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.
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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 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
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
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
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 Manuals took a close look at this custom built desert sled, based on a 1975 Honda CB500T at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and 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.
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 took a close look at this Past in Time built custom 1973 CB750 Cafe Racer on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show Rally. The builder/owner Tony Stickwisch also brought out the blue and orange custom Goldwings, so it is fair to say he knows his Hondas.
This 1972 SOHC 750 four based cafe racer took a fairly radical route to get the way it is today. Out back is a modern box section swingarm with rising rate linkage, and monoshock suspension, plus the dry sump oil tank (hidden in the seat hump). The rest of the bike has been cleaned up, and a classic Manx Norton shaped fuel tank is fitted.… Read the rest
Clymer Manuals caught this tiny Honda JDM motor scooter on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts show and rally in Kansas city. Never sold in the United States, the 50cc Honda Motocompo has become a cult favorite for its tiny size and boxy shape.
Honda designed the folding scooter to fit into the back of any car, which would allow the owner to park outside the urban traffic of the city, and ride the last few miles. In a rare joint venture between Honda automotive and motorcycle divisions, the Honda City subcompact was designed specifically with a cargo space to accommodate the Motocompo.… Read the rest
Clymer visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and got a close up look at Timothy DeWitt’s 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor (with 1986 headlight). This bike was named Best Modern Sportbike at the show and got a trophy sponsored by ThoughtBytes.
The 1000cc Interceptor was the most advanced street bike around when released and had some seriously trick features. The bolt together ComStar wheels were borrowed directly from the oval piston GP bike program. The rest of the bike was very much related to the HRD endurance bike racing program which had created the RS750R, RS850R, and RS1000RW, and the AMA Formula 1 FWS1000.… Read the rest