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How to Build a Cafe Racer
Building a cafe racer today is even easier than it was in the 60s. With such a well known style, specialist suppliers can be found for almost every item.

Isle of Man - 100 years of Isle of Man TT Racing
Steeped in history, the Isle of Man is renowned for its beaches, picturesque villages and mountains. But for classic bike enthusiasts, the little island in the Irish Sea is best known for its races, the TT races.

How to Road Race Classic Sidecars
Learning to race a sidecar is not easy, especially if the race track has many different corners to master. The skills required are special to this branch of motorsport and bring much satisfaction to crews piloting them.

Kawasaki
Kawasaki has produced many significant models over the years, predominantly with an appeal to sports riders. The knowledge gained in international motorcycle competition (including Grand Prix racing and world Superbike) has been used to good effect on many of their street machines.

Prepping Bikes for Racing
Meticulous preparation is an enjoyable part of the racing process for most owners; checking or setting every component part is every bit as challenging as racing itself.

Motorcycle Trials for Vintage and Classic Bikes
Motorcycle trials were one of the earliest forms of competition for motorcycles. The courses generally consist of a number of sections laid out on natural terrain. Each rider must complete the sections without stopping, or placing his feet on the ground.

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Multi-cylinder Classic and Vintage Motorcycles
Over the years motorcycle manufacturers have offered almost every conceivable layout of motorcycle engines. Limiting factors for the designers (save for the regulations in competition events), was the performance, fuel consumption, cost to produce, and heat generated.

Motorcycle Painting
Motorcycle fenders, arguably, are subject to the most abuse from the environment, from riding (trials and MX bikes in particular) and from mechanicing. Sooner or later they will a repaint. With a careful approach, this job is relatively easy.

Clutch Holding Tool
Having the correct tools is essential when removing a clutch. Luckily making a tool for this job is relatively easy.

Service and Repair
Get to know the process of service and repair of classic motorcycles. Find out what to look for when diagnosing a problem, and how to approach a project as a mechanic.

Classic Motorcyles Technical Tips
Mechanical work on your classic motorcycle can be fun and rewarding. But knowing some of the tricks of the trade can save you hours.

Checking Motorcycle Head Stock Bearings
The vast majority of steering head bearings used on motorcycles are of the tapered roller variety. Checking these bearings is a simple task.

Historical Development of Motorcycles
Find profiles of classic motorcycles from famous manufacturers, and follow the history and design of classic motorcycles from the early days when they were used as everyday transport.

Bimota, Classic Italian Motorcycles
For style and performance, Italian bikes take some beating. Some of the best have come from a small company with an enviable reputation. Bimota.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Classic Motorcycles
Before getting into classic motorcycles, there are a number of important things to consider. Classic motorcycles are often considered investments. But just like stocks or shares in a company, values can go either way—up or down!

Motorcycle Repair Prices
For the owner/rider who does not want to work on his or her classic, finding a good dealer is important. Arriving at a fair price for service or repair is important for both dealer and owner.

Classic Motorcycles: Everything for the Classic Motorcyclist
Classic Motorcycle enthusiasts’ source for repairs and maintenance, buying and selling advice, motorcycle riding, building Café Racers, Bobbers and custom classics.

Motorcycle Riding – Tips for New Riders on Classics
Riding a motorcycle for the first time is often exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. If the bike happens to be a rare classic, the owner will be very nervous too.

Swapping Motorcycle Engines
Motorcycle engine changing, or swapping, has not been limited to cafe racers.

Painting Motorcycle Parts for Restoration
Painting motorcycle parts is relatively easy. By following some guidelines, the home mechanic can get good results.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience. We take a look at ten of Europe's best.

Ten Best European Classic Motorcycles
European motorcycles are characterized by their styling, handling, and in the case of classics, by their unique riding experience.

Making a Motorcycle Wiring Harness.
Replacing the wiring harness, or loom, on a motorcycle is a relatively easy task but can be time consuming.

First time Restoration of a Classic Motorcycle
For the average mechanic with a set of good quality tools, the restoration of a classic motorcycle should not be beyond his or her capabilities.

Reassembling a Motorcycle
Reassembling a motorcycle is, for the most part, a simple mechanic job; however, there are some important points to consider to ensure reliability and safety.

Adjusting and Inspecting Motorcycle Clutches
By far the most popular clutch design is the multi-plate layout.Typically, slipping is the first sign that these clutches need maintenance.

BSA Royal Star Before Restoration
With a seized engine and a lot of cosmetic work needed, this bike needed a full restoration.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
Most classic restorers will one day suddenly realize that the bike is nearly finished. It may have taken months or years to get to this point, but riding will be the next phase. Page 12.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
Motorcycle restorations often include updates - mainly for safety - that will improve the finished bike in both looks and performance. Page 9.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
Although many components are serviceable again on a motorcycle, is is often best practice to replace them during a restoration. Page 10.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
With the original head showing signs of water damage, the new owner decided on a new Wasp dual-port head. Page 4.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
The BSA frame and swing-arm were grit blasted and powder coated as part of the restoration. Page 5.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
After fully disassembling the bike, the owner cleaned and inspected every component. Page 2.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
As the BSA motor had been seized, the new owner did a complete rebuild. Page 3.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
Having modified the original Royal Star to cafe racer design, the owner had to carefully check clearances on the new asce handlebars. Page 8.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
Once the BSA's frame had returned from powder coating, the reassembly could begin. Page 6.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
When changing the specification of a classic motorcycle during a restoration, it is often necessary to fabricate some components. Page 11.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
When restoring classic motorcycles, it is always good practice to have the oil tanks ultrasonic cleaned. Page 7.

BSA Royal Star Restoration
Restoration projects come in all types. Some bikes require basic mechanical work and some just need some fresh paint. Others, like this 1966 BSA A50 Royal Star, are in pretty bad shape when you get your hands on them--and will need a lot of work.

Restoration
Classic motorcycle restoration, how to find parts, inspect them, restore, paint and refit them.

Buying and Selling Advice
What do you need to know before buying a classic motorcycle? From inspecting, to auctions, to test riding, learn the best approach for researching and buying a bike.

Classic Motorcycle Racing
Find information about classic bike racing and competition. Discover how to prepare a race bike, what it will cost you to race for a year, where to look for races.

Clubs & Community
Own a classic motorcycle? Find regular updates for where to find clubs, take a vacation ride, or visit displays and museums. Find some of the great touring rides.

Collecting Old Bikes
Where to look for that rare classic motorcycles. How to inspect them and how to prepare them for long term storage.

Designers and Entrepreneurs in Classic Motorcycles
For every classic bike there is a personal human story. This category looks in depth at the life and careers of people associated with classic bikes, from designers and engineers to entrepreneurs and racers.

Photo Galleries
View collections of classic and vintage motorcycles, from 1900 to today. See individual galleries of bikes that make up the world's classics.

Showing Your Bike
Find out how to prepare and show a classic motorcycle with these tips and articles. Discover what the judges look for, how to transport a classic, and how to make sure it will still be on the trailer when you get there!

Classic Motorcycles Glossary
Classic motorcycles, glossary of terms.

Basic Motorcycle Mechanics
With guidance, the competent home mechanic can do most service and repair jobs on his or her motorcycle.

Motorcycle Fork Oil Changing
Changing motorcycle fork oil is a relatively simple task. By following a few guidelines, the home mechanic can successfully do this job with a few hand tools.

GS450 Suzuki Custom Classic
As we get ready to park our bikes for the winter in North America, our friends over in Australia are getting theirs out for another summer of classic motorcycling. One custom shop - Popbang Classics - has been producing some unique classic and vintage custom bikes for the new Australian season.

Classic Motorcycle Exhaust Systems
Classic motorcycle owners are unlikely to have problems with noise outputs as many countries exempt older machines from the current laws. However, to keep a motorcycle period correct, classic restorers must ideally find NOS (new old stock) items or modern replicas for their machines.

Norton Dominator
The Norton Dominator was produced from 1948 to 1966. Probably its biggest claim to fame was being the motorcycle that first used a Featherbed frame on the street.

Classic Motorcycle Exhaust Systems
Classic motorcycle owners are unlikely to have problems with noise outputs as many countries exempt older machines from the current laws. However, to keep a motorcycle period correct, classic restorers must ideally find NOS (new old stock) items or modern replicas for their machines.

Classic Motorcycles for Sale
There are many considerations when buying a classic motorcycle, we take a look at some of the most important.

Don't be a Crash Dummy
Riding a motorcycle brings pleasure to many people, but riding is not without its dangers. Learning the limits of a particular machine will go a long way to avoiding crashes.

Problems Starting a Motorcycle After Storage
There are number of items that can cause a motorcycle not to start after being in storage. We take a look at some of the common problems, and what to look out for after storing a motorcycle.

Building a Board Track Racer
Brittney and Matt Olsen's 1923 Harley Davidson board track racer in detail.

2-Strokes; The Good, The Bad, and the Very Ugly!
The 2-stroke motorcycle engine holds a special place in the classic motorcycle scene. The venerable 2-stroke dominated most forms of competition and produced record sales in many categories. But it was not all good news, some 2-stoke powered bikes were just poor and some ugly!

The 10 Worst Handling Motorcycles of All Time
Some motorcycles just handle badly! But which classic bikes make the top ten for worst handling bikes of all time?

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 2.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 3.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 11.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 10.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 4.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 7.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 5.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 9.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 6.

Classic Motorcycle Tire Changing
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job. Page 8.

Change a Motorcycle Tire - How to Change a Motorcycle Tire
Classic motorcycle tire changing is something the home mechanic can undertake with a few tools and an understanding of the intricacies of the job.

Plating Motorcycle Parts at Home
For the home mechanic who may be restoring a classic motorcycle, there are some plating kits on the market designed specifically for home use or do-it-yourself plating.

Replacing Bearings and Seals in Motorcycle Cases
During a motorcycle engine rebuild, it is good practice to replace the bearings and oil seals.

Common Classic Bike Ignition Systems
Motorcycle ignition systems are relatively easy to check and correct. The two common ignition types are contact point or capacitor discharge (CDI).

Making a Custom Motorcycle Exhaust System
Making a custom exhaust system is something any competent fabricator can do. By following some basic guidelines, an efficient good looking system is possible.

Motorcycle Wiring, Making a New Harness
Rewiring a motorcycle is a relatively simple task as long as some basic guidelines are followed.

Japanese Four Cylinder Bikes, Setting the Ignition Points Gap
Setting the points gap on motorcycles with contact points type ignition is essential to ensure correct ignition timing. Luckily it is a relatively simple job requiring few tools.

Motorcycle Handling Problems and Suspension Set-Up
For most street riders, the handling of their motorcycle rarely comes into question unless something is worn or broken.

Reasons for a Motorcycle Not Starting
There are many individual components on a motorcycle that can, if broken or damaged, stop the engine from starting. What to check.

How to Bleed Motorcycle Brakes (Maintenance)
Bleeding motorcycle brakes is not difficult, but as this task is obviously safety related, it is very important to follow correct procedures.

Removing Damaged Crosshead Screws
Cross head screws will be found on many motorcycles (typically manufactured after the 70s). Unfortunately, these screws can get easily damaged. Luckily the repair is relatively straightforward.

Crosshead Screws - How to Remove Damaged Crosshead Screws
Using impact drivers on cross-head screws (even new ones) is good practice and will avoid damaging the screw head in most cases.

Crosshead Screws - How to Remove Damaged Crosshead Screws
Crosshead or Philips head screws can be a real problem on older bikes, even on new ones at times. The heads can be easily damaged making screw removal difficult. However, by following some simple rules, the process can be painless.

Crosshead Screws - How to Remove Damaged Crosshead Screws
Using hardened screw or stud extractors can cause further damage if the extractor breaks. Luckily there are alternatives.

Crosshead Screws - How to Remove Damaged Crosshead Screws
Using a left-handed drill can make screw and stud extraction simple.

Crosshead Screws - How to Remove Damaged Crosshead Screws
Extractors have their uses but other options should be tried first to remove a damaged screw or stud.

Dresda Frames, from Cafe Racer to Works Bikes
Dave Degens started producing frames under the Dresda name in the 60s. Returning to their roots, the company now makes Dresda Tritons for the booming caf racer market.

Yamaha DT1, the Original Dual Sport?
The Yamaha DT was not only a perfect fit into a gap in the motorcycle market, the timing of its release was also perfect.

Kawasaki Z1300, First Water-Cooled Six from Japan
Kawasaki produced the longest manufacturing run of street bikes with a six-cylinder engine in the Z1300. Today these six cylinder motorcycles are amongst some of the most desirable, and affordable, classic machines available.

Replacing Motorcycle Valve Guides
During the service of a cylinder head, the mechanic is often faced with the question of whether or not to replace the valve guides. The good news is that by following the correct procedure, replacing guides is relatively easy.

Motorcycle Shipping - Motorcycle Shipping Advice
Shipping a classic motorcycle across the country or across the world requires proper packing crates. The bike must also be prepared for transportation to meet the various regulations.

The Honda 305, a Motorcycle Without Oil Leaks
There are many popular classic Hondas around, but the early 250 and 305 models (CA71 and C76) are particularly popular due to their reasonable prices and part’s availability.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 2.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 3.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 5.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 6.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 7.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 8.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 9.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only. Page 4.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycles Through the Decades
In the early part of the twentieth century, motorcycles were little more than cycles with a motor. As each decade saw new technology introduced, the machines of the 1980s were similar in name and concept only.

Suzuki RG500, Their Last big 2-Stroke
The Suzuki RG500 Gamma is based on the factory racing machines. It is more of a racer replica than a straight street bike. With a power to weight ratio of 95 hp: 340 lb's, these fast classic 2-strokes are highly sought after.

Suzuki GS1000, One of the Best Searly Superbikes
The GS Suzuki’s were very popular in the late 70s early 80s. They were good all round bikes, being capable of long distance touring on the one hand, or production and superbike racing on the other.

John Alfred Prestwich's (J.A.P.) Engines
John Alfred Prestwich is famous for a number of designs including cinematography equipment. But he is best known for his motorcycle engines known as J.A.P. engines.

Honda CB125 Restoration
The island of Bermuda has restrictions on the capacity of motorcycles allowed on their roads. So restorations are limited to smaller capacity bikes. The machine featured here is a Honda CB125 with a few CL parts adapted for their look.

Honda CB125 K5 Restoration in Bermuda
Restoration of a Honda CB125K5. Classic Motorcycles.

Honda CB125 K5 Restoration in Bermuda
Restoring a motorcycle on a Caribbean island can be challenging. The machine featured here is a Honda CB125 which came out looking like new.

Honda CB125 K5 Restoration in Bermuda
Take one old Honda CB125 and do a full restoration, on the island of Bermuda. One owner did just that and the result was excellent.

Honda CB125 K5 Restoration in Bermuda
Craig Morfitt, President of the Bermuda Classic Bike Club, restored this CB125 Honda and it's a credit to him.

Honda CB125 K5 Restoration in Bermuda
With restrictions on the capacity of motorcycles allowed on their roads, Bermudian classic motorcycle restorers are restricted to these smaller bikes.

Early Superbike Swing Arms
The early superbikes had had weak swing arm designs. To overcome this problem entrepreneurs came up with various fixes and even replacement arms.

Motorcycle Cylinder Head Service
High mileage engines generally need their valves re-seating and their seals (where fitted) replacing. For the home mechanic, servicing the cylinder head will generally be limited to decoking the combustion chamber and re-seating the valves.

Motorcycle Brakes, Fitting New Brake Shoes
Replacing motorcycle brake shoes is relatively easy. However, there are some important safety issues to consider. If you are new to this procedure, you must consult a shop manual or enlist the help of an experienced friend.

Drilled Rotors
Although drilling rotors will often make a classic motorcycle look period correct, the owner must consider the safety implications if the bike is to be ridden on a regular basis.

Five Things not to do When Braking on a Motorcycle
Motorcycling is not without its dangers and incorrect use of the brakes can make it a whole lot worse. If you are new to riding motorcycles, it is very important to research the correct methods of braking. In addition, the methods used in dry conditions will not be correct when it rains or the going is slick.

Brake Problems on Early Japanese Superbikes
How can applying the brake’s make the bike go faster? This strange phenomenon happened to me on wet riding day in England on an early superbike. Closing the throttle had slowed the bike with engine braking, but as I applied the brakes and pulled the clutch in to change down . . .

Motorcycle Gearboxes
Periodically (depending on the mileage) or during a restoration, a motorcycle gearbox should be checked for wear. In addition, if the gear change is not working properly or if the oil contains large amounts of swarf, the gearbox must be inspected.

Motorcycle Gearboxes
Periodically (depending on the mileage) or during a restoration, a motorcycle gearbox should be checked for wear. In addition, if the gear change is not working properly or if the oil contains large amounts of swarf, the gearbox must be inspected.

Motorcycle Gearboxes
Periodically (depending on the mileage) or during a restoration, a motorcycle gearbox should be checked for wear. In addition, if the gear change is not working properly or if the oil contains large amounts of swarf, the gearbox must be inspected.

Motorcycle Gearboxes
Periodically (depending on the mileage) or during a restoration, a motorcycle gearbox should be checked for wear. In addition, if the gear change is not working properly or if the oil contains large amounts of swarf, the gearbox must be inspected.

Synthetic Motorcycle Oil Advice
How often should you change oil on your classic motorcycle? What is the correct grade for your bike? Should you use additives? An oil company expert answers these questions and more.

Motorcycle Wheel Building
Although the job of replacing rims and spokes on a motorcycle wheel is somewhat complex, it is not beyond the competent home mechanic. By following some basic guidelines, a new rim and spokes can easily be fitted to a hub.

Details on Restoring a Classic Motorcycle
Making the decision to restore a motorcycle should not be done lightly. When all said and done, it can cost a lot of money, and endless hours of work. But for most enthusiasts, the end result is worth the commitment.

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Motorcycle, Engine Disassembly (Bench Work)
When fully disassembling a motorcycle engine, most of the work should be done in the frame (to hold it steady). However, the final phase (complete disassembly) must be done on a suitable work bench.

Motorcycle Frame Modifying Using Jigs and Fixtures
Modifying a frame is often done to personalize a motorcycle--building a caf racer, for instance. But these modifications must be done carefully so as not to compromise the integrity of the machine.

2-Stroke Ignition Timing
Setting the contact points gap on motorcycle engines is a critical part of engine maintenance. Incorrectly set ignition can cause serious internal damage, or cause the engine to not start at all. The good news is that setting the contact points’ gap and - by extension - the ignition timing, is a relatively easy task if some basic rules are followed.

Classic Motorcycle Identification
Identifying a classic or vintage motorcycle is generally easy, but every now and then, a motorcycle comes up for sale with none of the telltale pieces intact. How to identify a classic or vintage motorcycle.

Customizing Your Classic Motorcycle
Customizing motorcycles has been around since the first motorcycle was produced. Taking a stock bike and making subtle improvements is the norm. But as riders and owners get more mechanical skills, they often decide to go much further than say colored grips and a new set of handlebars. Today even classic bikes get the customized looks their owners want.

Making a Motorcycle Lighter
Building a bobber or a cafe racer is a good time to remove some weight from a motorcycle. Less weight will improve any motorcycle's performance.

Suzuki Dual-Sport 4-strokes
I was a Suzuki dealer in 1978 when the SP370 came out. It was a surprize for many of us, some good and some. . .

TGS Motorcycles
Near to the Czech border in east Germany is a motorcycle shop with an uncanny knack of turning out incredible classics and custom bikes. They have won awards in Europe and America for their work, and glancing at photographs of some of their bikes, it is easy to see why.

The Yamaha RD
First introduced in 1972, the RD range of 2-stroke twins were developed for street use from the Grand prix racers of the 50s and 60s, firstly in air-cooled form, then later with water cooling (known as the RD LC range).

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, Basics to Advanced
For all mechanics, learning how to undertake mechanical work is best done in stages. Beginning with basic jobs and progressing, as the knowledge base increases to more challenging work.

Measuring Motorcycle Pistons and Rings
Measuring the amount of wear on pistons and rings is relatively simple (once an engine has been disassembled) and requires few tools, primarily a feeler gauge.

Hot Weather Motorcycle Riding Gear for Safety & Comfort
Putting clothing on during hot weather seems crazy. But for the classic motorcycle rider who wants to be safe and cool, there are some specially designed pieces of riding gear to consider.

How to Maintain and Adjust Drum Brakes
Many classic motorcycles use drum brakes. These simple, reliable brakes have been around since the beginning of motorcycling. Adjusting and maintaining them is also relatively simple.

How to Adjust Drum Brakes
Many classic motorcycles use drum brakes. These simple, reliable brakes have been around since the beginning of motorcycling. Adjusting and maintaining them is also relatively simple.

How to Adjust Drum Brakes
Many classic motorcycles use drum brakes. These simple, reliable brakes have been around since the beginning of motorcycling. Adjusting and maintaining them is also relatively simple.

How to Maintain and Adjust Drum Brakes
Many classic motorcycles use drum brakes. These simple, reliable brakes have been around since the beginning of motorcycling. Adjusting and maintaining them is also relatively simple.

How to Maintain and Adjust Drum Brakes
Many classic motorcycles use drum brakes. These simple, reliable brakes have been around since the beginning of motorcycling. Adjusting and maintaining them is also relatively simple.

Motorcycle Chrome Plating
With a few exceptions, all parts on a motorcycle have undergone some painting or plating process; the most well known of plating processes is, of course, chromium plating. The highly reflective bright finish of chrome has long been a favorite of manufacturers and owners alike. But what is chrome plating?

Norton Commando 750
The Norton Commando was introduced in 1967 to replace the aging Atlas. The early Norton Commando is, and always has been, a favorite amongst collectors and enthusiasts alike, but it does have a number of quirky issues that the rider needs to be aware of.

Motorcycle Front Forks, Replacing the Seals
In the vast majority of fork designs, the oils seal are located in the legs. They are typically held in place with a circlip or snap-ring and protected from dust and road dirt by a rubber cover. Replacing the seals is a relatively easy process requiring few tools.

Motorcycle Fairings
Regardless of the type or style of fairing being fitted to a motorcycle, the same basic rules apply.

Motorcycle Control Positions
The positioning of a motorcycles control levers are, for the most part, subject to the riders preference. However, there are some important points to consider when setting up the handlebars and levers.

Motorcycle Handlebars
The choice of the handlebars for a motorcycle can be purely personal. The selection is vast, from clip-ons to ace bars and ape hangers, the aftermarket offers many choices besides stock items.

Motorcycle Workshop Safety
Setting up a work shop seems easy on the face of it: lots of light, a bench and some tools. But working on a motorcycle that will be ridden (against just displayed) requires more than basic mechanical skills, and therefore, requires more than a basic work shop.

Classic Motorcycle Workshop Hand-Tools
A good set of tools can make working on a motorcycle much easier, as the old saying goes:

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
As a mechanics tool set develops, he or she will often complement the basic hand tools with power driven variants. The simple air powered tools available are often ones that the mechanic wonders how he or she ever managed without them.

CBX Dream Becomes a Reality
Take one stock 1982 Honda CBX/6 and convert it into a cafe racer. Sounds simple enough, but when you change the entire suspension system, and save over 200 lb.'s doing it, you know this is one special bike.

Making a Bobber
A bobber is a motorcycle that has had unnecessary components removed. Bobbers have shortened fenders, modified seats and handlebars, and customized lights and colors. Page 2.

Making a Bobber - Classic Motorcycle Overview
Done properly, a bobber is a motorcycle that has had unnecessary components removed (unnecessary in the opinion of the owner) and is styled to the owner’s taste—no rules.

Excessive Exhaust Smoke From 2-Strokes
2-strokes emit more smoke than 4-strokes by design, but if you own a twin, or any multi-cylinder 2-stroke, and the clutch side exhaust system begins to smoke more than the others, this is an indication that the crank oil seal on that side needs replacing.

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Classic Motorcycles.

Classic Motorcycles
Classic Motorcycles.

Classic Motorcycle Christmas Quiz, 2015
It's that time of the year again when classic motorcycle owners in the Northern Hemisphere are heading into another winter. Their bikes have been stored and they are wondering what to do? That means it's quiz time! Test your knowledge on everything classic motorcycle in this not so easy quiz!

TT Racing Sidecars
The first sidecar race on the Isle of Man was in 1923. In 2013 the ACU organized a parade lap of some of the best-known sidecars from the various decades.

Choosing a New Tool Box
Selecting an appropriate tool box can be a daunting experience. But for the classic motorcycle mechanic looking to upgrade his box, or even to buy his first, there are some basic guidelines to follow that will help decide on the best box for the price.

Choosing a New Tool Box
Choosing a suitable tool box for a motorcycle mechanic typically depend on the price, size and quality.

Choosing a New Tool Box
A professional motorcycle mechanic will open and close the draws on his her tool box many thousands of times. When buying a new box the mechanic must, therefore, make sure the draw runners are of good quality.

Choosing a New Tool Box
Selecting an appropriate tool box can be a daunting experience. But for the classic motorcycle mechanic looking to upgrade his box, or even to buy his first, there are some basic guidelines to follow that will help decide on the best box for the price.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
The largest selling motorcycle of all time, the Honda C series.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
The largest motorcycle producer of all time, Honda, are popular amongst classic collectors for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that for many models, parts are still available.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
Following the success of their 'C' series range, Honda introduced motorcycles such as the SS90 to meet the market demand for more conventional looking machines.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
The Honda Benley used the pressed steel backbone style chassis.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
The Honda CB750 was a game changer. It offered high performance and reliability at an affordable price that was head and shoulders above the competition.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
During the rush hour, Honda commuter bikes can be seen all over the world. One of the most popular was the CB125.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
Honda introduced a range of dirt bikes in 1972. The 250 Elsinore became one of the most popular.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
Introduced in 1974, the Honda Gold Wing is still a popular touring machine today.

Honda Classic Motorcycles
Legendary rider, Mike Hailwood, made the Honda six motorcycles famous the world over. The unmistakable sound of the six cylinder motorcycle is one reason buyers were drawn to the CBX.

Motorcycle Exhausts - 2-Stroke Expansion Chambers
As motorcycle engineers gained more knowledge of the 2-stroke and its working principles,it became obvious that to increase power they needed to have a method of varying the exhaust port timing. The invention of the 2-Stroke Expansion Chamber was the result.

Motorcycle Crankshaft Overhaul
Maintenance on a crankshaft is typically confined to replacement of the big end shell bearings, and or the main bearings. The condition of the connecting rod and main bearing journals must be inspected carefully.

Motorcycle Forks, Seal Replacement
Problems experienced with front forks typically range from stiction, due to worn bushes or bent stanchions, oil leaks due to pitted stanchions or worn seals. However, the forks must be removed first to affect any repairs.

Suzuki TS Motorcycles
The TS250 is a reasonable all round classic motorcycle. Prices for an early example in excellent condition are relatively low at $2,000 compared to an equivalent Yamaha DT1 at $4,200 which would suggest the Suzuki is due for a price increase.

Triumph Motorcycles - History of Triumph Motorcycles
Follow the history of Triumph motorcycles from its foundation in 1902. Famous for their sporting background, the company was the largest producer of motorcycles in the world during the 1960s.

Hodaka
Yamaguchi motorcycles was the forerunner of what was to become Hodaka motorcycles in the US. The Hodaka range became very popular during the boom years of off-road riding in the 60s and 70s.

Great US Motorcycle Roads
Classic motorcycle enjoyment: 1) Own a classic motorcycle. 2) Fill the gas tank. 3) Find a great road with lots of curves.When it comes to three great American roads to ride a motorcycle, these three take some beating.

Californian Road Trip on a Tiger 90
Some classic motorcycle owners use their bikes for daily commuting, others for rides in the countryside at the weekends. Then some ship their bikes 3500 miles to another continent for a road trip!

Motorcycle Riding Tour in Austria
Motorcycles have been used for touring from the beginning.Taking in beautiful roads and countryside while enjoying the ride is what touring is all about. And there are many interesting and challenging tours to take part in, but few equal a tour organized by Austrian Florian Faltin. Using vintage Indian motorcycles, the tour takes in Alpine passes in Austria!

Used Motorcycle Values
The condition of a used motorcycle is is generally described by one of six conditions: perfect, excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. But what condition must a motorcycle be in to fit into one of these categories? Most sellers over estimate the condition.

DIY Fix Your Motorcycle's Carburetor
Fixing a motorcycle carburetor need not be a daunting task to any reasonably competent mechanic. By following some basic guidelines the bike can be up and running again in no time.

Removing the Carburetor
Removing a motorcycle carburetor is a relatively simple task that is often needed to undertake maintenance or repair.

Float Removal
The floats inside a motorcycle carburetor perform number of essential jobs. Besides controlling fuel flow into the float chamber, the floats also maintain the fuel level which directly affects running conditions.

Removing and Cleaning Jets
Motorcycle carburetors have a number a number of jets to control the fuel flow at various throttle openings and rarely need any maintenance. However, they occasionally need to be cleaned.

Air Adjusting Screw
Most motorcycle carburetors have a tapered screw to adjust the air or fuel flow. Adjusting the setting is an easy job.

Cleaning and Reassembly
After working on a carburetor it is very important to reassemble it properly. In particular the component parts must be thoroughly cleaned.

Why Buy a Classic Motorcycle?
There are many good reasons to buy a motorcycle, buying a classic adds the possibility of it rising in value too!

Classic Motorcycle Collecting
Classic motorcycle collections often start out by acquiring a single machine, the owner soon finds the experience so enjoyable that he purchases other similar machines, typically from the same manufacturer.

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Five of the Best Looking Classic Motorcycles
Compiling a list of great looking classic motorcycles is difficult; not that finding examples is difficult, but rather deciding which ones not to include!

Classic Motorcycles
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Suzuki GS1000s, Wes Cooley Replica
The Suzuki GS1000s, was based on American superbike racer Wes Cooley. Often referred to as a Wes Cooley replica, the bike found many admirers and customers for it's good looks and excellent performance.

Motorcycle Riding in Cold and Wet Weather
Riding in wet or cold weather can be very challenging for motorcycle riders. The different grip levels on hot dry days compared to wet days is enormous. Keeping safe is often down to common sense does and don'ts.

Five Classics for Less than $5,000
With a budget of $5,000 a potential classic bike buyer can find a lot of machines. Within this price range are machines that are relatively recent, generally from the mid to late 80s.

Five Classics for Less than $5,000
With a budget of $5,000 a potential classic bike buyer can find a lot of machines. Within this price range are machines that are relatively recent, generally from the mid to late 80s.

Five Classics for Less than $5,000
With a budget of $5,000 a potential classic bike buyer can find a lot of machines. Within this price range are machines that are relatively recent, generally from the mid to late 80s.

Five Classics for Less than $5,000
With a budget of $5,000 a potential classic bike buyer can find a lot of machines. Within this price range are machines that are relatively recent, generally from the mid to late 80s.

Five Classics for Less than $5,000
With a budget of $5,000 a potential classic bike buyer can find a lot of machines. Within this price range are machines that are relatively recent, generally from the mid to late 80s.

Five Classics for Less than $5,000
With a budget of $5,000 a potential classic bike buyer can find a lot of machines. Within this price range are machines that are relatively recent, generally from the mid to late 80s.

Starting a Motorcycle After Winter Storage
Protecting the various components and systems during long periods of storage, such as winter time, ensures a motorcycle will be in good condition when it is time to ride it again. However, if a motorcycle was winterized, it will need some basic checks before it is ready to ride.

Motorcycle Service, Electrical Systems
The electrical system on a classic motorcycle is a typical example of a system that requires special attention for service and inspection. Electrical system or component failure can, in most cases, be avoided by these simple checks and some basic maintenance.

Classic Motorcycle Service
Classic and vintage motorcycles are no exception to the rule that they will need periodic service and maintenance. Often these older machines will not be ridden as much as their modern counterparts, but none the less, they will require some work to keep them in tip top condition.

How to Choose a Classic Motorcycle
The old saying goes:

Restoring Motorcycle Cylinders
Many classic motorcycle owners will face the possibility that their engine needs to be rebored. However, a compression cranking pressure test and a leak-down test will determine if a cylinder (and its associated components) requires attention.

Norton Commando
The Norton Commando first saw the light of day in 1967 at the Earls Court Motorcycle Show. Today the Commando is a highly prized classic.

Classic Motorcycle Club - Choosing a Classic Motorcycle Club
Classic motorcycle clubs are a must for new owners and enthusiasts alike. Clubs members can help with restoration tips, give advice on mechanical repairs, or just be there to swap stories.

Starting a Classic Motorcycle Club
Before starting a club, it is essential to research the legal requirements, if any exist for your type of organization. The legal requirements generally revolve around the status of the club and its tax reporting status.

Suzuki GT750
Combined with direct oil injection, the Suzuki GT750 was a sophisticated motorcycle in its day. It was produced from 1971 (GT750J) to 1977 (GT750B) after being shown to the public for the first time at the Tokyo motor show in 1970.

Austrian Indian Scout
Classic motorcycles are interesting. But often, so too are their owners. From an early age Florian Faltin from Austria liked to collect things. Needless to say, his passion would turn to classic and vintage motorcycles. But not just any old bike, he wanted one exactly like his grandfather had owned in the 1930s.

Spark Plugs
In the old days, no self respecting motorcycle rider went for a ride without a spare spark plug, and if the bike was a 2-stroke, he knew to take at least two plugs for each cylinder! Modern plugs and ignition systems have come a long way since then, but the spark plug can still tell the owner a lot about what's going on inside his or her engine.

Motorcycle carburetion – Rich and Lean Mixtures
For an internal combustion engine to run properly it needs three things: gasoline, air (compressed), and a spark. However, having the gasoline/air mixture ratio right is very important for performance: too rich or too lean will affect the performance.

Painting and Sealing Motorcycle Fuel Tanks
Of all the paint finishes on a motorcycle, the fuel tank is the one that most people will be drawn to. It is, after all, the most prominent item on a motorcycle. In the case of a motorcycle restoration or in a situation where a fuel tank has received damage in an accident, the tank should be repaired and resealed on the inside first.

Polishing and Buffing Motorcycle Engine Cases
There are few more satisfying tasks when restoring a classic motorcycle than buffing and polishing the engine cases. With some basic tools, and a few hours work, the surface on a case can be transformed into a chrome like finish.

Polishing and Buffing Motorcycle Engine Cases
There are few more satisfying tasks when restoring a classic motorcycle than buffing and polishing the engine cases. With some basic tools, and a few hours work, the surface on a case can be transformed into a chrome like finish.

Polishing and Buffing Motorcycle Engine Cases
There are few more satisfying tasks when restoring a classic motorcycle than buffing and polishing the engine cases. With some basic tools, and a few hours work, the surface on a case can be transformed into a chrome like finish.

Dial Gauges
When setting valve clearances or ignition timing, the mechanic must first set the crankshaft in the correct position—typically at a set distance or angle BTDC (Before Top Dead Center).

Classic Motorcycles and Gasoline
For the most part classic motorcycles will operate without problems when using modern gasoline formulas. However, there are a number of precautions the owner should take, particularly when storing his or her bike.

4 into 1 Classic Motorcycle Exhaust Systems
Of the many performance enhancing items to be made for the Japanese bikes, none were more popular than the 4 into 1 exhaust systems.

How to Make Braided Brake Lines
There are few more useful modifications to do to a motorcycle than replacing the rubber brake lines with braided stainless steel lines. For the home mechanic, this task is relatively simple.

How to Make Braided Brake Lines
There are few more useful modifications to do to a motorcycle than replacing the rubber brake lines with braided stainless steel lines. For the home mechanic, this task is relatively simple.

How to Make Braided Brake Lines
There are few more useful modifications to do to a motorcycle than replacing the rubber brake lines with braided stainless steel lines. For the home mechanic, this task is relatively simple.

How to Make Braided Brake Lines
There are few more useful modifications to do to a motorcycle than replacing the rubber brake lines with braided stainless steel lines. For the home mechanic, this task is relatively simple.

How to Make a Motorcycle Cable
Making a motorcycle control cable is relatively easy and requires few tools. If the cables are to be made from scratch, the mechanic must first establish the length of the outer cable.

Example, Making a Throttle Cable
Making a motorcycle control cable is relatively easy and requires few tools. If the cables are to be made from scratch, the mechanic must first establish the length of the outer cable.

Suzuki Motor Company
Question: What do prefabricated houses and 360-cc 2-stroke cars have in common? Answer: Suzuki. This famous motorcycle manufacturing company has tried a few different avenues for their design and manufacturing skills, but for the classic lovers, their motorcycles are all that matters.

Rotary Engined Motorcycles
On the face of it, rotary engines are ideal for motorcycle applications. Unfortunately they have a number of inherent problems. Included in these problems are apex sealing issues, overheating and the exhaust emissions.

Triumph T120C TT Special Restoration
In 1963, Triumph converted a number of their popular Bonnevilles for competition use. Primarily intended for use in Scrambles, the 120C also proved to be highly competitive in the America flat track TT racing.

Kawasaki 250 Ninja
The most successful design of the 250 Ninja was the model F which was released in 1988 and saw few changes for the next twenty years (mainly cosmetic). An evolution of this machine is still available from Kawasaki and is a popular first bike for many.

Honda Gold Wing
When rumors began to spread of a unique touring motorcycle being developed by Honda, many speculated that it would be a failure. They couldn’t have been more wrong!

Classic Bike Brake Fluid
Choosing the right brake fluid for a classic motorcycle should be based on the original manufacturer’s recommendations. However, understanding the different types is essential--not all brake fluids are the same!

BMW, the Later Years
It never ceases to amaze me that the BMW boxer engine has been so successful. For example, the last place you would want to put the cylinders on a solo motorcycle is sticking out the side, but the boxer design does just that. Nonetheless, these engines have won Grand Prix races, the Paris to Dakar Rally, and hundreds of sidecar races. However, the BMW story is not just about the boxer machines, the company has come up with some unique designs over the years that can still be seen today.

Greeves Motorcycles
From a small company in the UK producing Invalid cars, to an international motorcycle manufacture who won world titles and numerous trials, scrambles and enduro competitions, that in a nutshell is the Greeves story. But as with most stories about a British motorcycle manufacture, there is more to it than that!

Before Making Motorcycles, They Made?
Manufacturers are always looking for new markets. In the early days of motorcycling, manufacturers came from all sorts of backgrounds. However, generally, there was a common thread, all of the manufacturers had precision engineering backgrounds, some from precision guns and others from precision birdcages!

Classic Motorcycle Auctions
From a Rudge Mylti with Royal connections, to a Myerscough Brough, this years Banbury motorcycle auction has some great classic and vintage bikes coming under the hammer with Bonhams.

Classic Road Trip, What to Take
Thinking of taking a classic motorcycle on a road trip? Smart riders know to plan for “just in case.”

Building a Manx Look-a-Like
The legendary Manx Nortons are becoming rare and expensive, so for one English owner, the only alternative was to build a look-a-like.

Vegas Auctions
January is the time for classic and vintage motorcycle auctions in Vegas. This year, a number of sales world records were set indicating a strong market.

The AMCA (Amateur Motor Cycle Association)
MX riding in the UK was predominantly organized by the ACU (Auto Cycle Union), that is until the AMCA (Amateur Motor Cycle Association) found a useful formula to ensure lots of riders got a chance of winning.

Villiers Motorcycles
Thanks to the recommendations of Frank Farrer, Villiers 2-stroke engines have powered many different classic motorcycle manufacturers’ products, and everything from lawn mowers to milking machines.

Classic Motorcycle Art, by Talana Gamah
Classic motorcycle engineering is often referred to as

Kawasaki KX, 1974
In the 1970s Motorcycle Scrambling changed. From BSAs and Cottons and Greeves, riders moved to the new Japanese machines. Scrambling got a new name too, MX.

125 Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing History
2011 will see the end of this era when the last race finishes at the Spanish track of Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana. The 125-cc Grand Prix class will be missed by many, but rest assured, the little machines will be seen for years in classic racing.

Motorcycle Engine Disassembly (in the Frame)
Disassembling a motorcycle engine can seem a daunting task, but with careful preparation, this is a relatively easy job.

Bultaco
Motor Company SA (CEMOTO), with the trade name Bultaco, was launched in 1958. The company was formed after Bultaco founder, Francisco Xavier Bulto, had a dispute with his colleagues at Montesa.

Royal Enfield
Established in England in the late 1800s, the name Royal Enfield is still used today on motorcycles made in India. The company can rightly claim to have one of the longest running production runs of any motorcycle with their Bullet model.

Yamaha Fazer
Today, naked sports bikes are all the rage. But in reality, this style of bike has been around a long time. Some would argue the Yamaha Fazer was one of the earliest machines to be styled this way. Although this bike was only imported into the states in 1986/7, it has won many fans--me included!

Aermacchi Harley Davidson
Aermacchi Harley Davidson. Classic Motorcycles. Page 5.

BSA C15
BSA C15. Classic Motorcycles. Page 4.

Honda C series
Honda C series photo. Classic Motorcycles.

Honda CG125
Honda CG125 photo. Classic Motorcycles. Page 2.

Honda Superhawk
Honda Superhawk. Classic Motorcycles. Page 6.

Servi Cycle
Servi Cycle photoServi Cycle. Classic Motorcycles. Page 3.

Collecting Small Classic Motorcycles
As classic bikes becomes more popular, supply and demand has forced collectors to look again at smaller bikes. The good news is that because the bikes were manufactured for the mass markets, there are many example available.

Sales and Marketing of Motorcycles
From

BSA C15
Many street motorcycles get used in competition. But few were offered as either a scrambler, trials bike, or a street bike. The BSA C15 was sold with all these possibilities in mind, not only that, it was successful in all of them!

Motorcycle Frames, History and Development
The first motorcycles consisted of an engine bolted or clipped to an existing cycle frame. However, development was rapid. Within a short time there were single and double loops, monocoques, backbone, frontbone, and many variations of these designs, being used for frames.

The Cotton Motorcycle Company
In keeping with many of the early motorcycle manufacturers, Cotton’s heritage can be traced back to bicycles. However, founder Frank Willoughby Cotton was one of the first to realize that bicycle frames had limitations when an engine was added.

The Cotton Motorcycle Company
After so many previous successes in competition, the Cotton motorcycle company decided to offer a range of competition machines in 1960. Under the technical guidance of former champion Derek Minter, Cottons won races on every mainland track including the British 250-cc championship and a 500-mile production race for two years running.

Classic Motorcycle Frame Welding Types
The early bicycle frames used the lug construction method of frame assembly. Later motorcycle frames used various welding types including brazing, shielded metal arc, MIG and TIG to join the various tubes.

Inheriting a Classic Motorcycle
Becoming the owner of a classic motorcycle can have its good and bad points. While it is good to receive something of value and history, it can be difficult to know what to do with it. Not everyone wants to ride a motorcycle, or collect them.

Motorcycle Riders’ Undersuits for Hot Weather Riding
To counter the problems associated with hot weather motorcycle riding, a number of companies such as Moto-D, Fieldsheer and Alpinestars have developed undergarments specifically designed to make hot weather riding more pleasant.

Right or Left Side Gear Change Levers
Learning to ride a motorcycle with the gear change on the opposite side to what a rider is used to takes time and practice. However, once mastered, it will allow the rider to transition from one system to the other easily.

Mike Hailwood Replica Ducati
Of all the racer replicas produced, the most notable is the Mike Hailwood replica Ducati originally developed for Hailwood to use at the TT by Steve Wynne of Sports Motorcycles in Manchester, England.

Small Italian Classic Motorcycles
For legions of Grand Prix supporters, the small racers were special. To get good horse power from such small engines was a challenge for the best engineers. Making a street machine to resemble the racers resulted in some incredible looking machines.

Small Italian Classic Motorcycles
For legions of Grand Prix supporters, the small racers were special. To get good horse power from such small engines was a challenge for the best engineers. Making a street machine to resemble the racers resulted in some incredible looking machines.

Small Italian Classic Motorcycles
For legions of Grand Prix supporters, the small racers were special. To get good horse power from such small engines was a challenge for the best engineers. Making a street machine to resemble the racers resulted in some incredible looking machines.

Small Italian Classic Motorcycles
For legions of Grand Prix supporters, the small racers were special. To get good horse power from such small engines was a challenge for the best engineers. Making a street machine to resemble the racers resulted in some incredible looking machines.

Small Italian Classic Motorcycles
For legions of Grand Prix supporters, the small racers were special. To get good horse power from such small engines was a challenge for the best engineers. Making a street machine to resemble the racers resulted in some incredible looking machines.

Antique Motorcycle Club of America and Facebook
What makes a motorcycle an antique? Officially, in the eyes of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, it must be at least 35 years old. So now the Honda CBX Six, and the Suzuki GS1000EN are both antiques!

Motorcycle Engine Rebuilding, the Basics
Rebuilding a motorcycle engine can be very easy (a single cylinder 2-stroke) or complex (a multi-cylinder 4-stroke). But the same basic rules and procedures apply, regardless of the type or size. However, the sequencing for doing an engine rebuild is very important to the ultimate success of the project.

Building a Classic Motorcycle
For a classic enthusiast looking to personalize a motorcycle, building one from scratch may be the best, and most economical, answer. But the builder must follow some basic guidelines due to safety considerations.

Honda CB400F to CB800 V8
Racers have been adding cylinders to their engines for some time. In the 70s you would sometimes come across a three-cylinder TZ500s, for example, but few people have gone to the trouble of making a V8 street bike. However, one classic enthusiast in Canada has done just that by adding another set of cylinders to a CB400, and this was not his first multi-cylinder conversion.