There's no better way to spend a weekend than taking in the sights, smells, and sounds of vintage motorcycles racing. From a outside perspective, we've watched the vintage road race scene gain more and more traction with organizations like WERA, and AHRMA These organizations have done the best they can to recreate the golden years of vintage road racing and we tip our hats to them. Walk through the pits of one of their vintage events and you'll feel like you hopped in a time machine and went back to the 60's-70s. With these events you tend to see a trend of motorcycles that participate like the Honda CB160, CB350, Triumph daytona, Ducati Desmo, but one bike you don't see often is a Honda CBX. We caught word of a local racer in the suburbs of Columbus, OH. who was the son of MRCBX, If you're into CBX's then chances are you know who we are talking about. Through a local vintage motorcycle facebook group we connected with Robby Ringnalda to get the story on how road racing a CBX came to light.
It’s no secret that vintage Japanese is our specialty, but when it comes to our all time favorite model, the Honda CB750 takes the cake. From the factory these inline 4’s were a hotrod, and from the showroom floor these bikes were being customized. Some may forget that in the 70’s the chopper scene was full of Japanese choppers, guys were buying these bikes new and immediately chopping them up into a one of a kind ride. It’s safe to say that the Japanese platform had a heavy influence in the chopper world, and we’ve been seeing a resurgence of Japanese choppers being built or survivors being brought back to life!
When we came across some photos of Zach and Kristin Shipwash’ chopper they were building, we had to hear more. We reached out to the couple to get the inside scoop on this bike and a awesome collection of photos to go with it. Let’s get into it!
We recently received a message from a vintage enthusiast and fan of Old Bike Barn with a compelling story and a few photos of a pristine GL1000. A few words stuck out to us when reading through the message "$500 Goldwing and Cross Country" after reading that, we had to know more. Without further ado, let's dive in!
'm sure most people wouldn't think to take a stock bike and turn it into another stock bike but in a friendly build off that's exactly what Keith Carlson of Indiana did with his 1978 CB550. He had a long time love affair with the CR500's and the 1986 model caught his eye more than any other so he wanted to know what a Honda street bike would look like transformed as a tribute and this beautiful restomod build was born. We caught up with Keith at a local bike night and took his bike aside to get a better look at some of the neat elements of this CB turned CR.
We recently met up with Brett Johnson of Northbilt Customs in the heart of the racing capitol of the world,Indianapolis,Indianawhere he has a shop on the famous "Gasoline Alley" home to some of the finest machine shops and racing specialists the city has to offer. We were actually visiting one such shop right there recently to have some XS650 valve work done when the shop owner told us about Brett and his incredible Honda scrambler project he was just finishing up, built from a CB350F. We said, well that sounds amazing but couldn't be possible since the CB350F was notoriously an inline four and scramblers are always two cylinders.