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• Hundreds of classifieds, with color pics!
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President’s letter
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Letters, notes and miscellany
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VJMC in the field
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National Rally recap
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Barber Vintage Festival
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Hall of Fame Museum concours
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Vetter Rickman bike restored
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Chrome-plating and you
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Classifieds
Refresh your belief in man. Crash a Dream.
Reader pics, advice and more.
A Sandcast in Arizona.
What did you miss in Heber Springs?
Take a look at what you missed.
Japanese bikes have come a long way, baby.
Pretty. It’s just pretty to look at.
What happens to your parts in plating?
What do you need?
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• Arizona, national rally reports
• Barber Vintage Festival coverage
• VJMs strong at AMA concours
• A closer look at chrome-plating
• Hundreds of classifieds, with color pics!
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From the president
VJMC magazine
December 2008
Vol. 29, No. 6
Barbers and beyond
A
nother year has come and nearly gone
that was filled with many great events and
gatherings that our members wholeheartedly supported.
For those of you fortunate enough to make it
to the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum’s Vintage Festival, what can I say? That was the most
amazing experience I have had at any cycle event,
period. Board member Tom Kolenko deserves a
hearty “thank you” for all the work he and his crew
put into making it a fantastic event for the VJMC
and having such a good rapport with the Barber’s
establishment Thank you, Tom! And I personally
want to thank all of you who put your time and
energy into that event as well. (Hey Rodney, you never made it up from the valley!)
I would personally recommend to all motorcycle enthusiasts a trip to Barber’s as a must-do at least
once. I would call it the Holy Grail of motorcycle destinations. The Eighth Wonder of the World. This
place even gives the Guggenheim a run for its money.
The entire north wall of the museum is a glass wall overlooking the track. The museum is incredible
enough, but the entire grounds are amazing and landscaped like a five-star resort.
There were many whimsical sculptures scattered throughout the grounds. I especially loved the giant ants running off with motorcycles and track debris toward an ant hill.
The entire track is lower than the surrounding grounds, so you always have a visual advantage to
watch the racing. Incredible attention to detail.
There were vintage races the whole time we were there, and an awesome quad P-51 single-engine
vintage air show. They were darn loud and right over our heads!
The final awesome thing was --- VJMC members got two laps around the track Sunday morning.
I took the wing ding with Elizabeth on the back. I was redlining that hunk of Jap steel in second gear!
What a hoot. I was going 85! (I have posted photos of the event at http://picasaweb.google.com/stuartcovington.)
Now onto the future. Well, technically at any given moment we are onto the future. So, onward
ho!
The VJMC board and officers are doing a great job at brainstorming ways to make the club better
as it moves forward. We are gathering this winter in Atlanta to discuss the future of the club and create
a plan of attack for it. As usual, we will need energy, enthusiasm and dedication from all our members
to make things happen.
This would not be a club without you, the members (that includes you too Larry!).
We strive to constantly make things better and improve all aspects of the club. The magazine and
website are on the top of our list to be the best they can. Brendan and Jon have been kicking ‘arse’ and
taking names and we thank them profusely for their tireless efforts to make the media end of this club
better.
The bottom line to all of this, though, is unless we are all having fun, what is the point? So my
promise to you is that we will definitely keep making this a fun club to be in and support.
We also would like to encourage any of you with ideas for club improvements, articles, stories with
photos to not hesitate to let us know. Call or email me at any time. Send your stories and photos to our
webmaster, Jon, and editor, Brendan, and you may find yourself in print.
Until next time, keep it up and running!
— Stuart Covington
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President
Stuart Covington
978-582-3335
stucov@comcast.net
Editor
Brendan Dooley
vjmc_editor@yahoo.com
Classified ads
Gary Gadd
817-284-8195
eulerckt@aol.com
Display Ad Director/
West Coast Rep
Bob Billa
949-433-3580
ryding@earthlink.net
Mountain States Rep
Hal Johnson
402-660-6710
roadcaptainhal@yahoo.com
Central States Rep
Marjory Teachout
734-498-2695
irish931@yahoo.com
Northeast Rep
George Duffy
805-602-6239
gduffy@hotmail.com
Southeast Rep
Louise McCarthy-Dutton
954-993-3993
LMDutton@comcast.net
Membership Director
Bill Granade
813-961-3737
vjmcna@verizon.net
Mission statement:
The purpose of this organization is
to promote the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of vintage
Japanese motorcycles (defined as
those 20 years old and older, until
2011. We will embrace 1990, 1989
and 1988 until then). The VJMC
also will promote the sport of motorcycling and camaraderie of motorcyclists everywhere.
© 2008, Vintage Japanese
Motorcycle Club of North America, an IRS-approved Not-forprofit 501(c) corporation. All rights
reserved. No part of this document
may be reproduced or transmitted
in any form without permission.
The views and opinions expressed
in letters or other content are those
of the author and do not necessarily represent VJMC policy. The
VJMC accepts no liability for any
loss, damage or claims occurring
as a result of advice given in this
publication or for claims made by
advertisers of products or services
in this publication.
Letters, news and miscellany
A letter from Germany
I was born in May 1949 and grew up
in West Germany during the Cold War. My
father was a police officer (and hated motorcycles) and my mother was an ordinary
housewife. In those days, everyone was
proud to have a motorcycle and the possibility to ride to his factory or wherever he
was working to earn money for his family.
Only a few people then in the ‘50s had the
money to buy a little car.
My father had a serious accident on
duty with his motorbike; he broke his leg
several times and had a stiff hip on his left
side for the rest of his life. From that accident on, he hated every motorcycle and we
had a lot of quarrels at home on account of
riding a bike.
But what should I do? Everyone in our
family (except my mother) had ridden a
motorcycle in those early days: my uncle,
my aunt, and my cousins (both girls) too.
My uncle always took me on his motorbike
when he was driving to town or elsewhere.
That was very fun in the summer holidays.
You could smell the burned oil of his two-
stroke 250cc Zündapp mixed in with the
smell of flowers, wheat, grass and rape ...
a thing you will never forget your whole
life. Sometimes we had to repair that bike
and as a young boy I learned a lot about
drive chains, carburetors, crankshafts and
pistons.
In 1967, I turned 18 and joined the
German Navy. With the first money earned
by myself I bought a used bike, a Honda
CB250 SS in red and white. One year later,
I decided that it would be nice to have a
bike with more power. I went to the local
dealer and said that I wanted to buy a new
Honda CB450.
“OK,” he said, “I have one but it is not
here in the store. It is in a shop window in
a house for driver instruction here in town.
But I have to tell you something first: it has
no normal exhaust pipes!”
“Jesus,” I thought, “what a thing is
this?”
We drove to that house in the city and
stopped before the shop window. But all
I could see was a green curtain. He went
inside and pulled the curtain aside, and I
looked with big eyes at a bike that had no
exhaust pipes! That´s what I thought, and
cried out, “I don´t want that damned bike
at all!” The dealer got me inside, and it was
like a flash hit me in my head and my heart.
From that very moment on I knew: this was
the kind of bike I waited for my whole life!
(Remember: I was just 20 years old!)
There it was, a Honda CL450K2 in
candy ruby red with gold stripes on the fuel
tank and chrome-plated upswept exhaust
pipes on the left side. The dealer explained
the pipe side was the “chocolate side” (as
we say in Germany). Today we know the
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good friend of mine, Volker Wolff, who is
a member for much longer. In 1993, some
guys including Volker and me decided to
establish an Interessen Gemeinschaft: not a
real club, but a “community of people who
are interested in vintage Japanese motorbikes of the ‘60s and ‘70s.”
The Nippon ‘60s Classic-IG was
founded to help one with another with spare
parts, manuals, books, paint tips and so on.
Today we have 85 members, some of them
in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria,
Czech Republic and of course Germany. We
are online at www.nippon-classics.de and
our email address is mail@nippon-classics.
de. I’ve included one of two pictures of my
first scrambler, the Honda CL450K2, at the
North Sea near Wilhelmshaven, Germany,
and a picture from 2007 of me riding my
1967 Honda CL77.
Hans-Peter Engel
More advice before you
take on de-rusting your tank
“scramblers” were a flop throughout Europe, especially in Germany.
Of course I bought that CL450 and
it was one of 15 in the whole country!
Throughout the years until 1975, Honda
sold about 95 scramblers in Germany! That
was absolutely nothing at all. From 1969
until today, I never saw one here on public
roads, just at motorcycle shows or special
meetings of Japanese vintage bikes. Except
the 250, 350 and 450 K-models, Honda did
not export other scramblers to Germany.
There was no desire in Germany for this
kind of motorcycle. Today you can say you
sooner will find a diamond in your washing
machine at home than you can buy a Honda
scrambler here in Germany.
Since April 2008, I’ve been a member of the VJMC and hope to be for a long
time. I was suggested in this whole thing
by an article in the club magazine from December 2005, which was given to me by a
In reference to your article in the Oct./
Nov. 2008 issue by Roger Smith, I just
want to share my experience with attempting to get the rust out of a 1987 CBR600
gas tank.
I, like Roger, took my tank to the local
car wash to get the heavy rust out, however
the power of the spray broke something inside the tank. I’m not sure if it was some
type of pressure relief valve that was in the
tank, but it came off and I needed to buy a
new tank.
Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club board members
President:
Stuart Covington
55 Howard St.
Lunenburg, MA 01462
978-582-3335
stucov@comcast.net
Vice President:
Steve Passwater
891 Hickory Drive
Anderson, IN 46011
765-649-5755
spass891@aol.com
Treasurer:
Bill Granade
13309 Moran Drive
Tampa, FL 33618
813-961-3737
vjmcna@verizon.net
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Commercial Ads Director:
Bob Billa
949-433-3580
ryding@earthlink.net
Classified Ads Director:
Gary Gadd
3721 Holland St
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
817-284-8195
Eulerckt@aol.com
PR Director: Roger Smith
4525 Hillview Shores Drive
Clarkston, MI 48348
248-628-6262
rsmith481@yahoo.com
Secretary: Randy Mayes
rlyon007@yahoo.com
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Magazine Editor:
Brendan Dooley
VJMC_editor@yahoo.com
Webmaster:
Jon Radermacher
webmaster@vjmc.org
Board members at large:
Hal Johnson
402-660-6710
roadcaptainhal@yahoo.com
Jim Townsend
jimvjmc@kconline.com
Tom Kolenko
tkolenko@kennesaw.edu
Letters, news and miscellany
So I advise using caution when using
the full power of a car wash, it was an expensive lesson.
Mike Wilson
Go to Vegas and save
a couple bucks on the VJMC
The people at MidAmerica Auctions,
of the annual Las Vegas Motorcyle Auction, have offered discount tickets to all
VJMC members who attend. The prices
are reduced from$30 to $20. If you plan to
attend the auction Jan. 8-10, 2009, at the
South Point Casino, make sure to mention
you are a VJMC member and bring your
member card. And take a minute to stop by
the VJMC booth.
Jack Stein
Ariz. field rep
award helped to justify all the work and
money I put in.
My RT1-B is very special to me. This
is the same year (1971) and model I used
to ride when I was in high school in Puerto
Rico.
It all came about last winter. I got a
little nostalgic remembering my youth
back in Puerto Rico, riding my bike on
sandy beaches, the girls ... but to make a
long story short, I found “my motorcycle”
on eBay. Got her shipped all the way from
San Diego (from her original owner), to
Jack Recon in Springfield, Mass., to have
her professionally restored.
To my fortune, there was no need to
touch the motor, it runs great. It took seven
month and much money to get her to show
condition. We used all original and NOS
part except for the seat cover, the fuel line
and the rear shocks. The signal lights are
from a newer model --- although they were
not DOT required in 1971, I added them for
safety and looks.
Jack Recon did a great job sanding,
painting and putting her back to original
condition. He is my same age and remembers this motorcycle to a “T.”
The old Yamaha RT1-B is still strong
and runs great. This fall I had some time off
from my business to ride her on the beautiful side roads of Western Mass. Ooh boy,
I am getting old! After more than 30 years
since I last rode a bike, I’m rusty, and it was
stressful to ride this old bike (a little rough
for my age), but I survived and it was a lot
of fun. What a trip! Lots of memories.
For next season, I wold like to take
her to as many shows as possible; after
that, I may put her on display in my basement with some original magazine ads
that talks about the back-then innovative
AutoLube System and the winning of the
Big Baja 1000 race in 1970 (the biggest
Getting back into it
I joined the VJMC last August at the
Larz Andersen Museum Japanese car and
motorcycle show in Massachusetts.
I’m glad that I went; it was a lot of fun
and gratifying to see how many people like
and appreciate my motorcycle. It was her
first show, and winning “The Best Yamaha”
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nonstop race in the word).
It’s a pleasure to be a member of the
VJMC.
Manny Aceveto
More on two-strokes to come
Here is a Yamaha I restored. It’s a 1982
RD350LC; it has 12” Lockeed brakes up
front, and aftermarket disc in back. The alloy swingarm is aftermarket, I think from
England. Engine has 32mm carbs, lots of
porting, with expansion chambers; it runs
very strong.
Charles Porchia
Charles has a special spot for restoring two-stroke bikes and promises to write
some two-stroke articles for coming issues.
I, for one, can’t wait to see more.
Are you an expert in any area of vintage Japanese motorcycles? Write in, so I
can include it. Not an expert, but love to
ride VJMs? Write in about that, too. Other
members would love to read about your
experiences. — Ed.
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VJMC in the field
Local event draws out Sandcast
By Jack Stein
Arizona VJMC field rep
On Oct. 24, VJMC members gathered
in Peoria, Ariz., to display their vintage motorcycles at the same location as a weekly
car show put on by the Wild West Mustang
car club. There was a strong showing of
vintage machines with an impressive variety of models and manufacturers.
Two bikes of historical significance on
display were by club members. Matt Mrdeza’s 1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast and
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Bart Iden’s 1973 Kawasaki Z1 are both
in showroom condition. Matt gets extra
credit for bringing the Sandcast and a 1970
CB750K0, driving more than 100 miles
each way from his home in Prescott to the
gathering. Bart rode his Z1, and it runs as
good as it looks --- perfect.
I was displaying my 1975 Suzuki RE5
Rotary and was mildly surprised when a
1976 RE5 rode up; rarely do two running
RE5s make an appearance together. At one
point, we had three Honda Cubs/Passports
show up. I enjoyed getting a photo of the
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1965 Cub 50 parked next to member Stu
Oltman’s 1976 Honda Goldwing Limited,
the smallest and biggest side by side.
Club member Kent Meyers displayed
three interesting Suzukis from his collection: a 1972 GT750 in showroom condition, a 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo and a 1979
GS1000 West Cooley Special. The West
Cooley Special has two miles showing on
the odometer. This model was a limited
edition that was released to celebrate racer
Wes Cooley winning the superbike national
championship in 1979. One of the interesting features of the Suzuki XM85 Turbo is
the reverse letters of the “Turbo” decal on
the fairing. (I guess Suzuki wanted riders to
be able to look in their rearview mirrors to
see what was coming.)
If you’re interested in getting involved
in VJMC events in your area, including becoming a field representative in your area,
contact Steve Passwater, VJMC VP and
Field Rep Coordinator, at 765-649-5755 or
spass891@aol.com.
For a list of VJMC field reps in your
area, visit the VJMC website at http://vjmc.
org/vjmc_reps/state_reps/index.htm.
Wet rides, dry show at national
By Bob Billa
Heber Springs, Ark. (Sept. 2008) —
We arrived on Tuesday afternoon from
our son’s home in Jonesboro, Ark. As we
took our luggage out of the car, it started
to sprinkle and shortly thereafter the remnants of Hurricane Gustav greeted us with
a downpour like I hadn’t seen since leaving
Chicago many years ago.
Wednesday was basically check-in day
and the VJMC National Rally attendees
trickled in as the rains continued to come
down. The hotel lobby was full of small
discussion groups involved in tire kicking.
Others left the hotel to tour the area and
sightsee through their windshield wipers.
Thursday greeted us yet with more gray
skies and light rainfall that finally ceased
by early afternoon there was a short ride of
about 60 miles around Greers Ferry Lake
with a lunch stop. A light rain fell on the way
back to the hotel, resulting in a “Wet Road
Adventure.” All TVs were tuned to The
Weather Channel for the forecasts, which
promised sunny skies and 80-degree temps.
F r i d a y
started overcast,
but one look
outside revealed
parting clouds
and a sun burning through. A
longer 160-mile
ride through the
Ozarks to Mountain View started
at 9 a.m. The
route carried the
riders north past
the Little Red
River and dam and continued with many
switchbacks through the Ozarks. Lunch
was near the White River, and a fuel stop
and tour of the Drasco Trading Post (cycle
accessory shop and Rally sponsor) completed the ride. Only known incidents were
a broken exhaust pipe on one bike and a
bee sting to rally organizer Jim Townsend.
Quite a sight to see him strip down in the
parking lot to find where the bee went! That
evening we gathered in the Rally confer-
ence center for a catered BBQ dinner and a
lot of VJMC fellowship.
Saturday brought bright sunshine,
warming temps and more than 100 bikes
lining up for the show and judging. Judging was very difficult with a variety of
marques and models on display. A short
afternoon ride gave everyone a chance to
again view the beautiful green scenery on
dry roads. The event capped off with an
awards banquet.
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2008 Barber Vintage Festival
By Steve Passwater
Photos by David Kolenko, Barry Whitley and Paul Enz
The VJMC has been a mainstay of the Barber Vintage
Festival each of its four years in Leeds, Ala., from its bike
show to the charity pancake breakfast.
Those attending the VJMC display at the 2008 event
were treated to a new competitive event, the Sweet Sounds
of Japanese Horsepower Competition, on Saturday morning prior to the judged motorcycle show.
Participants were organized in classes from singles
to sixes. Each competitor demonstrated their bike’s sweet
sound for a three-man judging team, which drew an interested group of spectators. The results ranged from “sweet
and very quiet” for the small singles with stock exhausts to
“sweet and painful” for the two-cycle race machines. Hearing the sophisticated sounds of bikes such as a race-kitted
Honda CB92 and a seldom-seen Yamaha XS750 triple
made the event well worth attending.
Winners were: Single, Honda XLR100, Buck Mitchell; Twin, Honda CB92, Dave Swingler; Triple, Kawasaki
H2 race bike, Mike McSween; Four, Honda VF500F, Jim
Townsend; and Six, Honda CBX, Lloyd Blythe.
Enjoy these Exhaust Competition and other pics from
the festival.
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2008 Barber Vintage Festival
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Big Bear wins Cycle World award
VJMs enjoy strong showing at Hall of Fame Museum concours
By Roger Smith
Photos by Ken Frick and Doug Mitchel
On Oct. 11 in Pickerington, Ohio, the 2008 Invitational Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Concours d’
Elegance was temporary home to 90-plus championshipquality motorcycles produced before 1975, from Harleys
and Indians to Nortons, Hondas Suzukis and more. The
concours bikes were set up around the front of the museum for easy viewing under bright blue skies on a warm
autumn day.
“This was our seventh annual Motorcycle Hall of
Fame Concours d’Elegance,” said Mark Mederski, executive director of the museum. “I invented it as a partner to
the Hall of Fame Inductions; important bikes and important people.
“We invite about 250 collectors and their machines,
1975 and earlier, and they are juried in advance.” Mederski
directs the event, and helps judge the Japanese classes.
The Japanese entrants included Richard Holman, a
VJMC field representative from New Jersey, with his 1973
Kawasaki Z1, Peter Calles’ 1962 Honda 305 Superhawk,
three Suzuki X-6 Hustlers and my 1967 Yamaha YM2C
305 Big Bear.
Award classes are: American to 1953; American,
1954-1975; British to 1964; British, 1965-1975; European to 1964; European, 1965-1975; Japanese to 1970;
Japanese, 1971-1975; Competition to 1969; Competition,
1970-1975; Specials and Customs. Also featured were the
2008 Cycle World magazine awards, presented by Larry
Little, Cycle World publisher, and Peter Egan, long-time
motorcycle columnist.
“Our judges come from many walks of life. …
This year Tom White of White Brothers, a big early
VJM champs at the 2008
Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance
Japanese to 1970
1st: 1967 Yamaha 305 YM2C Big Bear
2nd: 1970 Honda CL350
3rd: 1967 Suzuki X-6
Japanese 1971-1975
1st: 1973 Kawasaki Z1
2nd: 1976 Honda CB550
3rd: 1971 Honda SL70
Specials & Customs to 1975
3rd: 1972 Honda CB350 cafe racer
2008 Cycle World magazine award
1967 Yamaha 305 YM2C Big Bear
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motocross bike collector and restorer
judged,” Mederski said. “We had 17
judges, including two guest judges” in
Little and Egan. “This gave us a range
of experience and skills that made me
comfortable. Bikes are judged comparatively, not against 100 points. In most
classes we are looking for machines that
appear now as they did when they came
from the crate.”
The Japanese motorcycle owner/restorers who were invited to attend this
year’s competition represented our portion of vintage motorcycling admirably.
The bikes were definitely at the top of their
class and the judges commented repeatedly
about “learning how to ride” on our VJMs.
There was always a group of spectators
around the Japanese bike area; not many
riders began on a four-cylinder Indian or
Henderson.
That Cycle World publisher Little
chose my Yamaha was exciting. To be recognized among all the magnificent entrants
was a real honor.
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Beautiful
Vetter
Rickman
resto
Simpson restores second Rickman bike
This story is used courtesy of the American Motorcyclist Association and
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. — Ed.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is packed with classic bikes, historic racers
and timeless style. But occasionally a machine appears that embodies all three:
in 2008 it was Craig Vetter’s Rickman-framed, Kawasaki-powered vintage race
bike.
Vetter’s bike is the real deal.
“It has an AMA racing pedigree. It’s original. It’s flashy. Not many around
like this,” Vetter said.
Vetter acquired numerous nickel-plated Rickman frame kits in the early
1970s for Triumphs, Hondas and Kawasakis. One of those frames found its way
into a Vetter race bike, at the urging of Derek Rickman, who along with his
brother, Don, invented the Rickman frames. Built for the AMA’s Café Class,
the bike was powered by a Russ Collins-tuned Kawasaki 903 engine, bored to
1,100cc, and fitted with a special version of Darryl Bassani’s Quiet Pipe, and rode
on then-new V-rated Michelin race tires.
In 1976, Vetter took the Rickman to Daytona and put those tires to the test,
scoring third behind Lang Hindle and Mike Baldwin in the Café Class. The bike
was retired shortly after. In 1998, it was donated to the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall
of Fame Museum.
But that’s only half the story of this certifiably cool motorcycle. In late
2007, Vetter and Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Executive Director Mark
Mederski solicited the talents of VJMC member Robert Simpson to restore
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Vetter’s old Rickman. Simpson had just
won first-place honors at the Hall of Fame
Museum’s Concours d’Elegance for a restored Rickman-framed bike of his own, a
1974 CR750.
Simpson, in turn, pulled together a restoration crew that included his son Scott,
Gerry Gibbens, Chuck Zorn and Mike
Grych. They disassembled the Rickman
and rebuilt it from the frame up.
“Rickman frames were about as exotic as an average American could expect
to get,” Vetter recalled. “I thought he was
just going to polish it, but he’s turned it into
something that’s just beautiful.”
Simpson explained that a large part of
the appeal for the Vetter Rickman comes
from its rarity and styling.
“The younger crowd entering our sport
has a greater interest in things old than we
did growing up,” Simpson said. “The interest in café-styled bikes has probably
helped, as well.”
The beautifully restored bike was on
display in the café racer display at the 2008
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. If you’ve
never been to Vintage Motorcycle Days,
now’s the time to pencil it in for 2009.
Enjoy these photos from the Vetter
Rickman bike’s restoration process and of
the finished project.
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An inside look at chrome-plating
Ronnie Brown of Brown’s Plating shares some tricks of the trade
By Roger Smith
Photos by Ronnie Brown
The restoration of vintage Japanese motorcycles can be simplified by
networking with people who have been
doing the work for years. When I found
that Ron Finch, the custom bike builder
who won the Discovery Channel’s “Bike
Build-off,” would paint my Japanese
parts and has a shop 10 miles from my
home, my painting challenges were over.
Having a veteran, certified mechanic at
my local Honda/Yamaha/Suzuki dealer,
who will work on 40-year-old bikes, is a
real plus, too!
One of the best finds was Brown’s
Plating in Paducah, Ky. For more than 38
years, Brown’s Plating has been in business
and focused on the motorcycle industry.
One of their claims to fame is their quick
turn-around time. In the summer, they need
around five days to get parts finished and
on the way back. In the winter, because of
the increased workload, it takes them about
two weeks.
I have used their service in restoring
my 1966 Suzuki X-6, 1967 Yamaha YM2C
Big Bear, 1965 Honda 305 Scrambler, 1980
Honda CBX and now with my 1973 Honda
CL450K5. Those bikes have been presented on the cover of magazines, have won the
AMA Concours d’Elegance and achieved
the AMCA’s highest award – The AMCA
This is how most parts look when they arrive at Brown’s: Rusted, corroded
and stained.
Winner’s Circle of Champions.
There is no doubt in my mind that
Brown’s chrome-plating played a big part
in these achievements, because I listen to
spectators at the shows and speak with the
judges after they have made their decisions.
Deep, crystal-clear chrome is an attentiongetter and wins competitions.
To many of us, what chrome-platers do
with our parts is a mystery. Brown’s web-
site, www.brownsplating.com, has a great
video showing their workers in action. I
wanted to get the details direct from owner
Ronnie Brown:
“Brown’s Plating Service started plating in 1968. We plated everything from pay
station telephones to automobile and motorcycle parts. Through the years, with dedicated employees and loyal customers, we
built a reputation for producing extremely
These parts, left, are ready to be beadblasted to remove rust and any other old chrome or material that was
not eliminating in the stripping process. After being blasted, right, they are very clean and ready to begin the
polishing process.
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The first steps, left, to grinding your part to remove all nicks, scrapes and bad spots. For clean-up work in the tight
spots, right, Brown’s uses small belts on the tubular parts to keep their shape.
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This buffing step, above, removes the 320- to 400-grit belt marks, bringing the part to a highly polished state. These parts, below, have just been
bathed in liquid copper for 80 minutes. Next, they are buffed again to fill in
all the pits that may be visible.
Finally. For parts that have been chrome-plated, this is the last step to an
awesome finish that will last 20-30 years if maintained properly. Keep the
parts cleaned and waxed.
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high quality products with service after the
sale, second to none.
“Customers know that Brown’s returns
their phone calls. We answer questions before and after the job is done. If the customer has a problem with a piece we have
plated, we make it right. We know how the
restoration of vintage Japanese motorcycles is growing and we welcome that market with open arms.
“We will do our best to plate your parts
and make them look brand new. All of our
employees have been with us 20-plus years.
... You will have highly skilled craftsmen
working on your parts and the job will be
done right the first time and every time.”
Once parts are checked in from the
daily delivery trucks, Brown’s Plating assigns each part a unique number and takes
a picture that remain in their system until
parts are to be shipped back.
Parts are then “carefully stripped and
cleaned of all the old chrome, paint, rust
and so on. Then they will be glass-bead
blasted to remove stubborn rust or leftover
paint or plating, from there they will be
ground and polished to a mirror finish in
preparation for the plating department.
“The part is ground to remove all pits,
scrapes and gouges … we then clean all the
tight inside areas where you cannot reach
with a normal belt grinder. As you can see,
we have developed specialty hand tools for
this close tolerance work.
“The part is then buffed to a mirrorlike finish to remove all belt lines and
marks from grinding. The part must have a
uniform finish before it is ready for actual
plating.”
Beyond just dipping the part, Ronnie
said Brown’s will pay specific attention to
each part’s need in the plating process “to
give your parts the show stopping quality
finish we demand.”
Following part prep, actual plating
begins when “the parts are hung up and
put onto the plating line for the long trip
through cleaning, electro-cleaning and activation. Each part then goes through electroless nickel, sulfamate nickel and copperplating. A major step is the 80 minutes a
part is submerged in the liquid copper to fill
all fine scratches and pit marks.
“The copper-plated part is now ready
to be unracked and have the copper buffed
to fill in all the pits that may still be visible.
After the part has been copper-plated and
hand buffed, it is cleaned and re-hung. It is
now ready for the final trip down the plating line.
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Top-notch chrome on a VJM is always a nice sight.
“During that final trip, it will be dipped into semi-bright nickel,
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“Lots of people think that you just dip a part in chrome and it
comes out shiny. As you can see from these details, that is not the
case at Brown’s Plating.
“Plating is like life, you get out of it what you put into it. And
we put a lot into your part so the outcome is what you expect. We do
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vintage Japanese motorcycle is 20 years or older (vintage for this year was manufactured through 1988) and, of course, Japanese.
Please be aware that ads may/will be edited to conserve space. Don’t feel reluctant to use punctuation and proper case on emailed
ads. Be aware of publication deadlines. Ads are due by the 20th of the month in which a magazine is issued for the NEXT release. For
example, ads for the April 2009 magazine will be due to the editor by Feb. 20, 2009. If you have business related ads, please consider
taking out a commercial ad. Contact Bob Billa, 949-433-3580 or ryding@earthlink.net, or me for details and rate information. We can
now handle color photos to accompany your ads. Cost is a minimal $10 per photo. Please make payment to VJMC or to me, in either
case, please send to the address below.
Send all ads, and money for photos ($10 per picture, one picture per listing), to: Gary Gadd, 3721 Holland St., Fort Worth, Texas,
76180; call 817-284-8195; or email eulerckt@aol.com.
For Sale
Honda
For 1964/73 Honda, Cheng
Shin tires. I have a large supply of new Cheng Shin tire sets
for the CA100, CA110, S65,
CL125A, CA95, CA160, CL160,
CL175, CA77, CB77, CL77,
CB350 and CL350. Email me
with your zip code for prices
and shipping costs. Bill Gray,
615-941-1751, Nashville, Tennessee, whgray53@aol.com
For 1964/69 Honda, Parts.
NOS and used parts for CB/CL/
CA160, S65, CA95, VT500, SL/
XL70. Includes fenders, headlight shells, chain guards, electrics, side covers, engine parts,
carbs, levers, perches … a lot of
everything. Paul Enz, 321-2685461, Titusville, Florida, penz@
cfl.rr.com
1964 Honda C200 (90cc
Dream). For restoration. Indiana title. Call or email for details.
$425. Stu Jones, 765-385-5227,
Oxford, Indiana, motoroilpro@
yahoo.com
Huge Motorcycle Auction:
The Hawk Collection
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009; 9 a.m.
Selling a very large collection of vintage Japanese motorcycles. Several dozen motorcycles
to sell, with most being in original condition. Also
selling will be a huge selection of NOS Japanese
motorcycle parts.
(Sale is 1-1/2 miles east of Hamilton, IL. Hamilton is in
extreme western Illinois, approximately 150 miles north of
St. Louis, MO, 100 miles south of Moline, IL, and 200 miles
southeast of Des Moines, IA.)
Live Internet bidding will be available. Go to www.
sullivanauctioneers.com for photos, inventory listings, live Internet bidding information, etc.
Honda, many different models 1965-1976, 50-450cc. I am
selling by auction my entire
collection of Vintage Hondas,
as well as my collection of rare
motorcycle memorabilia, NOS
parts, paper collectibles, toys,
dealer signs, dealer banners,
etc. There are about 50-60
bikes, SL70s – 350s, Z50s,
CR125-250s, XLs, CB160s,
CB77, 68 CL450s, 68/69
CL350s, CB450 Bomber and
more. 200+ NOS exhaust,
20+ NOS seats, 40 to 50
NOS Fuel Tanks, 150+ NOS
Speedos and Tachs, NOS
fenders, side covers, handle
bars, number plates, headlight
buckets, rims, vintage tires,
800+ NOS owners manuals,
2,000+ magazines and rare issues, rare sales brochures and
literature, factory shop manuals, rare NOS tank badges,
motorcycle cigarette lighters,
beautiful Evel Knievel Pinball
machine, etc., and as they say
in auction listings, “other items
to numerous to mention!” The
sale date has been set for
Jan. 17, 2009. Be sure not to
miss this, as there will be a lot
of rare items all in one place.
Interested in Old Motorcycles?
Join the Antique Motorcycle Club of America! The largest organization in
the country devoted to antique motorcycles. Membership includes an 88
page full-color quarterly magazine loaded with feature articles, restoration
tips and a free Want Ad section.
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Sellers: Sullivan Auctioneers LLC, 217-847-2160,
www.sullivanauctioneers.com, sullivanauctioneers@
frontiernet.net, 1066 E. U.S. Highway 136, P.O.
Box 111, Hamilton, IL 62341-0111. IL license No.
444000107.
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To participate in club events and place want ads bikes must be 35 years old.
They will have photos of items
on the website along with live
bidding a week prior for those
who cannot make the trip. You
will have to register to bid online ahead of time with Sullivan
Auctioneers LLC, 217-8472160, sullivanauctioneers.com,
sullivanauctioneers@frontiernet.net, 1066 E. U.S. Highway
136, P.O. Box 111, Hamilton,
IL 62341-0111. Thanks in advance for your interest. Gary
Hawk, 309-221-9995, Central
Illinois, garyhawk@frontiernet.
net
1965 Honda CB77. Stock and
almost complete Super Hawk.
Under 5,000 miles. $2,900
obo. Michael Wall, 828-5248319, Franklin, North Carolina,
natscape@dnet.net
1966 Honda S90. Restored in
mid ‘90s. Nice condition, black
with nice chrome. $1,800. Stuart
Rotan, 559-859-3677, Central
California, stuartrotan@aol.com
1967 Honda CB160 Sport. Blue
with blue seat, lots of new NOS
parts on bike. Still has original
tires, tool kit, NOS exhaust, cables, speedometer. $3,500. Eric
King, 660-341-5818, Missouri,
eking@cableone.net
1967 Honda CL77 305cc
Scrambler. Black powdercoated
frame, NOS spokes, rear wheel,
tail light, mirrors, etc. Really too
many re-chromed and NOS
parts to list here. Please contact
me and I will email photos and
further description. $4,500. Rufus Palmer, 205-477-9767, McCalla, Alabama, rfp23@hotmail.
com
1969 Honda SS125. 8,000
miles, limited production, original owner, runs good, stored
inside, original paint. $1,750.
George, 586-286-3793 Macomb, Michigan
1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast.
$5,000. This is a complete
rolling basket case, with correct parts and has a clear title.
Pictures available. Please call
if you need more information.
Bill Maxwell, 425-557-9914, Seattle, Washington, bpmaxwa@
aol.com
1970 Honda CD175. For parts.
Motor turns over, red, no title.
Classifieds
$200. Stu Jones, 765-385-5227,
Oxford, Indiana, motoroilpro@
yahoo.com
For mid 1970s-early 1980s
CB750, exhausts; 4 into 4 and 4
into 2. no dents, some rust dots.
Dashboard speed and tack
signals. Plastic lens covers. 4
bank carbs, twin coil assembly,
some side covers, seat. Early
1960s 50cc step thru, missing
plastic cowl, surface rust. Complete P50 motor in wheel bike,
complete except exhaust and
flywheel cover. Engine for late
model CT90; complete with all
levers and carb. or 160cc, reconditioned cylinder head with
carbs. Complete CL175E ladies
bike. Low slung with passenger
backrest and luggage rack.
Ignition switch and connector
missing. Also lots of new cables
and spark plugs. Walter Kimmel,
718-851-1237, Brooklyn, New
York
For 1970-’74 Honda CB750
SOHC, parts. I have literally hundreds of parts, some
of them extremely rare such
as a brand new Tracy Body
Kit (never used), ‘69 Side covers and badges, custom made
rear set foot pegs (I believe
they were made in Sweden or
Switzerland) and are all cast
aluminum and never used, an
original owners manual for a
’69, hundreds and hundreds of
new and good used parts.Two
frames – one that has had the
seat mounts removed to use
with the Tracy Body Kit, the
other one stock, clear title for
a 1974 with VIN plate, special
oil box for use with the Tracy
Body. I bought out the contents
of all the 750 parts an old mom
and pop salvage yard had including all their new and used
parts. I have so many parts that
I can’t even remember most of
them. I would love to see these
parts go to someone who appreciates them. Four engines
(in parts), one I completely
rebuilt and did run very good
but smoked slightly and I took
the head back off and found
that the exhaust valve guides
did not have the proper seals.
I purchased all the proper
tools and started to replace
the guides but became afraid
I might damage the head so I
stopped. Several gas tanks,
side covers, drilled front rotor,
special tools. Most parts are in
the attic of my workshop so if
you may be interested come
and visit me and wear old,
dirty clothes because you will
have to go up attic stairs and
get the parts down. I absolutely
assure that you will not be disappointed as the body kit alone
is worth over $1,000. I do not
have any of the original exhaust
systems, but I have two 4 into
1. Please email if you might be
interested. I would like to get
about $3,500 for the entire collection and I really don’t want to
sell it part by part except I might
sell the Tracy Body Kit, special
frame and oil box separately.
Pictures available on request
on the parts I can easily get
to. Located in Central Florida
about halfway between Tampa
and Orlando. Jerry Peterson,
863-412-2006, Florida, Jpeterson1952@tampabay.rr.com
1972 Honda CB175K6. Gold/
black, 6,580 original miles,
excellent condition, stored
in A/C garage. $2,000 obo.
Herbert Selbach, North Carolina, 910-794 9350 selbach@
usneedle.com
1972-’75
Hondas.
Three
MT250s. All run and shift. But
one needs a carb, the best one
is titled as historic in Maryland.
Others not titled or tagged.
Many parts included, spare motor cases, etc. The SL125 is very
nice, runs well, starts well, green
color, spare NOS fenders and
headlight bucket. Front fender is
dented. XL70 runs and includes
spares. I would like to sell all
these bikes and parts as one lot.
Have a disk with many photos.
All bikes stored inside since last
ridden 12 months ago. Dave A.,
410-279-8858, Annapolis, Maryland, magnolia10@comcast.net
1972 Honda CB350F. Great
restoration project. Bike is complete and in decent shape but
has been sitting for some time.
December 2008
I would love to keep it but I need
the money for other projects.
Best to contact me by email.
Bart, 205-910-8120, Birmingham, Alabama, motobart466@
yahoo.com
1972 Honda CL350. Very nice,
17,500 miles, excellent factory exhaust. New aftermarket
rear shocks. Email for photos.
$1,250, local pick up only.
Wayne Bryan, 870-816-5768,
Helena, Arkansas, auwng@sbcglobal.net
1974 Honda CL450 Scrambler.
Very nice original condition with
12,300 miles. Includes owner’s
manual and sales brochure. Everything works, pictures available. $2,100. Rufus Palmer,
205-477-9767, McCalla, Alabama, rfp23@hotmail.com
1976 Honda TL125. This is a
nice bike. It has the Powroll bore
and stroker kit making it a 175.
Renthal alloy handle bars and
Sammy Miller alloy front fork
brace, two-ply tires, plus lots of
extras. I am the second owner
with my dad being the first. Gas
tank is beautiful! Nice seat, factory lighting kit, etc. Buyer will
handle pick up of bike. $1,700
firm. James Rozee, 503-2876620 evenings, Portland, Oregon, jvr79@hotmail.com
1976 Honda XL350. Black,
great restoration project, all
original, $500. Scot, 586-4688472/586-484-6939, Macomb,
Michigan
1976-’78 Honda CB750F Super
Sport. I have three bikes. Buy all
or parts. Only one is complete.
Also have seats, tanks, lights,
motors, more. Art Tanner, 518789-0244, Millerton, New York,
chains6@hotmail.com
1979 Honda CX500. Black,
2,200 original miles, excellent condition, stored in A/C
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garage. $2,000 obo. Herbert
Selbach, North Carolina, 910794 9350 selbach@usneedle.
com
1978 Honda 400 twin with
good engine, $200. Parting out
50 Hondas, 1969-’80. Yamaha
and Honda mopeds. Lots of
seats. Four CB450 4-cyl gas
tanks, $50 and up. Located near
Rhinebeck, New York meet site.
Ken Krauer, 845-266-3363, Salt
Point, New York
For 1978 Honda Gold Wing,
parts. Lots of plastic side covers.
Two rear drive units, two radiators with fans, front fenders with
emblems, oil filter cover, fuel
pump, carb and manifold set,
misc small parts. $300 for the
lot or will separate. Ken Krauer,
845-266-3363, Salt Point, New
York
1980 Honda CT110 Trail.
Red, complete, original, 410
miles, runs, licensed, insured,
all electrics work. Tons of photos and even a video and an
audio file at www.marusholilac.
com/honda/ct110.htm. $1,600.
Ralph Walker, 703-237-0859,
Arlington, Virginia, marusho@
prodigymotors.com
1983 Honda CT110. 2,150
miles, red, aux fuel canister.
Great for the back of an RV.
$1,900. Stuart Rotan, 559-8593677, Central California, stuartrotan@aol.com
1983 Honda CB550SC Nighthawk. Garaged for a few years,
needs battery and TLC. $300.
Fran, 631-889-4035, Huntington, Long Island, New York,
shecie@aol.com
1984 Honda V65 Sabre. Nonrunning. Complete with title.
Mike Stavish, 301-252-2618,
Mount Airy, Maryland
Kawasaki
For Kawasaki A1/7, lots of
gaskets, plus some complete
kits. Email me with PN’s or your
needs. Maybe I can help. Also,
new carb float bowl gaskets for
Kawasaki H1 H2 S2 and S3. $2
each plus shipping, while they
last. Fran Golden, 661-8227149, KTC333@bak.rr.com
won several trophies in various shows. I am asking $8,500
or best acceptable offer. Motivated seller. Shawn Slaughter,
410-868-0257, shawnmac7@
comcast.net
1976 Kawasaki KZ750 B1 parallel twin. All original to include
tool kit except new tires, battery,
seat recovered. Electric and
kick start. Crash bar w/inside
foot rest, sissy bar w/luggage
rack. Chrome is good, runs excellent, overall good condition.
$1,750. Bob Miller, 419-3054482, Rockford, Ohio, treborr@
mail4me.com.
1979 Kawasaki KE100. Very
nice enduro type on/off road
bike. 4,700 miles. Great engine, starts right up. Very good
tank, seat, etc. No dents or
rips. $475. Email for pics. Greg
Karbowski, 616-638-5193, Holland, Michigan, grkarbow@
gmail.com
1976 Kawasaki KZ1000. Totally
cosmetically and mechanically
restored this year. Purple. All
aluminum polished, all chrome
as new. Many performance
parts, cam, header, K&M intake,
Mustang seat, short windshield,
fork brace, dual disk, ignition.
Show stopper. $4,200 obo. Kirk
Johnson, 260-622-1358, Fort
Wayne, Indiana, kmjohnson@
onlyinternet.net
1977 Kawasaki KZ1000. Totally restored to immaculate condition, beautiful orange paint is
metal flake with ghost flames.
Engine has been polished,
sport fender, Viper windshield,
Accell
ignition,
oversized
carbs, bored, Vance four into
one header, extremely fast.
One of a kind. $3,990 obo. Kirk
Johnson, 260-622-1358, Fort
Wayne, Indiana, kmjohnson@
onlyinternet.net
For 1978 Kawasaki KE250,
parts. Seat, $30. Tank, $20. Side
panels, $10 each. Stu Jones,
765-385-5227, Oxford, Indiana,
motoroilpro@yahoo.com
1978 KZ1000 Z1R. Less than
10k miles. All original except
for pipe. Currently has Vance
and Hines 4 into 1 system,
original excellent condition
exhaust is available. Bike has
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1979 Kawasaki KZ650SR.
Recent tires, sprockets, chain,
brake pads, grips. two seats,
StreetShieldEX, original tool kit
and manual. Indiana title. $950
obo. Stu Jones, 765-385-5227,
Oxford, Indiana, motoroilpro@
yahoo.com
1979 Kawasaki KZ650SR.
Runs good, kick/electric start,
new tires, Runs good, average
condition. $1,000. Bob Miller,
419-305-4482, Rockford, Ohio,
treborr@mail4me.com
1979 Kawasaki KZ750B4. Dark
blue with red and gold pin striping, 4,100 miles. All original with
owner’s manual and tool kit.
Carbs rebuilt in 2004. 55 hp, averages 50 mpg, 200 mile range.
Built 1976 to 1979. Vertical twin
looks similar to Triumph Bonneville. $2,750. Zorian Lasowsky,
262-227-4345, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
zlasowsky@hotmail.
com
1987 Kawasaki ZL1000. High
Performance 140 hp. Totally
restored to immaculate condition, beautiful black pearl metallic paint with ghost flames.
Over $6,000 in performance
upgrades make this a one of
a kind tire smoking beast of
epic proportions. This bike is
beautiful, totally unusual, rare,
and turns heads everywhere
it goes. Absolutely one of a
kind. $4,650. Kirk Johnson,
260-622-1358, Fort Wayne,
Indiana, kmjohnson@onlyinternet.net
Lilac/Marusho
1957 Lilac UY2 250cc. May be
the only example in the U.S. All
Classifieds
there (I think). Turns over, titled.
I have pics on personal website.
$4,000. Charlie Finney, 563355-7727, Bettendorf, Iowa,
finneys@ieee.org
Suzuki
1965 Suzuki S32-2 Olympian.
Complete and in good cosmetic
condition but needs minor work
to be roadworthy. Has cool
looking Bates saddle bags and
windshield. Bike only has 925
miles and was an early production model with full front fender
similar to Honda Dreams. Have
several spare parts. $700 obo.
Tim Flanagan, 775-240-4498,
Reno, Nevada, tjmflan@sbcglobal.net
1967 Suzuki X5 T200. Beautiful un-restored example in good
running condition. These bikes
are much rarer than the X6 and
in my opinion better looking.
Very presentable as is and excellent for a restoration down the
road. I would like $1,700 for the
bike alone and I also have over
$1,600 in new parts available to
the buyer at a great price. John
Pavich, 828-294-0158, Hickory,
North Carolina, jdpavo@gmail.
com
1970 Suzuki TC120. Showroom
condition, complete restoration by Paul Miller Motorcycles.
$1,900. Tim Flanagan, 775-2404498, Reno, Nevada, tjmflan@
sbcglobal.net
For 1971-’75 Suzuki T500,
numerous parts. I bought a
pile of parts and only needed
two things from it. Includes
stock
mufflers,
complete
engine, swing arm, chain
guard, electrics, headlights,
taillight assembly, carbs and
misc parts. These parts all
fit my 1974 bike. Can email
pics. Priced very reasonably,
I need to move this stuff. Will
trade for parts that I need for
Bridgestone 175DT, RD125C,
MT250 K0, 1972 T350,
DT175B, RD250B, 1964 BSA
Lightning, etc. Rob Manero,
267-614-1616,
Southeast
Pennsylvania, robmanero@
comcast.net
hotmail.com
1973 Suzuki TS125. Classic enduro with less than 4,000 original
miles. Clean, runs well, pictures
available. William Fritsch, 651438-3306, Hastings, Minnesota,
btsewing@earthlink.net
1973 Suzuki GT550. Red, approx. 10k miles, original owner.
Please contact me for information. Curt Madsen, 608-8330448, Madison, Wisconsin,
madsen@chorus.net
1977 Suzuki GT250. Nice original bike. Email me for more details, pictures and price. Other
vintage Japanese bikes and
parts also available. Todd Ritter, 231-773-5442, Muskegon,
Michigan, hotrodtod@webtv.net
For Sale: 1971 and 1975 Suzuki T500 Titan. These are
project bikes or organ donors. One engine is seized
at the crank, the other kicks
over and seems to have
good compression. Could be
made into one decent bike or
parted out. I just need them
out of my shed. $450 takes
the lot. Pick up only, I cannot
ship. Feel free to contact me
with questions. Paul, 413596-8271, Wilbraham, Massachusetts,
prblomerth@
charter.net
1972 Suzuki TS185. Old classic
enduro. $450. Scot, 586-4688472/586-484-6939, Macomb,
Michigan
1972-’74 Suzuki GT550. I
have a couple of parts bikes. I
have tanks, side covers, motors, carbs, exhaust, more. Also
some GT380 bikes and parts.
Art Tanner, 518-789-0244, Millerton, New York, chains6@
1977 Suzuki GS550. 16,000
miles, Windjammer fairing w/
AM-FM-cassette radio. Good
condition, new fork oil seals,
tune-up. $1,350. Bob Miller,
419-305-4482, Rockford, Ohio,
treborr@mail4me.com.
1979 Suzuki GS550L. Illness
forces sale. Needs battery and
TLC. Low Mileage, 6,809. Fran,
631-889-4035, Huntington, Long
Island, New York, shecie@aol.
com
1981 Suzuki GS850G. Less
than 2,000 miles, sat for 19
years. New fork oil and dust
seals, brakes and carbs rebuilt. Original tires feel like
they’re flat-spotted from sitting. Side covers damaged
and tank paint marred by brake
fluid from carelessness and
inexperience of prior owner.
Have new factory side covers - unpainted. Spare carbs
(‘82 and ‘80) for extra price
or sell separate. Runs excellent. $2,500. Bob Miller, 419-
305-4482, Rockford, Ohio,
treborr@mail4me.com.
Tohatsu
1958 Tohatsu LB2 125cc. Nice,
runner, titled. I have pics on personal website. $5,000. Charlie
Finney, 563-355-7727, Bettendorf, Iowa, finneys@ieee.org
Yamaha
1965 Yamaha Big Bear, two
bikes. Located near Rhinebeck,
New York meet site. Ken Krauer,
845-266-3363, Salt Point, New
York
1965 Yamaha YDS-3. It’s a prerestored beauty that I don’t have
time to restore. Needs a loving
home. Make me a reasonable
offer. It’s all there except one
rear turn signal. I have pics.
Peter Leland, 207-833-5708,
Brunswick, Maine, midnightroadie04@hotmail.com
1966 Yamaha YM-1. Amazing
survivor in beautiful condition.
No rust-even inside of the gas
tank is perfect. Looks and runs
perfect, new tires, seat professionally done at a cost of $600,
new standard pistons. Comes
with many spare parts. Perfect
to ride as is for several years
and then use the parts for a concours restoration. $2,800. John
Pavich, 828-294-0158, Hickory,
North Carolina, jdpavo@gmail.
com
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1972 Yamaha DS7 250cc. All
original with some NOS parts.
Mechanically sound. Nice
condition with the expected
patina for its age. Has been
dry stored since 1994. 11,727
miles, with title. Great basis
for a restoration or a great
parts bike. Email for pics.
$1,600. Steve Liberatore, 770-
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420-5901, Kennesaw, Georgia,
steve_liberatore@yamahamotor.com
Yamaha: AT125, 360cc DT1,
1970s vintage $250 each.
Two 1965 Yamaha Big Bear
Scramblers. Suzuki S6, $250.
Honda CB160, CB175, CL175,
70cc and 50cc from 1970-’83,
Yamaha and Honda mopeds,
parting out. All Cheap. Ken
Krauer, 845-266-3363, Salt
Point, New York
Yamaha SR500. Parting out.
Tanks, seats, wheels, many
parts. Frame with title, title with
no frame, motor parts, cases,
speedo and tach, rear fender
with light, swing arm. Larry
Larson, 239-283-6198, 3670
Outrigger Lane, St. James City,
Florida, 33956
1979 Yamaha XS1100SF. New
tires, front and rear brakes,
brake lines, windshield, saddlebags. Clean and ready to ride.
Lady owned, just serviced.
Patricia Shockley, 901-3669769, Memphis, Tennessee,
pinky2u@bellsouth.net
Classifieds
1981-’83 Yamaha Maxim 650
and Seca 750. I’m parting out
15 Maxims and Secas. Also
have a few SX650, 750, 850 and
the little SX400. Call or drop by.
Stephen Horton, 717-532-6147,
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania
1982 Yamaha Vision. Non-running. Complete with title. Mike
Stavish, 301-252-2618, Mount
Airy, Maryland
1982 Yamaha Seca 750. 27k
miles, red, nose fairing. $2,000
obo. Steven, 817-657-5464 or
Gary, 817-284-8195, Fort Worth,
Texas
1983 Yamaha XJ900 Seca.
Currently not running, light damage on the left side. Selling for
parts or for a Fall/Winter project. Please email me for all the
details. Roy Noepel, 718-4141665, Norwood, Massachusetts,
rnoepel@yahoo.com
Miscellaneous
1967-’90 Japanese street
bikes, 50-1,100cc. I’ve found
the barn find all of us have been
seeking all our lives! There’s
400 junkers broken into boxes,
hundreds of motors, pipes,
carbs, everything! All must
go before snow (soon here).
Wanted you to help me keep
this from the scrapper, quickly.
Check Ebay user “yourjunkie”
for a glimpse. I need physical
help now, will trade for parts.
Big fun, you come. Just north
of Winnipeg, Canada, The
Virtual Junkyard has set up a
temporary branch office. Bruce
Mangels, Cottonwood, Arizona,
bruce@virtuallyjunk.com/VirtuallyJunk.com
Whole or Parts. 1978 Yamaha
650, 1977 Suzuki GS750,
1981-’82 Yamaha Virago, 1977
Yamaha 750, 1986 Yamaha
XT350, 1972 Suzuki 120, 1971
Kawasaki 250, 1977 KZ400,
1975 Yamaha 125, all 95 percent complete. 1977 Yamaha
650, Honda CL450, 60 percent
complete. 1972 Kawasaki 125,
1975 Yamaha DOHC 500, 90
percent complete. Two 1982
Yamaha Seca Turbos, 95
percent complete. 1975 Gold
Wing 40 percent complete.
Mike Stavish, 301-252-2618,
Mount Airy, Maryland
Ed’s Motorcycle and ATV
Salvage. Over 15,000 used
Japanese parts in stock. 814239-2253, Claysburg, Pennsylvania, edsmotorcyclesalvage@
hotmail.com
Manuals. Honda MT250K1
and MT250-76 Parts manual.
Yamaha XS650H and HS shop
manual. Honda 100/125 shop
manual; covers CB100, CL100,
SL100,
CB125S,
CD125,
SL125 and TL125. These three
manuals are all original factory
manuals. I also have a Yamaha
XS650,
XS650,
XS1,XS2,
TX650 parts manual and a Yamaha model code list. I’m asking $10 per manual plus $4 for
shipping in the continental US.
Ellis Holman, 317-691-4242, Indianapolis, Indiana, eholman@
comcast.net
Ignition Parts. KZ400A, new
ignition breaker plate with
points, condensers and wiring. Kawasaki tune-up kits
for 1977-’79 KZ650; 1976-’77
KZ750 B1/B2, KE100 A5/A6;
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Classifieds
1980 KZ550 A1, KZ250 D1;
1972-’75 S1 A/B/C, KD100
M1/2/3/4, G5 /B/C; 1972-’73
S2A; 1976 KH250 A5/A6,
KV100 A7; 1978-’79 KZ200
A1/A2, KL250 A1/A2; 1980-’82
KE125 A7/A8/A9; 1982 KD80;
1969-’70 G3TR; 1969-’74
G3SS A/B/C/D; 1975 G3SSE;
1976-’78 KH100B, KD100 M1/
M2/M3/M4; 1976-’79 KM100
A1/A2/A3/A4, KM100 A1/A2/
A3/A4; 1975-’79 KD125 A2/
A3/A4; 1974-’75 KS125A,
MC1M A; 1975-’76 KD80 A2;
1973-’75 MC1 A/B. Points
and condesers for most other
Kawasakis. Most points and
condensers for most Hondas.
Fiber clutch discs for 1973’76 Honda CB250, 1969-’73
CB/CL/SL 350, 1974-’77 CB/
CL360. Suzuki tune-up kits for
1977 GS750, Kokuson ignition; 1977-’79 GS550 E, Kokuson; 1979 GS500L, Kokuson;
1971-’77 GT380/550/750 Denso ignition; TC/TS125/90/100,
TM/TS 75, TS50, T100, T125,
A100, Denso ignition. Points
and condensers for most other
Suzukis. Yamaha tune-up kits
for XS400 D/E/F/2F, XS360
C/D/2D, RD350 A/B, RD250
A/B. Points and condensers
for most other Yamahas. William Mack, 865-983-4204,
2329 Airbase Road, Louisville, Tennessee, 37777, Williemack33@cs.com
Wanted
Honda
1962 Honda Cuby. Looking for
19cc engine and any parts or
literature. Tom Kolenko, 770427-4820, Atlanta, Georgia,
tkolenko@kennesaw.edu
For 1965 Honda CB160, need
a set of nice handlebars. Jack
Krepps, 405-550-1101, Edmond,
Oklahoma, jkrepps@cox.net
For mid-1960s Honda CL77,
looking for red frame. Original
or restored in very good to mint
condition. Dave Anderson, 804321-4444 Ext. 111, Richmond,
Virginia,
danderson@tla-va.
com
Honda CB450 Black Bomber.
I’d like to buy a Black Bomber
in good running condition. Nha
Nguyen, 972-267-5949, Dallas,
Texas, ntnha2001@yahoo.com
For 1966 Honda CB160, need
stock handlebars and controls in
nice shape. Jack Krepps, 405550-1101, Edmond, Oklahoma,
jkrepps@cox.net
For 1967 Honda CL72, looking
for fuel cap latching mechanism
for original aluminum tank. Already have a tank and a cap,
but latch pin, latch, and spring
are missing. Part number for
tank was 17500 273 405. Sam
Bryant, Virginia, Sam.bryant@
mac.com
For 1967-’68 Honda CL77, I
need a set of fork tubes. Must
be in good shape with no pits
or bends. Curtis Shields, 740272-7629, Ostrander, Ohio,
cdshields50@msn.com
For 1968 Honda CL175 Scrambler, right carburetor flange
adapter. Part number is 16273235-004. Last part needed for
restoration. Tony Odil, 615-4495196, Lebanon, Tennessee,
odil@charter.net
For 1968 Honda CL175, need
two intake valves, part No.
14711-235-010, new or good
used. All 175 motors use the
same valve, I think. Ron Rospo,
518-663-8217, Troy, New York,
rocketron443@gmail.com
For Honda QA, need a complete rear wheel. Colin Young,
518-899-9002, Mechanicville,
New York, Hellfire67@msn.com
1969-’74 Honda CB750. Will
pay top dollar for the right bike;
low miles, original, unmolested,
almost rust free. Does not have
to run. Send pictures and info
via email. Also looking for NOS
or real good CB750 parts. I will
arrange and pay all shipping
costs. Don Sherman, 225-3437260, Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
ssher40362@aol.com
1971 Honda CL450K4. I am
looking for an orange color. Jock
Rotella, 315-469-5004/315-2631269, Syracuse, New York, iamjar@aol.com
For 1971 Honda CB750K1,
need 4 original exhausts. Need
not be perfect. Also need headlight ears. Reasonable price for
pensioner or can swap for rare
two-stroke parts, such as Kawasaki triples, Yamaha TZ and
TD, etc. Frederick Pretorius,
614-419-8741, Columbus, Ohio,
ffpretorius@aol.com
For 1974 Honda CB550, I need
a front brake caliper. Scud,
815-436-1735, stixnstonz40@
sbcglobal.net
For 1984 Honda VT500FT, gas
tank in good condition, any color,
red preferred. Jim Fambrough,
706-974-0115, Atlanta, Georgia,
janfam2000@yahoo.com
For 1987 Honda CMX250, I’m
looking for a left side chrome air
cleaner cover and other misc.
parts for this little Rebel. If you
happen to have or know of one,
please contact me. Ted, 843655-7083,
tdhorne@hotmail.
com
Kawasaki
350/500cc Engine. I am
building a track bike and need
a single cylinder 350-500cc
two-stroke Kawasaki engine.
Also need electrics and exhaust. Please let me know if
you can help me. Mark Morrison, 309-662-5371, Bloomington, Illinois, mmorr26407@
aol.com
For 1974 Kawasaki KZ400,
clutch friction discs or complete
clutch assembly, engine right
side gasket, head gasket or
complete engine gasket set.
Tony Menditto, 845-224-5487,
New York, tmproductions@mac.
com
For 1974 Kawasaki Z1A, I am
looking for original burgundy
bodywork. I have NOS 1973
bodywork in excellent condition that I would consider
trading. David Thomas, 561540-4173, West Palm Beach,
Florida, rockwelldesign@bellsouth.net
For 1983 Kawasaki ELR, set
of tires. Looking for NOS or
reproductions of the Dunlops,
Front was 100/90-19, Rear was
120/90-18. Ed, 586-872-3839
Suzuki
December 2008
For 1965-’67 Suzuki T10 250
and S32 150cc, need complete
carbs and carb covers for a T10.
Need front and rear sprockets
for an S32. Rene Blouin, 418873-3160, Quebec, Canada,
myrah@globetrotter.net
For 1978 Suzuki GS750, looking for hard bags for GS750 or
compatible model. Would settle
for mounting brackets and hardware. Brian Hanley, 352-8739053, Ocala, Florida, bhanley@
cephalon.com
Suzuki GS1100E. In good condition. I love these bikes and
will be willing to pick up. Kirk
Johnson, 260-622-1358, Fort
Wayne, Indiana, kmjohnson@
onlyinternet.net
Tohatsu
1960s Tohatsu RunPet Sport
50cc. Non runners OK. Tom Kolenko, 770-427-4820, Atlanta,
Georgia, tkolenko@kennesaw.
edu
1962-’63 Tohatsu LD-3A. Looking for a restored or original Twin
Arrow, 125cc. Must be a runner. All bikes considered. Ben
Schenk, 360-832-8634, Eatonville, Washington, schenk@
rainierconnect.com
Yamaha
For 1964 Yamaha MG1-T 80cc
Trail Master, looking for clutch
and brake hand levers, exploded
parts catalog, No. 914 key, carb
kit, foot peg rubbers, kick start
rubbers. Mark Tomlinson, 715425-6528, Wisconsin, tomtile@
pressenter.com
For 1966 Yamaha YM1 305cc,
rear shocks, NOS or working.
Any color, not rusty. Chris, 416504-4353, ct.chown@sympatico.ca
For 1968 Yamaha AS-1, need
engine for 125cc twin. Does
not need to run. I want it mainly
for a good working gearbox.
Will pay for shipping, etc. All
reasonable offers considered.
Greg Karbowski, 616-638-5193,
Holland, Michigan, grkarbow@
gmail.com
www.vjmc.org
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Classifieds
1971 Yamaha DT1 Enduro
250cc. Looking for a fully restored or close to stock clean
enduro. Will pay top dollar. Dennis Preston, 714-345-5030, Orange County, California, dp1@
sbcglobal.net
1971 Yamaha RT-1B Enduro.
Excellent, running original or
restored. No project bikes,
please! Will pay top dollar.
John Cerilli, 510-377-5575,
Pleasanton, California, John.
cerilli@axt.com
1971 Yamaha RT-1B, 360cc
Enduro. Excellent, running
original or “restored.” No project
bikes please! Will pay top dollar.
John J. Cerilli, 510-377-5575,
Pleasanton, California, john.
cerilli@axt.com
1972-’78 Yamaha XS650. I’m
looking for a clean Yamaha
XS650, the closer to stock the
better. I prefer the “standard”
style over the “cruiser” style that
Yamaha went to with the later
models. Randy, 831-238-4197,
California, rwphoto@redshift.
com
1973-’75 Yamaha RD60. Looking for a complete bike that could
be easily coaxed into being a
good runner by next spring. Peter Hunn, 315-598-8952, Fulton,
New York, melodyfm@yahoo.
com
For 1979 Yamaha RD400
Daytona Special, I am looking
for a seat. Philip Padgett, 904389-0376, Jacksonville, Florida,
plastiguage@clearwire.net
For 1979 Yamaha RD400
Daytona Special, I am looking
for a seat. Philip Padgett, 904389-0376, Jacksonville, Florida,
plastiguage@clearwire.net
Miscellaneous
1983 Eddie Lawson Helmet
(Bell Star). Looking for full face,
Kawasaki Team Green helmet
with white and blue stripe. Ed,
586-872-3839
Looking for Japanese NOS
mopeds and motorcycles
from the ‘60s and ‘70s for our
showroom. If you have anything
to offer please contact mike.
buttinger@cmsnl.com.
Looking for Japanese motorcycle dealer memorabilia
from the 1980s ... neon signs,
banners, ashtrays, toys, promo
items, lighters, hats, clocks, etc.
Tom Kolenko, 770-427-4820,
Atlanta, Georgia, tkolenko@
kennesaw.edu
Looking for “early” issues of
the VJMC magazine/newsletter, any from late ‘70s to 2002.
Please indicate what you have
and how much you want for ‘em.
Ed Thompson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ext@quarles.com
perately need ‘Motorcycle Mechanics’ issues dated April, May
and June 2003. I need either the
magazines or copies of certain
articles. Contact me if you can
help. Roger Palmer, 352-4420696, Florida, yamasakigrp@
yahoo.com
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or 1-1/2 hours north of Seattle. More than 150 booths
in 2008. We have more vendors every year. See www.
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