Archive for the ‘Motorcycles’ Category

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.    Written from Experience

Every Clymer manual is written during a complete tear down and rebuild of an entire bike.… 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

1984-1986 HONDA VF500 MAGNA AND INTERCEPTOR MOTORCYCLE SERVICE MANUAL VIDEO PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda VF500 Magna and Interceptor covers all cruiser and sport bike versions of Honda’s smallest V-four motorcycle. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, perfect for the young mechanic. 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.

Born out of Honda’s attempt to build the NR500, oval piston, four stroke grand prix bike, the V-four engine was the most advanced you could buy in an early 1980s motorcycle.… Read the rest

The 2nd Annual Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show – L.A., CA

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Southern California is one of the largest motorcycle markets in the country, even without the northern half of the state, so it has its fair share of motorcycle events over the course of the year. Not only are there plenty of enthusiasts to attend, the vast majority of motorcycle aftermarket companies are all within 150 miles of Los Angeles, and most of the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are headquartered there. One of the newest and hippest shows, returning for just the second year in 2018, is the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show, aka the OG Motoshow.

 

The show is set up in a large space in the downtown L.A.… 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

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

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Chris “Teach” McNeil performed his motorcycle stunt show at one of the largest vintage motorcycle show in the Midwest, the HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO, thanks to sponsorship from Engle Motors. Most stunters ride readily available Japanese sport bikes from the 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 modifications this stellar stunt rider’s motorcycles, provided by XDL Rider and 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

2001-2003 YAMAHA YZ/WR250F DIRT BIKE REPAIR MANUAL VIDEO PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Yamaha YZ250F and WR250F manual covers both motocross and enduro versions of Yamaha’s popular 4 stroke dirt bike. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, perfect for the young mechanic. 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.

No matter if you enjoy riding the YZ250F over triples and whoops, or bashing thru the woods on the WR250F far off the beaten path, you ought to get the Clymer motorcycle service manual to help with maintenance, troubleshooting & repair.… Read the rest