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1971 Honda CB350 Twin Custom Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close look at this custom built cafe racer, based on a 1971 Honda CB350 at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally. The Honda 350cc twin of the 1960s is probably the bike most likely to be found in a basement, garage, or shed today, because between 1964 and 1974 it seemed like every other bike on the road was a Honda 350 of some sort. They were big enough to be ridden on the highways, yet small enough to not scare young baby boomers just learning to ride.

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

Dale Keesecker’s 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Triple – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best BSA

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Dale Keesecker’s 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Triple, the British motorcycle industry’s last best hope at beating the Japanese, was awarded second place in the Best BSA category. The competition at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show was fierce, with a super rare pre-war BSA 770 taking top honors in Best BSA class presented by Blue Star Motorcycles.

Traditional British twins were losing ground in the market to the powerful, but smaller displacement, bikes from Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki as the 1960s drew to a close. Their response was a whole new three cylinder motor, in a 750cc displacement, with less vibration and more power than their twins.… Read the rest

John Garcia’s 1929 BSA 770 Colonial V-twin – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best BSA

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It is rare to see any bike from before the war, but rarer still is one in such perfectly restored condition not relegated to window dressing in a museum. John Garcia’s 1929 BSA 770 Colonial was on display at the 22nd Annual HoAME Club Vintage Antique Classic Motorcycle Show and deservedly won the Best BSA Award presented by Blue Star 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. 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.… Read the rest

Exotic 1977 MV Augusta 850SS – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best of Show

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This Italian exotic (less than 50 were built) is a 1977 MV Agusta 850SS, the last of a long line of street bikes based on the DOHC motor that won them many 500cc grand prix championships int he 1950s and 60s. Understandably, the folks at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show awarded this well preserved example best of show honors. Claiming more than 80 horsepower this fire engine red bike was easily as fast as a Kawasaki Z1 in a straight line, and would run away from anything when the road got twisty.

You can read more about these rare beasts at Motorcycle Classics.… Read the rest

Ron Covell’s 1967 Honda CB450 “Black Bomber” – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best Japanese Motorcycle

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This perfect, all original, unrestored example of Honda’s ground breaking first “big” bike won a deserved first place in the Japanese motorcycle category at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. Clymer went to the Hear of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Show ans Rally to check out all the awesome bikes, and the people who ride and restore them. European and American motorcycle makers did not consider Honda to be a threat, since they only made small displacement bikes, but the new for 1965 DOHC CB450 had them all quaking in their motorcycle boots, and Ron Covelle just one of thousands of US residents who bought one new.… Read the rest

Mike Fickle’s 1964 Honda S90 Custom – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best MotoGiro

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Mike Fickle’s custom 1968 Honda S90 won the Best MotoGiro Award sponsored by Martech Printing at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This little Honda certainly fits the bill, with just 90cc from its classic laid down single cylinder motor. One of the Honda’s it was said you’d meet the nicest people on, the intake and exhaust upgrades on this example at least make it sound mean.

Don’t know what a MotoGiro is? MotoGiro is a rally for vintage small bore bikes, originally started in Italy, that requires you to ride a bike of less than 305cc built in 1968 or before.… Read the rest

Harry Enyart’s 1968 Triumph Trophy 250 – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Cafe Racer

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Harry Enyart’s 1968 Triumph Trophy 250 classic British cafe racer scored second place in the cafe racer class sponsored by Cafe Racer Inc. Clymer was at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show to check out all the awesome bikes, and the people who ride and restore them. The Trophy 250 was a last ditch effort, with help from BSA, to give Triumph a competitor with the Japanese scramblers and dirt bikes than flooding the market. Now, customized for the street, this Trophy delivers adequate performance around town and classic British bike looks.

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

1967 Honda Trail 90 (CT90) Off-Roader – 2013 HoAME Show

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The Honda Trail 90 (CT90) is practically indestructible, but most have been used hard and left rusty and dusty, unlike this one seen at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show. Originally created by a rural Honda dealer by taking the leg shield off of their popular 50cc step through scooter, and adding a much bigger rear sprocket, the CT90 became a perennial favorite. Unlike most other dirt bikes, these were not about playing or racing off-road, but simple transportation where there were no roads, be it a farmer’s field, a rancher’s grazing range, or the forest hunting ground’s of a sportsman.… Read the rest

Bill Doll’s 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Moto Guzzi

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Bill Doll’s custom Moto Guzzi 850 T3 cafe racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. The 850 T3, resplendent in Italy’s tricolor paint scheme, was awarded 2nd Place — Best Moto Guzzi by Reno’s PowerSports KC.

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.… Read the rest

Tom Marquardt’s 1980 Honda CB750F AMA Superbike Racer – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best Race Bike

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Clymer visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and took a close up look at Tom Marquardt’s 1980 Honda CB750F former AMA factory race bike. It received the trophy for Best Competition Motorcycle sponsored by Heartland Park Topeka. This factory AMA Superbike was part of Honda’s re-entry into AMA competition, with a team including Freddie Spencer,  Steve McLaughlin, and Ron Pierce, who raced this bike in competition. Midway through the year Ron was injured racing in the Suzuka 8 hour endurance race, and Roberto Pietri finished out the season.

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