitted with accelerator pumps. In the special Dayton Orange paint, this bike really woke up the staid conservative BMW lineup at the time.… Read the rest

Dale Keesecker’s 1974 Kawasaki Z1 Walk Around – HoAME 2013 Show Best 70s Superbike Winner

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Clymer On the Road visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and got a close up look at the 1974 Kawasaki Z1 900cc superbike of Dale Keesecker. This bike took home the 2013 trophy for Best 1970s Superbike, presented by Clymer Manuals. You can be sure he used one of our Kawasaki Z1, KZ900 & KZ1000 manuals or else our Vintage Japanese Street Bike Collection manual to get it just right.

Hitting the market just 3 years after the Honda CB750 four blew away the American and European competition, the Kawasaki, code named “New York Steak”, made even that bike look slow.… Read the rest

1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R Superbike – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals brings you a quick walk around one of the earliest Japanese superbikes to come from the factory with a fairing, as seen at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO. The 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R, shown here wearing Japanese market Z1R badgeing, was an attempt to make the big green Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) from Kawasaki more sporty.

Hitting the market just 3 years after the Honda CB750 four blew everyone away, the 1973 Kawasaki Z1, code named “New York Steak”, made even that bike look slow. With an extra 150cc, dual overhead cams, and 13 more horsepower (claimed), there was nothing that could touch the “Zed One” as many still call it.… Read the rest

Mike Jone’s 1970 Triumph T-150 Trident 750 – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Mike Jones’ 1970 Triumph T-150 Trident 750cc triple. This classic British motorcycle was on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Rally.

Triumphs traditional British twins were losing ground in the market to the powerful, but smaller displacement, bikes from Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki as the 1960s drew to a close. Their response was a whole new three cylinder motor, in a 750cc displacement, with less vibration and more power than their twins. Unfortunately, less than a year after the introduction of the Triumph Trident, and its BSA Rocket 3 sibling, Honda shocked the world with its four cylinder CB750.… Read the rest

Tony Stuckwisch’s Honda GL1000 Gold Wing Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a good long look at this 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing custom cafe racer by Past in Time Cycles at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts rally. The Gold Wing was never meant to be a sporty performance bike, even in its younger naked days, but in 1975 the GL1000 was one of the fastest stock bikes you could buy. With the addition of the dual throat down draft Weber carbs, this one must really move out, despite its touring bike weight penalty, and it probably sounds better too, with a free breathing four into one exhaust.… Read the rest

Bob Peter’s 1962 Ducati Bronco 125 – 2013 HoAME Best Preservation 2nd Place

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Clymer Manuals got up close with Bob Peter’s very well preserved Ducati Bronco 125cc. This classic Italian motorbike won 2nd place in the Best Preservation category sponsored by KC Brake at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show.

The 125cc Ducati Bronco was a model aimed directly at the American market in the early 1960s. While recovering from WWII, many Italian factories were making low cost bikes well suited for the teenaged baby boomers. The Bronco came from a long line of pushrod four-stroke Ducatis, starting as small as 60cc, and there were Broncos in both 85cc and 98cc displacement. … Read the rest