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1982 Honda Motocompo NCZ50 Folding Motor Scooter – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals caught this tiny Honda JDM motor scooter on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally in Kansas city. Never sold in the United States, the 50cc Honda Motocompo has become a cult favorite for its tiny size and boxy shape.

Honda designed the folding scooter to fit into the back of any car, which would allow the owner to park outside the urban traffic of the city, and ride the last few miles. In a rare joint venture between Honda automotive and motorcycle divisions, the Honda City subcompact was designed specifically with a cargo space to accommodate the Motocompo.… Read the rest

Harold Johnson’s 1972 Ducati 750GT – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best Ducati

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Harold Johnson’s 1972 Ducati 750GT on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This classic Italian twin was presented the Best Ducati Award from Reno’s PowerSports KC.

Much like Harley-Davidson, Indian, and Vincent many year previous, when they wanted to move into faster, larger displacement markets, Ducati took their single and added a second cylinder in front of it. Using many of the parts originally developed in their 350cc singles, Ducati cast new cases and crankshafts, with a second cylinder set 90 degrees from the first. The bevel drive L-twin was born in spring of 1970, and set the outline for every Ducati to follow for the next 40 years.… Read the rest

Timothy DeWitt’s 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor – 2013 HoAME Show Best Modern Sportbike

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Clymer visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and got a close up look at Timothy DeWitt’s 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor (with 1986 headlight). This bike was named Best Modern Sportbike at the show and got a trophy sponsored by ThoughtBytes.

The 1000cc Interceptor was the most advanced street bike around when released and had some seriously trick features. The bolt together ComStar wheels were borrowed directly from the oval piston GP bike program. The rest of the bike was very much related to the HRD endurance bike racing program which had created the RS750R, RS850R, and RS1000RW, and the AMA Formula 1 FWS1000.… Read the rest

Tony Stuckwisch’s 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing Restomod- 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals also took a good long look Tony’s other bike, this 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing restomod by Past in Time Cycles at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts rally. The orange bike was not as tricked out as the blue cafe racer GL1000, but it does have an awesome four into two open exhaust on it. The Gold Wing was never meant to be a sporty performance bike, even in its younger naked days, but in the 70s the stock GL1000 was one of the fastest bikes you could buy, in a straight line. With the custom pipe this one most likely sounds like an angry dune buggy.… Read the rest

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

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Chris “Teach” McNeil was brought to one of the largest vintage motorcycle show in the Midwest, the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO, by Engle Motors. Most stunters ride readily available sport bikes from the Japanese 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 modification on the XDL Rider/BMW sponsored stunt rider’s motorcycles.

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

“Sandcast” 1969 Honda CB750 four K0 – 2013 HoAME Show

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The Honda 750 four is rightly considered a classic with values increasing in recent years. The 1969 bikes, referred to as K0, are often seen as the rarest and most valuable. Among those the first 7,414 examples, with rough finished “sandcast” engine cases, are even rarer and more treasured. Clymer spotted this immaculately restored CB750 KO “sandcast” on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally.

In 1968, when Honda greenlit production of the world changing SOHC CB750, there was still a little hesitation before jumping into the market with both feet. Before investing in the more expensive production molds for high volume casting, Honda ran off a series of engine cases and other parts by gravity casting them with permanent mold dies.… Read the rest

1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport “The Littlest Four” – 2013 HoAME Show

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We caught up with this sweet little Honda CB400F at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiast show, and had to take a second look at the Light Ruby Red beauty.

Honda followed up the brilliant CB750 four of 1969, with the 1971 CB500 four, and finally the tiny and exquisite 1972 CB350 four. In 1975, the sportier CB400F was created, with a slight tweaking of the CB350 motor, and a restyling that included lower handlebars, and a classic “loaf of bread” tank shape. Many in the American market thought this bike to be a bit small, but wonderfully engineered, and smooth as an electric motor; in Europe and Asia it was an instant hit.… Read the rest

L.J.Bergman’s 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900 – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Ducati

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Clymer Manuals got a close up look at this 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900, owned by L.J. Bergman, on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic air cooled twin was given 2nd Place in the Best Ducati category sponsored by Reno PowerSports KC.

The 1980 Ducati Darmah SD900 was one of the last of the long line of desmodromic valve, bevel drive, overhead cam, L-twin Ducatis. While the belt driven cam bikes that replaced them were immediately more powerful, more reliable, and easier to work on, they lacked some of the soul of the older models.

You can read much more about the history of the Ducati L-twin motor on Wikipedia.… Read the rest

1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 Dirt Drag Bike – 2013 HoAME Show

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You never know what you are going to find at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiast Show, and in 2013 Clymer Manuals found this 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 based dirt drag racer.

Cross a drag bike with a flat tracker and you get this 1075cc, alcohol burning beast, which can get down the dirt quarter mile quicker than a stock bike would do it on the pavement. Since it only has to run for less than a minute at a time, the fuel tank goes in the name of weight savings, and a tiny amount of fuel is carried

If you are building a racer, Clymer offers coverage for the big Kawasaki four cylinder bikes in two different manuals, depending on your taste in vintage bikes.… Read the rest

Mike Chris Glaze’s 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple – 2013 HoAME Winner Best Kawi

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Mike Chris Glaze’s 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 750cc two-stroke triple. This classic Japanese motorcycle was on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts  Vintage Motorcycle Rally and won the Best Kawasaki award sponsored by the HoAME Club.

The Kawasaki H2 was the biggest and baddest of their line of two stroke triples, with a full 750cc of fury. When it came on the pipe, this smoker would put down nearly 75 horsepower – far more than its primitive brakes, suspension, or tires could control. You can only imagine the reputation this bike had, if the smaller 500cc version was already known as a “widowmaker”.… Read the rest