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Motorcycle Classics

Motorcycle Classics November - December 2018

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.

United States
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
on the web!

Working with students in the College of Engineering at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, The Classic Bike Experience, also in Burlington, designed and put into production an air-actuated starter assist for 1971-1979 oil-in-frame Triumph twins. Pre-OIF units are now in the prototyping phase, and we plan to install one on a 1970 Bonneville in a future issue. Read the fascinating story of how CBE teamed with students to create the KickMagic starter assist for Triumphs by going to MotorcycleClassics.com/kickmagic…

3 min.
learning curves

There was a time when I thought I was getting pretty good at wrenching. Pull apart a Norton? No problem. After you get a couple under your belt, they’re pretty easy to work on. Ditto old BMW airheads, which, while technically more complex than a Norton, are basically tractors on two wheels; understressed and overbuilt. But if the rehab on my 1983 Laverda RGS 1000 has taught me anything, it’s that I still have a long way to go to be any good at this mechanicing thing. Two years ago, riding home from the 2016 Barber Vintage Festival, the RGS developed an oil leak, which, as these things go, turned into an engine-out, full top-end rebuild, with new pistons, rings, valves, valve springs, valve guides; the lot. With the engine out,…

2 min.

Rider: Lee Buffenmyer, Lititz, Pennsylvania Age: 67 Occupation: Offset pressman (retired) Rides: Lee has four street-legal bikes in his 20-strong collection, including a 1970 Suzuki TC90, a 1976 Suzuki Gopher, a 1975 Penton Enduro 100 and his Penton café racer. Lee’s story: The 1985 Hillclimb Amateur National Champion, Lee Buffenmyer raced for 18 years, many of those aboard a Penton, his favorite make. We bumped into Lee at this year’s Vintage Motorcycle Days, and asked him to tell us about his café’d Penton, something we’d never seen anyone do. “This started out as a 1973 Penton 125cc Six-Day enduro. I bought it as a rolling chassis in really sad shape, but it had a title. I wanted something I could ride on the road. My thought was, what if John Penton would have made a…

6 min.
“could you find him a suzuki re5 please?”

Tales from the Road I loved the TWALD article in the July/August issue and think that MC should have a running "Tales of the Road" section in the magazine. Reading interesting stories about barn finds, lost loves and frame-off restorations are great, but rides like TWALD are a huge component of what riding vintage bikes is all about — riding them with your pals. Years back, I dubbed our annual road trip The Oddball Run, a sick play on the Cannonball Run race, so named because “we ride old junk long distances for no reason whatsoever.” While I can’t write about the Oddball due to our “what goes on the road …” agreement, I am sure that there are lots of readers like the TWALD riders who can spin up a…

1 min.
on the market

First-generation M900 Monsters are thin on the ground in the U.S., as few made their way here during the first few years of production. Showing a low 17,861 miles on the clock, this 1995 M900 has the hallmarks of an enthusiast-owned machine, with touches like a Corbin saddle and aftermarket carbon fiber mufflers, although we could do without the yellow wheels. Although no service history is provided, it looks to be in excellent all-around condition and the price is in line with current offerings. That said, Ducati enthusiast Robert Smith offers a few pointers for would-be owners: “1) Look for cracks around the rear swingarm pivot in the back of the transmission case. They’ve been known to let go. 2) The electrical system on 1990s Ducati 2-valve twins is marginal,…

3 min.
galluzzi’s big gamble: 1993-1999 ducati m900 monster

Until 1993, streetfighters were the province of impoverished riders who had low-sided their sport bikes and couldn’t afford to fix the busted bodywork, so they made a feature of the naked look. Things might have stayed that way without the inspiration of Miguel Angel Galluzzi. The story goes that then Ducati technical director Massimo Bordi challenged Galluzzi to design a new motorcycle that could be extensively customized with factory or aftermarket options. That implied a minimalist machine without bodywork. Bordi also wanted to minimize development costs while avoiding a proliferation of new parts. It’s said that Galluzzi already had the solution in mind. Galluzzi fitted Fabio Taglioni’s tried-and-true 904cc air/oil-cooled desmodue (desmodromic valve actuation) engine into a steel-tube trellis frame adapted from the 750/900SS and 888 Superbike, and with the bare…