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    From Marketing Stunt to Legend: The Baja 1000

    From Marketing Stunt to Legend: The Baja 1000
    The impetus of the Baja 1000 came from none other than Honda American. 

    In the early 1960s, motorcycle riding and specifically dirt bike riding were seeing a massive surge in popularity. Honda American was at the forefront of this movement and was doing everything they could to convince riders that their bikes were not only the most capable but also the most reliable. Anyone who knows motorcycles today knows that this is what Honda bikes are really known for, and this branding started early on. 

    To prove the reliability of their brand new CL72 Scrambler, brand geniuses Jack McCormick and Walt Fulton of Honda American wanted to push the scrambler on a long-distance run across terrain that included everything from rocks and sand to mountain passes and dried out washes. An amalgamation of what dirt bike riders would encounter on their own riding days. Northwest Mexico would be the perfect environment to test out the overall durability of Honda's plucky CL72 Scrambler. 

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    The Honda CB750CR Winning Daytona 200

    The Honda CB750CR Winning Daytona 200
    The year was 1970. 
    Motorcycle culture was exploding all over the country, the muscle car era was in full swing, and American’s were more interested in racing than ever before. Intrepid rider Dick Mann, and the reluctantly constructed, factory-backed Honda team stood on the precipice of racing glory, but a tough 200 miles stood between the team and the big “W” that would legitimize Honda as a force to be reckoned with in the world of motorcycle road racing.

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    From Copycat to Ground Breaking: The history of the Kawasaki W1 & W2

    From Copycat to Ground Breaking: The history of the Kawasaki W1 & W2
    For Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company, the dream of achieving success in the ever-competitive arena of motorcycles started with wings and not wheels. Prior to 1962, Kawasaki was more known for making aircraft than making motorcycles but after requiring struggling company Meguro Motorcycle Company in 1963, Kawasaki was well on its way to producing some iconic motorcycles. Well, sort of. 

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    1974 Amen Savior CB550 Chopper

    1974 Amen Savior CB550 Chopper
    We often attend many motorcycle events and truth be told, seek out any custom builds or survivors projects that have vintage Japanese motors but we dont often see 550 motors in choppers. So when a good one comes along we take notice. The company "Amen" made plunger style chopper frames for many different inline four motors back in the 70's including the Honda CB750 and CB550 but the 550 frames were much more short lived and rare than the 750 ones. So when we met Steven Rodriguez at the Cooks Corner bar in Trabuco Canyon before last years Born Free show we took notice of this awesome Amen chopper he had built and been riding for some time. The bike was obviously a "daily rider" with tons of style and some really cool functionality.  So we took a chance to snap some pics and talk with Steven about this neat piece of 70s chopper history.

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    The Motorcycle: The Unsung Hero of the Military

    The Motorcycle: The Unsung Hero of the Military
    It is challenging to comprehend that battles were fought primarily on horseback just over a century ago when troops went to war.  Today, countries could battle their enemies half a world away virtually with the press of a button, thanks to advances in technology. 

    Before World War I, technological advancements brought the motorcycle into military service, and it continues to serve in various capacities today.  Though it could be argued that battles, if not entire wars, were won on the back of a bike, the motorcycle does not receive the credit it deserves for its loyal military service.

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