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Motopsyco’s Featured Website BikeBandit.com

It’s been a while since I’ve featured a great useful website so today I’ll tell you about one of my favorite places to shop for motorcycle parts and riding gear BikeBandit.com!

http://www.bikebandit.com/ for motorcycle parts, full face helmets & more
http://www.bikebandit.com/ for motorcycle parts, full face helmets & more

Regardless of what you are shopping for you owe it to yourself to at least check Bike Bandit while you are shopping for motorcycle parts and accessories, especially motorcycle OEM parts. In addition to their very competitive pricing they have the diagrams (aka micro-fiche), and part numbers from the following manufacturers; BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha. This covers most major brands of motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, side by sides, dirtbikes, scooters, personal watercraft, and even generators!

They also have a decently written professional blog filled with tips on riding and wrenching that is worth looking through on a regular basis.

Shop for your Motorcyle OEM Parts at Bike Bandit
Shop for your Motorcyle OEM Parts at Bike Bandit

Seriously click here right now and go check out the great selection of motorcycle OEM parts. Yes I really purchase OEM parts from them on a regular basis and those of you who know me, know just how cheap I am, even though I demand top quality customer service.

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that I am a stickler for protective riding gear. When I get on my bike in the morning to go to the office, I always wear boots, pants, jacket, and gloves along with a full face helmet. Some may think this is overkill but I am really attached to my skin, especially the skin on my face so for me a full face helmet is the only way to go.

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Bike Bandit Sale prices on full face helmets.

Right now Bike Bandit is having a really good sale on Arai full face helmets so if you’re in the market for some world class skull protection you really should get in on this sale.

That’s it for today and if you haven’t already be sure to sign up for our emailing list to keep up with the world of do it yourself motorcycle & repairs and vintage motorcycle news & events.

Peace Y’all

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

 

Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Friday at the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

There wasn’t really a lot going on yet when I rolled into the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show early on Friday March 4th. So I went ahead and set up my base camp for the weekend. To stretch my budget this year, instead of staying in a hotel I decided to sleep on an air mattress in the back of the enclosed trailer. This actually made a decent camping arrangement as a simple tent heater kept it nice and cozy on the cool early spring nights.

Motopsyco's camp @ Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Afterwards I went digging around the swap meet just to see what was there. I didn’t take as many pictures this year because I had an actual shopping list of parts that are needed for two very different bikes, one a 45 cubic inch Flathead Harley and the other a Honda CT70 Mini Trail. Didn’t find much for the mini but there were a couple of vendors that had some good deals on parts for the Flattie.

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One of the absolute coolest things there was this little Model T replica for sale. The seller drove it around all over the place, and I hope some happy person took it home.

Mini Model T at Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Other than a little shopping I just hung around the main exhibition hall and offered my meager assistance to the really hard working folks in the VJMC who were getting everything ready for the show on Saturday. Once darkness had fallen and supper was over it was time to retire to my little campsite and knock back a brew before turning in.

Saturday at the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

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Fresh perked coffee early in the morning, sitting in a chair outside while cooking breakfast over a camp stove. The only way it could have gotten any better would be if my lovely partner had been there with me, but alas she had to work.

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After making myself reasonably presentable it was time to head over to the main hall again and watch as the neat old bikes filed in to register for the show. Rather than trying to post them individually I put a few of them in a slideshow for you.

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There were of course a few extra special bikes that really stood out and demonstrated that even though this may be one of the smaller “Bike Week” events it attracts some really high caliber machinery.

First up is an ultra rare Flying Merkel, who doesn’t enjoy seeing an old timer like this in good running order?

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There have been a lot of custom cafe racer or muscle-bike style custom Goldwings showing up on the internet and it was great to see this wild ‘Wing show up to take home 1st place in the custom class.

Custom Goldwing Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

No vintage motorcycle show is complete without at least one classic American racer, and the stunning Indian flat tracker fits the bill perfectly.

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The Best Of Show award went to my friend Mike, who brought this absolutely immaculate 1975 Kawasaki Z1B. He restored this bike himself from a rusty derelict. Look for more pictures of this one in the next week or two.

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One of the best things about going to a VJMC organized show is the fact that the judging is done by audience voting. This makes results almost completely unpredictable, and does away the bullshit & hurt feelings that result from selection by a panel of judges. I’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of the Vintage Motorcycle Alliance, they run the swap meet and set up the vendor areas and without them and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, this event would not be what it is.

Click here to learn more about the Vintage Motorcycle Alliance

Click here to learn more about the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club

Until next time, Peace Y’all

 

 

The 2015 Bull City Rumble

The 2015 Bull City Rumble

Every year for the last 11 years during the Labor Day weekend holiday the club Ton Up North Carolina has been hosting a great multiday event for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts in Durham North Carolina. The main focus is on vintage café racer styled customs, restorations, competition bikes, and vintage scooters. Ever since I discovered this event three years ago the Saturday bike show has been permanently added to my calendar.

<Durham NC September 5th 2015>

One of the great things I love about this event is the fact that every year at least one really oddball custom will show up. The top motor freak at this year’s show was a diamond plate covered Goldwing that had everyone scratching their heads.

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This being a café racer club there was plenty of fine British & European iron on display including an original unrestored 1983 Triumph TSS with electric start.

 

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Numerous Moto Guzzi motorcycles were on hand such as this T3 and this old Ambassador

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I can’t tell you exactly which one of the two it was but one of these immaculate AJS machines that won best of show, both look so pristine I don’t think it matters

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Fellow VJMC member Mike McSween was showing his terrific pair of restored vintage Kawasaki road racers with his 1971 H1R 500, number 56 in the picture taking home first place. The other green jewel in the picture is his 1972 H2 750 triple.

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Anytime I get within a mile of a Vincent I have to take its picture. Even though I am normally a Japanese bike fanatic, Vincents like this 1952 model really are my ultimate dream machine. Perhaps one day…

<1952 Vincent>

The award for the best Japanese motorcycle went to this highly detailed & wonderfully conceived CX500 Honda.

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No matter what angle it is viewed from the artistry & talent of the builder is just amazing.

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Until 2014 there was no class for American motorcycles and while this was still the smallest class it did attract some high quality equipment including a 1950’s vintage Indian and this fine looking Harley Davidson J model.

<Harley Davidson model J>

I must confess that when the American class was first introduced that I and a couple of others had mixed feelings about it. We feared that an influx of the so called American bikers would destroy the character of this event and make it into yet another chrome, mullet, & tattoo show for us (and our fat wallets) to stay away from. Fortunately this has not happened so far. I was there for nine hours this year and only heard one person make a disparaging remark about the motorcycles with superior engineering, handling & reliability. Since she was blonde I’ll forgive her for not having the intellectual acumen to understand that some of us view our motorcycles as something more than just a two wheeled “Members Only” jacket.

It was great having Rommel Harley Davidson there as a sponsor and I really enjoyed checking out the new Street 750 demo trailer that they had set up. Check it out on the video below at the bottom of the page.
Other motorcycles at the show that I really liked included this very tasteful black Suzuki café racer. These late 70’s & early ‘80s Suzuki cycles don’t get nearly the love from restorers or customizers that they should, even though they were probably the best all-around motorcycles of that time period.

<Suzuki GS cafe racer>

If you love vintage turbo bikes there were a Yamaha Seca & a Honda CX parked side by side on the street.

<Turbo Seca Turbo CX500>

Everywhere you looked there was a good selection of vintage & retro machines, fine people, good eats, and plenty of excitement, and I am already planning to return next year. Check out the Ton Up NC website at http://tonup-nc.blogspot.com/ for more information.

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I took so many pictures at the 2015 Bull City Rumble that I decided to put the best of the rest into a slide show.

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Here’s the youtube video that I made of the event. Watching this is probably the best way to get an idea of the scope of this event.

The 2015 National Bikers Roundup

Last weekend one of our local county council members & I took in a visit to the Darlington Dragway, our goal was to get an overview of the 2015 National Bikers Roundup and show all of the locals who were unnecessarily anxious about the presence of a large group of African-American bikers in our community. Folks, even at the Memorial Day Bikefest, the bikers are not the problem. The National Bikers Roundup organization, rented the venue, got all of the necessary permits, coordinated with local law enforcement, and had more than adequate event staff on hand to keep everything rolling smoothly. We had a blast check out the video & the pictures below!

I’m not going to write a lot in this post as I’d just be repeating a lot of what I’ve already said in the video.

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Peace Y’all

The 2015 VJMC National Rally Day 2

It is the end of the second day of the 2015 VJMC National Rally, and a little rain is falling  from a passing thunderstorm this evening but for most of the day the weather was beautiful and the group rides went off without a hitch.

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We all had a great time on a various rides to various different places in the mountains. My wife and I actually followed the tiddler group up to the Sugarland visitors  center, after a brief visit to the museum we proceeded to the Metcalfe Bottoms picnic area where we had a nice lunch.
In the meantime the convention center continues fill up with an ever increasing assortment of nice bikes as people rolled in.

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It turns out I’m not the only one who brought a 185 Suzuki.

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Above is an entire row of classic Kawasakis.

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Here’s a nice original XS500

After a great BBQ supper we listened to a presentation from Pete Boody the owner of Pistol Pete’s services who is restoring the prototype Goldwing serial number 2. Pete gave us a good run down of the early history of the development of the Goldwing and the difference between the prototypes, the pre-production units and  the final production units.

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It has been a terrific day and I do have some video footage from the ride that is up on YouTube.


Peace Y’all

2015 VJMC National Rally Day 1

Today was the first day of the 2015 VJMC National Rally

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Here are a few more pictures from the first day’s action .

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I actually feel bad about loading the Suburban Assault Scrambler onto  to a trailer for this short little trip, but I wanted to take both bikes.

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This blue and white Suzuki water buffalo is terrific looking.

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Another blue and white Suzuki.

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A Honda Grom and a CB 1100 parked outside of the Convention Center.

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A raffle bike from the  Cincinnati group.

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It just wouldn’t be a vintage motorcycle rally without a Honda ST90.

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A beautiful Yamaha but check out the odometer below.

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Before I sign off for the day, I  just have to include a picture of my Suzuki TS185 sitting inside the convention center with all the pretty show bikes.

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Peace y’all.