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Castor 927 Oil by Maxima

Maxima-927-Castor 

The commonality between all vintage racers must surely be love for the olfactory cocktail of race gas and castor oil. The former, to provide the octane necessary for racing engines, and the latter for its robust film strength, lubricating properties under stress, and fortitude in high temperatures. Mixed 32:1 with race gas, Maxima’s Castor 927 delivered all the lubrication needed for our racing weekend — while also delivering the best racing smell in class. (Which definitely counts, if you want the authentic vintage race experience.) Maxima Synthetic Chain Guard went on the chains after each moto; it goes on clear, creeps quickly inside the rollers, sticks rabidly and doesn’t mess up surrounding parts. Afterwards, Maxima Bio Wash made cleanup easy. $8 to $11.

 — John L. Stein

Destinations, by Joe Berk

Destinations by Joe BerkPaul Cézanne said, “Were it not that I am passionately fond of the contours of my country, I should not be here.” Cézanne painted landscapes, but Joe Berk lives in them. A compendium of Berk’s travel writing for Motorcycle ClassicsDestinations since 2006 is now available in print. The book is as much a resource for the sense of adventure widely shared by motorcyclists as it is a testament to his passion for the contours of North America, visiting every corner of the U.S., and some spots in Mexico. From Berk’s first commissioned piece on the Rock Store in Cornell, California, Joe swiftly became a regular Destinations contributor. The book is an authentic blend of motorcycling pilgrimage sites (e.g., the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa) and well-known monuments, parks and other museums around the country. Berk’s taste for adventure is evident, as popular destinations are contrasted with obscure, but pleasant rides and “best kept secrets.” This travelogue is made unique by Berk’s focus on motorcycling as the means and the end of travelling. Riders will appreciate advice about what to avoid, where to ride and what to stop and enjoy. $12.95 from our store. Online at MotorcycleClassics.com/store — Kyle Hayden

Ergonomics Simulator Website

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If you’re always shopping for your next bike, this website will be a useful tool. The site is an ergonomics simulator and it lists seat height, rider forward lean angle, knee angle and hip angle for classic and modern motorcycles. Do you have a bike that fits you well? Type in the make and model, and see the ergo measurements of your current bike. Have you ridden something lately that didn’t fit you well? Look up the ergos, and note the differences. Next time you’re bike shopping online, punch in the model. There’s a good chance it will tell you whether that’s a bike you’ll be comfortable on or not. cycle-ergo.com

Teton Touring Coat by Vanson Leathers

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Vanson has been making high-quality leathers for motorcyclists since 1974, and their Teton Touring Coat is a product we’ve been looking forward to trying out. Made of Firenze (medium weight) leather and waxed cotton, this European-style touring jacket features CE-approved armor at the elbows and shoulders, competition double leather at the elbows and shoulders, and it will accept a back pad. The top front pockets roll up to reveal vents, and there are vents in the arms and back. Look for a more thorough review coming soon. Starting at $749.

Hot Shot Starter Motor by Rick's Motorsport Electrics

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Rick’s provides a variety of starter motors and charging system upgrades for many Asian and European motorcycles. Rick’s new Hot Shot starter motor for the Honda CB350/360 replaces the old Mitsuba design with an updated 21st century permanent magnet design. Gone are the field coil windings that shorted out and the brush plate that overheated and rusted! This allows the Rick’s starter motor to produce more power than the original. This model fits 1968-1973 CB350K Twin, 1968-1973 CL350, 1970-1971 SL350K, 1974-1976 CB360 and 1974-1976 CL360. $169.95.

Old School Speed Rearsets

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Dime City Cycles offers several kinds of rearsets, but this kit from Old School Speed is built specifically for the Honda CB350. MC ad man Shane Powers just happens to be setting up a CB350 to go AHRMA racing with, so we ordered a pair. This is a complete kit, and it includes mounts, offset levers, folding footpegs, linkage arms and all the necessary mounting hardware, along with full installation instructions. $220.

Kawasaki H1 Intake Manifold Adapter Kit by HVC Cycle

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HVC Cycle has been providing parts and service to the 2-stroke community for more than a decade. Its latest new trick part is this Kawasaki H1 Intake Manifold Adapter Kit. Old carburetors wear out and the parts for them get harder to find. These adapters allow you to mount brand-new Mikuni VM round slide carbs to your classic H1. The original intake bores are oval, and the inside of this adapter tapers from the oval intake shape of the cylinder to the round shape of modern Mikunis intake boots. $175.







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