Story and photos by Jim Witters
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Bill Hovis didn’t expect to win anything when he entered his 1968 CB450 K1 in the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club show at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield.
”I thought there were some other bikes here that were great,” he said. “A couple had some different factory-option parts that are very difficult to find.”
Bill Hovis goes over the details of his 1968 Honda CB450 K1 with contest judge Ellis Holman.
But Hovis walked away Saturday with the two top awards: Best of Show and People’s Choice.
The winning motorcycle is a model that boasted Honda’s largest displacement engine in 1968 and the manufacturer’s first five-speed transmission.
Hovis’ restoration took three years.
The VJMC is one of three vintage clubs on hand this year. Also displaying bikes at the Old Bikebarn Crossroads are the Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati and the Ton Up Club North America.
Each club brought more than a dozen vintage motorcycles. Here are a couple more examples of what they are displaying.
Bruce Ervin poses beside his 1959 AJS Model 31.
Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati
Bruce Ervin, of Belleview, Ky., brought his 1959 AJS Model 31.
Built by Associated Motorcycles in Plumstead, London, England, from 1958 to 1966, the AJS featrures a 649cc air-cooled twin-cylinder engine and a four-speed gearbox.
”I have owned this one for a couple of years,” Ervin said. I like the appearance. It’s a really pretty bike. And it is something a little different.
”The bike shows well and it rides well.”
Nick Goodwin brought his custom 2011 Triumph to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
Ton Up Club
Chicago resident Nick Goodwin brought his custom 2011 Triumph that features a Arias pistons, a Calfab swingarm and a high-compression bore.
”I haven’t had it on the dyno yet, but I think its going to show 90 to 93 horsepower and about 60 foot pounds of torque,” he said. “Most people think this bike is just a paint job.”
Goodwin rebuilt the bike after someone cut him off in traffic, causing a crash that prompted the insurance company to consider the Triumph totaled. Goodwin took the insurance check and started work.
”Lots of people talk garbage about modern Triumphs, and a lot of people talk garbage about fuel injection,” Goodwin said. “But if you talk to the right people and ask the right questions, you can build a bike that will touch 130 mph.”
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield, continues through Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Complex. Tickets are available at the gate. Complete information is available at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.