Electric Motorcycles vs. Power Assist Bicycles – What’s the Law Say?

When does an electric bicycle become a motorcycle?

There are more and more options on the market that blur the line between bicycle and motorcycle, thanks to the proliferation of inexpensive batteries. But how much “power assist” can a bicycle have before it is a motorcycle? Can you ride an electric moped on a bike path? Or in the bike lane? Do you need a license?

Juiced Bikes Scrambler

What about the increasing number of off-road focused electrics? Can you ride them on mountain bike trails? Are there environmental concerns? Are park rangers going to chase you out of the forest for having too much fun?… Read the rest

Top 5 Collectible Old Tractors

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

Show Your Motorcycle Some Love This Valentine’s Day

So, Valentine’s Day is here and the only relationship you’re in is with your bike… (sad trombone noise) so what! Treat your bike like a star on this Hallmark holiday and enjoy a little romance along with the rest of America. Not every relationship is the same and it can be tough to suss out the perfect thing to do, so Clymer is here to help. 

YOU JUST GOT TOGETHER

 A new romance can be a very exciting time, but it’s also the time to set the course for how the rest of the relationship will go. If you go too big on the first Valentine’s Day, you’re setting a precedent for the future.… Read the rest

Implement & Tractor (I&T) Manuals Keep Your Tractor Pulling

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

Turn Up the Heat and Extend Your Riding Season

Most cars offer the option of heated seats and steering wheels these days, but where you really need auxiliary electric heating in winter is on your bike or ATV. Once upon a time, motorcycle electrical systems were so marginal that having the headlight always on could cause premature failure. Those bikes could barely handle an electric vest. But that was more than 30 years ago, and motorcycle charging systems are much more robust. Besides, modern technology has developed standalone, rechargeable heated clothing that doesn’t need to be connected to a bike at all.

Heated Grips

Heated grips are an inexpensive and popular upgrade to any bike, or anything that get’s ridden in the cold and/or wet weather.… Read the rest

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – As Seen at RadWood L.A. 2018

The folks from Clymer took a good close look at this techno tour de force 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo at the RadWood show at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach, CA 2018

For decades now the International Motorcycle Shows have toured America (and sometimes Canada) giving riders a chance to see, sit on, and sometimes even ride the latest bikes, before they hit their local dealers. For riders in Long Beach, CA it is nice to see all the new bikes in one place, but not particularly special, since it is 70 degrees and sunny outside and most ride to the show. But when the show stops in New York City, Chicago, or Minneapolis it is always a treat, because if there isn’t snow yet, at the very least it is too cold to ride.… Read the rest

Winterizing Your Boat

You probably don’t want to hear this, but boating season is quickly ending — in some parts of the country where winter comes early, it is already over. While you don’t have to winterize, a few hours of preventative maintenance will save you a lot of cash come springtime. Here’s what you should look for if this is your first winter with your boat.

First, think about your storage options. This is the one case where land is better than water for your boat. Wintering on the water can cause buildup on the hull, damage from lack of slack in ropes, and ice damage to the hull in really cold locales.… Read the rest

The Indomitable Little Honda – From Super Cub to ATC to Grom and Back Again

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

Clymer and Haynes at the AIMExpo in Las Vegas – Oct 11-14, 2018

As the people who make the manuals at Haynes (our parent company) and Clymer we are naturally enthusiastic about powersports, so we love to get out and talk to other gearheads; the folks who buy our products. In October, during the the premier West Coast motorcycle rally, Las Vegas BikeFest, the American International Motorcycle Expo is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from the 11th to the 14th, and we are excited to be there.

AIMExpo, as it is often called, is the biggest powersports industry get together in the USA, featuring the newest product from manufacturers of cruisers, scooters, sport bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs, accessories, gear and more.… Read the rest