Deus Ex Machina is known for the amazing custom bikes that come out of their workshops around the world, and are ridden by celebrities, or just displayed in living rooms. Despite that, for years now they have held custom bike contests for amateurs that reward them for “making the most from the least”. This past weekend the only United States outpost of Deus, in beautifully quirky Venice Beach, held their portion of the worldwide competition and your Clymer editor was there (though we did not build a bike this year, unlike in 2015 when our Bosozoku Honda got an honorable mention).… Read the rest
Archive for the ‘Vintage and Classics’ Category
Here at Clymer we take apart and put together bikes, and ride them, and race them, but that is still not enough. We like to go out to see the work of master craftsmen, sculptors, and painters who build the choppers and other custom bikes shown at Born Free every year. Going to this show, located in a grassy, semi wooded area in the foothills of Orange County, CA completely unlike the dry dusty desert most people expect in So. Cal. it is hard to image that it only started ten years ago. From the humble team up of Born Loser, and Freedom Machine, this show has gotten huge, with Harley-Davidson themselves, Vans sneakers, and 805 beer helping to provide corporate clout, funding, entertainment, and libations.… Read the rest
When one thinks of collectible vehicles, most think of things like Corvettes, Mustangs, European exotics, or even a few classic Ford and Chevy pickups. It’s not uncommon to see whole warehouses filled such vehicles in various preserved states, after all.
However, would you consider a farm tractor as a collectible?
Turns out there’s a whole different world out there, where the likes of John Deere, International Harvester, and others have garnered a level of attention normally associated with old muscle, classic luxury, and performance vehicles. Some of the desirability is nostalgia for the family farm of days gone by, and some is the simplicity and honesty of these old fully manual workhorses, with their exposed works.… Read the rest
People know Clymer for our powersports manuals, helping you maintain and fix motorcycles and ATVs, but a big part of our business is the Implement and Tractor ( I & T) line of manuals for agricultural equipment. Haynes acquired Clymer in 2013, and between then and 1970 when Floyd Clymer died, the I & T tractor manuals had become part of our back catalog. These original service and repair manuals for agricultural tractors had first been published in 1948 by Implement and Tractor Publications, which began publishing magazines back in 1885.
If you’s like an in depth look back into the history of farm machinery or American agriculture in general, you can’t get any better than looking at some of their old back issues.… Read the rest
When first produced in 1978 the Honda CX500 water cooled V-twin was their most advanced bike. It was only their second water cooled motor, after the GL1000 of 1975, and their first V-twin. The centrally located cam may appear to be a step backwards, but it allowed a lower profile motor with the cylinder heads slightly twisted for less intrusion into the rider’s knees. Short pushrods operated four valves per cylinder via forked rocker arms.… Read the rest
There are few modern products of any type that are currently in production in a form anything like what they were 60+ years ago. A time traveler from the 1950s would barely recognize our modern cars, appliances, televisions, aircraft, or ships, yet the 2019 Honda Super Cub would immediately be recognized by anyone who had one back then. The new Super Cub (C100) evolves the same essential ingredients Soichiro Honda combined into the first prototype in 1957, and it has only gotten better with time. As a testament to the Honda lay-down single, in all its variations, our manual for the 1965-99 Honda 50-110cc OHC singles is one of our top 25 books every year, even now.… Read the rest
This past June the Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMC) held their fourth annual outboard motor show at the Great Lakes Marine Engine and Boat Expo on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. If you, like me, where born in a place with lots of access to public water ways, chances are good the first motorized vehicle you learned to operate, was a row boat powered by an outboard motor. Unfortunately you don’t see many kids zooming around vacation lakes these days, thrilled by the wind-in-the-hair freedom provided by operating a little single prop motor.
Thankfully there is the AOMC, a nationwide organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of outboard motor technology and mechanics.… Read the rest
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
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
What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda VF500 Magna and Interceptor covers all cruiser and sport bike versions of Honda’s smallest V-four motorcycle. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, perfect for the young mechanic. Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.
Born out of Honda’s attempt to build the NR500, oval piston, four stroke grand prix bike, the V-four engine was the most advanced you could buy in an early 1980s motorcycle.… Read the rest