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TAG : richard backus

SnapJack V2 by Tirox Products

Bikes without a centerstand are at a serious disadvantage when it comes time to clean or adjust the final drive chain because there's no easy way to get the rear wheel off the ground. A small hydraulic jack sometimes works — if there's enough room and you can find a solid purchase on the ...

Looking Back

The beginning of a new year often finds us looking back in the rearview mirror of life, pondering what's been and is now gone as we move forward. I'm not usually one to dwell on loss, but it feels somehow wrong — improper even — not to note the passing of some major figures from our ...

RIP, Nobby Clark, Mechanic to the Stars

Mechanic to the stars Nobby Clark (far right) with Team Norton Champagne at the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP. Photo credit: Stephen Clark.Derek “Nobby” Clark. If you’ve paid any attention to motorcycle GP racing history, you know the name. A tuner and mechanic for some of the greatest ...

Tirox 360 Degree Chain Brush

We all know we should clean our bike drive chains and sprockets regularly, but I’ll bet most of us don’t, owing to the simple fact that it’s a dirty job that’s surprisingly hard to do really well on the bike. A simple brush works OK, but really only to clean the side plates. And while ...

The Unlikely 1: What it Means to Race at Bonneville

Ask any diehard motorcyclist for their short list of places they want to visit and, more importantly, ride, and odds are good the famed Bonneville Salt Flats outside of Wendover, Utah, will be at the top of that list. A visit isn’t that hard to arrange, but a ride on the fabled flats? Not so ...

Ahead to the Past

When Heinrich and Wilhelm Hildebrand teamed up with Alois Wolfmüller to produce the world’s first production motorcycle, in 1894, they were building a machine targeted almost exclusively to a growing leisure class, a population of individuals with the time and resources to toy with emerging ...

Having a Blast Using our TP Tools Skat Cat 40 Blast Cabinet

Before and after: The Laverda SF2 fork yokes were pretty rough, but after media blasting they’re ready for fresh paint. Photos by Richard Backus.We’ve wanted a good media blast cabinet for, oh, like forever, so actually having one makes us almost giggle every time we find an excuse to put ...

Honda Brake Conversion Kit by 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 ...

Switching Roles as a Motorcyclist Parent

When I was in my late teens and first started riding, my mother hated it. Not really a worrier by nature, and definitely not a helicopter parent, she was what I’d call prudently cautious, willing to accept a certain amount of risk because, hey, living is risk. And yet as rational as I knew ...

Motorcycle Classics Ride at the 2017 Barber Vintage Festival!

Our Sunday Morning Ride at the 2017 Barber Vintage Festival will take us through 40 miles of Alabama countryside.A handful of riders congregate at the Motorcycle Classics tent following the 2016 Sunday Morning Ride.Join Motorcycle Classics for our Sunday Morning Ride at the 13th Annual Barber ...

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