> Heirloom Indian – Grampa’s old motorcycle comes home to stay
Story: Greg Williams, Photos: Amee Reehal
When father and son Terry and Chad Murphy want to remember dad and grampa, they don’t have to look at a worn black and white photo; they can go to the garage and bring to life the Indian motorcycle he took on a summer journey in 1940.[...]
In the modern motorcycle world workaday commuting machines get little to no respect. In fact, small-bore motorcycles in general are often overlooked in favour of larger, faster and more glamorous ‘cycles.[...]
Builder uses parts at hand to construct Miss Behavin
Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal
Creating something from nothing is what Mark Blundell does best. Well, not literally nothing, but from spare parts belonging to a variety of different machines that might otherwise go to waste. Blundell owns and operates Calgary’s TJ’s Cycle, a well-known motorcycle used parts emporium, and his overflowing yard chock-full of exhaust systems, wheels, front ends and controls is his playground. [...]
For Harley-Davidson that single word sums up the VRSCA V-Rod, a machine first introduced to the public nearly 10 years ago. In fact, the overhead cam, fuel-injected, liquid cooled 60-degree V-twin engine that powers the V-Rod was nicknamed the Revolution – simply because it’s quite a departure from, say, the venerable Knucklehead or Panhead. [...]
The slogans ‘The Unapproachable Norton’ and ‘The World’s Best Road Holder’ defined one of the most fabled British motorcycle builders. Founded in 1898 by James Lansdowne Norton, or Pa, as he was commonly known, Norton brought to the motorcycling masses several technological advancements. Not the least of these developments was the featherbed frame as designed by the McCandless brothers. [...]
Catching a glimpse of a Sunbeam motorcycle moving down the asphalt is a rare experience, especially in Canada.
A product of the British manufacturing industry, there are two distinct periods of Sunbeam motorcycle production. The first was from 1912 to 1939, and the second from 1946 to 1957. John Marston of Wolverhampton, England first produced fine quality bicycles in the late 1800s, and these pedal-powered conveyances bore the Sunbeam badge. Mechanized transport caught Marston’s attention at the turn of the last century, but rather than pursuing motorcycle construction he developed automobiles, and set up the Sunbeam Motor Car Co. Ltd. [...]
Everybody’s seen a customized Harley-Davidson, but how about a customized Buell? (RIP, Buell.) Although Erik Buell’s machines have always had a distinctive look to them there are those out there who think the design could be improved upon. [...]
A Douglas Dragonfly is distinctive, but it certainly isn’t the most widely recognized British motorcycle. The 350cc flat twin touring machine was built in an era – the mid 1950s — when many British manufacturers were trying to design clean, economical and reliable transportation.[...]
Outside of the motorcycling fraternity if you told anyone you rode an old ‘pan’ they would look at you askance. We are not, of course, talking about a well-seasoned, beat up piece of tin from the bakery. What we are talking about is one of the most legendary motors ever produced by Harley-Davidson – the Panhead. [...]
It’s easy to see where some motorcycles get their name.
Take, for instance, the B.S.A. A10 Golden Flash. Introduced late in 1949 as a 1950 model, B.S.A.’s Golden Flash was the first 650cc parallel twin in the company’s range. And, it was finished in a sandy beige – almost gold – colour. This was at a time when most other British motorcycles came in dour black on black. [...]
Tradition would suggest that a café racer be based on something British, perhaps a pre-unit Triumph 650cc twin in a Norton Featherbed frame. There are only so many parts and pieces from those motorcycles around, however. And now, thanks to an increased interest in the café style of build, folks are turning to some rather pedestrian machines – such as Honda CB350s or Yamaha XS650s — as starting points. [...]
Some folks are pretty impressionable — especially those who are interested in motorcycles. Take Calgary’s Wade Youngman, for example. Back in 1973 he was 16 years old, and he’d just bought a brand new Kawasaki Trail Boss motorcycle. It was a 100cc machine, but that wasn’t enough for him. No, later in the year he decided he also had to have a 1973 Kawasaki H2, the 750cc triple-cylinder two-stroke screamer. [...]
Few machines have impacted the motorcycle market quite like the Honda CB750 Four.
Arguments for other machines that have shaken the industry can be made, but when the inline four-cylinder CB750 was introduced in 1969 the motorcycle was literally a game-changer.
And as a game-changer, Honda’s CB750 became the machine that set the pace for the early part of the 1970s.
Calgary’s Peter Gilding was 13 years old in June 1970 when he first saw a Honda CB750. “I was so blown away by the four pipes and four mufflers, the size and the sound of the thing – it was a visible shock,” Peter says. [...]
There are two kinds of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. The first has garages full of half-finished projects and the second turns out pristine machines at a breakneck pace. We don’t need to tell you on which side of the divide Bob Klassen falls. [...]
> Some folks collect stamps. Others collect coins.
Story by Greg Williams. Photos by Amee Reehal
John Whitby’s hobby is far more interesting. He collects dysfunctional motorcycles. Working in his suburban two-car garage — already stuffed to the rafters with two hot rods, a metal lathe, welding gear and a half dozen other bikes — he takes them apart and puts them back together in a way the original maker never intended. [...]