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Honda Brake Conversion Kit by Dime City Cycles

Dime City Cycles  Dime City Cycles

More proof that racing improves the breed comes from Dime City Cycles, who are developing a 3-piece brake conversion kit to replace the rod-actuated rear brake setup used on vintage CB350s and similar bikes. Learning from his time on the track with their CB350 in AHRMA racing, Dime City’s Herm Narciso developed a cable-actuated rear brake setup to eliminate the possibility of unintended braking on full swingarm compression, which can result in brake rod pull. “It’s not enough to stop you,” Herm notes, “but in a bumpy corner it can get your attention.” The cable also aids converting to rearsets since you don’t need to adapt the brake rod.

We installed an early beta version on my son Charlie’s project 1972 CB350, and Herm’s definitely got something here. Installation was straightforward and brake actuation excellent. Production kits will feature a revised rear bracket for more direct cable pull and the bracket will accommodate the Honda’s stock brake plate stay bolt. Expected price: $69.95.

Arctic Grip Heaters by Aerostich

Heaters by Aerostich

Minnesota-based Aerostich is well known for its line of cold-weather riding gear, and their Arctic Grip Heaters are perfect for riders looking to stretch the season as far as possible. A pair of wafer-thin heating elements that install between the handlebar and the grips, the right and left heaters are calibrated differently for maximum heat control, with no throttle-side resistor needed to equalize temperature. The grips come with everything for installation including a 3-position hi/low/off switch. For 12-volt systems. $47.

The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi by Ian Falloon

Cover courtesy Motorbooks

Motorcycle historian Ian Falloon, author of more than 20 motorcycle books, has produced yet another must-have addition to your library, The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi: Every Model Since 1921. Although Falloon is perhaps best known for his detailed and exhaustively researched books on Ducati, the early bevel-drive round case V-twins in particular, he’s no stranger to Moto Guzzi, having owned and ridden iconic 1970s models including the first series V7 Sport and the Le Mans.
 
Falloon’s first Moto Guzzi book was the critically acclaimed The Moto Guzzi Story: Racing and Production Motorcycles from 1921 to the Present Day. First published in 2005, it was updated in 2008, in between which he published The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible, a close examination of two of Moto Guzzi’s most acclaimed V-twins of the 1970s and 1980s. 
 
This latest work is his most comprehensive yet on the famed Italian marque from Mandello del Lario, a detailed look at every production Moto Guzzi motorcycle ever produced (with the exception of some commercial, military and police-only models), starting with the first Guzzi, 1921’s 500cc Normale, and leading up to the present-day 2017 model range. 
 
Following a chronological format, Falloon sharpens the focus of Moto Guzzi’s model development by looking at model evolution through the lens of specific eras rather than specific decades. Chapter 3, for example, looks at what Falloon calls Guzzi’s “Golden Era,” the period from 1945-1957 that saw the development of some of the company’s most innovative racing motorcycles, including the continuing development of the Bicilindrica, the Gambalunga, the innovative 500cc inline four Quattro Cilindri, the twin cam Bialbero, and of course the unforgettable 500cc V8 GP racer.
 
Scores of period photos give the reader a feel for the bikes examined within the context of their time, while contemporary color images of original and restored machines highlight the quality and beauty of the many machines turned out by Moto Guzzi over a period spanning almost 100 years. 
 
Authoritatively written and beautifully presented, with 350 photos and illustrations, The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi is a needed addition to the Moto Guzzi story and one that belongs in the library of every fan of motorcycle history. Motorbooks; 256 pages, $60. To order a copy, visit our store.

Rest in Peace, Jack Silverman

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Jack Silverman directed the restoration of the ex-Willi Scheidhauer 1955 Ducati 125 GP, with Evan Wilcox recreating the dustbin fairing working from period photos. Photo by Jose Gallina

The vintage motorcycle community lost a valuable friend with the passing of Jack Silverman, who died in August at age 77 after a two-year battle with encephalitis. A longtime resident of Aspen, Colorado, Jack had a long history with motorcycles even though he didn’t earn his racing license until 1996, when he was 56 years old! 
 
Jack absorbed his family’s fascination with American Indian art and spent years reproducing serigraphs of early Indian carpets and tribal pots. His eye for design and excellence became an obsession as he researched and restored a series of 1950s Ducati Marianna 125 GP motorcycles. Jack frequently visited Italy, tenaciously tracking down rumors of derelict machines with great success, including resurrecting the Giuliano Maoggi #266 Ducati Marianna, winner of the 1956 Motogiro d’Italia. Maoggi enthusiastically autographed the gas tank for Jack when he saw his old steed looking like it did 50 years ago. 
 
Jack’s projects to recreate the bygone era of classic motorcycle racing’s history of fully faired, small-displacement bikes were nothing if not ambitious, and one of the most satisfying aspects of his obsessions was to actually experience the joy and thrill of riding these bygone masterpieces. Viva Jack!

Mederski Named AMF President

 AMF Foundation President Mark Mederski

Mark Mederski

In its recent annual board meeting, the Antique Motorcycle Foundation Inc. unanimously elected longtime industry veteran Mark Mederski as its next president. He is the foundation’s fourth president in its 10-year history. Mederski replaces Jon Radermacher.

After many years with the American Motorcyclist Association, Mederski was the executive director of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio. He currently is the special projects director at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, where he primarily focuses on exhibition design and communication efforts.

“The Foundation has had solid, thoughtful leadership for 10 years. The Board of Directors has recruited a strong talent pool with commitment for our work,” Mederski said. “We aim to serve the collector community in several ways with the Vintage Motorcycle Source and the AMCA Virtual Library, our most important products. These resources will help enthusiasts of all experience levels with most aspects of their old motorcycle projects. I thank the Board for their support going forward.”

Radermacher, who remains on the AMF board, will be the project leader for its online efforts: creating the Vintage Motorcycle Source, a one-stop source for all things related to vintage and antique motorcycles (museums, services, parts, brokers, etc.); and taking over the AMCA’s Virtual Library to convert the current works into a professional-grade, searchable digital archive that will store thousands of historical documents, audio and video.

“Mark has been on the AMF board since 2014 and his wisdom and skills have served the foundation well thus far,” Radermacher said. “I am nothing less than pleased that Mark will be leading the foundation and I would like to express my thanks for his willingness to assume this important role.”

For more information, contact the AMF board at bod@amf.foundation.

About the AMF: As an educational non-profit organization, the Antique Motorcycle Foundation Inc. relies entirely on the generosity of individuals, clubs, and corporations in the antique and vintage motorcycle community. The Antique Motorcycle Foundation embraces all brands of motorcycles 35 years and older. Find them online at AMF Foundation.

Rollie Free Vincent Now at the National Motorcycle Museum

Rollie Free in his bathing suit

Photo from the Herb Harris Collection.

The prototype Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, is now on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

The famous "bathing suit bike" will be on loan only until summer 2018.

Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free

Many consider the image of Rollie Free in his bathing suit riding John Edgar's HRD Vincent one of the most famous motorcycle photographs ever. The story of Rollie tearing off his leathers and deciding to improve his personal streamlining with a bathing suit, bathing cap and tennis shoes is stuff that not even Hollywood can dream up! Vincent enthusiasts will recognize that this is the bike that gave rise to the slogan "The World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle" when it set a land speed record of 150.313 miles per hour.

The machine does not get shown often, mostly at west coast concours. The owner has graciously agreed to loan it out for a display at the National Motorcycle Museum as part of the Museum's current Streamliners exhibition.

Vincent Black Lightning

Vincent Black Lightning


Inside of the National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum is located in Anamosa, near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On display are over 480 motorcycles from all parts of the world, board track racers from the golden era of American board track racing and a 1920s service station plus bicycles, pedal cars and thousands of pieces of memorabilia.

Plan your visit to see the John Edgar Vincent at the Museum here.

Outside of the National Motorcycle Museum


2 NEW EXHIBITS OPENED SUMMER 2017

Dirt Riding USA display

Dirt Riding USA, presented by J&P Cycles. Fifty great trials, enduro and motocross bikes help trace the 1970s and '80s, glory days of dirt racing and off-road motorcycle design on display for a limited time.

Display of a barn find bike

Rusty, dusty and crusty motorcycles and parts, what might live in a barn near you. Come see what we have found and displayed.

Tommaselli Clip-On Handlebars

 

Better bars

In addition to a comprehensive stock of parts for Italian motorcycles including Ducati and Moto Guzzi, Stein-Dinse also keeps a huge selection of Italian-made accessories on hand like these adjustable Tommaselli clip-on handlebars. Available in a wide range of sizes to fit different fork tube diameters, and different styles including double- and triple-jointed clip-ons, Tommaselli bars are widely regarded as among the best in the business. Stein-Dinse also stocks Tommaselli grips, levers, switches and more. Price varies ($146.36 as shown). MC