Archive for December, 2019

Floyd Clymer History Discovery

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We recently got an email all the way from Australia with a surprise Christmas gift – a rare treasure trove of early Clymer information and pictures! Floyd Clymer and the things he did are well documented, as he was always out looking for publicity, but much history was lost when he suddenly died in 1970 and the company was sold by his widow.

The email we just received was from the family of a man who worked with Floyd from the 1950s. One project was the 1957 Volkswagen Complete Owner’s Handbook of Repair and Maintenance, one of the earliest Clymer repair manuals.… Read the rest

Turn Up the Heat with Heated Gear and Accessories

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Most cars offer the option of heated seats and steering wheels these days, but where you really need auxiliary electric heating in winter is on your motorcycle, ATV, tractor and snowmobile. Once upon a time, motorcycle electrical systems were so marginal that having the headlight on all the time caused premature alternator failure. Vintage bikes could barely handle an electric vest, but that was more than 30 years ago, and charging systems are now much more robust. Besides, modern technology has developed standalone, rechargeable heated clothing that doesn’t need to be connected to your vehicle at all.

Heated Grips

Heated grips are an inexpensive and popular upgrade to any bike, or anything with handlebars that get’s ridden in cold and/or wet weather.… Read the rest