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Monthly Archives: July 2012

1971 Honda Cb350 Cafe Racer – Episode 5: Rolling Chassy

Made some serious visual progress today. Repacked the front brakes, polished up the front and back rims, and reassembled a rolling chassy. So far the only major changes I have made are ditching the stock fork covers for replacement rubber fork boots, and changing out the handlebars for cafe bars. Now the small details begin,including the dreaded electrical.

1971 Honda CB350

1971 Honda CB350

1971 Honda CB350

1971 Honda CB350

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Vintage Belgian Motorcycle Race Poster

A nice 1969 Belgian Motorcycle Race poster I just bought from a dealer in France. Great flat track image advertising mixed-class races, including side-cars, called Rumesm Mettet.
Cafe Racing Poster


1971 Honda CB350 Cafe Racer – Inspiration

I came across this 1971 Honda CB500 Cafe Racer today while looking for inspiration on the web. I am not sure who built this bike but it is sweet. Great example for my CB350 build.

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Just got word from the guys over at Steel Bent Customs that this was their build. They have tons of great builds over on their site so check ’em out at Steelbentcustoms.com


A Little Something To Get Your OCD Going…

Buzzfeed posted 19 examples of things that make us OCD victims go crazy. This is one:

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For the rest of the list click here


1971 Honda CB350 Cafe Racer Project – Episode 4

Last night I wrestled the engine into the freshly powdercoated frame, after cleaning and polishing the engine for several nights. The aluminum isn’t perfect yet, but I am tired of trying to make it perfect, especially after seeing the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo version with all its imperfections. Here is where it stands at the moment:

1971 Honda CB350

1971 Honda CB350

And here are some parts and the carbs all cleaned up and ready to be installed. Soon I will have a rolling chassy.

1971 Honda CB350 Cafe Racer Project


Another Project – The 1920’s Iver Johnson Truss Frame Flat Track Bicycle

I was thrilled and honored to purchase a 1920’s Iver Johnson Firearms Co. flat tracker bicycle at an estate sale this past weekend. The Missus called me at around 2:30 in the afternoon while out hitting the garage sale circuit to tell me that she was at an estate sale with a plethora of vintage goodies at great prices, including a really old bicycle that the proprietor of the sale claimed, “…used to have wooden rims…”. She said I should get over to the sale to check it our quickly because some 12 year old kid was trying to convince his parents that he needed this bike. I was skeptical, as usual, and thought that at 2:30 in the afternoon the only kind of bicycle left at a sale would be some 1970’s British commuter bike, at best. The Missus actually had to come and pick me up and force me to go to the sale to look at it, in case the bratty kid had not already convinced his yuppie parents that he needed a junky old adult bike to throw in his garage.

When we rolled up I sauntered around, acting disinterested, as the family was still at the sale and the kid was still whining. It seems that a price of $100 had been thrown out there by the proprietor of the sale, IF he was going to sell it at all, because he had a sentimental attachment to the bike, as he claimed his grandfather had ridden the bike around the great lakes as a teenager in the 1930’s, on wooden rims, no less. The $100 price tag had the parents put off. I wandered into the garage to check out the goods. The bike was definitely old, but didn’t have wood rims and the seat and handlebars had been updated at some point, along with the rims. The original hub was still there, but newer rims had been retrofitted. The head badge was old but was only partially there and the bike had been ridden hard for many years. It was a single speed tracker with a coaster brake. It was worth the $100 price tag, at least, so I didn’t even bother negotiating. If he was going to sell it at all i knew it would be the $100. We bought it and stuffed it in the back of the Missus’ car and took home my next project, as IF I needed one…

1920's Iver Johnson Truss Frame Bicycle1920's Iver Johnson Truss Frame Bicycle

1920's Iver Johnson Truss Frame Bicycle

1920's Iver Johnson Truss Frame Bicycle

1920's Iver Johnson Truss Frame Bicycle

1920's Iver Johnson Truss Frame Bicycle

1920's Iver Johnson Truss Frame Bicycle

A few days later an article came out in our local paper about the gentleman that had owned the bicycle. His name was Bernard (Barney) Duberow. The article mentioned that infamous bike ride around the Great Lakes, confirming the grandson’s tale, by stating, “As a young man, one of Barney’s fondest memories was riding his single speed bicycle around all of the Great Lakes, a trek of over 1,500 miles with his buddy, Bob Hayes.”

Originally I was going to sell the bike, but I feel the need to restore it in Barney’s memory. I have been obsessed over the past week in researching Iver Johnson bicycles in hopes I could confirm the wooden rim part. Indeed they did have wooden rims, which means I have to obsess over finding a replacement set. Nevertheless, my friend Clay rolled by Casarama the next day to show off his wooden rimmed Racycle flat tracker he just picked up. I can’t believe it is a coincidence, so I will restore the bike, alongside Clay’s Racycle and we will ride in memory of Barney.

For more about Iver Johnson Firearms Co. and the bicycles they built visit their museum website here.


Run Angel Run Movie Poster

Found this great motorcycle poster for a client in Casarama. It is a 1 Sheet for the 1969 film called Run, Angel, Run!

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Vintage 1972 Harley Davidson Flat Track Poster

I missed out on a great 1972 Harley Davidson Dealership promotional poster featuring champion flat track racers. It went for a whopping $264. Way more than I put in for…

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Photo of the Day – Vintage French Motorcycle Poster

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Vintage Motorcycle Hill Climb Poster

I have a few reproductions of these hill climb posters in my collection, from back when I actually bought reproductions. This original beauty just arrived at my doorstep. It is a window card sized poster from the 50’s. This one is no repro.
Motorcycle Racing Poster