TAG : September/October 2019


Summer Road Trip on a Yamaha

Here is a picture of me (on the Yammy) and my good buddy Bob Kass (Captain America) taken in May 1971. In a few weeks we took off on a summer adventure of a lifetime. Leaving our homes in Michigan, we traveled west across Canada, south on the Pacific Coast Highway and finally east on Route 66 ...


A Suzuki X6 Hustler from the Past

Reading the latest Motorcycle Classics you asked about significant bikes from our past. Here’s a story about my X6 Hustler. I was 17 and my mother remarried. My stepfather was a lead hand with Air Canada and we moved to Montreal. I went from a hick in the sticks to Expo ’67 and a whole ...


Triumph Gone, But Not Forgotten

I am a longtime subscriber to Motorcycle Classics. I currently ride a 2017 Triumph Bobber and I really dig the torque of that engine! I have had many bikes over the last 43 years, including a Yamaha Radian which I really liked a lot. It was a good looking machine. I also had a 1989 Sporty which ...


Remembering a 1973 Kawasaki Z-1

The bike I wish I’d never sold? My 1973 Kawasaki Z-1. I bought it used in July 1978 while on leave from the Army. I rode it for those 30 days, then parked it and went back to Germany for 15 months. I retrieved it in September 1979 and rode the heck out of it for a few years, then sold it off ...


Fred Hawley’s Honda CL77s

Rider: Fred Hawley, Middletown, New Jersey Age: 69 Occupation: Electrical engineer Rides: 1966 Honda CL77, 1978 Honda CB550, 1975 Honda CB750, 1975 Yamaha XS650, 1981 Yamaha 750 Virago and 2006 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster I have always had a passion for motorcycles ever since I was a ...


John Penton at the Barber Vintage Festival

Join us for the 15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, the largest vintage motorcycle event in North America, Oct. 4-6, 2019, at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama, with famed national champion enduro rider and entrepreneur John Penton as this year’s Grand Marshal. Inducted ...


Vintage Motorcycle Events: September/October 2019

Frank Lipinski took home the Editors’ Choice award for his 1982 Triumph T140ES Royal at the 2018 Barber Vintage Festival. 8/30: Bonneville Vintage GP, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. Look for great AHRMA racing, plus the ever-popular Battle of the CB160s ...


Adding a Carb Gantry to Your Norton Commando

A few issues ago we installed a pair of Donald Pender’s version of the Lansdowne dampers on a 1974 Norton Commando. While looking through his list of available parts, we noticed another cool upgrade we were interested in trying out. Don manufactures a gantry setup for the Norton Commando. The ...


SWAT Pullover Motorcycle Jacket by Tuff-N-Lite

Originally engineered for SWAT officers, this pullover motorcycle jacket is made from a breathable knitted fabric called Tuff-N-Lite, a cut, slash and abrasion-resistant material. It features Zoombang impact protection on the arms, along with thumb-loops at the ends of the sleeves and a ...


Dupli-Color Vinyl and Fabric Coating by Speed Moto Co.

Recommended for use on seats, dashboards and other vinyl or fabric surfaces, this dye transformed the seat on ad man Shane Powers’ Honda CB350 build. This lacquer paint dries to the touch in just 30 minutes. Available at auto parts stores or on Amazon. $8.95-$14.95. For more information, ...

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