Archive for the ‘Motorcycles’ Category

Don’t Believe the Hype – Young People Do Want To Ride!

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It seems you can’t look at a news source or social media without hearing about some new thing the young people are ruining because they spend too much time with their phones. Harley-Davidson new bike sales seem to be off by another 10% every year, and nearly every motorcycle expert says riders are aging out of bikes, and new riders are hard to find. Flying in the face of that doom and gloom though is a new survey from the people behind the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows and their Discover The Ride initiative.

This year, at motorcycle shows in seven major cities as well as the Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show, Discover the ride introduced a large number of people who have never ridden to the fun of motorcycles.… Read the rest

Electric Revolution at the Petersen Museum – Los Angeles, CA – now thru 2020

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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

Electric Motorcycles vs. Power Assist Bicycles – What’s the Law Say?

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When does an electric bicycle become a motorcycle?

There are more and more options on the market that blur the line between bicycle and motorcycle, thanks to the proliferation of inexpensive batteries. But how much “power assist” can a bicycle have before it is a motorcycle? Can you ride an electric moped on a bike path? Or in the bike lane? Do you need a license?

Juiced Bikes Scrambler

What about the increasing number of off-road focused electrics? Can you ride them on mountain bike trails? Are there environmental concerns? Are park rangers going to chase you out of the forest for having too much fun?… Read the rest

Turn Up the Heat and Extend Your Riding Season

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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 bike or ATV. Once upon a time, motorcycle electrical systems were so marginal that having the headlight always on could cause premature failure. Those bikes could barely handle an electric vest. But that was more than 30 years ago, and motorcycle charging systems are much more robust. Besides, modern technology has developed standalone, rechargeable heated clothing that doesn’t need to be connected to a bike at all.

Heated Grips

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

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – As Seen at RadWood L.A. 2018

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The folks from Clymer took a good close look at this techno tour de force 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo at the RadWood show at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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

The Indomitable Little Honda – From Super Cub to ATC to Grom and Back Again

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There are few modern products of any type that are currently in production in a form anything like what they were 60+ years ago. A time traveler from the 1950s would barely recognize our modern cars, appliances, televisions, aircraft, or ships, yet the 2019 Honda Super Cub would immediately be recognized by anyone who had one back then. The new Super Cub (C100) evolves the same essential ingredients Soichiro Honda combined into the first prototype in 1957, and it has only gotten better with time. As a testament to the Honda laydown single, in all its variations, our manual for the 1965-99 Honda 50-110cc OHC singles is one of our top 25 books every year, even now.… Read the rest

8 Reasons You Need a Clymer Manual

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Some motorcycle riders visit the shop every time their bike needs service. That’s okay for some that can afford it (motorcycle mechanics charge a premium for simple maintenance anyone can do), but half the fun of owning a motorcycle is tinkering with it and making it your own. Besides the money, there is also a time penalty involved in having to locate a place that works on your older or uncommon bikes. For the DIY motorcycle (or personal watercraft, snowmobile, ATV, boat, etc) enthusiast, here are eight reasons why a Clymer manual can be the best tool in your toolbox.… Read the rest

American vs. Japanese Motorcycles

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America and Japan are very different countries, with different cultures and styles, but on top of that there are the basic physical differences. The Japanese motorcycle industry really got going after WWII, when they needed light, reliable machines to get around a country that had been heavily damaged by the war. The American industry, and Harley-Davidson specifically, has been plugging along since the dawn of motorized transportation, building big torquey machines great for eating up the miles.

There is a vast ocean between the West Coast of the US and Japan, and there’s practically a 5,500-mile gap between the way that Americans and the Japanese think about motorcycles, not only how they ride, but also how to build them.… Read the rest

Born Free 10 Sails Into Oak Canyon Ranch – Silverado, CA 6/23-24/2018

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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

The Congregation Vintage and Custom Motorcycle Show – Charlotte, North Carolina

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The Congregation Show, only in its second year, is quickly rivaling the likes of Austin’s Handbuilt Show, The One Show in Portland, OR, and LA’s Outlier’s Guild Moto Show. Hosted by DICE Magazine, Harley-Davidson and operated by the boys of Prism Supply, this vintage motorcycle show features a variety of talented custom builders from around the country.

This year’s show saw over 5,000 attendees, 120 motorcycles, 25 hot rods and over 40 vendors. One of our favorite parts of the show is the venue: Camp North End. It’s a former Ford Model T assembly plant, across an alleyway from Prism Supply’s shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.… Read the rest