Barber Vintage Festival

The annual Barber Vintage festival is just around the corner- Oct 6-8th. Honestly, there is just nothing else like this if you are a motorcycle fan. It is probably the best run and organized motorsports event I have ever been to considering the size and scope of all that is going on. I’ve been every year since the beginning and always come back with a ton of interesting stories and pictures for the website. But, go see it yourself!  Read More →

Bultaco Metralla is done!

OK, I haven’t posted on this bike in a while but yep, it’s all done and on the road. The owner is super happy and the bike runs and rides great! Here is the final product- click through to watch the first run video if you want to take a look.      Read More →

Bultaco Metralla Restorations

We’ve been working on a couple Metrallas for the past few months and there is good progress to report! The frames are stripped, epoxy primed and painted the original gloss black. There are many other parts that have been either bead blasted and refinished or polished. We will soon be reassembling both the Sherpa and the Metralla!  Read More →

2016 Barber Vintage Festival

What an awesome weekend for motorcycle fans! with over 73,000 people in attendance, it was the most successful event yet. Perfect weather helped, but the event it always well run and managed. Here are a few shots from the weekend- enjoy! WWII BMW with Sidecar and Machine Gun Yamaha DT250 Yamaha RD350 Suzuki GS 1100E An entire row of vintage Hondas More vintage Hondas Suzuki GT750 “water buffalo” Kawasaki KH500 Kawasaki 750 triple CB750F... [Read More...]

2016 Barber Vintage Festival

Getting all the bikes ready for the Barber Vintage Festival is always hectic. This year we are taking the 77 CB750F and the 73 Kawasaki S1. The 750 needed some carb work like most old bikes and I took the chance to rejet it at the same time. Runs fantastic and pulls hard all the way to redline. The S1 is almost broke in with about 80 miles on it now. It also runs great. Should be a great weekend!  Read More →

2016 Barber Vintage Festival

Mark your calendars folks, the Vintage Festival is fast approaching. Easily the most popular event that Barber holds each year, it continues to grow. Such a fantastic weekend! More bikes than you can possibly look at, swap meet for parts and bikes and vintage racing. I’ll be bringing the Kawasaki S1 and the Honda CB750F Super Sport for display.  Read More →

73 Kawasaki S1 update 9

We’ve made lots of progress in the past weeks… the engine is in, the carbs are on with all the cables (lots of cables!), the wiring harness is in and almost complete, The chrome handlebars have been swapped out for some matte black superbike bars, the chain/sprockets are on and we are ready to install the mufflers. It’s getting close! Should be a really fun little bike.  Read More →

1973 Kawasaki S1 update 5

Well, lots going on with the S1… The wheels were corroded but solid and I decided that for the price point of this bike, the only real option was to bead blast and paint them. So, it was also a good chance to clean and blast the drums as well as repack the bearings. After blasting, the wheels are primed with PPG epoxy primer and then the final coats of matte black are applied. They will get a rim stripe in one of the body colors. The brake hub... [Read More...]

2015 Barber Vintage Festival

Another great year at Barber for the Vintage Festival! Total attendance this year was up about 5000 to over 69,000 people. The bikes, displays and swap meet were all great and you always meet some interesting folks. The Vintage races were really fun to watch and it’s not just the bikes that are vintage, a lot of the racers are obviously in their 60’s and up! Here are a few pictures from the weekend. We took several bikes including the... [Read More...]

Bultaco Metralla Mk2 all back together!

The customer I painted these tanks and fenders for has reassembled one of the Metralla’s and it looks fantastic! Such a great looking bike with classic lines. The 250cc 2-stroke engine was supposedly good for 100+mph. That is serious for the late 60’s. With modern tires and oils, it may actually do a bit better.  Read More →

2015 Barber Vintage Festival Oct 9-11

If you are on this site, you probably have already heard of the awesome Barber Vintage Festival and this year’s is fast approaching! Scheduled for Oct 9-11th, it is sure to be bigger and better just like every year so far. With rows and rows of swap meet parts and bikes as well as thousands of bikes to look at, it is like drinking from a fire hose if you are a vintage bike fan. Plus vintage racing! Don’t miss it! Tickets are available... [Read More...]

1976 Honda CB550 custom paint

One of my customers is doing a resto-mod on a 1976 CB550F and we painted the tank and side covers in the original Honda candy sapphire blue. On the candies, you paint a silver base coat and then spray layers of translucent color until you have the desired color depth. Beautiful color that really pops in the sun. Hopefully some more pictures when he gets it all put together!  Read More →

1973 Kawasaki S1 250cc triple

With the CB750 done, I needed another back-burner job to keep me busy when I had time in between customer projects. So, I bought this old S1 triple and pretty much regret it at this point. But, hey it will be a super cool bike when it is done. The motor was seized up, water in the #1 cylinder, etc. Just a rusty mess but only 8000 miles on it so the bottom end and transmission are in good shape. I started by pulling the motor to see if it was even... [Read More...]

Bultaco Metralla Mk2

With the yellow Bultaco’s done, we turned to the street versions, which are MK2’s. The styling and simplicity of this model is just excellent. The gas tank is a beautiful classic design and we worked long and hard to find original photos so that the stripes and decal placement is correct. These fenders are fiberglass copies and match the original very well. We also have a set of original steel fenders we are doing, as well. Each color... [Read More...]

1977 Honda CB750F Finished!

Well, the CB750 is basically finished and running quite good. The seat was made from a 40mm sheet of race seat foam like you typically see on race bikes. It really looks perfect for the style of the bike. After about 40 miles of test rides, it continues to run better and better. The exhaust is loud but not obnoxious and also really fits the style of the bike. The rear turn signals are integrated into the rear frame tubes and look trick- they also... [Read More...]

1977 Honda CB750 bodywork, exhaust, lights

Work continues on the 750… the headlight is installed, most of the bodywork, and we fabricated a nice muffler from a spare Yosh round baffle and a piece of 2.75″ OD 304 Stainless tubing-  but the important dimension was the header end that was a perfect 2″ and slid right into the collector. The 77 and 78 Super Sports had a strange 2.17″ OD on the collector and there are no slip on mufflers made for these bikes anymore so we... [Read More...]

1977 Honda CB750- assembly, tuning and first ride!

With the paint done, it was time to get the carbs tuned and the bodywork installed. Old carbs like this are a project! We used a standard set of mercury vacuum sticks and got them all drawing the same at idle. Then we adjusted the idle mixture screws and then rechecked the synchronization. Next, we put the petcock in the tank and on the bike so we could run it around the loop. The first run is always fun- especially when it runs good and there are... [Read More...]

1977 Honda CB750 update 16

Well, the wiring is in and almost complete and all of the updated brakes are on and bled. The wiring included a new solid state regulator/rectifier, Dynatek electronic ignition to replace the old points, new coils and leads, and lots of minor fixes to the harness and switches. Probably 20 hours of time that I just described in 2 sentences! The brakes are the same- lots of time to fit, fabricate brackets and bleed. I was going to use the stock rear... [Read More...]

My 2011 Street Triple for sale

Just in time for spring- This is a 1 owner Street Triple with 5300 miles. Never dropped, dinged or scratched. All stock except for the bar end mirrors. Both keys, books, manuals, etc. The Street Triple is probably the best all around bike I’ve ever ridden- great power, handling, styling and all day riding comfort.  Read More →

Honda CB750F restoration- update 13

So, today we installed the new Dunlop 404 tires and we are working on the final fitting of the tail section. As soon as the new rear shocks get here, we will have a rolling frame and be ready to install the engine! The taillight is out of some 70’s vintage bike which I pulled out of the box-O-taillights. It has a great fit and looks very period correct. After the engine is installed, it will be time to put some colors on the bodywork. The silver... [Read More...]

Honda CB750F restoration- Update 12

Before we can put the engine back in the bike, we need to have a rolling frame and before we can do that, we need the wheels in their final configuration… These Comstar wheels are a bit difficult to work with since they are an aluminum/steel hybrid- the rim and hub is aluminum and the spokes are chromed steel. They only way to get them properly prepped is to bead-blast them and use an epoxy primer. I thought long and hard about colors and in... [Read More...]

Honda CB750F Update 11- footpegs and forks

The stock peg brackets are huge and heavy but I am committed to using as much of the original bike as I can, so we are trimming and drilling to lighten them and remove the rear mounts. While I had the die grinder out, I trimmed the front fender to a more manageable size and weight as well! It will look quite nice after it is bead blasted and painted. Also, we need to reassemble the front forks so we can have a rolling frame to install the engine in.... [Read More...]

Honda CB750F Update 10- Frame

With the engine ready to install, I got to work on the frame and misc parts we need to get ready. The frame was media blasted, epoxy primed and painted in orange basecoat/clearcoat for durability and show quality looks. Frames are a lot of work since they have lots of tubes that have to look perfect from any angle. I was originally going to go with red/white/blue Honda racing colors but decided on orange and dark silver with matte black trim and accents.... [Read More...]

New Rim Stripe Tool – Very Cool

My friend Rob at Tapeworks has been working on this project for several months now and it is in the final stages before production. Make sure you head over to the Kickstarter page and get in on the action. He needs to raise funds to have all the molds made (which are VERY expensive) and when you donate, you get some level of gift it it actually all happens. I’ve used the prototype tool, and honestly- if you are ever going to install rim stripes... [Read More...]

1985 BMW K100 paint

Well, I’ve been seriously lazy about updating the website but here is the latest project- a 1985 BMW K100 with some later bodywork pieces. The owner wanted metallic orange similar to what Lamborghini uses and it really looks great. Digital cameras struggle with colors this rich but the front shot give you the best idea of the true color. The belly pan is sprayed with bed-liner coating and really looks like it is supposed to be that way. There... [Read More...]

1977 Honda CB750F carbs- rebuilt

Well, I haven’t been totally unproductive for the past month but I haven’t exactly been setting the shop on fire with activity either. However, now that it is warming up, I’ll be spending more time working on the bike so it should progress more quickly… As “old bike people” know, the carbs on a 37 year old bike are usually in pretty bad shape. These were bad but not terrible. I bead blasted the float bowls and slide... [Read More...]

1977 CB750F update

Well, I think I’ve decided to go in the direction of the Street Tracker that Airtech has on their site. The tail plastic on this bike is cracked and pretty beat up and the Street Tracker tail looks great so we will probably use it. But, I’m going to stick with the original gas tank and oil tank. Colors are still up in the air… I like the red/white/blue scheme (especially the red frame) but I may do something a little darker- perhaps... [Read More...]

1977 Honda CB750F Project- Brakes!

One of the first things that needs to be done on this bike is a brake upgrade. Actually, I need brakes of some sort just to move it around since it is so heavy. The problem is that the original brakes are in pretty bad condition- rusted calipers, frozen master cylinders, etc. I think I will be able to make one good caliper out of the 3 for use on the rear but I am going to use a set of Tokico calipers and master cyl off a late model Suzuki on the... [Read More...]

1977 Honda CB750 project

Well, there is a new bike in the shop and I’m still undecided about what direction to go with it. It is a complete stock 750 right down to the turn signals- although the muffler has been changed. The stock seat is in excellent condition and the bike only has 12,000 miles on it. I’m not fond of the black and brown color scheme but I could simply do a color change and leave it basically stock or I could do a slight Cafe job… or I could... [Read More...]

New Harley Davidson 500cc and 750cc bikes

So,  a friend of mine owns a Harley dealership and sent me a few pictures of the the new Harley line of smaller bikes that was introduced yesterday in KC. For a lot of people who own Harleys, customization is one of the main draws. We all like to make our bikes unique in some way and these new Harleys are going to be a perfect canvas for people to do that- plus, being smaller and lighter will make them much more popular with the young, urban crowd.... [Read More...]

Barber Vintage Festival- 2013 pictures!

Well, this years vintage festival was another great success and the weather was perfect. As usual, lots and lots of restored and original vintage bikes and some great racing too! Here are a few pictures from the weekend.    Read More →

Barber Vintage Festival is coming up soon!

Don’t forget to plan on attending the 9th annual Vintage Festival October 11th-13th. You can get all the details and buy tickets over on the Barber website. I’ve been going every year since it started and it is always an awesome weekend with thousands of vintage bikes, racing and the amazing swap meet if you need parts for your bike. Take your camera because you see stuff there that you won’t likely see anywhere else! Barber Vintage... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration gallery pages are up

I’ve added some pages under the “Galleries” tab that chronicle the RZ350 restoration process from start to finish. Feel free to link to the pages, but please don’t just link the photos since it totally misses the whole project and the point of posting them. Enjoy… 1985 Yamaha RZ350  Read More →

RZ350 restoration finished…

Well, the big day came and I moved her from the shop to the garage- and then rode all afternoon! It runs great and it really a blast to ride. Here are a few pictures of the finished product but I am working on a page under the “Galleries” tab that will have the whole process. There are lots of little things that took a lot of time that were never posted which I will detail a bit more on the RZ350 page. RZ350 finished…  Read More →

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- first start!

Well, after fixing a small leak around the petcock, she started on the 3rd kick. Pretty sweet. Runs great and sounds awesome… I’ll finish the buffing tomorrow and get it all assembled for it’s first road test.  Read More →

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 15

We are moving along with the paint and after the pearl white, I painted the red. After the base red, I mixed a pearl top coat to give it the sparkle of the original color. On the factory bike, the red was painted on some panels like the tank and tail cap, and decals on other panels. It didn’t match all that well and the decals were not cleared over. So, all the red is painted and the blue are stripes that are cut to match exactly the original... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 14

The bodywork is moving along and the epoxy primer, polar white base and diamond pearl is on the parts. The tank was in decent shape but had some dents, dings and lots of scratches that needed to be filled and of course, all the old decals had to come off. 28 yr old decals come off in tiny little pieces and take forever to remove… Stripping decals removing the glue… filling and sanding… white base and pearl…  Read More →

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 13

The mechanical stuff is about as far along as it can go without getting the bodywork done since I will need the gas tank (with gas!) pretty soon. The brakes are on and bled. All of the bodywork is done to the point of paint. The white epoxy primer is on and colors are next. Here are a couple of pictures of the bike as it is now- pipes are on and the aluminum canisters have been bead blasted and polished. Considering how old they are and the fact that... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 12

Well, progress continues and after fighting the old DG pipes which really didn’t fit well, I’ve got them installed and not contacting the frame anywhere. The radiator is back on- had to get the pipes on before the radiator… The brakes are ready to be hooked up and bled and the body work has the polar white base and pearl sprayed on. I still need to mount the taillight and decide how I want to finish/polish the exhaust canisters. ... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 11

Today I’m hooking all the electrical back up and also doing a bit of bodywork. I’ll post that later, but here are a couple of pictures of the frame  with the motor installed. Such a cool old bike… Trying to get the pipes to fit properly… view from the top- Renthal bars and switch gear installed    Read More →

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 10- the motor

The motor is back in the frame… it ran fantastic and was well set up when I got the bike. It only had a couple of thousand miles since it had been rebuilt although that was a few years ago. But after looking in the exhaust ports and seeing how clean they were with a nice medium tan color, I decided to leave well enough alone and just clean and paint. At some future date, when the motor does need to be rebuilt, I will media blast everything with... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 8- rolling frame

The front end is back on and progress is being made on the hundreds of small items that will need to be refinished if the bike is going to have a “restored” look versus just a “repainted” look. While I’m not replacing every nut and bolt, I am cleaning and polishing them so it retains some originality but still looks restored. Check out the picture of the brake rotor bolts- so corroded that I had to break out the acetylene... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 7

Both wheels are now painted and clear coated. The brake rotors are bead blasted and I think I’ll leave them like that instead of painting the centers gold or black. The rear shock is actually in very good condition and cleaned up nicely. I did paint the spring by hand since it was looking a bit tired. Most of the cad plated nuts and bolts cleaned up pretty well since they were covered in oil and grease and didn’t have much corrosion. It... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 6

The frame and swingarm are done- clearcoat on the frame and a medium sparkle silver on the swingarm. I will say, you better be on your game when you are clearing a frame as complicated as this with lots of tubes, tabs, cross members, and 360 degrees of coverage needed. Here are a couple before and after pictures… While the bike will have an original look, it won’t be a showroom stock restoration. Like a lot of modern restorations, it will... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 5

The frame has been epoxy primed and base coated. A few people have asked why I just didn’t get the frame powder coated. Several reasons- 1st, they can’t match it to the paint I am going to use on the panels and I want it to match. 2nd, The bike still has the original VIN sticker on the frame and that is worth keeping, so I taped it off and will clear over it after the base color is on- very cool VIN # – 000777. 3rd, powder coat is... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 Restoration- part 4

The previous owner had welded some lugs to the frame by the steering head to mount a modern style Yamaha R1 steering dampener. Not a nice clean job and they were rusting, etc. The bike really doesn’t need a steering dampener and I want it basically stock looking, so I had to cut and grind them off before I paint. Here’s a few pictures. The motor is clean and ready for paint. It’s not coming completely apart since it runs perfect... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 3

Not much to see- except a bare frame. The motor is pulled and sitting in the parts washer. The swingarm is apart and the nice thing is that all of the linkages and pivot bearings are nice and tight. So it is mostly a matter of cleaning and painting. I still haven’t decided on a paint scheme but I need to since the graphics will need to be ordered soon. The rear wheel will be gold like the front and things will move along pretty quickly from... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration- part 2

Well, the bike is almost all in pieces. The wiring harness is a mess since the bike was raced and some of the wires were cut. I’m sourcing some original stuff and will have to make some. After the engine is out, the frame will be painted back in the original red, and the engine will be cleaned and painted with a matte black. The pipes are off and disassembled. Some of the internal baffles needed some brazing and the muffler cans will be polished... [Read More...]

Yamaha RZ350 restoration

So, the front end is apart and we are making good progress. Front wheel is painted gold… the rotors are cleaned up and centers painted, forks are painted, all the handlebar switch gear is painted, master cylinder is painted, upper clamp is painted and the upper stay will be bead blasted and painted tomorrow. The prep work is very, very time consuming. No use putting new paint on top of old paint or corrosion. rotors and switch gear upper triple... [Read More...]

1985 Yamaha RZ350 project

Well, I’ve always wanted one of these so when a friend (the guy who owns the RZ500 and the Hejira) told me he knew someone selling one I pounced on it. This bike is a Canadian model that has a race history so the engine has lots of upgrades. It runs really well. I was originally going to just clean it up and ride it through the summer but plans change for the strangest reasons. In this case, the front tire was losing air so I needed to take... [Read More...]

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