July 2023 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Doug Rickertsen of Huntington Beach with his 1974 Honda XR75

Make: Honda
Model: XR75
Year: 1974
Country of Origin: Japan
Engine: 75cc
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Doug Rickertsen
City: Huntington Beach

1974 Honda XR75

Congratulations to Doug Rickertsen of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1974 Honda XR75. Doug won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

He just recently finished the seven month restoration on this Honda that he's owned for 30 years. He taught all three of his kids to ride on this bike, plus all the neighborhood kids.

Doug has become a master at restoring these little Honda bikes. He does everything but the paint and has his own method for getting the fork tubes perfect.

Last month he told me his secret. Polish the forks to a mirror shine, then brush them in a single circular motion around the tube with 0000 steel wool. After that a clear coat and they look just like they came from the factory. I'm sure he won't mind me sharing his trade-secret, it's elbow grease. His Favorite Supplier:
Doug told me his favorite supplier for these small Honda motorcycles is They have the parts you need to get the job done.

This is the fourth time he has won Bike of the Month. Here's the run down:
June 2023 - 1975 Honda MT250 Elsinore
August 2022 - 1975 Honda MR50
April 2021 - 1971 Honda SL125

Thank you Doug for bringing your XR75 out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our July Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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July 2023
1974 Honda XR75
June 2023
1975 Honda MT250 Elsinore
May 2023
1947 Indian Chief Bobber
March 2023
1982 Kawasaki GPZ1100
February 2023
1975 Yamaha RD125B
January 2023
1981 Yamaha RD350LC
December 2022
1968 Honda CB77 Super Hawk
November 2022
1978 Yamaha XS-11
October 2022
1970 Briggs & Stratton Motorbike
September 2022
1975 Honda CB400F SS
August 2022
1975 Honda MR50
July 2022
1977 Suzuki GT 750
June 2022
1975 Moto Martini 3 1/2
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