Holiday Greetings!

It’s Christmas afternoon here in the Midwest and we hope to find you all in good cheer and with family and friends. We’ve done a bunch of updating on the Masterlinks page adding many new links and clearing dead links. We encourage you to check them out if you’re building, riding or traveling. The vendors listed here are ones we’ve done business with and recommend them highly. The most recently added links will carry a “new” tag next to the link.

We’ve also been building a new project bike called Brutus. It’s a 1976 Honda CB550F Super Sport being massaged into a “could-have-been-built-at-the-factory” cafe bike. JB3 has been re-writing the templates for posting and hosting photos so currently we are posting the build on Adventure Rider here. The link is to page one and the report is into the fourth page now. There is page navigation at the top and bottom of each page with the last page being the most recent installment. What we’ve found by posting the build there is that there are many, very good craftsmen doing the same thing in their home garages, building a dream bike. It is entertaining and educational to follow their builds and see how each person problem-solves their way to completion. We encourage you to check out some of the very cool machines being built on the “Some Assembly Required” page at Adventure Rider.

In our search for parts to transform the Honda we’ve found a really good source of ideas and parts at Carpy’s Cafe Racers and 4 Into 1. When you call Carpy’s you get Steve Carpenter on the other end of the line with tech advise for building anything cafe and probably the parts you need too. For vintage Honda inline fours you can’t beat 4 Into 1 for factory NOS and reproduction parts whether you’re doing a restoration or a custom you can find the OEM parts you need here. They also have the fastest shipping we’ve seen in a long time. Try them out!

Last on the list and maybe one of the very best road trips of the past year was our visit to the Mungenast Family Classics Museum in Saint Louis, Missouri. We met Dave Mungenast, Jr., Ray Mungenast (owners) and Dave Larsen (curator) and got the grand tour of their ever expanding facility. There is a report from our trip posted also on Adventure Rider at the bottom of this page and the top of this page. If you’re at all interested in motorcycles this is a must see museum.

Ride Safe Always,
December 25, 2015