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1971 Harley Davidson Sportster

Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 6.17.16 PMHave you ever thrown a leg over a vintage/classic motorcycle, started down the road and within one block your only thought was “what a piece of junk!” You know you have. I was wondering if the friend that loaned me the bike didn’t like me anymore or, did my girlfriend take out a life insurance policy on me. I was expecting a spiritual experience, a life transformation but instead here I was on a bike that is making me wonder if I’d make it to breakfast.
But…after two tanks of gas, breakfast and lunch I returned the motorcycle to the good friend that loaned it to me and told him that this day was a Zen experience. The bike I rode was a late ’60’s model, it clunked and thunked like hell but once you get used it…you get used to it. I was raised on British bikes and compared to those, the Sportster was as crude as a stone axe but there was something about the Sportster that I really enjoyed. It didn’t handle like a Brit bike, didn’t stop like Brit bike, and the bike vibrated so badly it would rattle the fillings out of your teeth, but once I settled into what the Sportster was about I became one with the bike. Well, not really one…but close.
Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 10.17.57 AMThe Sportster is commonly known as the “Girls Harley” or the “Baby Harley” but honestly, I think it is the most fun of The Motor Company’s bikes to ride. Would I ride across country? No. Would I ride to work everyday? Yes. Sunday rides? Oh yeah. Grocery store runs (throw on a saddle bags)?yep. Pick up Chinese take out? probably not. Wait a minute, I completely forgot that Jim Bronson rode his Sportster all around the country, so I guess it can be done!Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 8.02.21 AM

Over the years I have ridden quite a few Sporty’s, from stone stock to chopped and even helped a friend build a cafe racer out of one and though family and friends will tell you I’m not a big Harley fan, I do like Sportsters…sort of. Two things here, I would dearly love to own an XLCR (the bastard stepchild of Harley world) and if I could afford one I’d buy it in a minute and just not tell anyone, and I currently own a Buell (powered by a modified Sportster motor). Sportster motors are fun.Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 6.20.11 PM

I found a really nice 1971 Sportster on ebay this morning that is pretty much somewhat original. It is an XLCH model , the XL designates Sporster, the CH designates Competition Hot. This bike has upgraded wheels but the originals come with the bike, it has the Mikuni carb conversion (which actually does make the bike easier to start and ride..and by the way, this is a kick start only model) the original Tillotson carb does come with the bike. There’s some good story with this bike and I love the white seat. Whoever buys this bike…don’t change it! Please. The bike does run, it has about 40K miles on it, yes it looks it’s age but thetas part of the beauty of owning a Vintage motorcycle, you get to ride it and not worry about riding through a water puddle.
Click on the pics below for more pictures and info. This is a pretty cool bike for the casual rider or a platform for a very cool custom build. I wonder if the wood block under the kickstand comes with it?

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1969 Yamaha Trailmaster

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“Well then why don’t we go down to Florida and visit my mother for the winter? We can pack up the Winnebago, load up on some sunscreen…I’ll even bring my bikini”. Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.13.41 AM
So, while and Fred and Ethel load up the Mini Winnie, Fred’s local mechanic friend digs his old Yamaha Trailmaster out of the barn and tunes it up. Fred knows he’s going to have to have an escape route if they’re going to visit Ethel’s mom in Florida.
Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.21.56 AMThe little Yamaha Trailmaster is the perfect escape bike for somebody. Actually it is a cool little bike. Yamaha took what Honda was so successful at and made one of their own. Starting out 80cc then bumped to 100cc (actually 97). Dual range transmission, one set of gears for low speed trail work and a higher range for riding on the road. On the road the Trailmaster would top out around 60mph, in low range around 35mph, plenty fast enough for the retirement crowd.
Here’s the upside to this bike, it has electric start, it’s pretty comfortable, it has a small but useful rack in the back (Ethel can’t go with Fred when he needs to escape!) and it’s reliable as can be.
The downsides…suspension. Typical of bikes of that era…minimal at best. Brakes, good thing this motorbike doesn’t go very fast. Getting to the oil tank (this does have oil injection, which actually is part of the upside but you have to take the seat off to fill the oil tank which is a bit on the downside). Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.25.05 AM
As Cycle World magazine described it, a great trail bike for the non racer. or in my view a perfect campground bike to head off to the river to do some fishing or an overnight camp to look at the stars.
The Trailmaster will, with some good maintenance take you anywhere you want to go. It fits just perfectly on the front of you motorhome or truck and camper.
I found one on ebay this morning that needs a bit of love. Not much mechanically according to the owner, cosmetically…well thats another story but with this bike, who cares? it’s a neat little bike.
It’s a runner, starts easy, goes through all the gears (both sets) and the lights work ( I can’t say the same for some of my motorcycles. Now here is the bonus of this deal…it comes with another one!!! A two for one deal! How cool is that!!!
Click on the pics below for more info and more pictures. This is a neat little motorbike. Teach your kids, grandkids or your grandparents (then send them off to Arizona for the winter).

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1965 Honda CA77 ‘Dream’

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 8.30.04 AMThere is a reason why this motorcycle was called the ‘Dream’. The Honda Dream, technically known as the CA77, was designed to be easy to ride, unintimidating, and inexpensive to own…what more could you ask for?
It truly was a simple motorcycle. Push the starter button and go…no muss no fuss. Remember, “you meet the nicest people on a Honda”.
At this time the American market was dominated by the big twins from England (Triumph,BSA and Norton) and the even bigger bikes from Harley Davidson. Marketing as it is, figured out that to get more people on motorcycles (more sales) make a bike that was fun and easy to ride. Honda brought the Cubs and Super Cubs ( I still have a 1959 Super Cub) but then began bringing over the real motorcycles.
The Original Dream was 250cc then Honda bumped it up to 305cc and to 23 HP. Now think about this…the CB350 only had 22HP?! But my fleet of 350’s will all do over ‘The Ton”. OK maybe one of them? Back to the Dream, Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 8.27.05 AM
Yeah, the shape was a little odd, it had a pressed steel frame (again to help keep the price down) but the market Honda was aiming after didn’t care, they just wanted a motorbike that they could ride and have fun on. Nothing more nothing less. Honda hit a home run.
After the original Dream, came the Hawk and Super Hawk. Now things changed. From a simple cheap pressed steel frame, came a new tubular steel frame. Better handling indeed. Motor was the same as the ‘Dream’ but the bike was way different. Honda went after the more ‘Sporting’ rider than just the casual rider. It worked. But, the ‘Dream’ is still a very desirable.
Is it a tourer? Not by todays standards (1965 maybe?), is it a platform for a Cafe Racer, NO! Is it simply a very cool old motorcycle, YES! If you have nothing better to do with your money and want a cool little bike to tool around on…the Honda Dream is a great choice. The web is full of Honda Dream forums and you guys (or gals) have a big community
Click on the pics below or the link for more info and more pictures. This is a nice bike for a very casual rider.

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1978 BMW R100S

Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 7.02.17 PMI spent a number of years on an R Series BMW and loved pretty much all of them, the years I mean. I bought an R90S that had been sitting for over 15 years with just 17,000 miles on the clock…barely broken in by BMW standards. I did all the basic ‘get it up and running’ work and proceeded to put another 50,000 miles on it, most all of them trouble free.

Then the day came that I decided that I wanted to get another Adventure bike. I had ridden a Yamaha TDM 850 for quite a few years and had set it up so that I actually could adventure on it, I loved that bike. So off went the BMW and in came a Buell Ulysses. Adventure style, yes. Adventure reality, no. Good street bike, yes. So here I am in the beginning of winter thinking about offing the Buell and getting myself a more appropriate two up traveling bike. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

This morning I found a really nice BMW R100S on ebay. I have a number of friends riding R series BMW’s and one that restores them, his wife is riding a truly beautiful R75/5 that he built. All of them were a bit upset with me when I sold my BMW, especially when I replaced it with a Buell!

Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 6.59.17 PMThe differences between my old R90S and the next generation R100S are significant but subtle, kind of. First thing, the old adage “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. BMW stuck with the tried and true air-cooled Boxer motor but did make improvements to oiling, the clutch and gearing. All good things. Oh, and the other changes helped the bike start faster and easier…a really good thing.Then came the chassis improvements. I thought my R90S handled really well especially after upgrading the suspension, but BMW went a step or two further by stiffening the chassis. The change in the handling and more importantly the feel of the bike was almost dramatic. When a motorcycle feels right, when it feels like an extension of you everything about your riding gets better. The changes BMW brought to the R100S made the bike feel right.Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 7.01.26 PM

The R100S I found today is a beauty. It has , the owner thinks somewhere around 100K miles on the clock, but…the bike has been very thoughtfully gone through and should easily go another 100K. Paint is not BMW (Honda) but is sure beautiful. This is really one of those Fly,Buy and Ride it home bikes.  Order a good windshield or half fairing, have it delivered to the seller, put it on when you get there and off you go! It’s got saddle bags, you can get a tank bag…take the long way home, you’ll love it.

Click on the pics below for more info ( a lot) and more pictures.

 

 

 

 

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1969 Triumph T100R Daytona

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After years of riding BSA and Triumph 650’s  and dealing with dodgy electrics (there is a reason why Lucas is called ‘Prince of Darkness’ and why  do the English drink warm beer…because Lucas made the refrigerators) and  it’s not true that Brit bikes leaked oil, they were just marking their territory, I turned to the Far East.

I started down the path on a Honda 350, then a Kawasaki 750, a couple of Yamaha RD’s, a Honda CB750 and then in the early 1980’s I came to my senses, I headed back to England. Not literally just mechanically.

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 8.01.10 AMI came across, quite by accident, a barely running 1969 Triumph Daytona. After sneaking it into the garage and putting  (hiding) it under a couple old blankets I started to work. Lucky for me, my wife at the time, never set foot in the hallowed ground of the garage…until one day. While looking for Christmas decorations she peeked under the blankets…busted. I came up with a lame story that I actually got it for her…Merry Christmas? She bought that story for about as long as it takes the Enterprise to go to Warp 9.

Once I had the bike running well I fell in love. The T100R Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 7.55.06 AMis a true jewel among British motorcycles. It’s light, nimble and loves to be revved. With just a couple of suspension upgrades that little 500 would respond to your every input. It knew where to go almost faster than you did. And yet, it wasn’t twitchy or nervous it was exactly the opposite…stable and precise. The Triumph Daytona was lively, responsive and tons of fun to ride.  And speaking of tons…yes, it would do the ton (100 mph) but at that point you were asking a bit much of it. The T100 was very comfortable in that 65-80 mph zone, after that, well a bit (?) of vibration settled in…I figured the bike was just complaining.

The Daytona 500 is a perfect daily commuter. It’s easy to start (no button here, you gotta use your leg), quite reliable and it will make you want to take the long way to work every day. Weekend trips, you bet. Two up? No. Cross country? No. But I’ll tell you, a weekend romp through the canyons, there are few bikes that have the personality of a Triumph T100R.

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 7.57.02 AMSadly my Daytona was stolen. I finally replaced it in 1997 with a newer Daytona model, the Super Three. After nearly 170K miles I still love the Daytona. I do wish I still had my T100R though. So, I found a real beauty on ebay this morning. It’s got somewhere around 35,000 miles but has been rebuilt , it’s got new carbs, tires and some other parts and besides the normal nicks and scratches on the paint, looks great. This is a motorbike that makes the Mother Country proud. It’s not as fast as a modern 500 but there isn’t a modern 500 that make you feel as good. Click on the pics below for more and more pictures. This is a great bike!

 

 

 

 

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1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 6.59.29 AMNow here is where the fun begins. The RD series of motorcycles from Yamaha were seriously some of the most fun motorcycles you could ever ride. I spent a good deal of time on RD’s starting with an RD250 that my step dad ostensibly for my mom to ride. I think she spent about 10 minutes on it and decided motorcycles were not for her…lucky me. From there it was onto my father-in-laws RD350 (which decided to hole a piston somewhere between Phoenix and Albuquerque) Riding about 300 miles on a sick motorcycle is not fun and then to have the owner (your father in law who doesn’t really like you anyway..) blame you?? And lastly to an RD400. As I look back, those bikes always put a smile on my face, even when working on them (which wasn’t all that often…I’m lazy). Super fun to ride, reliable and good looking. You can’t beat that.

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So here is what makes this motorcycle so valuable…It came here for one year. 1985. Though many are titled 1984. The EPA decided that 2 strokes were incompatible with their emissions regulations. But wait, the RZ came with catalytic converters and the rest of the world was OK with it, whats wrong here??  California. I’ll leave it at that

My good friend and racing competitor,Craig races an RZ and absolutely loves it. As a matter of fact I have never met anyone that loves Sportbikes that doesn’t love the RZ. Would I love to own one? Yes, Would I do a weekend trip on it? yes. Would I ride it across the country to visit my brother in law…odds are are low on that one. Not because of my brother in law…but, multiple hundreds of miles a day on an RZ??? You must have done something bad in a past life….

I found a beauty on Ebay this morning that may seem a bit overpriced but honestly, an RZ350 is probably one of the highest ‘Giggle Factor’ and most fun fun motorcycles you will ever ride.Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 6.23.30 PM
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1981 Honda CB750 F

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.15.29 AMI spent a lot of miles on a CB750F…a lot. Quite a bit north of 100K. From Mexico to Canada and all around the Western US. It never failed me. I failed it a couple of times but it was a good soldier. When I bought mine (my daughter was just 3 weeks or was it 3 days old?) I also ordered the ‘European Sport Kit’ Lower handlebars,reset pegs and I think something else?. I loved the bike. Over time I upgraded the suspension, put a Kerker exhaust on (the standard of the time) but honestly, it didn’t need anything else. Honda did a great job with the CB-F series, 750,900,1100. It didn’t do anything great, it just did everything very,very well. The series was a bike that you could think about your riding and not the bike. Tank bag, saddlebags and around the world you go. Well, maybe.Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 8.13.40 AM
I found a very interesting CB750F model on ebay today. The seller has done some very interesting changes to the bike. Kawasaki suspension. A bit more modern and probably adds a lot to the stability/handling. This bike does need a little love but not enough to make it undesirable. Price seems fair…so far. Click on the pics below for more info and more pictures.
My experience with this series of Honda’s was absolutely wonderful. It really is one of the bikes I regret not having today.

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1941 Harley Davidson Flathead

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.50.36 AM Years back a friend decided he wanted to live “Off The Grid”, I think that at sometime in life quite a few of us have thought of that. Then reality hits. A wife, kids, going to PTA meetings, and how far away is the nearest grocery store? Dan decided to wait until PTA meetings were over and kids were off to college before he headed down the path of “Off The Grid”.
Dan had spent years planning this transition in life (much to his wife’s dismay and consternation) and then the day came…”Honey, I found us a piece of land in Arizona that would be perfect for getting out of the Rat Race.
Now I’ve known Dan for years and over those years he acquired quite a motorcycle collection, some were pieces of junk (we all have those) and some were very special. He sold ’em all to buy this piece of land and an Airstream trailer to plant on it. Again, his wife just sat there shaking her head and wondering what kind of medications could help her husband. Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.18.39 AM
Fast forward about a year…This “living off the grid” ain’t all it’s cracked up to be and more importantly Dan missed his motorcycles. Sell the land, the Airstream, move back to town and buy a motorcycle. This time he decided on a classic bike instead of something modern.
How ‘Vintage’ is vintage, how ‘Antique’ is antique? Dan opted for Pre-war American. Indian, Harley, Excelsior??? Dan found a beautiful Harley WL model Flathead that needed some love. A few months later, and about as much money as he paid for his Airstream he had a big smile on his face and his overly tolerant wife was happy to have central air conditioning.Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.50.24 AM
The ‘Flathead’ design motor was very common throughout motoring history. Dating back to the early 20th century it was used in cars, tractors, pretty much anything motorized. The design was simple, dependable and relatively cheap to manufacture. However, it’s design did limit its power output, there are always trade offs. The WL Model Harley Davidson was a 45 cubic inch model that eventually found itself doing service in World War Two for not only the US troops but also for the Russian Army, they bought nearly 30,000 of them. After the war, the WLA model (A was for Army’) was very popular with returning GI’s. There is a lot more history available out there about the Flathead Harley’s and it’s quite fascinating. When it comes to Flatheads though there is nothing like the sound of a Ford Flathead to wake up you soul!
Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.48.12 AMI found a really beautiful 1941 Harley WL model on Ebay this morning. Earlier in this story I talked about my friend Dan and his Airstream. He paid nearly $30,000 for that trailer, he sold it for about the same. After he finished all the work he had done on the 1940 Harley, he could have bought back his trailer and given his wife a dish washer and air conditioning. It didn’t matter, he loved the bike. The bike I found on ebay this morning is a deal!
It is ready to ride. It does show it’s age and that is just great. If you’re not the adventurous type or a skilled mechanic you may not want to ride the bike across the country, but for weekend outings, it’s perfect and well worth the money.
Click on the pics below for more info and pictures. There’s an old saying out there “God rides a Harley”…there is another one that goes along with it, “If God rides a Harley, God rides slow”. On this bike, slow is just fine.

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1974 BMW R90S

Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 5.26.41 PMA few years ago I bought a 1976 R90S that had been sitting in a garage under a blanket, a piece of carpet and a few boxes for 17 years.It had only 15,000 miles on it. I got it for a song. It needed the standard stuff…all the fluids changed, new tires, clean the carbs, go through the wiring, new battery flush the brake system and get the mouse nest out of the air box.
After all that it was time for a shakedown run, a couple hundred miles ought to do it…as long as I had my AAA card. Well, the ride went perfect and I was in love with my BMW. It did everything I asked of it and with no muss or fuss. The next week the missus and I headed off to tour Utah and again, all was well.Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 8.02.08 AM
Over the few years that I had the R90 I had put about 70,000 miles on it with almost no issues. Easy maintenance, comfortable for two up riding, with a couple of suspension mods it handled pretty great, but then one night an evil spirit (Tanqueray Martinis and my friend (?) Erik) convinced me to sell it and buy an Adventure bike.
Well, word got out that I had sold the BMW and instantly I got an email from a good friend telling me that I needed to seek the help of a mental health professional. First I sold a Ducati Darmah, then my R90S all to buy a Buell Ulysses? They were right, I did need help. Do I regret selling my R90S? yes. Do I like my Buell? Yes. Do I love it ? No. I’d really rather have my R90S back…or something similar. Ah well. Hindsight is always 20/20.
The R90S showed up on these shores in 1974, at that time is was basically a bored out R75 with a few suspension upgrades, different carbs, a higher compression ratio and very cool bodywork including one of the most beautiful paint jobs and a nice tight little bikini fairing up front.
BMW really wanted to upgrade or modernize its image and the S model was the ideal platform and the best place to showcase that…the racetrack. Enter Reg Pridmore. Canadian racer Reg Pridmore took the Butler and Smith (the US distributors of BMW at the time) to the first ever AMA Superbike Championship in 1976. Fuddy Duddy BMW was now a very serious racer…The R90S is not your fathers BMW.There is a vast amount of good racing history about the R90S in that period and reading it makes me wish I had mine back.Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 5.28.31 PM
The photo above is three BMW’s leading a race. These bikes and even the street version are no slouches.
I found an especially nice S model today on ebay that is truly a fly /buy and ride/ Well, maybe the ride part might be a bit sketchy…only because of the weather across the country. Hey wait, you’re a good rider…some snow, a tornado or two and golf ball size hail won’t stop you. Will it?
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Honestly, this is a bike ready to ride. A lot of new parts, some nice additions (the Ohlins shocks and the Corbin seat) The price at this time seems reasonable, but we’ll see. It is a fabulous motorcycle. If you were ever looking for the perfect vintage sport touring bike, the R90S is without question the best you will ever find.
Click on the pics below for more pictures and more info

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1948 Nimbus

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 5.57.35 PMHow many of us have heard of Nimbus motorcycles? Not too many I imagine. It might be one that you have seen in a motorcycle museum, or in the pages of Motorcycle Classics magazine but probably not on the road. Too bad. It’s a wonderful machine built by a vacuum cleaner company in Denmark. Interesting thing here…this company built the first vacuum cleaner in Europe!
Around 1910 one of the founders of the vacuum cleaner company decided he could make a motorcycle and by 1918 he had. That was the year the first prototype was built, in 1919 they built two more, mass production didn’t begin until 1920. The new Nimbus was a 746cc air-cooled, shaft driven inline four. The Nimbus put out a whopping 10HP and had a top speed of just short of 55MPH and that was with a sidecar attached.
As advanced and wonderful as it was sales were poor, mostly due to a poor economy so production ended in 1926.But, in 1932 the founder of Nimbus and his son started designing a new motorcycle and in 1934 it debuted. There are a great number of changes to the original design except for the inline Four motor and the shaft drive. Horsepower had upped to 18 and a little later to 22. The new Nimbus acquired the nickname of “The Bumblebee” because of its exhaust note. One of the things I find most interesting about this engine is the exposed valve springs…very coolScreen Shot 2015-11-03 at 5.54.15 PM
The model ‘C’ sold well particularly to the Danish police, the postal service and the military. In 1939 as WW2 was winding up the military bought the majority of ‘C’ models. But as the war went on, getting materials to make the motorcycles became more and more difficult, less than 1000 motorcycles were built during that time. After the war new engine designs were developed but, because Nimbus was already selling everything they could make they decided on minor upgrades instead of retooling the factory.
Nimbus continued production until 1960. The Police stopped using the ‘C’ model in the late 1950’s because it couldn’t keep up with faster cars and motorcycles, however, the Postal Service continued to use the Nimbus until 1972.
I found a really nice 1948 Nimbus on ebay this morning. Mechanically this bike been gone through with a fine tooth comb. The rebuild modernized the bike without taking anything away from its soul. This is honestly one very unique motorcycle that you want to ride, not , I repeat NOT, park in your living room or hide under a blanket in your barn. Yeah it’s a little pricey but when you look at what has been done…it’s worth the Kroners (Danish currency). I only wish it had a sidecar as most Nimbus did, but you can find one.
Click on the pics below for a few more pictures and a boatload of information. And look closely, there is a serious resembelence to a very famous American motorcycle…which one?

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