Motorcycle nostalgia items I would gladly pay $$$ for!


When you are a dyed in the wool lifelong motorcyclist like me, there are certain things which trigger aesthetic and nostalgic avalanches. There is no rhyme or reason as to why they appeal so much, most likely because they are in some way wired up in your brain to a particularly pleasant experience in your past, but all you know is that you want them and in some cases you'll stop at nothing to get them.

I would gladly pay cash on the barrelhead for these items. They are an integral part of my life and I have this mad (definitely mad) desire to have them in my house, where I can dust and shine them and gaze lovingly onto them as I get older and grayer and even more senile than I already am.

Some people collect Picassos or Rodins. I want to have an art collection of the most beautifully sculptured pieces in the history of motorcycles. My first items on the list: The tank and side covers from a white and red 1972 Honda CB100, and the tank from a 1972 or 1973 Honda XL250. After those treasures I have a long list... The round air filter housing from a Harley XLCH... The top fairing from a Yamaha XJ650 Turbo... A Suzuki RE-5 rotary engine.... The tank and side covers from a Vetter Triumph X-75 Hurricane... DeTomaso Benelli 750 Sei triple exhausts... A CBX1000 engine (that should have had its exhaust designed by Alejandro)... The tank from a black and gold Norton Commando...The jugs from a Yamaha 1600 Roadstar... and on and on and on.

However, my collectionism goes beyond motorcycle parts. I also lust after:

  • A DVD or other "high quality" recording of the European version of the NBC pilot for Then Came Bronson. This is the one where Michael Parks actually sees Bonnie Bedelia's tatas on the beach.
  • Also from Then Came Bronson, two of the Masonic Pyramid Eye decals which were on the side of the red Sportster's peanut tank.
  • The jingle to a Honda Canada motorcycle commercial from the early '70s. The title was "Two Wheeled Freedom On A Honda" and it was sung by Burton Cummings of The Guess Who. The lyrics started as "Freedom road, the road is always there, freedom road, leading to who knows where..." I'll take it in any form, mp3, CD, cassette and I'll be more than happy to pay the royalty to Honda or Mr. Cummings. But I gotta have this song!
  • Any personal, signed memorabilia from my old friend Joe Parkhurst, who was the founder and publisher of Cycle World Magazine and the man that almost single handedly launched enthusiast motorcycling in North America.
  • Oh, and any info on what happened to Frank Conner, the editor of Cycle Guide Magazine and one of the seminal writers of motorcycling journalism. If you think that motorcycle magazine writing is nothing more than the technopap that passes for journalism today, read ...and you'll agree that this man was a motorcycling Hemingway.
  • A high quality scale model of a red Honda 350 Four.
  • A Captain America Easy Rider American Flag open face helmet.
  • A Honda Gyro Scooter... the one with two rear wheels and an automatic tranny.

So... what's your wish list?

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rostasi 7 years ago

I can't tell how old this post of yours is, but...

i think that I've found the Burton Cummings cut you mentioned.

Go to the following address and, by some weird chance, it is the "missing" track #32:

in this list, number 31 is shown twice, but the 2nd #31 is a track where it's sung. "two wheeled freedom on a Honda", so I'm guessing that it's Burton Cummings (unless there were other versions(???)

I found your request by looking for the title and artist of this mis-named cut.

hope this helps!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

WOW! Rod, you have no idea how I will be forever in your debt! That's the one! It's missing the opening riffs, but the rest of the song is all there! That is Burton Cummings in the original Honda Canada radio commercial from the very early 70s! I would never have found it since it was misslabeled as J. Jacobs Clothes! THANKS A ZILLION!!!!!!!!! You're the best! :)

rostasi 7 years ago

Great Hal. I wondered if you had already found it or not

'cause I couldn't tell how old this post was - anyway, that whole series is pretty great!

best to you,

Rod (

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

It was a great trip through memory lane. Thanks again!!!

wamiller409 6 years ago

Here is where you can get the All Seeing Eye decals:

Chris 5 years ago

Here's another link to the Honda commercial at the Museum of Canadian Music. The Mp3 played for me when I clicked on it.

Looks like the whole recording, plus a little info.

Paul 5 years ago

The tank off a Norton N15. I owned one of these bikes long ago:

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