Posts Tagged ‘Triumph’

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

Travis Pastrana Aims to Recreate Evel Knievel’s Jumps

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As I type this, the great Travis Pastrana and his Nitro Circus crew are at an undisclosed location in Southern California. They are running practice drills and jumps for his live three hour TV special coming up on July 8th from Vegas called “Evel Live“. Pastrana will recreate three of the iconic jumps that Evel Knievel did in his prime, including one that nearly killed him. A few of these stunts have been recreated before, but never on a heavy flat track bike like the one Evel originally rode.




Pastrana has just the bike, The Indian Scout based FTR750 which is similar in many respects to the Harley-Davidson Sportster based XR750 that Knievel did most of his jumps on, including weight and (limited) suspension travel.… Read the rest

The 3rd Annual Women’s Motorcycle Show – L.A., CA

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The third annual Women’s Motorcycle Show put on by Moto Lady and the Lucky Wheels DIY Garage in L.A., happened this past weekend and it was so much larger than expected it got raided and shut down by the police. It seems they thought there was some street racing going on, or possibly that it was a big outlaw biker club rally. Nevertheless, everyone had a good time and some talented ladies got to show off the bikes they had built or at least commissioned.




No matter whether you like new bikes or old, sportbikes or cruisers, there was something for everyone at the show, plus music, welding and blacksmithing demonstrations, snacks, and a raffle with many valuable prizes.… 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

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

Mike Jone’s 1970 Triumph T-150 Trident 750 – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Mike Jones’ 1970 Triumph T-150 Trident 750cc triple. This classic British motorcycle was on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Rally.

Triumphs 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. Unfortunately, less than a year after the introduction of the Triumph Trident, and its BSA Rocket 3 sibling, Honda shocked the world with its four cylinder CB750.… Read the rest