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1996-2013 Yamaha Royal Star Touring Cruiser Repair Manual Video Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Yamaha Royal Star Boulevard, Venture, and Tour repair manual covers all models from 1996-2013 with the 1300cc V4 engine.  The Clymer manual for this bike is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, and it is available in traditional book form, or mobile friendly online format! Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.… Read the rest

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. 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

The All-New 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Lineup

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In case you have been snowed in all winter, you are in for a shock when you get to your local Harley-Davidson dealer when the roads clear come spring.

For the motorcycle company that has defined the American motorcycle for over a century, how do you blend modern technology and the timeless style of the Harley-Davidson? In an effort to stay relevant in the 21st-century, this year brings all new big twin cruisers, with an all new frame, and the Milwaukee Eight motor first seen in the touring line.

Chief Engineer Ben Wright describes trying to walk the tight rope of tradition and modernity as downright “scary.” “The new Softail models are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history,” said Paul James, manager of product portfolio, Harley-Davidson.… Read the rest

Tony Stuckwisch’s 1973 Honda CB750 Modern Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close look at this Past in Time built custom 1973 CB750 Cafe Racer on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show Rally. The builder/owner Tony Stickwisch also brought out the blue and orange custom Goldwings, so it is fair to say he knows his Hondas.

This 1972 SOHC 750 four based cafe racer took a fairly radical route to get the way it is today. Out back is a modern box section swingarm with rising rate linkage, and monoshock suspension, plus the dry sump oil tank (hidden in the seat hump). The rest of the bike has been cleaned up, and a classic Manx Norton shaped fuel tank is fitted.… 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 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and 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.

Honda designed the folding scooter to fit into the back of any car, which would allow the owner to park outside the urban traffic of the city, and ride the last few miles. In a rare joint venture between Honda automotive and motorcycle divisions, the Honda City subcompact was designed specifically with a cargo space to accommodate the Motocompo.… 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

Tony Stuckwisch’s 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing Restomod- 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals also took a good long look Tony’s other bike, this 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing restomod by Past in Time Cycles at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts rally. The orange bike was not as tricked out as the blue cafe racer GL1000, but it does have an awesome four into two open exhaust on it. The Gold Wing was never meant to be a sporty performance bike, even in its younger naked days, but in the 70s the stock GL1000 was one of the fastest bikes you could buy, in a straight line. With the custom pipe this one most likely sounds like an angry dune buggy.… Read the rest

The Specially Modified BMW S1000RR & F800GS Motorcycles of Stunter Teach McNeil

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Chris “Teach” McNeil was brought to one of the largest vintage motorcycle show in the Midwest, the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO, by Engle Motors. Most stunters ride readily available sport bikes from the Japanese big four, but Teach does it a little differently, choosing a BMW adventure touring bike, and their latest Teutonic superbike. Let’s take a look closer look at the modification on the XDL Rider/BMW sponsored stunt rider’s motorcycles.

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

“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