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Bad Astra Per Aspera: The Sea Beast Finale

Participation trophies presented by Editor Fellenstein and my nephew, Fisher.This is the final entry in a six-part series detailing Shane Powers' restoration of a Honda CB350, also known as the Sea Beast. Start at the beginning with Part 1.The motto of the great State of Kansas, where I have ...

The Aermacchi Project, Part 8: It Starts!

1973 Aermacchi, with spiffy new(ly re-chromed) pipes!This is the eighth and final installment of a series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. Start at the beginning with Part 1.The 1973 Aermacchi (350 Harley Sprint SS) is all in one piece. The tank ...

The Aermacchi Project, Part 7: Serendipity Strikes Again!

Left side cover, in process of cleanup. The key that pushes the shaft-and-ball bearing linkage that operates the clutch is to the left. I was told that someone badly overtightened the clutch, resulting in the key being dimpled and possibly slightly bent.This is the seventh installment of a ...

The Sea Beast Saga, Part 5: Oh What a Body!

As I write, Fast & Safe Roadracing School is 16 days away and approaching like a rock flung towards my face shield from the wheels of an 18-wheeler on I-70. There’s no way I’ll dodge it, so I’m glad I’ve prepared. While it hasn’t always gone smoothly, things have progressed to a ...

The Sea Beast Saga, Part 4: Better, Faster, Stronger

Timing the Charlie's Place electronic ignition.Since I started the project of reviving an extremely tired Honda CB350, many literary and pop culture references have been used to describe the process. Is this a Cronenberg creation? Negative. I’ve always preferred the Vincent Price film from ...

The Aermacchi Project, Part 6: In Which the Motorcycle Angels Come Through

Hallelujah! The mystery tool works!This is the sixth installment of a series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. Start at the beginning with Part 1.“There's a special cherub for motor-cyclists.” — Dorothy Sayers, The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in ...

The Aermacchi Project, Part 5: Fear of Plating

The cylinder head is on!This is the fifth installment of a series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. Start at the beginning with Part 1.When motorcycles were invented in the 1890s, the manufacturers nickel plated some parts. Chrome plating came in the ...

Requiem for a Rust Pile: The Sea Beast Prequel

Deconstruction of the Sea Beast complete.Since the proclamation of my intentions to become an AHRMA racer, time seems to have slipped into overdrive. My to-do list gets longer, but more specific, all the time, and I frequently find myself taking meals (read: snacks) in the garage. Nitrile ...

The Sea Beast Saga, Part 2: I Need Help

The CB350 at Barber, being pushed out of the swap meet, aka back when I still had the arrogance of the uninitiated. All photos courtesy Shane Powers.In the first installment of the tale of Sea Beast, a name that actually refers to three motorcycles melding into one, I listed my assets. Among ...

I Am a Racer, This is My Machine

Shane and the Sea Beast, Barber 2016. Photos by Shane Powers.Two years ago, I did something objectively ignorant. At the 2016 Barber Vintage Festival, I purchased a 1970 CB350 for $93. The wretched condition of this bike cannot be overstated; every single piece was rusted, the engine seized. It ...

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