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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

1958 Matchless G12CS 650cc Desert Racer – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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The Matchless G12CS was a model aimed squarely at the Western United States, where guys loved to race modified street bikes off road, like this one seen at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show. Badge engineered, and sold as the AJS model 31 as well, the Matchless G12 was an updated model 11 with a longer stroke and new cases for 646cc. The G12CS, or CS X as some call, it had taller suspension travel, a upswept exhaust, and more power thanks to a higher compression ratio, all aimed at the desert racing crowd.

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

1974 Yamaha GT80 Mini Bike – 2013 HoAME Show Best Mini Winner

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Back in the 1960s and 1970s, it seemed that all the cool kids had a mini bike of some sort, and the Yamaha GT80 like this best mini bike winner, was one of the coolest. Clymer caught this perfectly restored example at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally, looking like it had never been ridden.

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.… Read the rest

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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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. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.… Read the rest

1971 Honda Super Sport CB100 Vintage Single – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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It may seem strange today, but once upon a time motorcycles of 50cc-200cc were immensely popular for commuting and errand running. This well preserved 1971 Honda Super Sport CB100 was rated at a bit more than 11 horsepower when new, and could do 55 mph on a good day if the wind was at your back.

Honda introduced the new upright OHC single, in sizes from 100cc to 175cc, as a replacement for the original laydown 50-110cc single. The new bikes featuring these motors used more conventional frames and looked more like real motorcycles than their predecessor, the Honda S90 and the like.… Read the rest

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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Clymer Manuals took an up-close look at the new Ducati 1199 Panigale at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. Reno’s PowerSports KC had brought the new bike, which has a starting price of $18,995, just to display, it was not entered in the show judging.

Ducati introduced the 1199 Panigale at the 2011 Milan Motorcycle Show as the next evolution of their L-twin superbikes. The name comes from the small town of Borgo Panigale, where there company does some manufacturing, and the bike is available in 1199cc and a smaller 899cc displacement. This ultimate Ducati twin made nearly 200 horsepower, and weighed just 362 lbs, according to the factory.… Read the rest

Jason Climer’s 1954 Simplex Servi-Cycle Automatic – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close-up look at Jason Climer’s 1954 Simplex Servi-Cycle Automatic on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Simplex started making bikes very similar to these way back in 1935, and only made small incremental improvements for the next 40 years.

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

Tim Thoele’s 1911 Pierce Single Antique Recreation – 2013 HoAME Show People’s Choice Winner

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This bike is more than just a restoration, as much of it was hand built by Tim Thoele, like the frame. His attention to detail is so good that this recreation, based on an original Pierce motor, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.

This spectacular bike has as much of Mr. Theole’s own fabrication as it does parts from the Pierce Cycle Company. Starting with a not quite complete 1911 Pierce 600cc single found at a swap meet in 2005, the rest of the bike was recreated from pictures, as there are only about a dozen genuine examples still around.… Read the rest

1972 Scat-Cat “Tom” Model-SC114 Mini Bike – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Mini

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Back in the 1960s and 1970s, there were literally dozens of companies making minibikes powered by Tecumseh and Briggs & Stratton small engines, like this Scat-Cat SC114. Clymer caught this particularly nice example at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally, where it won second place in the mini category.

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.… 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