WHAT WE DO
At Classic Honda Restoration, we strive to be the go-to source for Honda enthusiasts by offering a wide variety of parts and services:
- New replacement parts, many of which are no longer available from Honda – Classic Honda Restoration is now re-manufacturing many hard-to-find parts
- Used and NOS parts
- Project bikes – everything you need to get started on a restoration project
- Engine rebuilds
- Referrals for top-notch service
- Cycle sales from our unique collection
- Consignment sales service – we can help you sell your bike
Classic Honda Restoration evolved from a life-long love affair with motorcycles. Let me introduce myself – I’m Tim McDowell, the owner. Here are some of the highlights of my personal motorcycle history:
- When I was 13, I built a mini-bike using a Clinton upright mower engine.
- In 1965, my brother and I bought Honda Super 90’s – mine was black & silver; his was red & silver.
- The next year, we saw “Easy Rider.” We went out and bought a white CB77 Superhawk and customized it!
- By 1967, I was working at a local Honda dealer in the parts department. That year, I bought a Triumph TT Special. I made it street-ready by installing lights and gauges.
- At the end of that year, I travelled from the East Coast to California where I bought a 1966 BSA Thunderbolt. After 9 months living in L.A., I came back to Maryland and worked in Parts & Sales for several Honda dealers, seeing the introduction of the Honda CB750 in early 1969.
- Later in 1976, I owned a 1966 Triumph Thunderbird, one of my favorite bikes outside the world of Hondas.
Throughout the 70's, I saw the growth of Honda and other brands. Manufacturers were pioneering significant innovation and the motorcycle world was improving by leaps and bounds. In the 70’s, Honda introduced the CR250 Elsinore, CB400F, XR75, and CB550F. In 1979 came the double-overhead cam motors and the mighty CBX.
As the years passed, my career took me away from motorcycles as my day-to-day occupation, but I never lost my enthusiasm for the hobby. The love of riding evolved to a love for restoration, beginning with a Honda 305 Scrambler CL77 that I built in my basement. I began to actively attend swap meets and search out “finds” in garages and barns throughout the East Coast. My personal collection quickly grew, and I rented first one storage spot, then two.
Our building at 7035 Kit Kat Road, Elkridge MD
The longest journey starts with the smallest step . . . and here we go!!
In 2006, bursting at the seams once again, I decided to turn this super-sized hobby into a real business. Classic Honda Restoration was born and moved to a 5000 square foot space in Elkridge, Maryland between Baltimore and Washington right off of I-95. I share the space with a similar business, RE-MX, owned by Dan Gray, an enthusiast like myself who specializes in the small 50cc – 125cc Hondas of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Visit his site at www.re-mx.com.
The photos shown on this site (Photo Collections) are just some of the bikes I’ve owned over the years. Like many of you, motorcycles have been a wonderful sport and hobby for me over the years. I still love the sound and smell of these great old machines and I know they keep me young! I hope that my business can help you enjoy your hobby and keep these great bikes on the road.
CYCLE VAULT CLUB
Another unique portion of our business is the Cycle Vault Club. We offer temperature-controlled storage space for bikes with monthly, quarterly or annual contracts. We also have a 4-month special for over-the-winter storage. What sets us apart from the competition is that our clients have access to their bikes during our business hours – we’re open Tuesday through Saturday. We also offer battery tenders to make sure the bike is always ready for that spur-of-the moment ride. Call us for details at 410-799-3855.
VINTAGE JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE CLUB
We encourage enthusiasts to join the VJMC. It’s a great resource for Honda information and you get to meet interesting folks who share your hobby. Check them out on the web at www.vjmc.org.