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.
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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
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
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 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
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
Clymer Manuals got up close to Gerald Tims’ 1913 Pope Board Track Racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This rare antique motorcycle, originally made in Hartford Connecticut, was named Best Preservation by KC Brake.
The Pope Manufacturing Company was founded in 1877 by Colonel Albert Augustus Pope formerly of the Union Army, and began making and selling bicycles. Somewhat confusingly, Pope operated out of the Weed Manufacturing Factory, and the bikes were branded “Columbia” and Columbia Bicycles are still being made. In 1902 they began making motorized bicycles under the Pope name, which makes them as old as Indian, and older than Harley-Davidson.… Read the rest
Clymer took a good long look at this classy “Manx” style 1975 Honda CB750F cafe racer at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show in Kansas City. The term “cafe racer” has come to mean a lot of different things, but this bike, with its tasteful improvements and Manx Norton style fuel tank really keeps it traditional. Out back are upgraded shocks, a simple solo seat, open four into one race exhaust, and rearset footpegs. The disc rotors have been drilled and the controls have been modernized just enough to increase rideability without ruining the look.
The Honda CB750 debuted in 1969 and immediately sent everyone home to cry in their beers, or start again at the drawing board.… Read the rest
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
Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at this race Italian single cylinder, DOHC race bike, the Gilera Saturno Competizione at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO.
Originally shown in prototype form before the war, it wasn’t until 1946 when the public could get their hands on this spicy Italian exotic. Though the chassis was based on the best practices of the 1930s, it was nothing if not predictable in its handling. While not as powerful (just 35hp) as some of the more recently developed bikes being raced in 500 Grand Prix, its simplicity, light weight and durability helped bring home plenty or podium finishes for Gilera.… Read the rest