Tuesday December 10, 2013
Question, what motorcycle has been used for:
Post office deliveries
Answer: The BSA Bantam.
This incredible machine is one of the motorcycles that has been used for all of the above (and more). In the world of classic motorcycles the Bantam is arguably the most prolific as a result of the long production run (23 years) and its reliability.
Today, BSA Bantams can be seen at shows and classic events all over the world. Not bad for a simple single cylinder 2-stroke!
The BSA Bantam
Monday December 9, 2013
We often make jokes about receiving a gift that is "useful" instead of fun, but let's face it: for most of us classic bikers, a tool is a toy!
Always wanted a really good pair of gloves, or a tank bag with a built in GPS pouch? Now is the time to drop some major hints! (Accidentally sending the URL to your partner's email may not be subtle, but it should work!)
Check out this list of gift ideas and see if you agree. At the very least, it's a great way to get the conversation started!
Thursday November 28, 2013
Every now and then I come into contact with a classic enthusiast who is a lover of a particular make or model. Not long ago I had the pleasure of meeting Randall Washington who had built a supercharged Gold Wing, and before that Justin James best known as the "Tiger 90 man."
Doing some research recently on the Honda 305s, I came across the William Silver's name on a forum dedicated to the Honda parallel-twins. William has been around Hondas since he bought one in 1967: a CL90.
Besides two books on Honda motorcycles (History of the Honda Scrambler and Classic Honda Motorcycles), William has a vintage Honda repair guide (available on a CD) that can be found on many Honda classic forums.
The Honda 305
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Here's the dilemma: you want the public to have the chance to see and hear (especially hear) the iconic Honda RC161 on a race track. You have one, and you have a spare engine. But the complete bike is too rare to risk on a race track. What do you do?
Solution: Build a replica.
That may sound easy, but in the real world (not "real TV" shows where cars and bikes get built in less than a week), building a replica is no easy task. This is particularly true when the bike in question is a rare classic racer.
The Barber Vintage museum staff had this dilemma when they acquired a RC161 Honda complete with a spare engine. It was a long and challenging project that the entire museum staff, in particular Chuck Huneycutt, can be very proud of and, if you are lucky, can be seen and heard occasionally lapping the Barber Motorsport track.
Honda RC161 Replica