Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

Add to My MSN

7/22/2015

1913 Henderson Model B

1913 Henderson Model B

Country: U.S.A.
Engine: Air-cooled inline four-cylinder four-stroke
Ignition: Bosch magneto with distributor
Power Rating: 7hp rated
Displacement: 57ci (965cc)
Valves: Overhead inlet, side exhaust
Fuel System: Single Schebler carburetor
Transmission: Single speed
Suspension: Front-leading link forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Rear drum
Weight: 310lb
Top Speed: 55mph
Price new: $325

1913 Henderson Model B

With the popularity of the innovative Belgian F.N. four-cylinder machine, it was inevitable that American manufacturers would build something similar. Henderson was one of the earliest to jump on the bandwagon with a 57-cubic-inch four. This was the largest and fastest machine at the time, setting many records, including being the first motorcycle to circle the world, and was the favored bike by many police departments. Henderson sold out to Schwinn of bicycle fame in 1917, and the machines were now marketed under the Excelsior brand.

1913 Henderson Model B

1913 Henderson Model B



7/8/2015

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

Country: U.S.A.
Engine: Air-cooled 45 degree V-twin four-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 19bhp @ 3,800rpm
Bore x stroke: 2-3/4in x 3-13/15in
Displacement: 45ci (747cc)
Valves: Side
Fuel system: Linkert M11 1-inch bore carburetor
Transmission: 3-speed
Suspension: Front-leading link girder fork, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 390lb
Top speed: 70-75mph

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

Newly introduced in 1932, the “R” series superseded the “D.” Available in three versions, R, RL, and RLD, the differences being in compression ratios and carburetor size, resulted in maximum speed variations of 5-10 miles per hour. Lubrication was still by total loss. This machine is in original condition, stored in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area for many years.

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo

1932 Harley-Davidson RL Sport Solo



6/24/2015

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R — Eddie Lawson Replica

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled, in-line four-cylinder four-stroke
Ignition: Electronic
Power rating: 79bhp @ 8,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 69.4mm x 66mm
Displacement: 998cc
Valves: Double overhead cams, chain-driven
Fuel system: Four Mikuni 34mm CV carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front twin disc, rear single disc
Weight: 543lbs
Top speed: 135mph

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R

Limited production replica of the championship-winning Superbike ridden by Eddie Lawson. Special equipment includes gold-painted alloy wheels, Kerker exhaust, reservoir shocks, cut down seat, air adjustable forks, oil cooler and drilled disc brakes. The ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) is a very desirable model, sought after by collectors. This machine is in original condition.

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R

1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R



2/25/2015

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 24bhp @ 6,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 77mm x 75mm
Displacement: 349cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Bing carburetor
Transmission: Four speed
Suspension: Front leading link forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 345lbs
Top speed: 80mph

Friedrich Kleeman started building motorcycles in 1923, originally selling them under the Gnom brand. The name was soon changed to Horex, “Ho” for the location, Homburg, and “Rex” the family business. They gained an enviable reputation for their quality, and also produced some innovative race bikes in the 1950’s. With a decline in sales, motorcycle production came to an end in 1956. Horex concentrated on producing parts for Mercedes-Benz, and finally sold out to M.B. in 1960.

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8



12/4/2014

1956 Maico Taifun on Display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

1956 Maico Taifun on Display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

1956 Maico Taifun

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled, twin cylinder two stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 22.5 bhp @ 5,100rpm
Bore x stroke: 65mm x 60mm
Displacement: 395cc
Valves: None
Fuel systems: Single 26mm Bing carburetor
Transmission: Four speed
Suspension: Front Earles type leading link forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 396lbs
Top speed: 80mph

The Taifun, Typhoon in English, was an incredibly advanced design, both in styling and technical innovation. Performance was better than many machines of larger capacity, and features such as the totally enclosed rear drive chain running in oil are not common today. The "flip out" passenger pegs are another ingenious feature. A motorcycle built with the elegance of an expensive automobile.

1956 Maico Taifun on Display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum



11/19/2014

Right-Hand Side of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3

1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, three-cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Battery & coil
Power rating:
78bhp @ 12,000rpm
Bore x stroke:
62mm x 55mm
Displacement:
498cc
Valves:
Gear-driven double overhead cam
Fuel system:
Three Dell’Orto SS 27mm carburetor
Transmission:
Seven speed
Suspension:
Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes:
Front 220mm drum, rear 180mm drum
Weight:
275lbs dry
Top speed:
160mph

Originally built as a 350cc class machine, gradual bore increases raised the capacity to 377cc, 420cc, and finally 499cc. With this machine, MV won the 500cc World Championships from 1966 to 1973. This record is unique in the history of motorcycle racing. Increased competition required more modern technology, so the three-cylinder machine was replaced with a four-cylinder model that featured four valves per cylinder.

Rider's view of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Left-Hand Side of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3



11/5/2014

Harley on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

1964 Harley-Davidson XLR-TT

Country: USA
Engine: Air-cooled, V-twin four stroke
Ignition: Fairbanks-Morse magneto
Power rating: 70bhp @ 6,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 3" x 3-13/16"
Displacement: 883cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Linkert carburetor
Transmission: Four speed, close ratio optional
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 355lbs
Top speed: 115mph

The XLR was Harley's production racer, designed to compete in scrambles or "TT" races, where the capacity limit was 900cc. The XLR was a strange combination, with the chassis from the KR model, and a motor from the overhead valve Sportster. While the motor appeared to be similar to the production model, it had a shorter stroke and larger bore for higher rpm, producing more power, although the capacity remained the same. Motor internals were pure racing components, and in this form the machine was competitive with its main adversary, the Triumph 650cc TT Special.

Front-View of the 1964 Harley-Davidson XLR-TT

Close up of the Harley Davidson XLR on display at Barbers





The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
 

Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $4.95 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $29.95 for a one year subscription!