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Nov 21, 2016

​MotoDoffo: A Vintner's Vintage Racebikes

Back in 1965, David Yetman broadsided a large sedan while riding his Honda CB77 Super Hawk. Yetman worked for a company that made Formula Vee racing cars, and he used his knowledge of space frames to create a frame for the still-functioning engine from his Honda. This led to the creation of The Yetman Corporation, which manufactured and sold aftermarket street and racing frames for a variety of popular engines. This example houses a 174cc Honda "sloper" engine, so named because the twin parallel cylinders are tilted forward 30 degrees. This machine is raced in American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association competition by owner Marcelo Doffo's daughter Brigitte. Photo by Michael Gougis.

Marcelo Doffo owns a vineyard in Southern California, and he loves motorcycles. At his vineyard, he has on display more than 100 vintage, racing and performance machines that he has collected and raced. At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California this past weekend, Doffo had several of those machines on display. Here are a few of them.