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Dragstrip Riot 1 Sheet

Dragstrip Riot 1 Sheet

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Moto Posters From The Netherlands

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Werner Motorcycle Poster

Werner Motorcycle Poster


Motorcycle Races Poster

Motorcycle Races Poster

A recent acquisition.


A Couple For The Collection

2 new additions…

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1971 Honda CB350 Cafe Racer Project – Episode 7: Getting There…

First, let me say that I am almost there… Then, let me add that it is one thing after another! The bike is almost ready to hit the road. Until yesterday I had power to all systems and it was turning over and idling nicely. I had gas overflow running out of one of my carbs so I started the day by adjusting the float to limit the gas inflow. It all went downhill from there. Prior to messing with the float the bike would idle nicely and would rev, but not beyond about 2800 rpm. I thought this was a timing issue but wanted to stop the gas overflow prior to adjusting the timing. Once I adjusted the float I stopped the overflow, but then the bike was not getting enough gas to rev at all. Instead it would die every time I gave it gas. I checked the float bowl on the suspect carb and it was not getting gas at all so i readjusted the float and tried again. Same situation. I put it down and tackled the turn signal wiring to clear my head. I had power to all turn signals but they would not blink. They are on steady. I switched wiring around and around with no success. The headlight works perfectly bur no signal blink. The other problem is that the tail light is on but the brake light will not register. If I turn the key to position 2 then the brake light is on all the time. Something in the wiring is not right. Frustrated I turned back to the carb problem, I was just beginning to mess with the air gas mixture when all power to the bike was lost! The battery has juice but I get nothing anywhere. I checked the starter solenoid with my continuity tester and it is completely dead. I now have to swap out the solenoid from the parts bike to see if this is the culprit. Meanwhile here is what the bike looks like before I start beating on it with a hammer…

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1938 TT Poster

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Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists’ Show 2013

This past weekend was the annual Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists‘ Show & Swap Meet. As usual it was inspirational with some great bikes in all categories. The sun came out and it proved to be a beautiful day of vintage iron and oil!


Bummer, Another One Bites The Dust!

The gap continues to broaden. Things that are rare or unusual keep getting more expensive, while the common stuff keeps going down in value. I can’t find the sweet spot these days on motorcycle posters. I missed another one…

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Geo Ham Moto Sport Poster

This new addition to my collection had me sweating for 3 weeks as I followed it on eBay and then subsequently purchased it and awaited delivery. The question, as always, was, “Is it real?! Is it a repro?!” Since I don’t buy repros and do tons of research on paper goods before pulling the trigger. This one was particularly tricky.

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Any original Geo Ham poster will sell for between $700 and $2500, depending on the image. This image traditionally is found as a blank image with no text. It was designed in the 1930’s for the Motocycle Club de France (French Motorcycle Club). Sometime in the 50’s it was used with text by the French Motorcycle Club to boost membership. There are rarely versions of the 1950’s poster that are original. It has been reproduced and the copies are available on eBay regularly and often peddled as originals. I hooked on to this one on eBay France and was intrigued by the photo and description in French stating that it was an “old” poster that had edge wear on the yellowed paper. The opening bid was 100Euro and after a day or so I hit it with a minimum bid to avoid having the seller take it down. I figured I would snipe it at the end when I saw if it was getting any action. I thought it might be real but knew if it was that it would get hit and bid up during its run. With 2 days to go it still had no additional bids. I began to panic, thinking that I was going to take a 100Euro bath on a fake. To encourage someone to outbid me I posted the link on Pinterest and told people to jump on it. With one day to go someone outbid me. It was at 101Euro. I obsessed over the listing now that someone bid, not knowing if they knew more than I did and knew it was real. It forced me into high gear on my research. I contacted my dealer contacts and asked if anyone had info on the fakes that might confirm this was real. Nobody had owned a copy of the poster with the words. I went back to the eBay listing and started looking at every detail of the photo and comparing it to the photos of the repros I had. The colors looked correct and the edge wear in the photo looked correct from the low quality photo they had posted. I decided that I would put in a maximum bid that wouldn’t get me a divorce and chalk it up to education if I won it and it was a reproduction. I figured that the snipers would outbid me anyway if they did their homework and felt the same way I did about its authenticity. I guessed I would either win a fake, or it would go for somewhere in the $300 – $500 range. Bam! The auction went down and I won it for 25 cents less than my max. Now I was in complete panic that nobody had bid the $500 and went back to cussing myself for bidding on an uncertain commodity. Nothing to do but wait for the mail. 2 weeks later a small tube arrived and I actually waited a whole day before opening it because I was pissed at myself. When I cracked the seal and looked down the barrel of the tube my spirits were lifted. The paper looked correct and the edge wear was old. Even if it was a repro it was a vintage repro, which I could possibly live with. I slid it out and unrolled it to discover that the silkscreen was correct and the lettering had been screened on top of the original image, instead of embedded as it would have been on a fake. It was real! Sometimes the repro market can work to your advantage by scaring off the competition. I only say that because I have made some mistakes over my years of collecting posters and rarely take the chance anymore. My advice is still to buy from a reputable dealer and do your homework, unless you don’t care if it isn’t real and you paid too much…