Trophy Motorcycles: Vintage Motorcycle Night

The perfect excuse to take my vintage motorcycle in for repairs, too.

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It’s always fun to head down to Trophy Motorcycles for one of their vintage motorcycle Bike Night events, and needing to take the Honda cl350 Scrambler in for repairs is the perfect excuse to catch up with friends.

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Like a lot of people, vintage motorcycles really intrigue me. They’re fast, dangerous, a little delicate, and they required a spirit of adventure to operate just as much then as now. I really do love my 1970 cl350 Honda Scrambler. She was my first motorcycle, she’s gorgeous, and there’s no way that I’d ever turn her into a cafe racer. Having said that, it would be -amazing- if she ran right. It’s hard to find neutral, starting is difficult even with the kick-starter, and she runs really cold. THese three things together mean that she’s a total garage queen. My hope is that this set of repairs changes that, as the Scrambler is the best parts of a motorcycle and a Vespa, all in one: quick, light, nimble, gorgeous.

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If you’re not sure what a Scramber is (or, more minutely, you’re as unsure of the difference between a scrambler and a flat-track bike), here’s your answer:

Types of Motorcycles

I enjoy checking out what other people are riding, especially in vintage bikes. There are so many styles that move peoples’ hearts, and its wonderful hearing about their passions… and all of the repairs that have to be done on older vehicles, too. Here are some photos of Trophy Motorcycles and a few of the bikes that came out to the event.

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What’s your favorite vintage motorcycle?
Please let me know in the comments below.

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2 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    My favorite vintage bikes are the Vincent Black Shadow and the late 1940’s Indian Chiefs. On the Vincent, I like the way the bike appears to sit low due to the large rims, how the exhausts both curve forward from the cylinders and the girder style fork. The Indian’s are just a beautiful bike.

    Of the vintage bikes I’ve actually owned, my first bike, a 1981 Suzuki GS650GT is my favorite. It’s air cooled, inline four cylinder, chromed four into two exhaust, shaft drive, triple disc brakes, digital gear indicator, and a cool Japanese-inspired custom flamed paint job. I wrecked it, rebuilt it, and will probably move it into my living room when I reach the point I’m unable to ride.

  2. pablo says:

    Dang girl! I love your energy. I got the perfect ex honda line mechanic that wrenches on vintage hondas for a living.

    Shoot me an email and i’ll put you in touch. He is in SoCal. not far from SD.

    Also if you know anyone interested, I have Two P200 Vespa Projects for sale:

    http://palmsprings.craigslist.org/mcy/5654760001.html

    Thanks and keep up the good work. You really motivate me to do great stuff!

    Pablo

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