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Cycles

Cycles


Motorcycles, new and classic. View the entire archive.

Get An Old Bike… While You Can Still Afford An Old Bike

As new bikes become more and more like new cars - that is, complicated and expensive, both to buy and maintain - the remaining supply of old bikes is going to get...

Easy Fixes First

The other day, I decided to go for a ride on one of my motorcycles - my old, reliable, never-let-me-down '83 Honda GL650 Silverwing. It let me down. Keyed the ignition to "run."...

The Littlest Triple

Weird little bikes are hard to find new. A bleak homogeneity has settled in. Small bikes are safe bikes; conventionally styled, with mild engines. Made, in brief, for beginners. To be...

Into The Woods

I probably ought not to mention this openly, but what the hell. Some time ago, I was out riding with friends. I was riding one of my friend's ZX14. This is a...

Riding Old

Old bikes have style - and character. Any machine that's still operable after say 40 years will have become something special, a piece of living history that conjures sensations and sounds from...

Thinning The Herd

When you haven't got time anymore, it's time to let some of them go. So - with lots of sadness - I recently sold one of my five bikes. The dual sport...

A Ride on the Old Zed

Here's a quick "from the saddle" viewpoint ride on my old Zed - a '76 Kawasaki Kz900 (subject of several articles, here, here and here). This bike is one of my all-time...

A Sabot in the Gears?

People sometimes accuse me of being a technophobe or even a Luddite because of my critiques of modern vehicles. But it's not fear of technology that drives me. It's cost-benefit analysis. Increasingly, the costs...

The Great Pumpkin

Today I took the Great Pumpkin out for a long-neglected drive. My 1976 Trans-Am. Carousel Red (orange, really; same paint code used in 1969 on the GTO Judge). Polycast "Honeycomb" wheels (they...

Making Your Car (and Bike) Ethanol-Safe

I wrote recently about the damage done to older (carburetor-fed) vehicles by the alcohol-dosed "gas" that's pretty much replaced the real deal. See here.  Alcohol, in addition to impairing your judgment and dulling...
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