Deus Ex Machina is known for the amazing custom bikes that come out of their workshops around the world, and are ridden by celebrities, or just displayed in living rooms. Despite that, for years now they have held custom bike contests for amateurs that reward them for “making the most from the least”. This past weekend the only United States outpost of Deus, in beautifully quirky Venice Beach, held their portion of the worldwide competition and your Clymer editor was there (though we did not build a bike this year, unlike in 2015 when our Bosozoku Honda got an honorable mention).… Read the rest
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Here at Clymer we take apart and put together bikes, and ride them, and race them, but that is still not enough. We like to go out to see the work of master craftsmen, sculptors, and painters who build the choppers and other custom bikes shown at Born Free every year. Going to this show, located in a grassy, semi wooded area in the foothills of Orange County, CA completely unlike the dry dusty desert most people expect in So. Cal. it is hard to image that it only started ten years ago. From the humble team up of Born Loser, and Freedom Machine, this show has gotten huge, with Harley-Davidson themselves, Vans sneakers, and 805 beer helping to provide corporate clout, funding, entertainment, and libations.… Read the rest
Just like Ricky Bobby, most of us here at Clymer want to go fast. In the past we’ve raced all sorts of bikes, starting way back with our founder Floyd tearing up the tracks and hill climbs on Indians and Harley-Davisons before the war. Because of the way things go and changes in how we do things, there are not typically bikes back in the shop we can borrow for a club race (our author Ron Wright has his own shop hundreds of miles from HQ).
Instead myself, Bryan, and our technician Mark who does most of the shop work for Haynes on the car side of things, have been working on some inexpensive, low impact race bikes.… Read the rest
Whether you like it or not, electric vehicles of every type are gaining traction in every market. Electric power may just a tiny percentage of the vehicles on the road (and off the road, and in the sky, and on the water) right now, but it increasingly looks as if they are here to stay. The Petersen Automotive Museum (with guest curator Paul D’Orleans of the Vintagent) just opened an exhibit featuring custom, concept, and racing bikes, all powered by electricity; with backing from Harley-Davidson, who just released their first production electric bike , the Livewire.
Back when Floyd Clymer started selling cars as a teenager steam, gas, and electric were all competing for dominance.… Read the rest
When first produced in 1978 the Honda CX500 water cooled V-twin was their most advanced bike. It was only their second water cooled motor, after the GL1000 of 1975, and their first V-twin. The centrally located cam may appear to be a step backwards, but it allowed a lower profile motor with the cylinder heads slightly twisted for less intrusion into the rider’s knees. Short pushrods operated four valves per cylinder via forked rocker arms.… Read the rest
For decades now the International Motorcycle Shows have toured America (and sometimes Canada) giving riders a chance to see, sit on, and sometimes even ride the latest bikes, before they hit their local dealers. For riders in Long Beach, CA it is nice to see all the new bikes in one place, but not particularly special, since it is 70 degrees and sunny outside and most ride to the show. But when the show stops in New York City, Chicago, or Minneapolis it is always a treat, because if there isn’t snow yet, at the very least it is too cold to ride.… Read the rest
As the people who make the manuals at Haynes (our parent company) and Clymer we are naturally enthusiastic about powersports, so we love to get out and talk to other gearheads; the folks who buy our products. In October, during the the premier West Coast motorcycle rally, Las Vegas BikeFest, the American International Motorcycle Expo is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from the 11th to the 14th, and we are excited to be there.
AIMExpo, as it is often called, is the biggest powersports industry get together in the USA, featuring the newest product from manufacturers of cruisers, scooters, sport bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs, accessories, gear and more.… Read the rest
Surprisingly, one of the biggest and best annual motorcycle shows, Born Free, is only hitting its tenth anniversary this year. Taking place in the mountains of Orange County, CA, at a cross between a kids summer camp and a KOA, there is plenty of room for people and motorcycles, and few neighbors to upset with your loud pipes.
That is just one part of one of the bike parking lots and at the end of the day when many people had already left! Without a drone, it is impossible to get a real picture of just how many bikes were there.… Read the rest