Archive for May, 2013

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

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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

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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

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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