After restoring our vintage Honda CB550F motorcycle, it's time for that all-important first test ride.

Motorcycle restoration: the test ride

After weeks of wrenching and filming, our Honda CB550F is back together. The hard work at E3 Motorcycles has paid off—and it’s time for that critical first test ride. At 6am on Thursday morning, E3’s David Browning was joined by videographer Eric Altbush to capture the moment. “We set out early to beat NYC traffic…

Motorcycle wiring: the regulator/rectifier.

Motorcycle Wiring 101

Joe Tessitore is a strange guy. Most motorcycle builders hate working with motorcycle wiring, but not Joe. It’s his favorite part of the build, and the source of most of his business. So we’ve asked Joe to demystify electrical systems, and provide an easy guide to sparking your bike back into life. The most overlooked,…

Instafamous, Instabroke: how custom motorcycle builders make money (or not).

Paul d’Orléans: Instafamous, Instabroke

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Moto-journalist Paul d’Orléans writes for the magazine Classic Bike Guide, and stirred up the hornets’ nest with this recent column. It’s a perceptive and thought-provoking commentary on today’s custom motorcycle scene. I’ve been mucking around with old motorcycles since the 1980s, and like many, financed my bike habit via the sport of Arbitrage. That is,…

Motorcycle resto: all together now

One of the delights of restoring a motorcycle is putting it all back together again. It’s like building a jigsaw—complete with the inevitable frustrations of…

Motorcycle restoration: The engine

A motorcycle engine is a thing of beauty: A compact mechanical symphony, engineered with precision. And one of the most satisfying jobs during a motorcycle…

Motorcycle restoration: wheels

Anyone who’s taken on a large-scale motorcycle restoration runs into an “Aw—f*ck” moment at some point. The best-laid plans can unravel, or get held up…

Motorcycle restoration: the frame

In last week’s Saturday Sessions episode David Browning and E3 Motorcycles got their hands dirty with breaking down and reconditioning the Honda CB550. The first…

Motorcycle reconditioning

In last week’s Saturday Sessions, we saw E3 Motorcycles tearing down a Honda CB550. This week, it’s time for the messy business of motorcycle reconditioning—inspecting,…