Posts Tagged ‘Honda’

1971 Honda CB500 Four – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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Clymer Manuals liked this 1971 Honda CB500 four so much when we saw it at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally that we made it the cover bike on our manual. The big Honda CB750 four may get all the glory, but its little brother the CB500 is said to be a much better bike to ride when the roads get twisty.

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

1978 Honda Hawk CB400A Hondamatic – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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Honda had the audacity back in the 1970s to try what few had before, namely, fitting an automatic transmission to a motorcycle.  Considered just an entry level commuter when new, the Hondamatic CB400A, as seen at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally, is rare to find in nice condition today. The small, light bikes were advanced for their day, and were able to maintain freeway speeds while getting mileage in the 50 mpg range, and still being fun to ride.

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

1971 Honda Super Sport CB100 Vintage Single – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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It may seem strange today, but once upon a time motorcycles of 50cc-200cc were immensely popular for commuting and errand running. This well preserved 1971 Honda Super Sport CB100 was rated at a bit more than 11 horsepower when new, and could do 55 mph on a good day if the wind was at your back.

Honda introduced the new upright OHC single, in sizes from 100cc to 175cc, as a replacement for the original laydown 50-110cc single. The new bikes featuring these motors used more conventional frames and looked more like real motorcycles than their predecessor, the Honda S90 and the like.… Read the rest

1970 Honda CB750 K0 750-Four Street Bike – 2013 HoAME Motorcycle Show

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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

1971 Honda CB350 Twin Custom Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals took a close look at this custom built cafe racer, based on a 1971 Honda CB350 at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally. The Honda 350cc twin of the 1960s is probably the bike most likely to be found in a basement, garage, or shed today, because between 1964 and 1974 it seemed like every other bike on the road was a Honda 350 of some sort. They were big enough to be ridden on the highways, yet small enough to not scare young baby boomers just learning to ride.

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

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

1984-1986 HONDA VF500 MAGNA AND INTERCEPTOR MOTORCYCLE SERVICE MANUAL VIDEO PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda VF500 Magna and Interceptor covers all cruiser and sport bike versions of Honda’s smallest V-four motorcycle. 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.

Born out of Honda’s attempt to build the NR500, oval piston, four stroke grand prix bike, the V-four engine was the most advanced you could buy in an early 1980s motorcycle.… 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

Tom Marquardt’s 1980 Honda CB750F AMA Superbike Racer – 2013 HoAME Show Winner Best Race Bike

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Clymer visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and took a close up look at Tom Marquardt’s 1980 Honda CB750F former AMA factory race bike. It received the trophy for Best Competition Motorcycle sponsored by Heartland Park Topeka. This factory AMA Superbike was part of Honda’s re-entry into AMA competition, with a team including Freddie Spencer,  Steve McLaughlin, and Ron Pierce, who raced this bike in competition. Midway through the year Ron was injured racing in the Suzuka 8 hour endurance race, and Roberto Pietri finished out the season.

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