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The Aermacchi Project, Part 4: Cleaning Up — and/or Shopping

The factory manual exposes the inner workings of the Aermacchi’s 30mm VHB Dell’Orto carburetor.This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. You can read the Part 1 here.It is a not-often-discussed fact that ...

The Aermacchi Project, Part 3: Moving a Head and Making Tools 101

Wrenches modified on the bench grinder to aid in removing the Aermacchi’s cylinder head nuts. Photos by Margie Siegal.This is the third installment of an ongoing series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. You can read the Part 1 here.I looked at the ...

The Aermacchi Project, Part 2: The Tank Follies and How to Apply Red-Kote

It’s a bit hard to see, but a close look inside the Aermacchi's gas tank shows the red-colored Red-Kote tank sealer. Photo by Margie Siegal.This is the second installment of an ongoing series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. You can read the Part 1 ...

The Aermacchi Project, Part 1: Lift On!

Margie Siegal’s new-to-her 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. Made by Aermacchi in Italy, the single-cylinder Sprints are simple, reliable machines.This is the first installment of an ongoing series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. You can read the ...

Riding an MZ Across the US: Foreword

The teardrop-shaped PAV trailer was designed to match 1960s Jawa motorcycles, but still works visually OK with the more angular MZ.Early retirement has a number of advantages, one of which being extra time to go traveling. Which is what I'll do the early summer of 2018, across the USA, on my ...

The Quest: 1983 Suzuki GS750E

1983 Suzuki GS750E. Photos by Mark Rooyakkers.Many years ago I owned a 1980 Suzuki GS1100ET that I rode everywhere, in all kinds of weather, and anywhere I needed to go. At the time I did not own a car, and once even carried a pony keg of beer to a party, that bike was truly one of those UJM ...

On Three Wheels: Learning to Ride a Sidecar Rig

Participants practice their sidecar skills at an S/TEP (Sidecar/Trike Education Program) sidecar course. Photos by Margie Siegal.“It was easier than I expected. It was harder than I expected” — students at Evergreen S/TEP training, Seattle, Washington.A sidecar rig can be a fun addition ...

A Triumph Odyssey

This is a photo of me and my original 1968 Triumph Bonneville. I drove it home from the dealer through a snowstorm in Pennsylvania in January of 1968. Photo by Paul N. Fisher.The tagline of Motorcycle Classics inspired me to set out on a six-day adventure around the southwest United States on ...

Fifth Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering

 A pair of Ducatis lounge on the green at the fifth annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering held May 4, 2013. Photo By Margie Siegal Quail Motorcycle GatheringThis is a motorcycle event? I’m sitting at a white tablecloth-covered table, eating lunch prepared by three-star chefs and served on ...

Possibility Machine: The 2013 Ural Gear-Up Sidecar Motorcycle

Was it because of my early association with BMW motorcycles that I was drawn to Ural Gear-Up motorcycle, or was it because a Ural looks like it’s poised to conquer the Sahara? I’m not sure, and it doesn’t really matter. Bloodlines or aggressive posture aside, it’s really the ...

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