Motorcycle Classics, September/October 2016 

September/October 2016
Volume 12, No. 1

On the cover: Lost for 50 years, a very special Motor City drag bike comes back to life.


features
Quail Motorcycle Gathering
2016 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering was small and intimate, just how it should be.
By Dain Gingerelli
VeloStar
STAR-CROSSED SCRAMBLER: BSA-VELOCETTE "VELOSTAR"
Meet the VeloStar: a Velocette 500 single in a BSA Gold Star frame with suspension from a Husky. Yes, we’re serious.
By Robert Smith
TROG
THE RACE OF GENTLEMEN 2016
In its fifth year, the Race of Gentlemen delivered pre-war bikes on the beach of New Jersey.
By Somer Hooker
JAWA 250 Perak

IRON CURTAIN ARTISTRY: 1954 JAWA 250 PERAK
Beautifully restored, this JAWA 250 Perak might be one of the nicest post-war Czechoslovakian motorcycles.
By Corey Levenson

Vincent Rapide
THE WOODWARD AVENUE VINCENT RAPIDE
Owner Michael FitzSimons drag raced against this Vincent Rapide modified for racing in Detroit as a teenager. Fifty years later, he found it and restored it to its former glory.
By Brad Bowling
1968 Yamaha YR2C
FIELD FIND: 1968 YAMAHA YR2C
Found sitting in a field since the 1970s, this Yamaha YR2C is back on the road after a complete restoration.
By Ian Easton
1982 Honda FT500 Ascot
THE THUMPER: 1982 HONDA FT500 ASCOT
Long after thumpers ruled the racetracks, Honda built a modern electric-start street single, the FT500 Ascot.
By Margie Siegal
1931 AJS S8 DeLuxe
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: 1931 AJS S8 DELUXE
One man restores a derelict AJS S8 DeLuxe, in a year to the day, in his two-car garage.
By Greg Williams
Henderson KJ Streamline
MOTORCYCLE ART: ART DECO HENDERSON KJ STREAMLINE MODEL
Built in 1935, this one-of-a-kind bike began life as a 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline model before being turned into an Art Deco masterpiece.
By Alan Cathcart
H-D XRTT-750
RACE TRACK REFUGEE: HARLEY-DAVIDSON XRTT-750
Old race bikes never die, they just get recycled, as this custom Harley-Davidson XRTT-750 shows us.
By Dain Gingerelli

departments 
Richard Backus and his Laverda Black Side Down
The Accidental Buyer of a 1973 BMW R75/5
By Richard Backus
Keith Fellenstein
Keith's Garage
Keith’s fixes will keep your vintage bike up and running.
Diamond Gusset Gear Driven
6 Pairs of Motorcycle Jeans for the Road
Manzanar National Historic Site
Rides & Destinations
Manzanar National Historic Site
Under the Radar Under the Radar
Mid-Size Touring and the Little Wing: 1981-1982 Honda GL500 Silver Wing Interstate
Barber Vintage Festival
Calendar
Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: September/October 2016
Barber Vintage Festival View from the Sidecar
Motorcycle Classics at the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, The Race of Gentlemen: Beach Racing in California, Finding Cannon Ball's Trail: Reconstructing the Motorcycle Cannonball Run
Alton
Cool Finds
New stuff for old bikes.
Project Honda
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.
Parting Shots
Parting Shots
Turbocharged Days: Testing Turbocharged Bikes in the Seventies
How-To
MC How-To
Adjusting 1977 Suzuki GS750 Valves