Category Archives: Other Peoples Motorcycles

If I am out and about & see your motorcycle & really like it, some picture of it could wind up here! In addition reader submissions are welcome, contact me through my “about” page.

65 Harley Davidson M50

I took these photo’s of this 1965 Harley Davidson M50 a few months ago. Although I’m not really a fan of the big Hogs, the little Aermacchi bikes that they sold in the 1960s and early 1970s are among my favorite motorcycles of all time.

1965 Harley Davidson M50
Looking cool in orange & black

This particular example is mildly resto-modded in a very tasteful fashion that gives a very appealing look but without destroying it’s classic looks and value.

Harley Davidson M50 ad

It was displayed with a sample of the original advertising from 1965. I miss the days when motorcycles were sold by specification instead of “feelings” & “lifestyle.”

orange Harley Davidson M50
The Harley Davidson M50 looks good from any angle.

Seeing one of these things always makes me smile and if I ever get the chance I’ll add one to my collection. If you would like to learn more about the Italian Harleys click on one of the links provided to purchase the guide books so you can expand your knowledge of these exceptionally cool machines.

 

65 Harley Davidson M50 right

Powered by a 50cc two stroke engine that required you to mix your own gas and oil, the M50 was good for about 45 miles per hour and 180 miles per gallon.

Harley Davidson M50 engine
HD M50 two stroke engine

That’s it for now, just wanted to share the pictures of this neat little motorcycle for your viewing enjoyment!

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Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900

Before it became the Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900

Take a good long look at the bike in this picture. This particular machine is now the most perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 on the planet right now. But before you scroll down just take a minute to stare at this first picture and just imagine the work it took to make it that way.

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B before

This motorcycle belongs to a gentleman from North Carolina named Mike. It was a long term labor of love for him to perform the ground up restoration you are about to see below. It has taken best Kawasaki honors at several shows, and at the Destination Eustis show this year his effort was rewarded with the best of show trophy.

Now Mike has kept a notebook full of pictures detailing this restoration and displays it with the motorcycle at shows. It’s really very educational & inspiring to look at his pictures, and just get a small glimpse of the effort it took him to turn this particular sow’s ear into the most exquisite silk purse it is today.

I present to you the Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900

Let’s start with a left front view. All of the pictures in this post are large so it may be a little slower to load but trust me it is worth it.

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 left front

These were taken the Sunday morning after the show when a lot of the bikes had already left the exhibition hall. Rather than stage it somewhere else I decided to get a bunch of pictures right where it was at.

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 head on

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 right rear

I’d be willing to lick the bottom of this engine but for the fear that my tongue would get it dirty…

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 bottom of engine

Kawasaki completely redefined the parameters of motorcycle performance when they created the DOHC 903 engine, and this one has looks to match.

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 picture of engine
Here are a few more details for you to check out, enjoy!

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 sidecover

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 top view

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 gauges
“if I could turn back time…”

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 front hub

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 front of engine

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 front details

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 left profile

This next picture is my favorite of this batch, it captures the overall beauty of this motorcycle better than any other picture in this group.

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 portriat

I must confess to teasing Mike about not riding this one, but to tell the truth after all of the hard work he’s put into this one, who can really blame him for wanting to keep it perfect for as long as possible? He is a true fan of the original Kawasaki 900 and keeps another one in his stable for riding, so don’t even dare think of him as just another poser with a show boat because he’s not. If this beauty were mine & I had put so much work into it I’d be just like him.

Perfect 1975 Kawasaki Z1B 900 Best of Show

 

A Truly Unique Dirty Chopper

Mission Main Street Grants
Carolina Honda Powerhouse, hosted a really nice vintage motorcycle rally today (Saturday May 30th, 2015). While I plan to post a few pictures from that at a later time right now I am overwhelmed with the desire to share this fantastic custom. The owner shall remain nameless here, but he was willing to pose for a couple of pictures with his creation. First just let me give you the list of parts that make up this unique dirty chopper custom bitsa. (You know a few bits of this and a few bits of that, none of it matching but it all works together.)

<Maverick Dirt Chopper>

1978 Yamaha XT500; frame

2000 something Honda Rebel; engine

1969 Yamaha DT-1; rear wheel, brake, sprocket & sidestand

1984 Honda CR125; gas tank, forks, front wheel & brakes

1980 something Harley Sportster; shocks, seat, front & rear fenders

1972 Honda CB500-4; footpegs

1960 something Triumph clutch lever,

It also had a utility trailer tailight, cheap driving lamp headlight, a bicycle handlebar and a bunch of homemade small parts!

Yes I would ride it, would you?

<a dirty bitsa chopper>

<extended shifter>

<auxillary gas tank dirty chopper>

I forgot to mention this awesome auxiliary fuel tank sourced from some unknown ancient lawnmower.

 

<home built chain guard>

<cheap ass air filter>

<Honda Rebel Voltage Regulator on chopper>

<unique dirty chopper>

How about a view from the cockpit?

<mountain bike handlebars on motorcycle>

Amazingly enough despite it’s ratty origins & seemingly haphazard design when you view it from the side the proportions are nearly perfect.

< a Unique Dirty Chopper>
a Unique Dirty Chopper

<a Maverick Chopper builder>

The final flourish to set off this masterpiece of junkyard art is this emblem added to the numberplate!

<not a ford maverick>

Peace Y’all!

’58 Cushman Eagle For Sale

A friend of mine has this finely restored 1958 Cushman Eagle for sale. In 2014 he did a complete nut & bolt restoration on the thing. All of the tins have been repainted, everything else that isn’t chromed or polished has been powder-coated. The engine was overhauled and received a new piston, rings, & camshaft in the process.

<Cushman Eagle for sale>

You have to see this one in person, and hear it running to believe it. Did I tell you about the seat? It does have one very nice custom upgrade, an alligator hide seat cover.

<Cushman Eagle Alligator Seat>

The price for this vintage piece of all American Coolness? $4500.00 USD picked up in Waterloo S.C. If you need to have it shipped that will be your responsibility to arrange for shipping & crating. So if you are interested call Larry Rossi at 864 677 5252 between the hours of 8:00 am & 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

67 Honda CL77 Scrambler

A few weeks ago I attended a small but but high quality motorcycle show hosted by the VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of which I am a member. It was nice to see the other folks in the club at this meet which was held in conjunction with the Squealing on the Square barbeque festival in Laurens S.C.

<1967 Honda CL77 Scrambler Right>
Fantastic 1967 Honda CL77 Scrambler

One of our state field reps and one finest gentlemen you could ever hope to meet brought a portion of his collection. One of the bike he brought was this most excellent 67 Honda CL77 Scrambler. Since I have a soft spot in my heart (or is that in my head?) for this style of motorcycle no matter what it’s country of origin, year of manufacture, or even it’s condition I decided to take a few extra shots of this one and do a bike feature on it.

<all the gauges you really need>
all the gauges you really need

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Even though they are all commonly called 305s today you can see that the original tank badges on this one call it out as a 300 cc. This badge is completely authentic but it is exactly the same engine.

<CL77 300 tank badge>

<Honda 305 Scrambler Engine>

Note the steering damper in the above photo. To me the early Honda twins like this are some of the finest looking engines ever built. The fact that nearly every surface on the cylinder and the head, except for the points cover are covered in cooling fins really sets it off from later machines.

<Honda Type 1 points cover>

Of course we can’t forget one of the coolest looking features of these old scramblers, the high pipes.

<Honda Scrambler High Pipes>
High Pipes Baby!

An interesting feature of these early scramblers is that the mufflers are not an integrated part of the exhaust system but were actually an add on that the owner could choose to install and remove at will depending upon where they were riding.

<more cl77 high pipes>

So when you see one out in the wild and it looks like this remember the muffler isn’t missing, it was optional.

Twin leading shoe drum brakes brakes on both ends were state of the art back in the 1960s, and are still reasonably safe & effective on lightweight machines like this for today’s traffic when set up properly.

<vintage honda twin leading shoe brakes>

Truly a handsome old bike from all angles so I am going to close out this post with a head on shot that I really liked.

<The 1967 Honda CL77>
The 67 Honda CL77

Peace Y’all

P.S. I am going to be accepting submissions and suggestions from other motorcyclists for this feature, please click here to reach the contact form on my about page, and let me know what you have, and if I think it is cool and/or oddball enough to suit my tastes it will be featured here..