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The Congregation Vintage and Custom Motorcycle Show – Charlotte, North Carolina

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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

Dale Keesecker’s 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Triple – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best BSA

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Dale Keesecker’s 1971 BSA Rocket 3 Triple, the British motorcycle industry’s last best hope at beating the Japanese, was awarded second place in the Best BSA category. The competition at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show was fierce, with a super rare pre-war BSA 770 taking top honors in Best BSA class presented by Blue Star Motorcycles.

Traditional British twins were losing ground in the market to the powerful, but smaller displacement, bikes from Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki as the 1960s drew to a close. Their response was a whole new three cylinder motor, in a 750cc displacement, with less vibration and more power than their twins.… Read the rest

John Garcia’s 1929 BSA 770 Colonial V-twin – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best BSA

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It is rare to see any bike from before the war, but rarer still is one in such perfectly restored condition not relegated to window dressing in a museum. John Garcia’s 1929 BSA 770 Colonial was on display at the 22nd Annual HoAME Club Vintage Antique Classic Motorcycle Show and deservedly won the Best BSA Award presented by Blue Star Motorcycles.

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

Ron Covell’s 1967 Honda CB450 “Black Bomber” – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best Japanese Motorcycle

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This perfect, all original, unrestored example of Honda’s ground breaking first “big” bike won a deserved first place in the Japanese motorcycle category at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. Clymer went to the Hear of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Show ans Rally to check out all the awesome bikes, and the people who ride and restore them. European and American motorcycle makers did not consider Honda to be a threat, since they only made small displacement bikes, but the new for 1965 DOHC CB450 had them all quaking in their motorcycle boots, and Ron Covelle just one of thousands of US residents who bought one new.… Read the rest

Mike Fickle’s 1964 Honda S90 Custom – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best MotoGiro

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Mike Fickle’s custom 1968 Honda S90 won the Best MotoGiro Award sponsored by Martech Printing at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This little Honda certainly fits the bill, with just 90cc from its classic laid down single cylinder motor. One of the Honda’s it was said you’d meet the nicest people on, the intake and exhaust upgrades on this example at least make it sound mean.

Don’t know what a MotoGiro is? MotoGiro is a rally for vintage small bore bikes, originally started in Italy, that requires you to ride a bike of less than 305cc built in 1968 or before.… Read the rest

Rare 1953 Ariel KHA 500 Twin – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best British Motorcycle

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This light blue Ariel KHA was a shoe in for Engle Motors Best British Motorcycle at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally in 2013. Not only is is a spectacular restoration, it is incredibly rare, and you’re forgiven if you have never heard of the model, let alone seen one before.

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

Harry Enyart’s 1968 Triumph Trophy 250 – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Cafe Racer

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Harry Enyart’s 1968 Triumph Trophy 250 classic British cafe racer scored second place in the cafe racer class sponsored by Cafe Racer Inc. Clymer was at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show to check out all the awesome bikes, and the people who ride and restore them. The Trophy 250 was a last ditch effort, with help from BSA, to give Triumph a competitor with the Japanese scramblers and dirt bikes than flooding the market. Now, customized for the street, this Trophy delivers adequate performance around town and classic British bike looks.

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

1967 Honda Trail 90 (CT90) Off-Roader – 2013 HoAME Show

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The Honda Trail 90 (CT90) is practically indestructible, but most have been used hard and left rusty and dusty, unlike this one seen at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show. Originally created by a rural Honda dealer by taking the leg shield off of their popular 50cc step through scooter, and adding a much bigger rear sprocket, the CT90 became a perennial favorite. Unlike most other dirt bikes, these were not about playing or racing off-road, but simple transportation where there were no roads, be it a farmer’s field, a rancher’s grazing range, or the forest hunting ground’s of a sportsman.… Read the rest

The 2nd Annual Outlier’s Guild Custom Motorcycle Show – L.A., CA

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Southern California is one of the largest motorcycle markets in the country, even without the northern half of the state, so it has its fair share of motorcycle events over the course of the year. Not only are there plenty of enthusiasts to attend, the vast majority of motorcycle aftermarket companies are all within 150 miles of Los Angeles, and most of the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are headquartered there. One of the newest and hippest shows, returning for just the second year in 2018, is the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show, aka the OG Motoshow.

 

The show is set up in a large space in the downtown L.A.… Read the rest

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