Archive for June, 2013

1971 Honda CB500 Four – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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Clymer Manuals liked this 1971 Honda CB500 four so much when we saw it at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally that we made it the cover bike on our manual. The big Honda CB750 four may get all the glory, but its little brother the CB500 is said to be a much better bike to ride when the roads get twisty.

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. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more.… Read the rest

1978 Honda Hawk CB400A Hondamatic – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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Honda had the audacity back in the 1970s to try what few had before, namely, fitting an automatic transmission to a motorcycle.  Considered just an entry level commuter when new, the Hondamatic CB400A, as seen at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally, is rare to find in nice condition today. The small, light bikes were advanced for their day, and were able to maintain freeway speeds while getting mileage in the 50 mpg range, and still being fun to ride.

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

Glen Davis’s 1946 Indian Chief Police Motorcycle – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Indian

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Clymer Manuals got up close with Glen Davis’s 1946 Indian Chief police bike at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic American-made motorcycle was named 2nd Place – Best Indian by Austin Motorsports.

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. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more.… Read the rest

Barnyard Scraps Restoration 1970 BSA Firebird Scrambler Cafe Racer – 2013 Hoame Show

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The BSA Firebird 650 is already a cool machine, but the folks at Barnyard Scraps Restoration took it to another level with subtle improvements to their custom cafe racer. Clymer caught this metal flake beauty on video at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show.

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. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more.… Read the rest

Logan Herndon’s 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals got up close for a look at Logan Herndon’s 1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally.

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. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more.… Read the rest

1954 Matchless G9B Classic British Twin – 2013 HoAME Show

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The Matchless G9B 500cc parallel twin was one of the best bikes to come out of the UK in the 1950s, and great looking too, like this one at Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show. A versions of the same model became the G45 factory racer, which won its class at the Manx Grand Prix in 1952, and it later evolved into the G12, like this one.

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

Dale Keesecker’s 1986 Laverda SFC1000 – 2013 HoAME Show Best European Winner

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Clymer Manuals got up close with Dale Keesecker’s Laverda SFC1000. This classic Italian motorbike was named Best European Motorcycle by Reno’s PowerSports KC at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.

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. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more.… Read the rest

1972 Suzuki GT750 Water Buffalo – 2013 HoAME Show Best Suzuki Winner

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Though not uncommon back in the day, the Suzuki GT750 water-cooled, two-stroke triple is much less common now than the Honda CB750 or Kawasaki KZ900 it competed with. This perfectly restored 1972 example was named Best Suzuki at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally by Donnell’s Motorcycles.

When Suzuki launched their ultimate two-stroke motorcycle in 1971, the Honda CB750 had already been selling like hotcakes for two years. Built on the strong two-stroke foundation of the T500 Titan and other quick and light Suzukis, the “Water Buffalo” (as it was nicknamed) added another cylinder and liquid cooling. The Suzuki LeMans (as it was officially called in America) made as much power as anything available at the time, and at a very accessible 6500 rpm, but was just as heavy as the big Honda four cylinder four-stroke.… Read the rest

Engle Motors’ Custom 2012 BMW S1000RR Drag Race Bike – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at the Engle Motors BMW & Triumph custom built BMW S1000RR drag bike at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This German superbike was drawing crowds in the parking lot just standing still.

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

1971 Bridgestone 100 TMX Scrambler – 2013 HoAME Show

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Compared to the other Japanese motorcycle makers, Bridgestone is rare, so it was nice to see this 100 TMX at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Bridgestone had started making tires in 1930, and made its first bicycle in 1949, so building motorcycles was a natural move in the 1950s. The most common bike they sold in America was the 100 GP, and this 100 TMX was just a scrambler version of that bike.

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