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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 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

Floyd Clymer – Motorcycle Pioneer and Our Founder

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The wider world first heard of Floyd Clymer when he and his younger brother attempted to set a record by driving from Denver, CO to Spokane, WA in 1910. When he was just 14 years old. While that may seem like a young age to be engaging in such daredevil pursuits, he had already been driving a car for seven years and selling them for four.

 

While the two of them did not make it all the way to their destination in Washington (due to lack of driveable roads, and a car that needed constant repair), he never stopped being a fan and booster of early motorized transport.… Read the rest

Suzuki RV90 Vintage Motorcycle Walk Around

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Gary Berger’s 1972 Suzuki RV90J on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. This vintage Japanese play bike won the Constellation Award sponsored by Motorcycle Closeouts. While we don’t have a manual that covers this Suzuki specifically, most of the information you need is in the TS/TC90 section of our Vintage Collection Volume 2, which covers all of them from 1970-72, and the later 100cc versions.

The Fun and Functional RV90

Using the same motor as the Suzuki TS90 Honcho and TC90 Blazer, the RV90 Rover was made to be simpler and more fun.… Read the rest

The Perfect Off-Season Gift for Motorcycle Enthusiasts

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Seasonal changes affect plants, animals, and motorcycle riders much the same. As the weather turns colder, deciduous trees lose their leaves, migratory animals head for warmer southern climes, and riders put their motorcycles away. For those who love to ride, snow and freezing weather couldn’t be more of a downer. To keep from going completely stir crazy, many turn to motorcycle magazines and fond memories, but these can only go so far to ease an itchy throttle hand. One of our manuals makes a great gift for those taking on a winter restoration or improvement project, but what if it is too cold in the garage?… Read the rest

Clymer at the Barber Vintage Festival

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Lovers of vintage bikes gather every November in Birmingham, Alabama. The 11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival took place October 9th-11th at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum and the Clymer team was there.

This year’s event was a tribute to the legendary John Britten, a motorcycle designer from New Zealand with 10 Britten bikes on view. It also included a motorcycle swap meet and the “Race of the Century” featuring motorcycles that are all over 100 years old. There was regular racing (road and dirt), a parade of bikes, art, music, “thrill shows,” and plenty of fun for all age groups.

In addition to having a booth throughout the three-day event, Clymer gave away several manuals as prizes for some of the events (see photos of winners above & left).… Read the rest

Rarest Motorcycles in the World (video)

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Appreciation of the past is a hallmark of the motorcycle world.  From honoring the history of riding clubs to celebrating the 75th anniversary of Sturgis, bikers love history. They also love vintage and antique motorcycles.  Spending hours faithfully restoring a classic or vintage motorcycle is not uncommon. Seeing vintage bikes at a show or rally is usually a highlight of the event and making the trek to a motorcycle museum is a common bucket list item to be checked off.

Thanks to the power of streaming media, you can actually see some of the rarest motorcycles in the world without having to travel — and even hear some of them rev up decades or even a century after they were built.… Read the rest

Tips on Buying a Vintage Motorcycle

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So you’ve got a good chunk of change burning a hole in your bank account, and a desire to spend many hours working on, and swearing at, some old machinery? Sounds like you need a vintage motorcycle. It doesn’t have to be all wads of cash, busted knuckles, and fruitless searches for obscure parts. Read on as we cover how to buy your first vintage bike.

First, do NOT buy the first vintage motorcycle you come across, even if you are itchin’ to ride. Know what kind you want, as a café racer is a different experience from a cruiser, and neither is for everyone.… Read the rest