What’s in your toolbox? If love classic British twins, you need to get yourself a copy of the Clymer Collection Series – British Street Bike Service Manual. An updated reprint of the manual we first put out when these bikes were the latest and greatest, it covers BSA 500 cc and 650 cc unit twins from 1963-1972, Norton 750 cc and 850 cc twins from 1969-1975, and Triumph 500 cc, 650 cc, and 750 cc twins from 1963-1979. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for the do-it-yourself enthusiast, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English. Unlike OEM “factory” manuals, which are designed for the professional motorcycle mechanic, Clymer shop manuals are designed specifically for the first time user.… Read the rest
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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
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, there were literally dozens of companies making minibikes powered by Tecumseh and Briggs & Stratton small engines, like this Scat-Cat SC114. Clymer caught this particularly nice example at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally, where it won second place in the mini category.
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
The Honda CB750 four was the first four cylinder superbike, and the final nail in the coffic of the British bike industry. The first bikes, referred to as K0 for 1969 and 1970, are often seen as the rarest and most valuable, with supposedly more power and some slight cosmetic differences. Clymer spotted this near perfect 1970 CB750 KO in “Candy Gold” on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts vintage motorcycle rally.
There are a few key differences that allow you to spot a 1969 or 1970 Honda CB750 in a crowd of other bikes. The headlight ears on all the early bikes were color matched to the tank and side covers, while later year had mostly chrome plated pieces.… Read the rest
Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at Greg Imbs’ 1972 Husqavarna CR450 off-road racer at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. Slotting in the Husky timeline right between the Steve McQueen/Malcolm Smith 400 Cross from On Any Sunday, and the officially designated Desert Master bikes released in 1973, this 450cc two-stroke still ruled the dirt.
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
Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Harold Johnson’s 1972 Ducati 750GT on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This classic Italian twin was presented the Best Ducati Award from Reno’s PowerSports KC.
Much like Harley-Davidson, Indian, and Vincent many year previous, when they wanted to move into faster, larger displacement markets, Ducati took their single and added a second cylinder in front of it. Using many of the parts originally developed in their 350cc singles, Ducati cast new cases and crankshafts, with a second cylinder set 90 degrees from the first. The bevel drive L-twin was born in spring of 1970, and set the outline for every Ducati to follow for the next 40 years.… 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 a close-up look at Gary Berger’s 1972 Suzuki RV90J on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This vintage Japanese play bike won the Constellation Award sponsored by Motorcycle Closeouts.
Using the same motor as the Suzuki TS90 Honcho and TC90 Blazer, the RV90 Rover was made to be simpler and more fun. The low center of gravity and giant balloon tires made this more of a minibike, and perfect for younger riders or riding on sand. The RV prefix had nothing to do with recreational vehicles, but plenty of these ended up strapped to the bumpers of motorhomes for use in camp because after all, it was fully street legal for errand running duty!… Read the rest