Archive for the ‘Sportbike’ Category

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

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 2013 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

Stunter Teach McNeil Shows Off on BMW Motorcycles – 2013 HoAME Rally

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Clymer Manuals On the Road visits the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Not only did the show feature classic, antique, retro, bikes, both custom and restored, but also a stunt show by Chris “Teach” McNeil. Professional stunter McNeil makes drifting, wheelies, stoppies and the like look easy on his specially prepared BWM S1000RR, and F800GS stunting bikes.

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

Street Bike vs Dirt Bike – What’s the Difference?

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How do dirt bikes and street bikes differ to handle the different riding and terrain types? Of course, there are the obvious things, like suspension height and ground clearance, but also subtle things, like rider position and how you steer. Of course, then there are the bikes that muddy the waters by offering different degrees of both on- and off-road capabilities, like adventure touring bikes, which are some of the most popular recent models.

Suspension

On the road, you are bound to run across any number of road surfaces, from smooth to rough, but nearly all of them will be paved. Road bike suspensions are tuned to soak up the minor imperfections of the pavement, and can absorb an impact, like a pothole, but suspension travel can be as little as a few inches.… Read the rest