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Harley Davidson 45 cu” Stunt Show Motorcycle
Some classic motorcycles have had a hard life, but few can compare to those used in fair and shows. I recently came across a story about a lady in St. Paul who had her fathers Harley Davidson restored. During a conversation with the lady, it became obvious that her late father was a character and his Harley was a special bike.

Cafe Racers
Classic cafe racers Classic Motorcycles. Page 19.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Classic Motorcycle Tools, Air Powered
At one time, air tools were used only by professional shops or race teams, but today, anyone with a workshop should consider using them.

Triton Restoration
Restoration of a classic Triton.

Classic Motorcycle Instrument Bracket Fabrication
Supporting an instrument in a set position is the job of an instrument mounting bracket. For the classic owner, wishing to fabricate an item for his or her bike, these brackets are an ideal first fabrication project.

Classic Motorcycle Instrument Bracket Fabrication
Fabricating parts for a motorcycle is both rewarding and a money saving exercise. A small component - such as an instrument mounting bracket - is an ideal first project.

Classic Motorcycle Instrument Bracket Fabrication
For the classic motorcycle owner, wishing to fabricate an item for his or her bike, making an instrument mounting bracket is an ideal first fabrication project.

Triton Restoration
Restoration of a classic Triton.

Triton Restoration
Restoration of a classic Triton.

Triton Restoration
Restoration of a classic Triton.

Classic Motorcycles with Bodywork
In the late 40s and 50s, to meet the competition from scooters, motorcycle manufacturers added bodywork to their existing model ranges; they were not an instant success.

Classic Motorcycles with Bodywork
In the late 40s and 50s, to meet the competition from scooters, motorcycle manufacturers added bodywork to their existing model ranges; they were not an instant success.

Classic Motorcycles with Bodywork
In the late 40s and 50s, to meet the competition from scooters, motorcycle manufacturers added bodywork to their existing model ranges; they were not an instant success.

Classic Motorcycles with Bodywork
In the late 40s and 50s, to meet the competition from scooters, motorcycle manufacturers added bodywork to their existing model ranges; they were not an instant success.

What is Before Top-Dead-Center (BTDC), and Why is it Important
Definition of: Before Top-Dead-Center (BTDC)

Harley Davidson Photos - Historic Harley Davidsons
A Century of Harley Davidson. Classic Motorcycles. Page 8.

Harley Davidson Photos - Historic Harley Davidsons
A Century of Harley Davidson. Classic Motorcycles. Page 4.

Classic Motorcycle Wheel Alignment
Checking the wheel alignment on a classic motorcycle is relatively easy. Although this is not part of a regular maintenance schedule, it should be undertaken on an older machine, especially during a restoration.

Excelsior Motorcycles, UK
Excelsior UK manufactured bicycles (including the famous Penny Farthing) before making motorcycles. The company was re-registered as Excelsior Motor Company Ltd. to avoid confusion with the American Excelsior company, and the German Excelsior Fahrrad Motorad-Werke.

Kawasaki GPZ600R Ninja, 1985
I'm biased. I like 600-cc Supersport bikes. Of all the Superbikes and racers I have ridden, my fondest memories of speed and great handling usually come from this class of bike. When Kawasaki introduced their GPZ600R Ninja in 1985, the 600 class suddenly had a bike by which all others would be judged.

75 Years of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis, South Dakota, is a must visit place for any classic, historic or vintage motorcycle owners. This year’s rally will mark the 75th anniversary of this classic motorcycle get-together. If you are heading that way this year, be sure to say hi to Brittney Olsen who will be riding a very special Indian in the flat track race.

Working as a Mechanic,
All sports are intense at the highest levels, perhaps none more so than Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The pressure on the riders is intense, but it is too on the mechanics. One mistake by a mechanic and it would not matter how good the rider was.

Technology and Classic Motorcycles
Anyone who has ever experienced a computer program

Bolt Identification
For the classic bike owner who performs service and repairs on their bikes, the ability to identify bolts is essential.

Bolt Identification
For the classic bike owner who performs service and repairs on their bikes, the ability to identify bolts is essential.

Metric Bolts
For the classic bike owner who performs service and repairs on their bikes, the ability to identify bolts is essential.

Bolt Identification
For the classic bike owner who performs service and repairs on their bikes, the ability to identify bolts is essential.

Bolt Identification
For the classic bike owner who performs service and repairs on their bikes, the ability to identify bolts is essential.

4 Stroke Engines – Operating Principles
The 4 stroke engine powers most of the classic motorcycles over 125 cc. There are three designs of valve layout available for 4 stroke engines: over head valves (OHV) operated by push-rods, overhead camshaft (OHC), and side valves (SV). But what are the differences between the three designs?

4 Stroke Engines – Operating Principles
Drawing of the component parts of a 4 stroke engine.

4 Stroke Engines – Operating Principles
Drawing detailing the component parts of a 4 stroke engine.

4 Stroke Engines – Operating Principles
Drawing showing the compression stroke of a 4 stroke engine.

4 Stroke Engines - Operating Principles
The working principles of a 4 stroke are relatively simple. Popular amongst classic bike collectors, 4 strokes have powered motorcycles from simple commuter bikes to Superbikes.

4 Stroke Engines – Operating Principles
Drawing showing the power stroke of a 4 stroke engine.

4 Stroke Engines – Operating Principles
Drawing showing the exhaust phase of a 4 stroke engine.

600-cc Supersports


Motorcycle Seat Re-covering
For many classic bike restorers, having the seat recovered is a must. Removing the old cover is relatively simple. However, before paying to have the seat professionally re-covered, the owner should check to see if there is a cover available, or a complete seat, as a spare part.

How to Balance a Spoked Motorcycle Wheel
Balancing a spoked motorcycle wheel is a relatively easy task. By following some basic guidelines a competent mechanic can ensure his wheels are balanced.

Motorcycle Gearing, Changing the Final Drive Ratio
Many classic motorcycle owners change their bike’s gear ratios. This is particularly true on racers, but it does apply to street bikes too.

Replacing Motorcycle Sprockets
All of the components on a motorcycle wear. One of the first items to need replacement is the drive chain and/or the rear sprocket.

Norton Commando Restorations
When designers Bob Trigg, Dr. Stefan G Bauer, Bernard Hooper, and John Favill got together to produce a classic English motorcycle, few would have believed that those same bikes would be so highly sort after nearly fifty years later. Today, companies like Colorado Norton Works are building bikes based on that early design which will be sort after in another fifty years.

Motorcycle Carb Problems
Motorcycle carburetors are simple devices that generally last for years and require on basic maintenance. Occasionally, however, they develop faults which can be easily traced by following a basic diagnostic sequence.

Classic Motorcycle Specifications
Details of classic and vintage motorcycle records are often hard to find, especially when the company is no longer in business. However, many of the owners clubs have copies of the original production records.

Harris Motorcycle Frames
When the Japanese superbikes first became available, their handling left a lot to be desired. This opened the door to some British engineers who made high quality frames. Steve and Lester Harris have been producing great handling bikes ever since.

How to Choose a Classic that’s right for You
Is now the right time to buy a classic motorcycle, and just how do you go about it?

Replacing Motorcycle Cables
Sooner or later a classic motorcycle owner will need to replace a control cable. Replacement may be part of a restoration project or due to a breakage, but either way, routing and following the correct procedures is very important.

Replacing Motorcycle Cables
Sooner or later a classic motorcycle owner will need to replace a control cable. Replacement may be part of a restoration project or due to a breakage, but either way, routing and following the correct procedures is very important.

Replacing Motorcycle Cables
Sooner or later a classic motorcycle owner will need to replace a control cable. Replacement may be part of a restoration project or due to a breakage, but either way, routing and following the correct procedures is very important.

Engine Oil Leaks
When investigating engine oil leaks, it is very important to check if casing faces are flat and not warped. The best way to check for surface irregularities is to place the case onto a granite surface plate.

Classic Motorcycle Cruise Controls
Cruise control systems have been around for a number of years in various guises: throttle lever lock, push button, and more recently computer-controlled electronic devices.

Classic Motorcycle Cruise Controls
Cruise control systems have been around for a number of years in various guises: throttle lever lock, push button, and more recently computer-controlled electronic devices.

Classic Motorcycle Cruise Controls
Cruise control systems have been around for a number of years in various guises: throttle lever lock, push button, and more recently computer-controlled electronic devices.

Classic Motorcycle Cruise Controls
Cruise control systems have been around for a number of years in various guises: throttle lever lock, push button, and more recently computer-controlled electronic devices.

Thread Replacement with Heli-Coils®
There are a number of different options to repair damaged threads, Heli-Coil wire inserts are one of the top choices for classic motorcycle owners.

Photography and the Classic Motorcycle
Although taking digital photographs is easy, planning an image before shooting will pay off in the long run. If you are taking photographs that may be used in print or digital media, for instance, or you want a top quality photograph to enlarge into a poster, there are some do’s and don’ts worth bearing in mind.

Photography and the Classic Motorcycle
Although taking digital photographs is easy, planning an image before shooting will pay off in the long run. If you are taking photographs that may be used in print or digital media, for instance, or you want a top quality photograph to enlarge into a poster, there are some do’s and don’ts worth bearing in mind.

Pin Striping on Classic Motorcycles
For classic motorcycle restorers, repainting and then pin striping a classic motorcycle is the last part of many weeks of work preparing the various parts. But is this a job the hobbyist can undertake? Yes.

Defensive Driving - Defensive Riding for Classic Motorcycle Riders
To enjoy riding a classic motorcycle to its fullest, a rider must consider all of the safety aspects. Besides having his machine in first class condition with regular maintenance, the rider should ride defensively as the road conditions demand.

Checking for Worn Ignition Contact Points
Worn ignition contact points can cause a number of problems for a classic bike owner. From poor starting to misfires, a worn set of points will make the bike run badly. Typically, points performance deteriorates due to two issues: a worn heel, and/or a buildup of metal from one contact face to the other.

Learning to Drive with a Trailer
Having the knowledge to drive a motor vehicle with a trailer attached has many advantages. For the classic bike owner looking to take his classic to a show or to a race, etc., having the knowledge to drive with a trailer is essential.

Learning to Drive with a Trailer
Having the knowledge to drive a motor vehicle with a trailer attached has many advantages. For the classic bike owner looking to take his classic to a show or to a race, etc., having the knowledge to drive with a trailer is essential.

Learning to Drive with a Trailer
Having the knowledge to drive a motor vehicle with a trailer attached has many advantages. For the classic bike owner looking to take his classic to a show or to a race, etc., having the knowledge to drive with a trailer is essential.

Learning to Drive with a Trailer
Having the knowledge to drive a motor vehicle with a trailer attached has many advantages. For the classic bike owner looking to take his classic to a show or to a race, etc., having the knowledge to drive with a trailer is essential.

Learning to Drive with a Trailer
Having the knowledge to drive a motor vehicle with a trailer attached has many advantages. For the classic bike owner looking to take his classic to a show or to a race, etc., having the knowledge to drive with a trailer is essential.

Learning to Drive with a Trailer
Having the knowledge to drive a motor vehicle with a trailer attached has many advantages. For the classic bike owner looking to take his classic to a show or to a race, etc., having the knowledge to drive with a trailer is essential.

Learning to Drive with a Trailer
Having the knowledge to drive a motor vehicle with a trailer attached has many advantages. For the classic bike owner looking to take his classic to a show or to a race, etc., having the knowledge to drive with a trailer is essential.

Diagnosing Motorcycle Noises
Occasionally, a motorcycle will develop a noise that is not typical and needs serious investigation. For the most part, noises can be both traced, and the root cause diagnosed, without disassembly.

Top-Dead-Center (TDC)
Definition and example of TDC in an internal combustion engine.

Dual-sport Classic Motorcycles
Most early motorcycles were considered to be

DR400 Suzuki
Designing a bike that is good on both the street and off-road is not easy. Suzuki made some compromises on their DR400, but overall they produced a classic dual-sport bike.

Costs of Racing Classic Motorcycles? - Racing Budget
Thinking about starting motorcycle racing, on a classic? First you must work out a budget. All teams have to have a budget, from MotoGP to the smallest owner/rider team.

What's It Like to Be a Pro Racing Mechanic?
Ever wondered what its like to be a race mechanic?

Classics with 80, 100 and 185-cc Engines
For many years, the typical motorcycle engine sizes followed those of the international Grand Prix racing classes. 50, 125, 250, 350, and 500-cc models were common throughout the world, but eventually engine sizes and their associated models were influenced by two other things: legislation and performance.

Classic Japanese Motorcycles, Four History Changers
From the 1960s onwards, Japanese motorcycles dominated the world’s markets. Of all the motorcycles designed and produced in Japan, the following four were highly significant for differing reasons when offered to the motorcycle market.

Japanese Motorcycles, Four History Changers
From the 1960s onwards, Japanese motorcycles dominated the world’s markets. Of all the motorcycles designed and produced in Japan, the following four were highly significant for differing reasons when offered to the motorcycle market.

Japanese Motorcycles, Four History Changers
From the 1960s onwards, Japanese motorcycles dominated the world’s markets. Of all the motorcycles designed and produced in Japan, the following four were highly significant for differing reasons when offered to the motorcycle market.

Japanese Motorcycles, Four History Changers
From the 1960s onwards, Japanese motorcycles dominated the world’s markets. Of all the motorcycles designed and produced in Japan, the following four were highly significant for differing reasons when offered to the motorcycle market.

Japanese Motorcycles, Four History Changers
From the 1960s onwards, Japanese motorcycles dominated the world’s markets. Of all the motorcycles designed and produced in Japan, the following four were highly significant for differing reasons when offered to the motorcycle market.

FZ750
Yamaha fans had to wait a long time for a true 4-stroke superbike, was the wait worth it when the FZ came along?

Yamaha XS1100
During the 70s Japanese superbikes all followed the same formula, except Yamaha's XS1100 that is.

Classic Collection, 50-cc Motorcycles
Classic collections come in all shapes and sizes, but few people collect 50-cc motorcycles. One reader from South Africa does, and he now has more than 100 examples!

Tale of Two R/75s
Many classic buyers like to get a bike that was the same as one from their motorcycling past. Sometimes it takes a few years to make it happen. For James Shanley, it was some 40 years.

Classic British Motorcycles, Big Singles
British motorcycle manufacturers are renowned for twin cylinder bikes, but for many years it was the big singles that ruled.

Flywheel Removal with Pullers and Extractors
Special tools are essential for certain jobs on classic motorcycles. One job in particular is removing the flywheel from the end of the crankshaft.

Howard Raymond Davies
One of the all time classic motorcycle marques has to be Vincent. The company and bikes were named after the founder: Philip Vincent. But it was another name that adorned the fuel tanks of the first bikes: Howard Raymond Davies(HRD).

Thread Repair Options
Threads in aluminum engine cases are also prone to damage or wear due to continuous use or over tightening. In most cases damaged threads can be repaired, or more precisely, replaced.

Drilling
Drilling the correct size hole before tapping threads is very important. All tap and die sets include a drill selection chart to ensure the correct drill size is used for a particular thread.

Tapping Threads
The process of tapping threads is relatively straight forward. However, blind holes require special taps to ensure the threads reach to the bottom of the hole (or as near as possible to it).

Velocette Venom
In the days when big British singles ruled, few would argue that the Velocette Venom became the bike to beat. The performance and quality of engineering were exceptional. Today, they are a classic amongst classics.

Starting a Motorcycle after Storage
When you find, or buy, an old bike that has stood for a long time, it is very tempting to try and start it up. But the new owner can easily do some serious damage doing this. It's worth remembering, that bike was stored for a reason!

Oulton Park
If you live in the North West of England, and you are thinking of taking up classic racing, why not visit Oulton Park. They offer race schools for all levels or riders, and for the novice a few laps around this famous track will create a lasting memory.

Thinking of Classic Racing?
Many classic motorcycle enthusiasts are also race fans. But have you ever considered being on the other side of the fence? Classic racing is extremely popular, but starting off the right way is imperative.

TZ750 Yamaha Crank Cases
There are many engineering jobs on motorcycles, few have the complexity of making crankcases. But one Australian company did just that, for the TZ750.

Disassembling a Motorcycle Engine
Disassembling an engine sounds easy, but there are some major points to consider if it is ever to run again!

Kawasaki Z Series
The Kawasaki Z900 was the first of the Japanese large capacity Superbikes. Long considered leaders in street bike performance with their triple cylinder 2-strokes, Kawasaki came to the market with the new 4 cylinder DOHC 4-stroke in 1972.

Kawasaki Z1
Few motorcycles caused such a stir as the Honda CB750 when first introduced in 1969, especially within Kawasaki's management! But the response was worth waiting for, the Z1. An all time classic.

Classic Motorcycle Racing, High Performance 2-Strokes
Although the early 2-stroke race bikes were not easy to ride, they were, and still are, great fun to race. But before going onto a race track for the first time, the rider must do some research.

Honda RS
1983 was a major year for Honda. They had never won a 500-cc race and the championship seemed out of sight for the

Motorcycle Handling Problems
For the classic bike owner with a motorcycle that does not handle well, there are some changes (even modifications) that will improve the handling of his machine. However, before making any changes, it is very important to establish what is causing the handling problem and in particular when did it start?

Improving Motorcycle Handling
Improving the handling on a motorcycle goes hand-in-hand with engine performance increases. However, some of the early Japanese bikes handled badly from the get go. The good news is that there are a number of ways of improving them.

Cutaway Motorcycles
Some would describe the practice of cutting up a perfectly good motorcycle engine as sacrilege, but manufacturers have been doing this since the beginning. Now cutaway engines are becoming collectable.

Book Review - Georgia Motorcycle History
Every now and then a book comes along that is a must read. Chris Price's book - Georgia Motorcycle History, The First 60 Years: 1899 to 1959 - is one such book. From the first page it is very obvious that Chris did an enormous amount of research when compiling this book making it historically important and a great read.

Book Review, Along for the Ride by Jim Scaysbrook
Jim Scaysbrook's book, Along for the Ride, is a fascinating look into the life and times of this charismatic Australian motorcycle racer and writer.

Book Review Continental Circus, by Jan and Hetty Burgers and Frank Weeink.
Continental Circus - The Races and the Places, the People and the Faces, is a new book by photo journalists Jan and Hetty Burgers and journalist Frank Weeink. The book covers the early 70s of Grand Prix racing, F-750 and other international races with an in depth look at the riders, machines and circuits.

Motorcycle Competition
Unlike car drivers, most motorcycle riders are interested in the various forms of motorsport. Classic riders are no exception. Classic, Historic, and Vintage machines are catered for in all types of competition.

Motorcycle Service – Mechanical
Although each classic motorcycle will have different specific items to service (see owner's manuals where available), they will all need some general service. For instance:

Motorcycle Accessories – Personalizing your Bike
Motorcycle riders have been personalizing their machines from the beginning. Taking a stock bike and improving the looks or performance is one of the pleasures of motorcycling.

Motorcycle Mechanics – Replacing a Throttle Cable
Throttle cables have a hard life on a motorcycle. When the bike is being ridden, they are constantly moving which leads to wear. Replacing a throttle cable is relatively simple but must be done properly for safety reasons.

Carburetor Balancing Using Vacuum Gauges
Carburetor balancing on multi-carb, multi-cylinder engines is very important. The most accurate method of balancing these types of carburation systems is by using vacuum gauges. When attached to the inlet systems, the vacuum gauges measure the amount of vacuum drawn on each gauge as the engine is running.

Carburetor Balancing Using Vacuum Gauges
Carburetor balancing on multi-carb, multi-cylinder engines is very important. The most accurate method of balancing these types of carburation systems is by using vacuum gauges. When attached to the inlet systems, the vacuum gauges measure the amount of vacuum drawn on each gauge as the engine is running.

Classic Motorcycle Carbs
Motorcycle manufacturers have tried many different types of carburetors on their machines since the beginning. But it was the CV (Constant Velocity) type carburetor that ultimately became the accepted carburetor for motorcycle (and scooter) use.

Balancing Twin Carbs
Carburetor balancing on twin-carb engines is very important. Each carb must supply the same amount of mixture (fuel and air mixed) for the engine to run smoothly, develop good power, and maintain fuel economy

Top Ten Ugliest Motorcycles of all Time
Over the years, all of the major motorcycle manufacturers have produced beautiful classics and some ugly brutes, too. This list of ten ugly motorcycles represents the views of many riders as to which motorcycle deserves the title of ugly.

NSU Motorcycles
German motorcycle cycle manufacturer, NSU, broke many records during their time in production. From land speed records to the most machines produced in one year, NSU was at the forefront motorcycling for many years.

Classic Motorcycle Posters
Posters have been used since the very beginning of the motorcycle industry. Today, posters are very popular amongst classic bike enthusiasts, and historically important or unique posters will change hands for hundreds of dollars.

Motorcycle Wheels
The evolution and development of motorcycle wheels have typically followed performance increases. But not all new designs were successful.

Motorcycle Makeover
Makeovers happen to people, houses; in fact all sorts of things get makeovers, so why not a motorcycle?

How Much Is Too Much to Pay for a Classic Motorcycle?
How much should you pay for a classic motorcycle? Let’s face it: sometimes your heart rate will be the determining factor. But if you’re concerned about practicality, it is essential to do a little research when considering purchasing a classic motorcycle.

Racking up the Miles on a 1946 Indian Special
Owner Jim Seidell believes in riding his vintage bikes. His 1946 Indian Special is no exception.

Jim Seidell’s Very Special Bike
Using a 1946 Indian with Harley forks is sacrilege to some, and a way of keeping another vintage bike on the road by others.

Building the 1946 Indian Special
Building a 1946 Indian special can be challenging. But from its Harley forks to its US Coast Gaurd air filter, this bike works and looks good too.

Indian Motorcycles
The early 1900s saw an outbreak of new motorcycle companies. In the US, a company whose name would reflect and embody the country’s history was also established. The Indian Motorcycle entered the field.

Velocette Motorcycles
Velocette’s chief designer, Eugene Goodman, saw this as an ideal time to introduce a motorcycle that would appeal to all. At the 1948 Motorcycle Show that machine, the “Motorcycle for Everyone,” was introduced.

Inspecting a Crashed Motorcycle
Buying a crashed bike to use as a basis for a custom or restoration project may save money, but there are some do's and don'ts to consider.

Straightening Motorcycle Fork Legs
When a motorcycle hits something head-on, the chances are the forks will get bent. Depending on the severity off the impact, and the resultant damage, the fork legs may need replacing or straightening. With the correct machinery, straightening fork legs is not a difficult task.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Eight
Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Eight.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Six
Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Six

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Five
Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Five.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Five
Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Five.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Four
Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Four

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Three
Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Three.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Two
Christmas quiz 2014, answer two.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Two
Christmas quiz 2014, question two.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer One
Christmas quiz, answer one. Classic Motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question One
Christmas Quiz 2014, Question One.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Nine
Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Eight.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Seven
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Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Four
Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Four

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Nine
Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Nine

About the Christmas Quiz 2014
Classic motorcycles Christmas quiz 2014.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Seven
Christmas Quiz 2014, Answer Six.

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Seven
Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Seven

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Three
Christmas 2014 quiz, question three

Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Nine
Christmas Quiz 2014, Question Nine.

The Noddy Bike
Historically, the latest most technically advanced motorcycles don't always sell well. One such bike brought down a famous British motorcycle manufacturer.

To Restore or Not to Restore a Motorcycle?
Maintaining a classic in original condition may also preserve the value. Restoration does not always increase a machines value.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Christmas Quiz for Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
Nine questions that will test your knowledge of classic motorcycles.

Question 6
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 6.

Question 7
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 7.

Answer 7
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 7.

Question 8
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 8.

Question 9
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 9.

Answer 9
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Answer 5
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 5.

Answer 6
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 6.

Answer 8
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 8.

Answer 1
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 1.

Answer 3
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 3.

Question 4
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 4.

Answer 4
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 4.

Question 5
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 5.

Question 1
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 1.

Question 10
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 10.

Answer 10
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 10.

Question 2
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 2.

Answer 2
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, answer 2.

Question 3
Classic Motorcycle Holiday Quiz, question 3.

250-cc Japanese 4-strokes (70s-80s)
Some of the early Japanese 4-stroke 250s were a disappointment when they came out, now they are being collected. But which one is best?

2-Strokes Motorcycle High Performance Tuning
From just a few horse power at the turn of the 20th century, to 250s producing 85 hp today, the tuning of 2-strokes has come a long way.

One Make Race Series
Some of the motorcycles used in one make championships from the 80s and 90s make excellent classic racers. Parts are generally easy to find and the bikes are well proven.

Mods and Scooters
What did Ben Sherman, Vespa and Parka have in common? That's easy, the 1960s mods.

Motorcycle Storage – Winterizing Your Classic
For many classic bike owners, winter is the time to do essential repairs or maintenance. However, winterizing the bike first is a high priority.

Japanese 250-cc motorcycles and the Illusive 100mph
To build a street motorcycle with a genuine 100 mph top speed was a challenge most manufacturers took on. Few made it!

The Ariel Leader and Arrow
In 1958, Ariel introduced their Leader model and its sporting version the Arrow. The machines were an immediate success, so much so that in 1959 the company decided to stop production of all their 4-stroke machines.

Bridgestone Motorcycles
The Bridgestone company may be famous for their tires, but from 1958 to 1971 they also produced some excellent motorcycles.

Old Mill Museum, Juliette, Georgia
One of the rare Harley Davidsons' that can be seen at the Old Mill Museum in Georgia is an original (unrestored) 54 Panhead, anniverary edition.

Old Mill Museum, Juliette, Georgia
Want to see a rare (they were only available for one year) Congo green 49 Panhead? The Old Mill Museum in Juliette Georgia has one on display.

Motorcycle Museum - Old Mill Museum, Juliette, Georgia
On display at the Old Mill Museum in Juliette Georgia is a 1939 Knucklehead with hemispherical heads. This same model clocked 136 mph on the sands in Florida.

Motorcycle Museum - Old Mill Museum, Juliette, Georgia
Just across the railroad tracks from the Whistle Stop Café in Juliette Georgia is the Old Mill Museum. Owned and operated by Les White, the museum has a fine collection of rare (mostly unrestored) Harley Davidson’s.

Motorcycle Museum - Old Mill Museum, Juliette, Georgia
A very rare Honda CB350/4 can be seen at the Old Mill Museum in Juliette Georgia. This model was replaced in 1974 by the more familiar CB400/4.

Motorcycle Museums - The Old Mill Museum, Juliette, Georgia
The Old Mill Museum in Juliette Georgia has some rare motorcycles on display. Harley Davidson and Indian machines are plentiful, but there are also some interesting Japanese and European bikes to see.

Old Mill Museum, Juliette, Georgia
Just across the railroad tracks from the Whistle Stop Café in Juliette Georgia is the Old Mill Museum. Owned and operated by Les White, the museum has a fine collection of rare (mostly unrestored) Harley Davidson’s.

Restoring a Racing Motorcycle
Restoring a classic motorcycle can be challenging, but owning and riding one is worth the effort.

Parts Lists for Motorcycle Restoration
For a complete classic motorcycle restoration, an extensive list of replacement parts will almost certainly be required. Establishing this list at the outset will save a lot of time.

Motorcycle Parts, Hard to Find?
It's easy to take for granted getting spare parts for a current model from a dealer, but what happens when you need a part to finish a rare classic? From searching at swap-meets to getting a part made with rapid prototype manufacturing, the possibilities are endless.

Barber Vintage Festival 2014
It's time for the big one, the Barber Vintage Festival that is. Every year the festival gets bigger and better with more attendance, and this year the organizers are expecting some of the biggest crowds seen at the famous Alabama race track and museum.

Should I Buy a Crashed Motorcycle?
Are crashed motorcycles worth buying? The answer is

Buying Classic Bikes on eBay
Buying a classic bike on eBay? Here are a few things to look out for.

Custom Helmet Painting
Personalizing riding gear by painting helmets is something motorcyclists have done since the very beginning. The home mechanic, with access to basic painting equipment, can transform a standard helmet into a custom designed unit.

Custom Helmet Painting
As with all painting jobs, preparation is the key. This applies to helmet painting too.

Custom Helmet Painting
Masking specific areas out is a major part of custom helmet painting.

Custom Helmet Painting
When custom painting a helmet, the painter must plan out the sequence of applying the different colors.

Custom Helmet Painting
The final finish when custom painting a helmet is the clear coat or coats. A deep lusty finish will give the paint below a professional look.

Custom Helmet Painting
After custom painting a helmet, the painter must carefully reattach the various fixings and give the clear coat a final polish.

Motorcycle Buying at Auctions
Buying a motorcycle at an auction is easy, and sometimes way too easy! Auction houses have very specific rules to protect buyers and sellers alike.

Norton
Choosing a British classic motorcycle can be difficult, there are, after all, so many to choose from. But for many classic and vintage enthusiasts, a Norton will be high on their list of bikes to buy.

BSA
Choosing a British classic motorcycle can be difficult, there are, after all, so many to choose from. But for many classic and vintage enthusiasts, a BSA will be high on their list of bikes to buy.

Ariel
Choosing a British classic motorcycle can be difficult, there are, after all, so many to choose from. But for many classic and vintage enthusiasts, an Ariel will be high on their list of bikes to buy.

Which British Classic to Buy?
The first classic motorcycle that many people buy is of British origin. But which British classic should you buy?

Triumph
Choosing a British classic motorcycle can be difficult, there are, after all, so many to choose from. But for many classic and vintage enthusiasts, a Triumph will be high on their list of bikes to buy.

Velocette
Choosing a British classic motorcycle can be difficult, there are, after all, so many to choose from. But for many classic and vintage enthusiasts, a Velocette will be high on their list of bikes to buy.

Popular Motorcycles by Size
Classic motorcycles are often categorized by their year, but during their lifetime their cubic capacity often determined who would, or could, buy them.

Most Popular Classic Motorcycles
There are many good reasons why a motorcycle became a popular classic. Some classics became popular because of their looks, some because they are more affordable.

Honda Goldwing Restoration
After successfully completing the restoration of a CB750F, the Honda Canada's Riders Association moved onto their next project, a Honda Gold Wing.

Splitting Motorcycle Crankcases
Separating motorcycle crankcases is not a job that has to be done every day; it is a process generally only done as part of a major engine overhaul. During this process it is critically important to follow some basic guidelines to avoid casing damage.

How to Diagnose Carburetor Problems
Carburetor problems generally fall into three areas. Diagnosing carburetor problems is relatively easy and follows some telltale symptoms.

Motorcycle Riding Suits
Motorcycle riding suits are as diverse as the riders wearing them. Choosing the right suit is very important, and not just because of the cost.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
To come up with a list of the ten best handling classics of all time, it is necessary to select one considered the best. Most riders who have experienced a Norton Featherbed’s handling will use this chassis to judge all others.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
Any production based motorcycle that wins a TT has to have a good handling chassis, the Ducati SS was no exception.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
Taking a great engine - the Bonneville - and mating it with the handling of a featherbed produced this iconic motorcycle: the Triton.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
As a street bike, the Suzuki GSXR was renowned for its all round performance, but its handling was particularly admired by most seasoned riders.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
If you have never ridden a Norton Commando, you owe it to yourself to sample one of Britain's best handling machines.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
Finding fault with a motorcycle's handling is relatively easy, but this was not the case with the Velocette Viper.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
Vincent motorcycles were well engineered in every area. Besides being some of the fastest machines of their day, they also handled superbly.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
To win more motorcycle GPs than any other make, Yamaha produced some great handling machines with their TZ range.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
Early Japanese motorcycles were not known for their handling, good handling that is. But the Honda 400/4 made a lot of people sit up and take notice of this middle weight sports bike.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
The Laverda Jota was raced all over the world in production-based races, and for good reason: they handled well.

The Ten Best Handling Bikes of all Time
As a machine intended for competition use, the Gold Star was bound to handle well. Buyers were not disappointed.

Manx Grand Prix, Tribute to Joey Dunlop
This year's Manx GP will see the return of many of the bikes that legendary TT rider Joey Dunlop raced in the Island.

Military Classic Motorcycles
Motorcycles have been used in combat from the beginning. Classic motorcycle enthusiasts looking for a reasonably priced classic, with a plentiful supply of parts, should consider ex-military motorcycles.

Military Classic Motorcycles
Motorcycles have been used in combat from the beginning. Classic motorcycle enthusiasts looking for a reasonably priced classic, with a plentiful supply of parts, should consider ex-military motorcycles.

Honda CBX
The Honda CBX six can trace its heritage back to the works’ racers of the sixties and project engineer Shoichiro Irimajiri. An early example (1979) in excellent condition is valued at around $12,000,

Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding Gear
Getting cold on a motorcycle is no fun and can be dangerous. But finding the right riding gear can be challenging to say the least. The old saying of

Photogenic Classic Motorcycles
Ten of the best, and most photogenic, classic motorcycles. Page 5.

Checking Ball Bearings
Ball bearings have been used in most applications within motorcycles. From crank bearings to wheel bearings, ball roller type bearings have proven to be a cheap reliable means of supporting rotating parts. Checking or inspecting ball bearings is relatively easy.

Motorcycle Wheel Bearing Replacement
Replacing motorcycle wheel bearings sounds scary, but to the competent home mechanic, it is a relatively straightforward job.

V-Twin Engine Design
Designing an engine is not simple, designing an engine that will be in competition with Harley Davidson is even harder. But one company - S & S Motorcycles - did just that, and successfully too.

Identify a Bolt Thread
Identifying left or right handed threads on bolts or nuts is easy when you follow these tips.

Motorcycle Units of Measurement
Component parts for motorcycles use a number of measurement units. In some instances, both SI and metric units are used to dimension a single unit, such as a tire.

Shaft Drive or Chain Drive? - Motorcycles
If the final deciding factor on buying a classic motorcycle was whether it was chain or shaft driven, which way would you go? Both final drive systems have advantages and disadvantages.

Replacing Spark Plugs
Changing a spark plug is probably the easiest job on a motorcycle, but if you've never done it before, a little guidance is always welcome.

Motorcycle Mechanics – Removing Fairings, Fuel Tanks and Seats
Before doing maintenance or repairs on motorcycles, it is sometimes necessary to remove fairings, tanks, and seats. Although removing these is relatively simple, for the beginner, there are some important does and don'ts.

Replacing a Broken Brake Bleed Nipple
The design of brake bleed nipples makes them prone to seizing and braking, particularly in older motorcycles. Luckily, removing a broken brake bleed nipple is relatively simple.

Fire Extinguishers for a Classic Motorcycle Workshop
As fire is the biggest threat to both property and human life, it makes sense to have an appropriate extinguisher in a classic motorcycle workshop.

Parting Out a Classic Motorcycle
There sometimes comes a day when we have to conclude that a bike is beyond (economic) restoration. There are two options at this point: part it out, or buy another and make one good bike from two.

Harley Davidson - Defining Harley Models
One of the defining models to come from Harley Davidson was definitely the OHV (overhead valve) engined bikes in 1936. This design was to become known as the Knucklehead, as the engine shape resembled a person's knuckles.

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment
To ensure safety and longevity, motorcycle chains must be correctly tensioned and lubricated. For most classic bike owners, this is a simple task. But there are some important aspects to consider. See a step by step guide to motorcycle chain adjustment.

How to Transport a Motorcycle
There are many ways of transporting a classic motorcycle, but the main priority is to safeguard the bike during the road trip.

Transporting Your Bike with a Trailer
There are many ways of transporting a classic motorcycle, but the main priority is to safeguard the bike during the trip.

Box Van Transporting of Motorcycles
There are many ways of transporting a classic motorcycle, but the main priority is to safeguard the bike during the road trip. Using a box van type trailer has the advantage of fully enclosing the bike.

Cafés and Motorcycles in the 1960s
During the 60s in England, the youth of the time fell into one of two subcultures: mods or rockers. Home base for many of the rockers was their local caf. What had once been a small caf supplying transport drivers and local factory workers, blossomed during the 60s into a meeting point for hundreds of motorcycle riders.

Adding Badges and Studs to Leather Jackets – Personalizing Your Jacket
Adding badges or studs to a leather jacket is relatively easy. By following some basic guidelines, the owner can personalize his or her jacket with some basic tools.

Vespa Scooters - Chassis
The restoration covered here is of a VBS Vespa, with GS specification modifications. Although this restoration was performed by a professional company, it gives the private owner/restorer an insight into what is required to make the older Vespa’s serviceable again.

Vespa Engine Rebuild
The restoration covered here is of a VBS Vespa, with GS specification modifications. Although this restoration was performed by a professional company, it gives the private owner/restorer an insight into what is required to make the older Vespa’s serviceable again.

Vespa Restoration
Although the Vespa’s have proven to be reliable machines, during a restoration a scooter must be fully disassembled to check for damage or cracks on the chassis which may need welding.

Vespa Scooters - Parts Replacement
The restoration covered here is of a VBS Vespa, with GS specification modifications. Although this restoration was performed by a professional company, it gives the private owner/restorer an insight into what is required to make the older Vespa’s serviceable again.

Restored Vespa
The restoration covered here is of a VBS Vespa, with GS specification modifications. Although this restoration was performed by a professional company, it gives the private owner/restorer an insight into what is required to make the older Vespa’s serviceable again.

Cleaning Classic and Vintage Motorcycles
Cleaning may be one of the easiest jobs on a classic or vintage motorcycle, but there are some does and don'ts to consider.

Matchless Motorcycles
The Matchless story is a familiar one, from making bicycles to motorcycles to decline in the 60s. But over the years Matchless could claim many firsts, including winning the first TT.

How to Set Up Ignition Timing in Motorcycles
Setting the ignition timing on motorcycles with contact point ignition systems is relatively easy. By following a few basic rules the home mechanic can set his or her timing with just a few hand tools.

History of the Vespa Scooter
History of the Vespa scooter. The first Vespa's were designed by aeronautical engineer and inventor Corradino D'Ascanio, with the first machines being offered to the public in 1946.

History of the Servi Cycle Motorcycle
Servi-Cycles were manufactured by the Simplex Manufacturing Corporation in New Orleans. The little 2 strokes were produced from 1935 to 1960.

Test Riding
Before buying a motorcycle a prospective buyer should test ride it having first satisfied him or herself that it is safe to do so.

Before Traveling to Inspect a Bike
For enthusiasts thinking of buying their first classic, it is important to know what signs to look for in order to head off dangerous curves ahead. Most classic motorcycles have one thing in common: typically, the component parts are worn.

Real Deal?
Often described by the seller as an original, the prospective buyer must confirm this. For example, any parts replaced can devalue a motorcycle such as fitting an aftermarket accessory.

The Visual Inspection
An experienced mechanic can spot potential problems just be looking at a motorcycle. A visual inspection is an essential part of the buying process.

Inspecting Motorcycle Frames, Forks and Wheels
The rolling frame of a motorcycle must be inspected from a safety perspective. In particular the potential buyer must look for accident damage.

Checking Electrical Systems
A few simple checks can ascertain the condition of most of the electrical systems on a motorcycle.

Engine Inspection
When considering buying a motorcycle, the potential buyer must assume the worst if it is listed as a non-runner. Although ultimately the problem may turn out to be something simple such as a fouled spark plug, it could just as easily be a broken crankshaft!

Starting a Barn Find Classic Motorcycle (Dos & Don’ts)
For the new owner of a barn find classic motorcycle, there is a great temptation to put fresh gas in and attempt to start it. However, considerable damage can be done to an engine without some basic checks being done first.

Tips for Riding a Motorcycle in Hot Weather
Riding a motorcycle in hot weather requires some planning. In some areas it can be too hot for man and machine.

Triumph Tiger 90 Riding Impressions
With a top speed approaching 90 mph, and a fuel consumption of 80 mpg, the little Triumph is truly a great classic motorcycle.

How to Ship a Classic Motorcycle Internationally
To ship a classic bike internationally, there are companies that can arrange collection from the seller, transportation to airports or docks, and all of the associated paperwork. However, there are some do’s and don’ts to consider.

Running in a Rebuilt Motorcycle Engine
During a restoration, the engine and gearbox will most likely have been rebuilt with new parts. As with a new bike, a rebuilt engine will require a period of running in.

History of Excelsior Motorcycles - USA
The name Excelsior was used by three separate companies, one in the UK, one in the US and one in Germany. Excelsior USA was famous for their board track racers. They used racing to promote their machines, and even had a race track on the roof of the factory!

Two Stroke v Four Stroke Motorcycles
The main advantage of the 2-stroke was its power to weight ratio and its reduction in moving parts compared to the 4-stroke. Alas, with emission legislation getting tighter all over the world, the days are numbered for the 2-stroke.

Yamaha XS650 - A Classic Motorcycle
The Yamaha XS 650 has a large following all over the world. This basic robust machine has been used in almost every conceivable form of motorcycle style. From commuter bikes, to road racer, drag bike to caf racer, the XS has been a great success.

Casting Motorcycle Emblems and Badges
Making badges and emblems for motorcycles is all about the preparation, but eventually the day comes when it time to pour the Pewter.

Making a Mould for Emblems and Badges
To make motorcycle emblems and badges requires the use of mould which must be manufactured first.

Making Motorcycle Emblems and Badges
Emblems and badges can be hard to find for older motorcycles, making them may be only option.

Checking Ignition Timing With a Timing Light Gun
Ignition timing lights or guns offer an invaluable way of checking the ignition timing dynamically. Most modern gauges also offer RPM reading and dwell angle checks on LED screens.

Motorcycle Cylinder - How to Check Without Disassembly
Checking the internal condition of a motorcycle engine with a cranking pressure tester is a simple task the home mechanic can undertake.

The Kawasaki Triples - Classic Motorcycles
The Kawasaki three cylinder 2-strokes were unique motorcycles. For street bike performance, the H1 was unrivaled; at least as far as acceleration was concerned.

Classic Motorcycle Wiring - Tutorial
To completely rewire a motorcycle, the owner or mechanic must have considerable previous experience, or at the very least, the ability to read a schematic wiring diagram. That being said, it is a relatively easy task.

Learning to Ride a Motorcycle Sidecar
Throughout the history of the motorcycle, sidecars have been attached to most solos at one time or another. But learning to ride these machines takes a special skill set.

Setting Motorcycle Valve Timing
Knowing the timing system before disassembling or reassembling an engine is critical, but one aspect of timing comes before all others: crankshaft position.

Beautiful Racing Motorcycles, The RG500 Suzuki
There have been many different looking machines that have won the 500-cc World Championships, but few can match the purposeful lines and elegant looks of the Suzuki RG500.

Beautiful Racing Motorcycles, The Honda RC161
Small multi-cylinder 4-stroke engines do not win Grand Prixs, at least that's what most people thought in the 1960s. Then along came Honda to prove the doubters wrong.

Beautiful Racing Motorcycles, The Manx Norton
Much has been said and written about the performance of the Manx Norton, but without doubt it also holds the distinction of being one of the best looking racers of all time.

Beautiful Racing Motorcycles, The Hailwood Ducati
Ducati have produced some beautiful machines over the years, and their racers are no exception. One of their all time great looking racers was the machine Hailwood raced to TT success in 1978.

Beautiful Racing Motorcycles, The AJS Porcupine
The AJS Porcupine was a beautiful piece of engineering. Not only was this motorcycle good to look at, it holds the record for being the only twin-cylinder 4-stroke to win the 500-cc World Championship.

Frame and Engine Numbers for Classic Motorcycles
For information about a specific make or model of a motorcycle, the owner must have the frame (chassis) and engine numbers. Locating a frame number on an early machine, especially one that is dirty and in need of restoration (barn fresh for example), can be challenging.

Building a Classic Racing Superbike
Not everyone has the skills to build a vintage or classic racing superbike, but for those who have, the results and enjoyment are plentiful.

Motorcycle Riding, Ten Reasons to Pull Over
Riding on when a problem arises on a motorcycle can be dangerous. Sometimes it is imperative to pull over and check.

What Is a Cafe Racer? Motorcycles of the 1960s
Most motorcyclists have heard of cafe racers. But what are they, and where did the name come from?

Kawasaki Superbike
Pete Hokenstad's Kawasaki superbike is based on a 1981 KZ1000J-1. Pete has made many modifications to the original bike to make it competitive in vintage superbike with the AHRMA.

Yamaha TD2, One Owner from New
When British rider Rodney Gould won the 1970 250-cc world championship on a private Yamaha TD-2, riders from all over the world wanted one. Australian Davey Keenan purchased his TD-2 from Taylor Cycles, Newcastle, Australia, in 1970. A bike he still owns and races today.

Restoration of a Yamaha TR2 1969 350
The Yamaha TR2s changed the face of international motorcycle racing when they were introduced. Today they are raced all over the world in classic races and make an excellent restoration project.

Classic 250 2-Strokes
For many riders, a 250-cc 2-stroke was their first experience of a performance street motorcycle. In particular, three Japanese machines had a large following when new, and are being collected now as classics. The three in question are the Kawasaki KH, the Suzuki X7, and the Yamaha RD.

Classic TT 2013
The 2013 Classic TT was a first. Although there have been classic races during the regular TT, this was the first stand alone classic event, and it was a tremendous success!

Adjusting Motorcycle Cables
Adjusting the free play of motorcycle control cables is a relatively simple job, but there are safety issues that must be considered.

Vespa 50s
In 2013 Vespa celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 50-cc scooter. Early sales success for the little scooter can be seen from the manufacturing numbers—from 2484 made in the first year of production to 171,200 just seven years later.

Types of Classic Motorcycles - Classic Bike Types
Classic motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes, from 50cc commuter’s to 200 mph superbikes. Between these two extremes, there are many different categories and styles. But the majority of machines will fit into one of the following categories.

Hodaka 125 Wombat Restoration
With most parts still available, Hodaka dirt bikes make popular classic motorcycle restoration projects. The machine featured here is styled after a factory prototype.

Strictly Hodaka
Hodaka motorcycles produced a popular off-road range of bikes, many of which are still around today thanks to a loyal group of enthusiasts.

Can-Am Bombardier
Bombardier has produced some interesting vehicles over the years. From tracked vehicles for traveling over snow to motorcycles to PWCs, Bombardier has produced something for most types of terrain.

Mysterious Italian Motorcycle
Motorcycles produced in their thousands by the major manufacturers are easy to identify.

Motorcycle Development--Controls
Almost every mechanical and electrical part on a motorcycle has been redesigned at some point. For example, for many years motorcycle manufacturers offered a decompression system to aid starting.