Our Greatest Show Yet

With the skies pissing down on our Friday night Rebel yell Pre-Party, we were encouraged to find a hearty hundred souls in attendance. The screening of the Mods and Rockers classic “Quadrophania” at Sewickley’s Tull Theater proved a hit and as we exited late nite, the skies were clearing, leaving us encouraged about Saturday’s possibilities….

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Time To Re-Tire

If you’ve riding classic iron this summer and still running old school bias-ply ribbed tires, let us hip you to a serious piece of information. several tire manufacturers are currently rolling our modern, sticky radial rubber for vintage motorcycle rim sizes and after fitting a set to our 1978 Suzuki GS750 custom, the bike is…

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Swap Meet at Show

After nearly a decade in business, spare custom parts have tended to accumulate at the CRM HQ in numbers that could surprise the most dedicated pack rat. Our Tech Section has chronicled the construction of nearly a dozen motorbikes over the years and during the individual builds, bits and bobs that either didn’t fit or…

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Who’s Watching the Road?

Just recently a morning traffic tie-up on my street caused several rush-hour commuters to, well, wait in line for a few moments. This being the age when waiting for most anything means instantly grasping for a smartphone, the panicked motorists all grabbed their electronic security blankets in unison. Granted, it being the morning rush and…

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Best of the Midwest

We were happy to set up shop at Chicago’s annual Motoblot street festival a couple of weeks back where we’d promised to have our cameras ready to capture the custom bikes in attendance. More than 12,000 punters visited the show created by Larry Fletcher of Chicago Ton-Up, and though V-Twin cruisers were everywhere, CRM managed…

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Cool Off, Chill Out, Catch a Classic Ton-Up Flick

It’s been seriously, tropical island hot around these parts for the past couple of weeks. It’s the time of year when wise riders will choose to hot the streets in either early morning before the heat and summer humidity rise, or wait until near sundown, when evening breezes cool the atmosphere. We’re anticipating similar weather…

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Name This Jacket and It’s Yours

Among the many attractions and cool things to do at this year’s August 12 Reader’s Ride-In Custom Bike Show is a chance to win a completely new leather riding jacket from British Motorcycle Gear. BMG’s Paul Brooks knows a thing or two about quality motorcycle kit, having proffered top UK brands for years. This time,…

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Triple Threat

With their odd, whirring rumble of an exhaust note and their sturdy engineering, Triumph’s first-generation triples are amazing pieces of machinery. We’ve been running a cool black 1996 Speed Triple since buying it new and, at 40,000 reliable miles, it continues to prove itself a capable, well-rounded mount, as comfortable at quick, backroads scratching as…

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Tools, Road-Ready

If you ride a vintage motorcycle, experience will soon teach you that having a set of tools handy on the road is not only a necessity, but one of the only things standing between completing a planned ride and spending time at the roadside, admiring the (static) scenery. Our good friends at Portland, Oregon’s Langlitz…

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