Classic Motorcycle Repair

Project 1970 Honda CB350 — Part VIII

It's time for the big reveal: Our 1970 Honda CB350 is finally done!

Project 1970 Honda CB350 — Part VII

We're almost there: Just a few more parts and our 1970 Honda CB350 will be ready to roll.

Chain and Sprocket Orientation

A reader asks Keith Fellenstein why a motorcycle chain almost never runs centered over the sprockets.

Project 1970 Honda CB350 — Part V

Our wheels are back and tires are mounted. Engine cleaning is no fun, but our 1970 Honda CB350 is starting to come back together.

Project 1970 Honda CB350 — Part III

The frame’s ready and the broken engine mount is fixed, but there’s still a lot to be done on our 1970 Honda CB350.

Project 1970 Honda CB350 — Part II

Good news: Our project 1970 Honda CB350 runs! But there's still plenty of work to do, including rebuilding the forks and the rear suspension.

Project 1970 Honda CB350

Join us on our newest project as we take stock of a badly neglected, but still salvageable, 1970 Honda CB350.

Evapo-Rust Launches Rust-Block, Rust Inhibitor Spray, into Retail Chain Stores

Rust-Block is not only ideal for home and shop use, it's safe for your skin and the environment.

HVCcycle Acquires Ottoco Radial Heads for 2-Strokes

RD400 DG replica heads are currently in stock at HVCcycle with RD350/R5 heads in production.

Axle Wrench Set by RRR Tool Solutions

New stuff for old bikes: Axle wrench set from RRR Tool Solutions.

Honda Nighthawk Clutch Problem

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein helps with a clutch problem on a Honda Nighthawk 700.

The Right Brand of Oil for a Vintage Bike

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses which brand of oil to use on your vintage bike.

Oil-Filled Muffler: Honda CL450

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein addresses a muffler filled with oil on a Honda CL450.

Sticking Starter on Honda CB550

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein helps fix a sticking starter solenoid on a Honda CB550.

Back-End Weave: BMW R90

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses swingarm bushings causing some back-end weave.

CDI Ignition for Yamaha Viragos

CDI ignition boxes for Yamaha Viragos from Rick’s Motorsport Electrics.

1988 BMW R100RT Loses Power

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves an electrical issue where a 1988 BMW R100RT loses power.

Tire Pressure on Older Bikes

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses new-style tire pressure on older bikes.

Idling Problems: Honda VF700F Interceptor

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves idling problems on a 1984 Honda VF700F Interceptor.

Starting Issues With 1989 Kawasaki Eliminator 250

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves starting issues on a 1989 Kawasaki Eliminator 250.

2-Stroke Machines: Yamaha YDS3

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein explains why one would want to burn the pipe out on a 2-stroke Yamaha YDS-3.

Fuel Pump Problems: BMW K100RS

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein follows up on a previous question about a BMW K100RS with a lazy fuel pump.

Gas Tank: Triumph Bonneville Special T140D

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein explains installing a U.K.-spec gas tank on a Triumph Bonneville Special T140D.

Using Pod Filters: Suzuki GS450

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses using pod filters on a Suzuki GS450.

Steel Gas Tanks

Commando Specialties is now offering replacement steel gas tanks for Norton Commando Roadsters.

Oil Leak: Honda CB750K

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein looks into a mysterious oil leak on a Honda CB750K.

1965 Triumph Bonneville: Setting Ignition Timing

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein explains setting ignition timing on a Triumph Bonneville without a primary cover.

Leaking Tank: 1970 Norton Commando

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses a leaking tank on a 1970 Norton Commando.

Fouled Plugs: Suzuki T20

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a fouled plugs problem on a Suzuki T20.

Surging Throttle: Honda CB350K3

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses a surging throttle on a Honda CB350K.

Honda CB550 Valves

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein talks valve clearances on a Honda CB550.

Install a Headlamp Relay

We show you how to install a headlamp relay on a 1974 Yamaha TX500.

1978 Triumph Bonneville Has No Idle

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein looks at a lost idle on a 1978 Triumph Bonneville.

Barnett Celebrates 65 Years!

Since 1948, Barnett Clutches and Cables has been producing clutches and control cables with direct-fit/upgrade applications for just about everything on two wheels.

Amal Concentric Carburetor Overhaul

Motorcycle Classics shows you how to overhaul an Amal Concentric carburetor often used on classic British motorcycles.

Classic Motorcycle Projects Run Amuck

Editor Richard Backus explains how classic motorcycle projects, particularly a recent suspension project on his Laverda RGS, don’t always go as planned.

How-To: Norton Commando Electronic Ignition Upgrade

Step-by-step: Upgrading a Norton Commando Lucas ignition system to a Tri-Spark electronic ignition

Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Race to Rebuild

Motorcycle Classics has teamed up with Dairyland Cycle Insurance – sponsors of our popular 2010 Bonneville Build – for another bike project. Like previous builds our next project will be a custom classic. But this time, we want you to help us choose our build bike by voting for your favorite in the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Race To Rebuild.

Triumph Valve Adjustment

Keith Fellenstein offers some guidelines regarding Triumph valve adjustment.

Rebuilding Classic Bikes on the Cheap

Jim Alaimo offers his step-by-step process to rebuilding classic bikes "on the cheap."

Kawasaki Carburetor Problems and Triumph Valve Adjustment

Keith Fellenstein helps with some Kawasaki carburetor problems and Triumph valve adjustment issues.

Custom Motorcycle Tips for Handicapped Riders

Custom motorcycle tips to help handicapped riders get back on the road again.  

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Build, Part 3

The Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Insurance Custom Triumph Bonneville Build is finished!

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Build, Part 2

The Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Insurance custom Triumph Bonneville build takes shape.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Build, Part 1

Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Cycle Insurance team up to craft a modern take on a custom classic — the bobber.

Project Café: 1973 Honda CB500 Project Bike, Part 6

We're sure our restoration project bike, a Honda CB500, will dazzle the public when it's ready — which it almost is. Originally published as "Project Caf 1973 Honda CB500 Part 6" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

In Praise of Nobby Clark, Legendary Motorcycle Mechanic

Great racers become famous, but a great motorcycle mechanic labors in obscurity. Nobby Clark, however, deserves to be well known.

Restoring a 1971 Triumph TR6C Trophy - Part 4

Six months ago we turned the first wrench on our Triumph TR6C project, and it’s now finally drawing to a close.

Restoring a 1971 Triumph TR6C Trophy - Part 3

Blame a long, cold winter, but progress on our 1971 Triumph TR6C moved at a glacial pace after our last report in the March/April issue. But with spring’s welcomed arrival, we finally had a chance to get back into the shop and make some headway. And as the pics show, our project bike is starting to come together.

The Fine Art of the Bodge

If you ride and maintain older British bikes, then this is the appropriate term when one is forced to use a piece of wire to hold some component together.  This is to avoid resorting to trailers or other embarrassing forms of transport for the last leg of the trip.  

A Few Mods for the Enfield

Our long-term Royal Enfiled Bullet receives a host of performance and appearance upgrades.

Learning the Art of Classic Motorcycle Restoration

City College of San Francisco is offering a motorcycle restoration class, and it has been very popular.

Restoring a 1971 Triumph TR6C Trophy Special: Part 1

The inveterate tinkerers at Motorcycle Classics have chosen a Triumph TR6C Trophy Special as their first in-house restoration project. Originally published as "Restoring a 1971 Triumph TR6C Trophy - Part 1" in the January/February 2007 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Restoring a 1971 Triumph TR6C Trophy - Part 2

Part two of our rebuild of a 1971 Triumph TR6C Trophy.