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Motorcycle Classics

March - April 2019

Motorcycle Classics is the authoritative voice of America’s growing classic motorcycle community and the premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts. Following the latest news and trends, and featuring in-depth reviews and riding impressions – with full technical profiles and value assessments – of classic motorcycles from every continent, Motorcycle Classics brings yesterday’s bikes into focus for today’s classic motorcycle aficionados.

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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on the web!

Wanna race?The guys and gals on the track will all tell you the same thing: Vintage motorcycle racing is so much fun, it’s hard to believe it’s legal. Ad man Shane Powers has taken that to heart, and we’re going to pitch in with parts and labor to help Shane get his 1970 Honda CB350 eligible to race in AHRMA’s Novice Historic Production road racing class. And he’s going to need all the help he can get turning his ratty $93 swap-meet Honda into an AHRMA-eligible machine! Follow along by going to MotorcycleClassics.com/AHRMA-CB350 ■…

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forward motion

One of the best — if not the best — aspects of motorcycling is the people. When I first got into motorcycles, the motivation was simple: I wanted to ride. An immediate and unanticipated bonus was being introduced to the motorcycling community, and discovering what an incredible resource of people of passion and capacity it contained. I'd never been a club guy or belonged to many organizations, but suddenly I found myself a member of one of the greatest “clubs” in the world. It was — and still is — amazing. That was 40-plus years ago. Fast-forward to today and I still can’t believe my incredible fortune in getting to turn my passion into my work, work where I’m surrounded by the community of motorcyclists every day.It’s likely that most…

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“their product is spot on and priced right.”

All flavorsI just started reading Motorcycle Classics last year, but I’ve been riding motor-cycles since 1964, when I jumped on my brother-in-law’s “twingle” Allstate/Puch 175. Many motorcycles and years later, I’m happy to say that I’m still learning about the history and technology of older motorcycles and I am particularly interested in what your magazine has to say and show — about ALL models.Please keep up the great work. I love all motorcycles from all countries and all sizes and styles. Don’t change a thing. For those naysayers who denounce Japanese motorcycles, I say, “Do your homework!” When I was old enough to drive legally, I bought my first motorcycle, which was a used Honda 50 Super Sport Cub with a 4-speed, manual clutch and gas tank on top. When…

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riders

Rider: Doug Bottcher, Sandpoint, IdahoAge: 60Occupation: Retired linemanDoug’s story: Starting at age 10, I have had in my possession 22 motorcycles ranging in size from 50cc to 950cc. Three years ago my wife and I had 13 motorcycles in the garage, some vintage, some modern and all in working order. We currently have and ride a 1965 Bultaco Model 9 155cc Mercurio, a 1974 Bultaco Model 115 250cc Alpina, a 1980 Yamaha SR500 and a 1973 Bultaco Model 98 175 Alpina. This bike was purchased for me when I was 15 years old. I still have the original receipt for $816, purchased from Frank Thieme at Cycle Haus.I raced a 370 Pursang when I was in high school. My love for Bultacos has kept me looking for them almost daily.…

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forty-inch flyer: 1977-1980 kawasaki kz650

In marketing-speak it’s called a “unique selling proposition,” or USP. It’s the feature or benefit that makes your product stand out from the rest. In the era of the ubiquitous Universal Japanese Motorcycle — across the frame, air-cooled, over-head cam 4-stroke multi — each of the Big Four knew they had to be in this market: But how to give their UJM a USP?Honda set the stage with the single overhead cam CB750. Kawasaki fired back with the dual overhead cam 900cc Z1. Honda tried the undercut with 350, 400, 500 and 550 fours. Suzuki made the first dual overhead cam 750, the GS. Yamaha tried a triple. Kawasaki responded with a new capacity: 650cc (40ci).Kawi asked Z1 designer Ben Inamura to develop the KZ650. And while the Z1 inherited…

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on the market

1979 Kawasaki KZ650: $1,200If the used market is any indicator, Kawasaki’s middleweight 650cc didn’t exactly light up the stage, as pickings are pretty slim. That could be simply a reflection of the fact that as a middleweight UJM, it wasn’t a bike anyone truly aspired to or bothered to hold onto. Like many machines of its era, once it got a few years and miles on it, a KZ650 was just an old bike of no particular value. We found this 1979 KZ650, definitely the nicest of the small number we found online, on Kansas City Craigslist. Showing a low 8,540 miles on the odometer, it was a clean survivor, but suffering cosmetically from the unfortunate aftermarket seat. Remarkably, a search of eBay turned up several stock replacement seats, two…

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