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TAG : richard backus

Rare Bikes Head to Auction at Bonhams’ 2017 Stafford Sale

Ex-Freddie Firth 1949 World Championship-winning Velocette at Bonhams' 2017 Stafford Sale. Photos courtesy Bonhams Auctions.Rarity rules the day at this year’s annual Stafford Sale, Sunday, April 23, with Bonhams set to auction a bevy of extremely rare and valuable vintage motorcycles. ...

Honda Redux

A curiously grinning Shane Powers with the 1970 Honda CB350 K2 he bought for the princely sum of $94 at the 2016 Barber Vintage Festival. Some would say he paid too much. Photos by Richard Backus.Apparently, we have a thing for Honda CB350 twins. In 2016, we took a tired 1970 CB350 K2, stripped ...

The Motorcycle as Art: ‘Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed’

 Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed.Cover courtesy MotorbooksVisually, there has never been another book like Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed. An examination of 50 classic motorcycles written by motorcycle author Patrick Hahn with photography by Tom Loeser, it is without question the ...

Brake Arcing Service by Race Tech

Race Tech’s proprietary tool in place to machine the 1973 BMW R75/5 front drum.Photo courtesy Race TechRace Tech brake arcing serviceAfter reading my vent a few issues back about the poor front brake performance on my 1973 BMW R75/5, vintage suspension specialist Matt Wiley at Race Tech ...

The Journey, Not the Destination

The hovel I call my shop has been pretty active of late, what with editor Hall’s ongoing Norton Commando project and the recent addition of two “new” bikes to the hovel for my kids, daughter Madeline and son Charlie. For the past few years, now 23-year-old Madeline has been riding our ...

Fast Lane Boots by Bates Custom Leathers

Fast Lane boots by Bates Custom Leathers Photo courtesy Batse Custom LeathersI’d always wanted a pair of custom boots, specifically sized and cut to fit my feet, and my feet alone. Last year, with plans for my first visit to the Isle of Man Classic TT and Manx GP set in motion, I decided it ...

Of Brakes and Valves on Classic Motorcycles

Last issue, I mentioned the poor performance of the front drum brake on my 1973 BMW R75/5. That column generated a surprising number of emails on the subject, with BMW owners generally arguing that the major issue isn’t so much that the brakes are a bad design, rather they just need to be set ...

Enzo Gloves by Corazzo

Corazzo Enzo gloves. Photo courtesy CorazzoI got my first pair of Corazzo Enzo gloves about four years ago, and unless it was raining or really cold out they quickly turned into my go-to pair of riding gloves. An excellent set of all-around riding gloves, the Corazzo Enzos are fantastically ...

Inside the Isle of Man Tour

If there’s one place every vintage bike fan wants to visit, it’s the Isle of Man for the Classic TT and Manx GP. Since 1907, this island in the Irish Sea has been ground zero for motorcycle racing, making it perhaps the most storied place in all of motorcycling. All the greats raced here ...

On the Road, Gravel and Paved, in 2016

It’s not quite 2017 as I write, but it might as well be here in the Midwest, with old man winter starting to make his annual appearance and the riding season suddenly drawing to a close. Maybe I’m getting wimpy in my old age, but anymore I call it quits once the temps fall to freezing and ...

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