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 Volume 25, Number 4August 2002
James Grooms’ Black Bomber
Founded 1977
Celebrating 25 years of vintage motorcycling
Bill Silver’s CYP77
Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club Newsletter August 2002
This Issue Contains
About This Month's Cover Page 2Editor's Corner Page 3President's Page Page 4VJMC Member Profile Page 6Rick SetoCanada Page 7Feature Article Page 8VJMC Day Ride Reports Page 10Calendar of Events Page 12AMCA Revs Up Interest Page 14In Japanese MotorcyclesVJMC Financial Report Page 16VJMC Staff & Field Reps Page 18Classified AdsFor Sale Page 22Wanted Page 30About This Month's Cover:
The beautiful exampleof a Honda CB450 K0 featuredon the front cover belongs toJames Grooms, our new VicePresident, and VJMC Field Rep-resentative for Kansas. Hebought it two years ago, andalthough it was showing only995 miles on the clock, it hadpassed through the hands of three or four different owners,and had been poorly stored dur-ing its periods of inactivity.James says he merelyperformed a "Refurbishment" of the bike, but what he did wouldqualify for most of us as a com-plete restoration: The frame gota powder coat treatment, andthe fenders, side covers andfork sliders were painted Hondacloud silver, then clear coated.James said that this gives thema sheen that the original did nothave, but is much more durable.The headlight ears and fork up-pers were also repainted, whilepaint on the headlight and tankwere left unmolested, as theywere in good shape, and be-lieved to be original. All thebearings / bushings were ser-viced, the cables replaced, andthe carbs overhauled. Theshocks were replaced withHagon units, which are verynice; they came with theshrouds. Modern rubber (Avonroadrunners) were mounted onthe rims in the interest of ride-ability. The shocks, combinedwith good rubber and front forktweaking, make this old bike apleasure to ride. Far better thanwhat they were originally.James also notes that timelyadvice from Bill "Mr. Honda"Silver concerning the oil pumpsaved the motor from some po-tentially catastrophic top-enddamage.All in all, James saysthe CB450 is a nice rider that,although done on a budget, hasnevertheless won a few awardsat some local rallies.Our thanks go to James for sharing this picture with us. 
Volume 25, Number 4, Page 2
The insert picture on this month's cover is of a CYP77recently restored by Bill "Mr. Honda" Silver. Bill has written anenlightening article about the "Police" version of the popular CB77 which will be featured in an upcoming edition of theVJMC Newsletter.This Issue's WebPassword:
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Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club Newsletter August 2002Editor's Corner By Richard Sulik, Editor 
This August, 2002 edi-tion of the Vintage JapaneseMotorcycle Club Newsletter marks my inaugural effort asyour new Editor. I have ac-cepted this responsibility at thedirect, and I might add, persis-tent, request of Jim Townsend,the VJMC President. A shorttime after this occurred, I men-tioned to an acquaintance that Ihad been designated as thenew Editor of the VJMC News-letter. He guffawed, and said:"How did that happen? Wereyou the only one who wasn't atthe meeting?". Ta-Boom!But Seriously Folks -- Ihumbly follow a long series of newsletter editors who haveserved the club well. Jim Town-send has said that while theclub is made up of you, themembers, he noted that theNewsletter is the primary "Face"that the Club presents to itsmembers, the country, and theworld. Thanks to Jay Horine'sefforts, that has been a veryhandsome face, indeed. I mightwalk in his footsteps, but I'llnever fill his shoes. Neverthe-less, I'll attempt to continue totry and make the "Face" that wepresent to the world shine. Inthat regard, I'll be trying somechanges from time to time, start-ing now, which hopefully will beimprovements, and that bringsme to my next topic: New Edito-rial Policies:
Acknowledgment of Submis-sions:
It shall be the policy of the Editor that all contributionswill be acknowledged in a timelymanner.While space considera-tions dictate that not every con-tribution will appear in the verynext issue of the Newsletter,contributors are asked to under-stand that the Editor appreciateshaving a reservoir of materialfrom which to draw on in theproduction of future Newsletters.And, contributors should be as-sured that all material submittedwill be considered for publica-tion.Also, while the Editor will strive to produce a "Bal-anced" Newsletter, membersshould realize that the Editor cannot publish what is not beingsubmitted: If you want to seemore technical articles, thenyou, the members, will have towrite them up and send them in.Bill "Mr. Honda" Silver has beendoing a superb job carrying wa-ter for the Club in the Honda"Technical" arena. Likewisewith the many Action Adventure/Comedy stories provided by Bill"Doc Speed" Melvin. If you likethese types of articles, consider writing one up and submitting it.And, it doesn't have to be astory; it can be an essay, a dis-course, or just a "rumination" onsome topic relating to vintageJapanese motorcycles. For example, if you want todiscourse on why the little,small-bore bikes should, or should not, be valued, or countenanced with the samelevel of respect as the larger displacement machines, by allmeans, crank it up and send itin; I'll be glad to see it.And, while the Editor reservesthe right to make customaryeditorial changes (such as cor-rections to spelling and punctua-tion), every effort will be madenot to violate the spirit or intentof the writer.
Feedback Mechanism:
Thenew Editor has noticed that theClub has lacked an importantmechanism for its operation: AFeedback mechanism. In truth,a Feedback Mechanism of sortshas always been in place:When people like what they seein the Newsletter, they send intheir money and join, or renewtheir membership, and the Clubprospers. Conversely, whenthey cease liking what they see,they cease sending in their re-newal money, and the Clubwithers. This Feedback Mecha-nism, while effective, is crude,and it is difficult to spot trends inthe level of member satisfactionexcept over long periods of time. To rectify this shortcom-ing, space will be provided inthe Newsletter for "Letters ToThe Editor". Accordingly, mem-bers are encouraged to forwardtheir thoughts and comments tothe Editor. While the "Letters tothe Editor" section is not in-tended as a "Gripe Session"
 per se
, valid topics to address to theEditor are reasonable, non-inflammatory comments regard-ing what you like, or don't like,about the Newsletter, or Clubactivities (or the lack thereof)
Continued on page 10  
Volume 25, Number 4, Page 3

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