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1967 BMW R50/2 Classic Boxer – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best BMW

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Until the late 1960s, BMW was still making bikes that looked and performed much like the slow but durable touring bikes they were known for before WWII. For the uninitiated it is hard to place this 1967 R50/2 historically and it was a bit of a modern classic even then. This particular bike, as seen as the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show, wears white with black pinstripes, the reverse of the typical color scheme, which helped it win best BMW.

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

1950 Schwinn Whizzer Motorized Bicycle – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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The Whizzer bolt on bicycle engine was originally created by an aircraft parts manufacturer so it is fitting that Clymer found one on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally held at an airport.

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

1970 Honda CB750 K0 750-Four Street Bike – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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The Honda CB750 four was the first four cylinder superbike, and the final nail in the coffic of the British bike industry. The first bikes, referred to as K0 for 1969 and 1970, are often seen as the rarest and most valuable, with supposedly more power and some slight cosmetic differences. Clymer spotted this near perfect 1970 CB750 KO in “Candy Gold” on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally.

There are a few key differences that allow you to spot a 1969 or 1970 Honda CB750 in a crowd of other bikes. The headlight ears on all the early bikes were color matched to the tank and side covers, while later year had mostly chrome plated pieces.… Read the rest

Greg Imbs’ 1972 Husqavarna CR450 “Desert Master” Dirt Bike – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at Greg Imbs’ 1972 Husqavarna CR450 off-road racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. Slotting in the Husky timeline right between the Steve McQueen/Malcolm Smith 400 Cross from On Any Sunday, and the officially designated Desert Master bikes released in 1973, this 450cc two-stroke still ruled the dirt.

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

1970 BMW R75/5 Classic Airhead Boxer – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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It is hard to imagine a time when BMW motorcycles were though of as old-fashioned and slow, but before the/5 like this one came along that was the general consensus. These days the 75/5 is a classic, as seen as the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show, but in the early 1970s it offered cutting edge power, handling, and reliability.

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

1971 Honda CB350 Twin Custom Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close look at this custom built cafe racer, based on a 1971 Honda CB350 at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally. The Honda 350cc twin of the 1960s is probably the bike most likely to be found in a basement, garage, or shed today, because between 1964 and 1974 it seemed like every other bike on the road was a Honda 350 of some sort. They were big enough to be ridden on the highways, yet small enough to not scare young baby boomers just learning 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

Dale Keesecker’s 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Triple – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best BSA

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Dale Keesecker’s 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Triple, the British motorcycle industry’s last best hope at beating the Japanese, was awarded second place in the Best BSA category. The competition at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show was fierce, with a super rare pre-war BSA 770 taking top honors in Best BSA class presented by Blue Star 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. 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

John Garcia’s 1929 BSA 770 Colonial V-twin – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best BSA

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It is rare to see any bike from before the war, but rarer still is one in such perfectly restored condition not relegated to window dressing in a museum. John Garcia’s 1929 BSA 770 Colonial was on display at the 22nd Annual HoAME Club Vintage Antique Classic Motorcycle Show and deservedly won the Best BSA Award presented by Blue Star 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. 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

Exotic 1977 MV Augusta 850SS – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best of Show

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This Italian exotic (less than 50 were built) is a 1977 MV Agusta 850SS, the last of a long line of street bikes based on the DOHC motor that won them many 500cc grand prix championships int he 1950s and 60s. Understandably, the folks at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show awarded this well preserved example best of show honors. Claiming more than 80 horsepower this fire engine red bike was easily as fast as a Kawasaki Z1 in a straight line, and would run away from anything when the road got twisty.

You can read more about these rare beasts at Motorcycle Classics.… Read the rest

Ron Covell’s 1967 Honda CB450 “Black Bomber” – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best Japanese Motorcycle

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This perfect, all original, unrestored example of Honda’s ground breaking first “big” bike won a deserved first place in the Japanese motorcycle category at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. Clymer went to the Hear of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Show ans Rally to check out all the awesome bikes, and the people who ride and restore them. European and American motorcycle makers did not consider Honda to be a threat, since they only made small displacement bikes, but the new for 1965 DOHC CB450 had them all quaking in their motorcycle boots, and Ron Covelle just one of thousands of US residents who bought one new.… Read the rest