Saturday, August 2, 2014

1968 YAMAHA AS1-C- Project


The first of the real giant killers

Introduced in 1968, the Yamaha YAS1 defies all motorcycle logic, even by today’s standards of miniaturization. As a development of the previous Yamaha roadster twin designs, the vertically split, twin-cylinder engine is compact and powerful, this in turn is wrapped in an equally diminutive frame that does its best to hold the wheels inline and weighs next to nothing in the bargain. Once on the move and buzzing away in its sharp power band however, the truth emerges, the 125cc two-stroke is more than a match for machinery several times the capacity.  The main differences between the AS1 and the AS1-C are the high exhaust pipes, slightly raised front fender, the braced handlebar, and that the forks are covered with boots instead of the metal covers.

Friday, June 27, 2014

1977 YAMAHA RD400- Project

1977 YAMAHA RD400- Project

Source: Cycle Guide of 1977
Dearly beloved, you can begin to wave good-bye to all those two-stroke roadsters we've known and loved for years. Kawasaki's KH400 triple has been laid away, and Suzuki has rung up the flower car for their two-stroke roadsters. The four-strokes have won the sales derby; more important, they have a better chance of winning the government emission tests. But before you get all teary and blow your nose, you should know that's all the bad news.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

1965 HONDA CB160- Baby Hawk

1965 HONDA CB160- Baby Hawk


This dirty little chicken came to us by way of a moving sale of sorts. Originally from New Jersey, it somehow made its way out to our neck of the woods and was saved from a salvage yard before finding a space in our shop. It was a non runner and in pretty rough shape when we got her but she was just so damn cute we just couldn't pass her up.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Motorado Classic Motorcycle Show

Motorado Classic Motorcycle Show 2014

If you're going to be in the area, be sure to come check out all the great bikes, including our 1972 Super Scrambler and 1965 Baby Hawk, at this free show!

Sunday June 15h 2014, Father's Day
Time: 10 am-3 pm
Location: La Tienda Shopping Center in El Dorado, NM
GPS  35-32-11.86 N & 105-53-23.93 W

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

1972 HONDA CL498-Super Scrambler

1972 HONDA CL498- Super Scrambler


This bad lil' mama jama started life out as a 1972 Honda CL450 Scrambler. We originally got her as a parts bike but figured since she only had about 1700 original miles, what the hell, lets build her up!

Stripped down to the frame and chopped off all unnecessary tabs and brackets (including the subframe) she was treated to the ol' pipe bender and welder trick. The motor got some love too. We sent to cylinders and  head out to the pros over at Team Hansen Honda to get a work over, including a new valve train, 10.6:1 high compression pistons, and a bore to 498cc. She also got a new set of Mikuni carbs to fuel her fire, and a custom set of high side exhausts breathing it out.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

1965 HONDA CB160- Project

1965 HONDA CB160- Project

Another iconic bike for many Honda enthusiasts, fondly known as "Chicken Hawks" or "Baby Hawks" the CB160 Super Sport models were nimble, light, and within the reach of many new enthusiasts who were moving up from Cubs or Benlys to the world of 'real' motorcycles. 

When the 160 series were released they were labled both CB93 and CB96 as well as CB125 and CB160! Honda further confused observers by marking the whole series without the 'C' designator on the frame and engine numbers. CB160's were 'B160', while the CL and CA types were also similarly marked 'L160' and 'A160'.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

1981 HONDA NC50 EXPRESS- Customer Bike, Finished


Another bike saved from the trash heap.... even if it is a scooter.
This little two-strokin' ground pounder is sure to turn some heads. This bike was brought in by a pretty little lady who just wanted something cool to cruise around town on. The request from the customer was "get it running right and make her look pretty". After a much needed refinish and a lot of tinkering, we think we gave her exactly what she wanted.