Show Stoppers

Our 11th Annual Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show is in the history books now and despite a weekend-long threat of rain and thunderstorms, the event was a smash. The collection of antique and custom iron on display was far different in its scale and scope than before, proving there’s more innovation and mechanical experimentation going on…

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Classic Bike Crystal Ball?

There was a long discussion recently within the CRM garage about which classic and custom machines will become the top money sellers of the near future. As anyone who has restored a vintage motorcycle can attest, such project are generally undertaken for a love of doing so, not for any prospective profits that may or,…

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Hogs of The Future Have Arrived

With North American streetbike sales lingering in the toilet, manufacturers are growing increasingly clever when it comes to increasing sales and broadening the market. It’s taken years for the OEMs to realize that simply cranking out big-bore machines has limited appeal beyond the Baby Boomers who’ve long desired heavyweight motorcycles. Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson, for example, have…

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Our Lame Duck Story

Been busy tearing into the crashed Ducati 999 track bike as of late, discovering some fascinating mechanics behind this 170 MPH road missile. Having read a hardcover book about the creation of this, the bike unfortunate enough to relpace Ducati’s iconic and much-beloved 916/9996 series, the 999’s futuristic styling was not to everyone’s tastes. The…

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Naked Italians -Va Va Voom!

Rocket Garage of Italy whipped up this 999-based beauty. Bellisimo! Streetfighter styled customs have long been one of our faves here at CRM. The audacious, bold idea of resurrecting a crashed sportbike into a unique, fast-moving special is borne of pure mechanical practicality and a can-do approach to customizing that we all admire. Just recently,…

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Can You Top This?

With less than one month remaining before the 11th Annual Reader’s ride-In Custom Bike Show, we’re gearing up to see some of our regular show entries again this year. For several of the past few events, starting back when the event was still being stages as party of Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio, Dave Williams…

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Mechanic’s Master Class

More than once in recent years folks have asked me why continue to pursue knowledge in the classic motorbike field, especially when motorcycle sales are in the collective toilet in the U.S. and the demographic who remembers when Nortons and Triumphs ruled the roads is quickly becoming a non-riding one. One explanation is practical: if…

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Boxing Clever

Our on the West Coast, BMW custom parts specialists and CRM pals at Oshmo (www.oshmo.com) have put together a pretty cool Summer Sale on some choice bits to make your air-cooled R9T twin really roar. These guys have done for both new and late-model BMWs what few have in the past- found a bolt-on means…

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Bold In Blue

We’ve been going through images of previous Reader’s ride-In Custom Shows trying to determine whether any of the highly skilled builders who’ve won past awards will be back this August 11. We came across this amazing piece of classic Honda workmanship that rolled in completely unexpected two years ago. The owner was youthful Andy Frederick…

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