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1975 Suzuki T500 Cobra/Titan Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at this sweet 1975 Suzuki T500 Cobra/Titan cafe racer at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO.

While everyone remembers the Suzuki and Kawasaki two-stroke triples, and the Yamaha twins, the 500cc two-stroke twin in the Suzuki was certainly worth a closer look. Simpler, and lighter than the triples of similar displacement, the Suzuki T500 was not a bad handler, and easier to work on. Compared to the Yamaha RD350/400 of the same era, the T500 was only slightly more powerful, but easier to ride and more reliable. Though considered by many back in the day to be more of a touring bike, this example is stripped down for minimal weight and maximum sport. Perhaps the biggest improvement was swapping out the failure prone dual leading shoe front brake for a stronger Suzuki GT750 four leading shoe unit.… Read the rest

1975 Honda CB500T Custom Desert Sled – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close look at this custom built desert sled, based on a 1975 Honda CB500T at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show Rally. This once street only bike has been stripped down, lightened, and fitted with knobbies to make short work of fire roads and dirt paths.

Once upon a time, shortly after its introduction as the CB450 in 1965, Honda actually made a dirt friendly scrambler version of their big, cutting edge DOHC twin. Brought out first as a kit known as the CB450D, the Honda was heavy when compared to Triumph or BSA off road bikes, but no less powerful.… Read the rest

1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport “The Littlest Four” – 2013 HoAME Show

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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

1975 Honda CB750F Traditional Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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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

Tony Stuckwisch’s Honda GL1000 Gold Wing Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a good long look at this 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing custom cafe racer by Past in Time Cycles at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts rally. The Gold Wing was never meant to be a sporty performance bike, even in its younger naked days, but in 1975 the GL1000 was one of the fastest stock bikes you could buy. With the addition of the dual throat down draft Weber carbs, this one must really move out, despite its touring bike weight penalty, and it probably sounds better too, with a free breathing four into one exhaust.

Whether it’s routine maintenance, troubleshooting or more extensive repairs involving engine and transmission overhaul, Clymer manuals provide the information you need to maintain and repair your motorcycle.… Read the rest

1973-1980 Honda Elsinore 125-250cc Dirt Bike Service Manual Video Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda Elsinore 125-250cc manual  covers all 1973-1980 versions of these game changing two-stroke Honda dirt bikes. 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.

If you enjoy riding the MR175 or MR250 trail bike far off the beaten path, Racing the CR125 or CR250, or riding the street legal MT125 or MT250 in town, on dirt roads, and where there are no roads, you ought to get the Clymer motorcycle service manual to help with maintenance, troubleshooting & repair.… Read the rest

1965-1978 Honda 125cc-200cc Twin Motorcycle Repair Manual Video Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda 125cc-200cc twins service manual covers all street bike and dirt versions of Honda’s long running (1965-1978), smallest parallel twin. 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.

No matter if you enjoy riding your SS125 on narrow twisty roads, racing your CB160, commuting to work on your CD175, or getting way off the beaten trial on a SL175 you ought to get the Clymer motorcycle service manual to help with maintenance, troubleshooting & repair.… Read the rest

1975-1991 Honda XL/XR 75-100cc Dirt Bike Service Manual Video Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda XL/XR75, XL/XR80 & XL/XR100 manual  covers all 1975-1991 versions of these small but mighty Honda play bikes. 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.

If you enjoy riding the XL/XR75 or XL/XR80 minibikes, or XL/XR100 trail bike far off the beaten path, you ought to get the Clymer motorcycle service manual to help with maintenance, troubleshooting & repair.… Read the rest

1974-1977 HONDA 250cc & 360cc TWIN SERVICE MANUAL PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals vintage Honda 250cc and 360cc twin service manual covers all 1974-1977 variations (CB250, CJ250, CB360, CL360, and CJ360) of this last of the classic Honda twins. Taking the CB350 twin, Honda evolved the bike with more displacement, a 6 speed transmission (in most applications) and numerous other improvements, while keeping the classic look. The Clymer manual for this bike is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English. 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!… Read the rest

Vintage British Street Bike Collection Service Manual

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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