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OLDMOTODUDE

Your Motorcycle Encycleporium

OldMotoDude,  your place for connecting with the past, and embracing the future.  A place where you can find the links to the motorcycle reviews, and the parts you're looking for to keep your bike in top shape or get it back on the road.  Whether you’re looking to read about the latest riding gear or want to find that perfect road, OldMotoDude has it all for you. Check out our vast range of articles, and get your daily fix!

 

NEWS AND EVENTS

All The Latest Headlines at the Tip of Your Fingers

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BARBER VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

June 8th, 2021

If you want to head to the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival there's no time like the present to purchase your tickets. Click on the link to order your tickets.  FYI... I have no affiliation with Barber.  Just making it easier to find your way to their web site.

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MOTORCYCLE OF THE WEEK

Jun 25th, 2021

1972 Honda CL350 Flying Dragon

The Flying Dragon was a special paint scheme offered on select Honda models in the early 1970s.  What really separates this option from other bikes of the time is that no two Flying Dragon paint jobs is the same.  Each is a unique paint job.

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THE 2021 DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S RIDE IS IN THE BOOKS.

May 23rd, 2021

Had a great time riding and practicing social distancing while raising funds for men's health.  Made some new friends as well.

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THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S RIDE IS SUNDAY MAY 23RD, 2021

May 23rd, 2021

The 2021 DGR is right around the corner.  If you're not riding you can still donate.  See the link for info.

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LINK TO ROBERT KUHN'S MIDNIGHT SPECIAL PAGE

May 17,2021

Mr. Kuhn reached out to me to share his love of Yamaha Midnight Specials. I agree that the significant amount of gold plating made these bikes standout from the other Japanese customs of the day.

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ONE OF THE TOP SELLERS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE 2021 MECUM AUCTION

May 1, 2021

Saving the best for last, this 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 Road Racers was one of Saturday's top seller at $126,500.

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ONE OF FRIDAY APRIL 30TH, MECUM LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION'S TOP SELLERS

April 30th, 2021

This 1911 Pierce Four was a top seller for Friday selling for $86,900.

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MECUM 2021 LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION APRIL 29TH TOP SELLERS

April 29, 2021

This 1928 was one of Thursday's top sellers at $99,000.  This OHV V-Twin is not as desirable as the larger models, but still a very desirable motorcycle.

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MECUM LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION 2021 WEDNESDAY APRIL 28TH TOP SELLERS.

Apr. 28th 2021

This 1954 Triumph Thunderbird is one of Wednesday's biggest sellers at $17,050.  Other high sellers will be posted here this week.

 
 
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INSTALLING THE DIME CITY CYCLE VM34 CARBURETOR KIT ON THE 1980 YAMAHA STREET TRACKER

April 2, 2021

READER'S RIDES

Mick Dawson of the United Kingdom sent me these photos of his Scottish pre-65 Trials  rigid frame BSA Bantam.  Beautiful bike with custom frame  and specially fabricated parts.  Take in the attention to detail.  Thanks Mick.

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RIGHT SIDE OF BSA BANTAM

Great stance.  Love the muffler.  Very steep steering.

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LEFT SIDE OF BSA BANTAM

This view shows the detail on the front hub.  Notice the clean lines of the chin guard.

 

AFTER 40 YEARS THIS 1978 KAWASAKI KZ1000 LTD IS BACK ON THE ROAD.

I bought this from Steve (my son's father in-law) about five years ago. Steve had been fighting cancer and I was honored when Steve chose to sell it to me.  Steve's family and work commitments had kept it off the road for 3 and a half decades when I purchased. It followed me to Colorado when work took me there, and back to home last year. After several years on the back burner I finally made a concerted effort to get it back on the road last month. With help from Jason at Classic Moto Works in Kennewick, Wa. it is back on the road again after 40 years. Thanks Jason and God Speed Steve.

 
 
 
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HOW TO -- INSTALLING A CLARKE UNIVERSAL TANK ON A 1985 YAMAHA TY 350

January 30, 2021

TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOTORCYCLE CLUB!

We want to hear about your club.  Why you belong.  What are they known for?  Rides, Shows, Clinics, Rider Education, Community Service.  Little or big, we want to hear from you.

To start it off I'll share information about a great club in the Pacific Northwest.  The Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts. Founded in 1982, the club is dedicated to the promotion of motorcycle safety and awareness, as well as the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of classic motorcycles from the past and present.  They put on several rides a year mostly around Western Washington and Oregon.  The motorcycle at right is a street legalish 1st generation? (it's water cooled) Honda Elsinore spotted on one of the VME's sponsored rides.

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FOR A PREVIEW OF MOTORCYCLE MUSEUMS CLICK THE LINK BELOW

 

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

All The Top Stories at Your Fingertips

The OldMotoDude Encycleporium is your place to get your motorcycle fix.  Come grow with us as we explore the history of motorcycling, look at current trends, and see what the future may hold.

GET OUT AND RIDE WHILE YOU CAN.  AND WHEN THE SEASON IS OVER MAKE SURE YOU PROPERLY STORE YOUR MOTORCYCLE FOR NEXT SEASON.

Depending on where you live you may have only have days or weeks before the weather starts to turn.  I know it's probably depressing to think about motorcycle storage.  But a little planning can save on repair bills, and avoid unnecessary down time at the start of next season.  If you don't feel confident in your mechanical skills there are several reputable dealers who can do the work.  Some offer free pick-up.  Some will also store your motorcycle if you need the space.  If you go this route you should be making that appointment now.  If you're a do-it-your-selfer here are a few tips.  Start with a clean motorcycles.  Take some time to get the grime off your bike before you start.  Inspect your bike and make required repairs before storing.  Pay attention to the battery and fluids.  If your bike is liquid cooled it's a good time to change the coolant.  Check the hydraulic brake fluid.  Lube everything that needs lubing.  Cables, drive line, levers.  Fuel is the biggest problem area.  It's not always practical to completely drain your fuel system.  If you have access to non-ethanol fuel I recommend using it.  Use a fuel stabilizer.  Use one that is compatible with motorcycles.  I also use a battery tender during the winter.  One last thing... If you live in an area that has the occasional nice winter day and the roads are safe, get out and ride.  It will be good exercise for you and your motorcycle.

 

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