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i bought the first issue of this mag and looking forward to the next they are up our ally ....sort of , at least they are in the general area we like .check it out ..http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/



Edited by - LILBull on Nov 28 2005 7:20:27 PM
 

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yeah! to bad I bought the issue they are giving away! oh well thats what you get for being first, sometimes! It was a good read for its first issue Im looking forward to the next even more.
 

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Hey guys. ZZPYDER alerted me to the site and forum. Good goings on. Just wanted to let you know our third issue of Motorcycle Classics is out, should be on magazine racks in the next few weeks. I'd like to encourage anyone who reads the mag to give us feedback, positive, negative, whatever you think about it. You can't be all things to all people, but you also can't work in a vacuum.
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off the top of my head, I's say you have too much harley content. I'm not saying you should ignore harleys totally but just because this is america doesn't mean your mag should be all old harleys and indians.
 

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Hey guys. ZZPYDER alerted me to the site and forum. Good goings on. Just wanted to let you know our third issue of Motorcycle Classics is out, should be on magazine racks in the next few weeks. I'd like to encourage anyone who reads the mag to give us feedback, positive, negative, whatever you think about it. You can't be all things to all people, but you also can't work in a vacuum.
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Richard Backus
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Hi Richard,
Thanks for stopping by the site. The mag seems cool now, just don't let it head in an all Harley direction. All though you'll probably get more readers, I wont like it as much.

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The Harley content will ebb and flow, as will other bikes as subject matter. There's no intention of making it just another Harley mag. Too many of those out there already, and they're mostly pretty boring. The basic concept is pretty straight-forward: I like old bikes. I like Hondas, Harleys, Ducatis, Nortons, DKWs, etc... My personal rides include a '72 R75/5 (bit of a rat, with 900cc heads, jugs and pistons), a '70 Triumph Daytona (total rat) and an '83 Laverda RGS1000. I love cafe racers, had my second Commando decked out with somebody's imitation Dunstall fairing, low bars, rear sets, etc... Looked good, ran great, rode great.
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The Harley content will ebb and flow, as will other bikes as subject matter. There's no intention of making it just another Harley mag. Too many of those out there already, and they're mostly pretty boring. The basic concept is pretty straight-forward: I like old bikes. I like Hondas, Harleys, Ducatis, Nortons, DKWs, etc... My personal rides include a '72 R75/5 (bit of a rat, with 900cc heads, jugs and pistons), a '70 Triumph Daytona (total rat) and an '83 Laverda RGS1000. I love cafe racers, had my second Commando decked out with somebody's imitation Dunstall fairing, low bars, rear sets, etc... Looked good, ran great, rode great.
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lets see some pics, I love nortons
 

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Hey Richard,

Glad you took the time to stop by the site. As you can see we're all about classic bikes here. And chances are you'll get plenty of feedback from these guys.

Would you have any interest in swapping ad space? We like to preach the word of the caferacer whenever possible. As you can see we don't have any ads at this time but I've been considering it. If interested drop me an email, [email protected]

Thanks and welcome
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hey richard,

if you need any help with that laverda rgs, let me know, cause i know "the guy" that builds/restores those beautiful machines.

tex
 

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JD: We can definately swap links, which is at least a start. We're just getting our web page going, once we have a links page set up I'll let you know so we can get that in place. Aaron, I'll have to look for pics of the Norton, gotta have some some place. And Tex, thanks for the heads up. The RGS is pretty sweet, aside from expected maintenance it won't need much. It's a hoot. Sounds like a Lamborgini when you get the revs up.
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LiLBull =ZZpyder Yeah I get around....I think the magazine is the "MOVIE" for us we have been talking about.

This mag has all the classic bike angles in it it is also the proper magazine to have a caferacer/street style section in it so the word gets out what these bikes are and what they are all about .Geetoo could do a column his garage and head are full of cafe racers,designs ,thoughts and knowledgable in it enough to do the cafe scene the exposure it needs to increase value of these bikes on the market.

And Thanks for checking us out ,Richard...its good to know there are real people answering the mags emails and key people as well...lol and dont worry these guys will give you all the feed back you can handle. LiL Bull = ZZpyder = George

P.S. JD and aaron started this site five years ago ..now they have to put up with the new brigade of "Streeters"which Im one ,(growing every post it seems) as well as the Hard-Core Vintage Racers,that haunt this place, a few only are vissible thru an attempt at humour ...but there still here like the rest of us ,because we like this style bike.



Edited by - LILBull on Nov 29 2005 8:25:46 PM
 

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I think the cafe racer scene is a critical element in the classic bike scene, for obvious reasons. And speaking of cafe racers, there's a guy in Georgia, Brian ???, can't remember his last name. He runs a shop called Southern Classic Customs, loves cafe racers, and loaned us a nice Triton to take to some shows. I met up with him at the Barber Vintage Festival, and he showed up with a supercharged Norton running on a 47 degree crank! And ... he had an oil in frame Triumph running on a 70 degree crank. Had a sticker on it that said "Parallel V-Twin" It sounded like a Ducati, and was an absolute blast to ride. You'd burble around, and people would hear the engine, see the bike, and you could see their brains working trying to figure out what was wrong with what they were hearing and seeing.
Anyway, cafe racers will factor in. Probably not as much as you'd like, but they'll play a part. For instance, the second issue features a comparison of sorts between the original Triumph Thruxton of the mid/late 60s, a factory cafe racer if ever there was one, and the new Thruxton.
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Well my friend, Cafe Racer styled bikes,..... factored in the premier issue lets see you had a cafefairing bmw on the cover ...it makes people aware of the cafe style bike ..THUMBS-UP.
You had Harleys Cafe Racer styled bike XLCR..THUMBS-UP for not being a custom chopper.
You also had what everyone here would concider a Cafe Racer Paul Zells Vincent Special..You can almost not get anymore CAFE then That BIG THUMBS -UP.
We mentioned the cover bike in cafe fairing dress the BMWR90s THUMBS-UP!
Oh yeah the Barber Vintage Museum you guys had a big spread with GP bikes pictured..another HUGE THUMBS-UP.
You covered Laverdas Cafe stock supreme.....


And thats the very first issue so your more guilty then you think of putting us Cafe Guys on the map I STAND AND APPLAUD You Sir for that .

We just need that kind of exposure so people look at these bikes and know what they are ...so many newbies have declared in this Forum that they have LOVED THE BIKES FOR EVER but JUST DIDNT KNOW WHAT THEY WERE!!! So it helps ALOT to be exposed in ANY WAY AT ALL!!

It's kind of our fault really, seems the first thing we do, is take off every badge and name plate on the bike...oh well I can live with that!!!


PS was that guy in Ga www.southernclassiccustoms.com the guy you spoke with.I saw his full page add in your mag and already checked his place out ...another brother in arms.



Edited by - LILBull on Nov 30 2005 08:13:44 AM
 

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.....Besides ...you need to start with a classic bike ...to make a classic CAFE. So they are intergral ,speak of one conjures up the other . So keep doing what your doing you know we will be watching and if you get writers block for subject matter ...just scour this forum it has all been put thru this Cafe Crowd chewed up,spit out and digested More topics for a volume of books lie in rubble here.

Richard I will have to look but ,something tells me Ive seen your name associated with maybe kitcar or some other motor related mags in the past?

Any way Its great to attually know there are real people behind what looks to be a great mag ,and I will subscribe .And that whats really the pay off.Subscriptions will keep you alive so Cafe Has a chance of being known Race or Street.
 

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LiLBull, I'm with you all the way. As you've noticed from listing through the cafe-themed bikes in the first issue, I like cafe bikes. A lot. I mentioned the second issue only in case you hadn't seen it yet. Excepting the great article on a ride through Death Valley on a Dunstall Norton, there's not much in the way of cafe bikes in the third issue, hence my earlier comment that the cafe content will vary.
No, wasn't previously involved with another motor title. An old engine magazine, but we're talking pre-WWII farm engines. Kind of off-beat, hardly mainstream.
I'm glad you're subscribing! So here's the next question, do any of you guys organize any rides, cafe only? Could be a city ride, road ride, whatever. Shows?
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Richard,
Just added your link to the site and sent in my subscription.

As far as rides, we've talked about organizing rides but haven't actually got together. Many of the people here race which takes up a lot of time. Some of the readers here have tried to organize but it hasn't happened yet. I'd like to get something going on an annaul basis. Where are you located?

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Hey Richard,

How do you get you articles? Do you need any freelance writers/photographers? Do you take article submissions and if so, what is the criteria?
 

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organizing a ride in the future maybe possible,I think its safe to say most cafers here are highly independent...its come up a few times. But this group together... is like getting the "Dirty Dozen" to shave with cold water!!!
There alot of guys here that get together to battle on the track...and thats as close to a ride together ,most of these guys know!
But its come up and Im sure itll come up over and over maybe it will happen.


The first issue was so Cafeinated,I was very looking forward to the next issue.....like I have stated its bound to be an intergral part of your mag...I dont think any Classic Bike Magazine can get around the Cafe racers or styled bikes, and thats a good thing for all of us.
 

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if any body does subscribe to this mag just tell them you found out from caferacer.net so Richard is aware ,it wouldnt hurt us at all to be a forbidable "small" group of bike enthusiasts!
 

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JD, I'm in the middle of nowhere, Kansas. Office is in Topeka, I live in Lawrence. We don't get a lot of interesting, organized rides around here. Used to be a group that would make blitzkriegs out into the surrounding countryside, but many of them seem to have moved away or, heaven forbid, quit riding! Something will happen somewhere, sometime, I'm sure, it'd be interesting to know about it when it does.
Regards, Richard
 
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