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TAG : July/August 2019

Learning Curves on the Training Course

Hard as it is for me to accept — because it means damn, I’m getting old — I’ve been riding motorcycles for over 40 years. When I got my motorcycle license at the tender age of 18, motorcycle safety classes were still something of a rarity. They were available, but at least in the ...

Onwards and Sideways

 Welcome, friends. Last issue in this space you read about the changes going on around here, yet despite a slightly-less-old guy behind the desk, the song remains the same. The only minor change this issue is you now get to read the drivel of not one, but two Motorcycle Classics editors. ...

VX-Pro4 by Arai Helmet

This family-owned Japanese company has handcrafted premium helmets for car racers and motorcyclists for decades. Their latest offroad lid is the VX-Pro4. Purposefully devoid of fancy aero aids or edgy shapes, the VX-Pro4’s smooth, organic shape reduces the chance of the helmet snagging on the ...

Richard Snyder’s Kawasaki Mailbox

 You will likely receive dozens of responses from former, and current, owners regarding the 1973 Kawasaki Z-1 article by Dain Gingerelli. The bike is gorgeous and the stories triggered a flood of memories for me. It was 1974 (19 years old), and I was in the U.S. Army in Colorado when I got my ...

Seeking Grandfather’s Long-Lost Vincent

This is a bit of a long shot and I’m sure you get these requests all the time, but I’m looking for my grandfather’s bike. He’s been in quite ill health and finding its whereabouts would be the boost he needs. Currently I know that the bike is registered offroad. There are no customs ...

Dave DeBaene’s 1938 NSU 501 OSL

Rider: Dave DeBaene, Moline, Illinois Age: 66 Occupation: Manufacturing engineer, John Deere (retired)Rides: 1938 NSU 501 OSL Dave's story: "I have been a motorcycle enthusiast since I was 12. I started with a scooter my oldest brother found for me. I raced amateur flat track for four years ...

1967 Suzuki T20 GP Kit

Editor’s note: If you’re having trouble with that old Suzuki, BSA or BMW, Keith Fellenstein is your guy. From motorcycle tuning tips to detailed motorcycle engine repair, he can draw from a wealth of experience to help guide you to success. Send questions to: Keith’s Garage, Motorcycle ...

1985 Suzuki Madura Fuel Pump Issues

Editor’s note: If you’re having trouble with that old Suzuki, BSA or BMW, Keith Fellenstein is your guy. From motorcycle tuning tips to detailed motorcycle engine repair, he can draw from a wealth of experience to help guide you to success. Send questions to: Keith’s Garage, Motorcycle ...

Yamaha RT1 Fork Tubes

If you’re having trouble with that old Suzuki, BSA or BMW, Keith Fellenstein is your guy. From motorcycle tuning tips to detailed motorcycle engine repair, he can draw from a wealth of experience to help guide you to success. Send questions to: Keith’s Garage, Motorcycle Classics, 1503 SW ...

Adding an Oil Thermostat to Your BSA/Triumph Triple

Two readily available thermostats for your BSA/Triumph triples: the Madigan (left) and the Tru-Cool (right) The Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket III were among the first production motorcycles fitted with an oil cooler. Due to the extra cost, no thermostat was fitted. For long, fast runs, that ...

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