1954 Matchless G9B Classic British Twin – 2013 HoAME Show

The Matchless G9B 500cc parallel twin was one of the best bikes to come out of the UK in the 1950s, and great looking too, like this one at Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show. A versions of the same model became the G45 factory racer, which won its class at the Manx Grand Prix in 1952, and it later evolved into the G12, like this one.

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 1986 Laverda SFC1000 – 2013 HoAME Show Best European Winner

Clymer Manuals got up close with Dale Keesecker’s Laverda SFC1000. This classic Italian motorbike was named Best European Motorcycle by Reno’s PowerSports KC at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.

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

Mini Bikes and Go-Karts – The Perfect Father and Son/Daughter Projects

Father’s Day is coming which has us thinking about our dads and the projects we did together that got us into all things mechanical back when we were kids. If you have been looking for a way to spend time with the kids and teach them valuable skills while having fun, there is nothing better than tackling a kid-sized motor vehicle with them, whether mini bike, go-kart, or pit bike.

The simplest is the traditional mini bike, typically just a bent tube frame, a rub block for a brake, and no suspension. Go-karts are the next rung up the ladder, and in their purest form are just four wheeled mini bikes, rub brakes and all, but can get much more complicated and faster.… Read the rest

1972 Suzuki GT750 Water Buffalo – 2013 HoAME Show Best Suzuki Winner

Though not uncommon back in the day, the Suzuki GT750 water-cooled, two-stroke triple is much less common now than the Honda CB750 or Kawasaki KZ900 it competed with. This perfectly restored 1972 example was named Best Suzuki at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally by Donnell’s Motorcycles.

When Suzuki launched their ultimate two-stroke motorcycle in 1971, the Honda CB750 had already been selling like hotcakes for two years. Built on the strong two-stroke foundation of the T500 Titan and other quick and light Suzukis, the “Water Buffalo” (as it was nicknamed) added another cylinder and liquid cooling. The Suzuki LeMans (as it was officially called in America) made as much power as anything available at the time, and at a very accessible 6500 rpm, but was just as heavy as the big Honda four cylinder four-stroke.… Read the rest

Engle Motors’ Custom 2012 BMW S1000RR Drag Race Bike – 2013 HoAME Show

Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at the Engle Motors BMW & Triumph custom built BMW S1000RR drag bike at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This German superbike was drawing crowds in the parking lot just standing still.

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. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more.… Read the rest

1971 Bridgestone 100 TMX Scrambler – 2013 HoAME Show

Compared to the other Japanese motorcycle makers, Bridgestone is rare, so it was nice to see this 100 TMX at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Bridgestone had started making tires in 1930, and made its first bicycle in 1949, so building motorcycles was a natural move in the 1950s. The most common bike they sold in America was the 100 GP, and this 100 TMX was just a scrambler version of that bike.

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

1958 Matchless G12CS 650cc Desert Racer – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

The Matchless G12CS was a model aimed squarely at the Western United States, where guys loved to race modified street bikes off road, like this one seen at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show. Badge engineered, and sold as the AJS model 31 as well, the Matchless G12 was an updated model 11 with a longer stroke and new cases for 646cc. The G12CS, or CS X as some call, it had taller suspension travel, a upswept exhaust, and more power thanks to a higher compression ratio, all aimed at the desert racing crowd.

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

Travis Pastrana Aims to Recreate Evel Knievel’s Jumps

As I type this, the great Travis Pastrana and his Nitro Circus crew are at an undisclosed location in Southern California. They are running practice drills and jumps for his live three hour TV special coming up on July 8th from Vegas called “Evel Live“. Pastrana will recreate three of the iconic jumps that Evel Knievel did in his prime, including one that nearly killed him. A few of these stunts have been recreated before, but never on a heavy flat track bike like the one Evel originally rode.

 

 

 

Pastrana has just the bike, The Indian Scout based FTR750 which is similar in many respects to the Harley-Davidson Sportster based XR750 that Knievel did most of his jumps on, including weight and (limited) suspension travel.… Read the rest

1974 Yamaha GT80 Mini Bike – 2013 HoAME Show Best Mini Winner

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, it seemed that all the cool kids had a mini bike of some sort, and the Yamaha GT80 like this best mini bike winner, was one of the coolest. Clymer caught this perfectly restored example at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally, looking like it had never been ridden.

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

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.… Read the rest