Posts Tagged ‘classic motorcycles’

Born Free 10 Sails Into Oak Canyon Ranch – Silverado, CA 6/23-24/2018

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Surprisingly, one of the biggest and best annual motorcycle shows, Born Free, is only hitting its tenth anniversary this year. Taking place in the mountains of Orange County, CA, at a cross between a kids summer camp and a KOA, there is plenty of room for people and motorcycles, and few neighbors to upset with your loud pipes.

That is just one part of one of the bike parking lots and at the end of the day when many people had already left! Without a drone, it is impossible to get a real picture of just how many bikes were there.… Read the rest

Glen Davis’s 1946 Indian Chief Police Motorcycle – 2013 HoAME Show 2nd Best Indian

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Clymer Manuals got up close with Glen Davis’s 1946 Indian Chief police bike at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic American-made motorcycle was named 2nd Place – Best Indian by Austin Motorsports.

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

1954 Matchless G9B Classic British Twin – 2013 HoAME Show

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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

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

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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

Jason Climer’s 1954 Simplex Servi-Cycle Automatic – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close-up look at Jason Climer’s 1954 Simplex Servi-Cycle Automatic on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Simplex started making bikes very similar to these way back in 1935, and only made small incremental improvements for the next 40 years.

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

Tim Thoele’s 1911 Pierce Single Antique Recreation – 2013 HoAME Show People’s Choice Winner

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This bike is more than just a restoration, as much of it was hand built by Tim Thoele, like the frame. His attention to detail is so good that this recreation, based on an original Pierce motor, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.

This spectacular bike has as much of Mr. Theole’s own fabrication as it does parts from the Pierce Cycle Company. Starting with a not quite complete 1911 Pierce 600cc single found at a swap meet in 2005, the rest of the bike was recreated from pictures, as there are only about a dozen genuine examples still around.… Read the rest

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

1967 BMW R50/2 Classic Boxer – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best BMW

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Until the late 1960s, BMW was still making bikes that looked and performed much like the slow but durable touring bikes they were known for before WWII. For the uninitiated it is hard to place this 1967 R50/2 historically and it was a bit of a modern classic even then. This particular bike, as seen as the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show, wears white with black pinstripes, the reverse of the typical color scheme, which helped it win best BMW.

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 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.

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

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