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1979 BMW R100/7 Blitz Street Tracker


Posted on March 24th, by Scott in Brat, Tracker. 56 comments

A couple of months ago we featured a beautifully shot video of some French gentleman from Blitz Motorcycles in Paris cruising the country roads of France. The video caused quite a commotion with most people liking it, but we also had our fair share of haters — but as they say in France, “such is life.” Well, hopefully their latest creation, this rough and raw BMW street tracker will show you that these guys aren’t a “bunch of douche bag hipsters” but actually a group of quite talented builders putting out some really impressive bikes.

The boys started by painting the R100/7 engine with high temperature matt black paint. They also handcrafted both rear and front mudguards, rear frame buckle and hand made the seat. After removing the original BMW tank, they replaced it with a vintage 1970’s Honda tank — keeping all the scratches and dents for added character. The handlebars have come off an old Kawasaki Z650, with new Doherty levers attached and then powder coated. Then the finishing touches were added, like the Blitz logos cut into the battery covers and simplifying those pesky electricals.

This street tracker might not be as unique or even as ambitious as their previous ‘murdered out’ BMW R60/2 which did the rounds on the internet last year — but we love it’s simplicity and it looks like it would be a blast to ride. And in the end, whether you’re wearing cool clothes or not, isn’t that all that really counts?





  • http://bubblevisor.blogspot.com lenny

    nice grips but why the tie-raps?
    does anyone know that honda gas tank?

  • Paddy

    Yeah, tie-wraps! Grips are funky. I think that may be a Yamaha xs tank.

  • Ken

    Looks to me like you would just stop it and walk away from it without bothering to drop the side-stand, or prop it next to a tree. I suppose that might be useful…

  • Jay Allen

    I love it – but it reminds me of an old Billy Joel song " you can't dress trashy 'til you spend a lot of money " Thumbs up to Ken for his side-stand comment

  • http://www.christrotmanphotography.com CHris

    Looks like it might be a 1970's cg125 tank, maybe.
    Bike looks sweet, these guys knock out some pretty cool stuff. I dont care what they wear, as long as they wear something!

  • http://knsweb.net kumo

    Zip-ties, funny grips, scratches and dents, tape in the pipes… I can imagine long rows of people wishing to buy it. Sure, she must be cheap also…

    That mark on the tank is from old tape covering the filling hole? Oh dear…

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    Yep. Takes talent to make a bike look 'used' and roachy. sorry- but this 'trend' of 'building' bikes to *look* weathered/used/'ratted-out'/whatever *is* the defining factor of the 'hipster-douchebag-cool-kid' set. Someone *please* make it stop….

  • SVA

    Ok, what the hell do you care what kind of clothes do they wear. If they like how they look and can afford those clothes, than let them be happy with what they are and what they have. And you have to admit that the bike looks awesome and is probably a blast to ride. And it's not made to look old and used – if you read the article, you already know that most of the parts came off from old and used bikes, so it's not made to look like that – it is used and every part has history coming with it. And don't you be talking about "hipster-douchebag-cool-kid" look mr. Dave from California, written with a K. Now I know I'm gonna gain a lot of enemies with this comment, but all I want to know is – Why the hate? Can't you just enjoy these peoples creation and admit to your self that it does take a lot of creativity and skill to build a bike, and these guys definitely deliver.

  • Mr. French Tickler

    Wow! what a beautiful bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anybody out know of a place in the USA that sells/makes, the same kind of seat they have on this bike?????????

    please let me know if you know of any links/websites.

    Thanks!

  • Scott

    The tank is from a 70's Honda CB 125

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    SVA-
    No-one said anything about clothes here… lol. This one is purely about the bike. While it is an interesting bike; it takes next to no "skills" or "talent" to put out a bike like this… Sorry. Throw together some used parts, don't bother cleaning anything up, or for that matter, *actually build anything* and you have a "cool" motorcycle that you can show-off via internet blogs. The "issue" was brought to bear by the comment that "these guys are more than just hipster douchebags… they're actually talented builders.." Sorry, but I don't see it. I looked @ thier website… personally not impressed. There is no talent or skill involved with spray-painting a motor, and slapping some parts together. There is nothing 'original' or 'creative' about this particular bike either. History? lol- yeah, history of parts from a bin, maybe. If you want to preach 'history' try using parts that *might* mean something (ie: a vintage racing tank with original livery or something) An old, beat-up Honda tank slapped onto a ratted-out bmw has no "history" or significance. The above pics, the coverage, and the ego-stroking are what the 'hipsters' are living for… NOTHING else. It's not about the bikes: if it was, the bike would actually be something to admire… not just a ratty-old bmw. Most of us that have actually been building (or re-building) bikes for years find examples like this one a waste of time, and honestly- Offensive. I guess my next one should be the rusted-out, old pile of parts that loosely resembles a cb250 nighthawk, lying in my backyard. I could put a seat on it, take off the broken bodywork, and some cut-off header pipes and call it a 'custom-build'. Maybe spray-paint the engine and put a Norton manx tank on it too…
    Heh! Sorry I said anything… ;)

  • Derby Cycles

    Dave , you must be at least 45 right (since you are referring to '82 Nighthawks)? Twice these guys age. Why do you think you are supposed understand what they are doing? It doesn't matter really. Do you get what Bill Nash does with guitars? Extreme relics that play better than American factory Fenders. Just relax man, the kids are alright. Mr. French Tickler, check out Twinline in Seattle and Kott in L.A.
    Peace brothers

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    @Derby-

    See? Those guys build some killer bikes. That's all I'm sayin'…

    As far as "understanding" what these kids are about… sure, I get it- But 2-3 years ago, most of these kids couldn't even spell 'motorcycle'… hehehe! Dude; for what it's worth- I see literally 100's of these kinds of bikes/people EVERY DAY. I *do* know what they're about. I also know that most of the 'scene' doesn't even know the difference between a phillips-head and flat-head screwdriver. Point is: for most (not all) these bikes are just the current 'fad'. When guys like me (old, I know… lol I'm 41) have been re-building bikes for over 20years it gets a little annoying to see cobbled-together 'cool' bikes all the time, and then pile on the adoration and praise the lemming-masses throw at them… it's comical. Now- I've got to say here- Most of the dudes in Seattle would "fit" into the d-bag/hipster mould *if* you didn't know/see their WORK. Only focusing on their 'look' would do a disservice. Originally, when the vid was posted, the general consensus was the above 'lifestyle' of said videographers. Could've been wrong… But this bike, and others like it just solidify the opinion. All 'style'… No substance.

    Twinline and Kott are both kick-ass shops, and do some excellent work. Been to both. Much respect for them, and guys *like* them.

  • jack

    im going to partially agree with dave on this one. and im not older than these guys, i most likely younger.

    Lately there have been quite a few "custom" bmw's that have surfaced around the blogosphere, and i just have to say, why destroy perfectly good bikes so that they look the part? It is as plain as day that the only reason to strip a bike back and make it look as this one does is to simply have a "cool" ride. but its more than cool, its what is the new cool, the latest craze. now, for me personally, i think that this attitude is bad. its the same attitude as buying distressed jeans, you dont have the lifestyle to distress them yourself, so you go out and attempt to buy yourself a lifestyle. that is what is advertised to us every day.

    unfortunatly it has made its way into the motorcycle scene, where the cool kids are now posing as mechanics, and are flogging off genuinely bad motorcycles to rich fuckers who want to look like they have ridden the thing for years. its like the same kind of people who spend stupid amounts of money on a duece bike, just becuase it looks cool and it makes them "look" like a "bike-guy". at the end of the day its just going to be one in a sea of yamaha sr's that all look alike.

    i have a lot of fun on my bike, i have a lot of fun building up my project bikes, but i dont make a "short film" about it. i dont gloat. this is the attitude of these frenchmen. they are show offs who are selling an attitude, selling a lifestyle that rich losers want in on, but dont want the years experience that are meant to go with it, they just want the quick fix. which i think will ultimately leave the motorcycle community in the dust, the next cool thing will come along and bikes will be last years fad. when are we going to see some well done custom bmw's? not this stuff, becuase as dave pointed out, it takes no specific skill to make a bike like this, it is very easy.

  • Mr. French Tickler

    Derby, thanks for the heads up!

    I can understand where the "old schoolers" are coming from , BUT, it's the same thing w/ anything, whether it be rides or sports……the young bucks come up and they come out with new ideas or bring back old ideas.

    I'm 36 and just started riding 2 yrs ago! I (personally) love the, "bobber/custom/tracker" style(s)!!! whatever you want to call it., to me, as long as you ride whether it was 20 yrs ago or just last year, as long as you remember how you felt when you first rode, and how you loved it, that's all that matters!

    my 2cents, ride safe brothers!

  • Clinton-

    Good job guys. keep building and riding and don't worry about the comments. Your art is enjoyed by many. you always know your on to something fun when your work can start fights. Every good artists wants the viewer to get entangled with the piece presented. If your getting folks on the defense that means your creating something provocative which always comes off as threatening to those entrenched in what is usually viewed as the one right way. For bike builders, photographers, painters, ceramicists and any other artist with the need to create and recreate, its where new comes from and that rebirth will always be celebrated.
    Cheers to ya then!

  • MSP

    I'm happy to see that somebody, anybody, is turning a wrench these days. And I don't give a damn if you're 41 and turning Snap On or if you're 17 and turning Stanley. The point is, we make due with what we have. Single cylinder vintage SR's are cheap and great to learn on. But, that doesn't mean that all roads, be it skill set or financial means, lead to building your own OC style choppers. Unfortunately, that seems to be the consensus in my part of the world.

    Let the kids wear whatever they want. Who cares if they dress the same. In the same tense, I've seen a million dudes with shaved heads and long goatees riding custom choppers, tourers in full Aerostitch on GS's, and (god forbid) leather tasseled baptist preachers on Sportsters. No one is more or less genuine or unique than the next, really. When I see another motorcyclist, regardless of what they're riding, I'm happy that they're one less person in a car. That is, unless you're a prick who cares too much about what I'm riding. If that's you, well you can just go to hell.

  • New kid on the block

    A note from a 22 year old kid getting into building bikes:

    Builders like this give me hope… because I have a job (not a career) and I can't afford to build bikes like a lot of you older guys. If I had the means, I would do it in a heartbeat. I have always loved bikes and because of me being born when I was (out of my hands), I am just now able to pursue it. I know some of my peers who are getting into bikes are because it is a fad, and I am friends with some (they make me fix their crap) but there are a lot who aren't. Besides, motorcycles have been a fad for forever. The fact that ratty bikes are "in" right now I think is great because I can feel alright showing up to a local meet up with a bike that doesn't have hundreds of hours of polishing, fresh paint/podwer, and chrome, nor do I have the time being in school and working. I'm not about to start calling myself a company or a builder (these guys were probably a little preemptive on that…) but I will be wrenching and building.
    Will my current project have zip ties? Yep. Will it be pretty? Probably not. But I'll be out riding and having a ball, just like the rest of you.

    That being said, give us a break, everyone has to start somewhere.

  • baader

    I like the wrenchmonkees style a lot, and the whole back to roots attitude. It came from chopper/bobber scene as a counteraction to all the OCC style crap, people who had no money for a HD caught on, and started doing that to japs, and now it has already watered down.

    BUT, zip ties? Really? I have zipties on my bike too, but they hold wires together.

  • SVA

    Hey, Dave, don't get offended, man. All I wanted to say is don't bash the guys for what they do. I'm sure that when they get to your level of experience, they'll be showing off builds that have a lot more thought put into them. After all everyone is allowed their opinion. I'm not judging you for your point of view, I just don't understand why don't people just enjoy the bugs that get stuck between their teeth, while riding their bikes with a big smile on their faces, and instead they sit around arguing about something on internet and putting out so much hate. What do you think these guys are about? To impress people with their bikes? To impress the ladies? To have fun riding the bikes they build (even if it's just some old parts put together)? Whatever the reason – It's their choice. Leave 'em be. Just be happy that there are still young people, who are interested in these kinds of things (like MSP pointed out in comment above), and not just sit around wasting their mom and dad's money. Oh and the clothes thing was a reference to some other post, not yours. Sorry if it led you thinking I was accusing you of something, that you didn't say.
    Leave the hate in a box in the attic and enjoy the awesome wonder that are these two wheeled machines :)

  • http://untitledmotorcycles.blogspot.com/ untitled motorcycles

    We think this is a very cool motorcycle. What looks like an easy build isn't as we make custom BMW's. We know how hard it can be to fix something that hasn't been taken apart in years and then put it back together and make it work.

    Check out our work on the blog http://untitledmotorcycles.blogspot.com/.

    Adam @ untitled motorcycles.

  • http://www.blitz-motorycles.com fred

    Hi guys,
    I'm Fred, and I re-built this BMW (with Hugo)
    Just to make things clear with Dave from California and his judgments about who we are, what drives us, etc…
    I am 36 years old, do not drink, have no tatoos, do not smoke, have studied marketing for many years and while I was in charge of Maketing for an online based company, 8 years ago, took night courses to learn mechanics,because I loved it since I was a kid.
    I therefore consider myself as a guy with both sides :
    - the educaction and the "eye" this education gave me (and yes, my parents paid for that education)
    - the management of technics allowing me, if needed, to bring back to life an oldtime engine from a US, Engish, German, Italian or Japanese bike.
    This means, dear Dave, that I think (not sure though) that I might be a little bit more open minded than you seem to be.
    And, as you refeer to a Norton tank, let me talk to you about the guys who first created their own "cafe racer" bikes. They did it without any other purpose but driving a bike made from their own hands because they had no moeny to afford the speed bikes they were dreaming of.
    And when that "trend" appeared, people judged them without knowing what was driving them. Those same people who said this trend would not last.
    It appears they were wrong. It appears today, "cafe racer" has become a style of its own. Do you think those very first guys had in mind to "create" a style ? My guess is no. And even though we cannot travel back in time, I wonder : what would you have said about those guys if you had been a living witness of the birth of this "style" ? Would you have judged them like you do with us right now ?
    And even though I am not into chrome, long forks, multiple rims wheels, S&S polished "Knuckle head style" engine and so on (in which you seem to be), I do respect the essence of the work : give "life" to something that you first saw in your head, and maybe sketched.
    My purpose is here to say that we are not the prisonners of a pre-written style but we are trying news paths. That might not last.
    At least we will have had fun doing it.
    So please, keep your judgments for yourself and try to get the discussion to a more technical field (since you know what you're talking about) like, for instance : "what does simplified electric wiring means "? Because this is where you might learn something about the specificity of the charging system with a BMW. Unless you are so much into OC style that you do not even want to hear about BMW.
    And as said previously, we are not bounded with one single brand. I'd love to see what you can do from the old honda bike you have in your backyard…
    Fred

  • http://www.christrotmanphotography.com CHris

    Well said Fred! I would love to know how you relocate the front brake master cylinder and keep the handle bars nice and clean. Would love to do that to the little suzuki 250 twin im working on now.
    Keep doin what you're doing, your bikes always look good to me. Your Riding September film is what inspired me to take on the suzuki project after ages spent just thinking about it.
    cheers

  • http://knsweb.net Kumo

    @Fred
    "Do you think those very first guys had in mind to "create" a style ?"

    Do you mean rockers wanting to ride faster? Do you mean people who taken care of their machines until the last bolt? Are you comparing yourself with that guys? Really? They didn't created a style. They were a lifestyle themselves with real history behind with roots in the WWII, as american bobbers and later choppers.

    "So please, keep your judgments for yourself"

    Why? This is an open forum to share ideas, technical stuff, bikes and, of course, opinions.

    I don't understand you. If you build bikes for people, and you get some kind of profit (pics of your work spreading around the globe) when one of them get posted in a web like this, and you worked on marketing, Why do you engage with commenters? And why don't learn how to get over bad critics? Maybe (or maybe not), some of them are right.

  • http://www.christrotmanphotography.com CHris

    And just before Dave has a pop at me, I'm 36, so not a kid. My first bike was an MOT failure me & my old man rescued from our local bike dealer when I was 10, it was going to be scrapped but we brought it home and fixed it up and I spent the next 7 years breaking it again and fixing it again. then I got hold of a 125 which was all I could legally ride at 17 and we did that up too. In between me & my mates had all sorts of dirt bikes that needed fixing up. Including a monster Maico enduro bike that was plain scary to a 12 year old! We spent as much time riding them as we did fixing them up.
    I've since had all kinds of sports bikes but these days they leave me cold so I've rescued this little suzuki to mess around with. Doesnt make me a hipster I just like to twirl the spanners and have the satifaction that I fixed something that was broke and hopefully improved its looks along the way.
    Just dont see the need for all the negative comments, we all love bikes surely thats why we are all here.

  • Andrew

    Again guys, let's keep it friendly. If you feel compelled to criticise, PLEASE do it in a constructive fashion.

  • Andrew

    And Dave, gotta call yr bluff re: a bike like this taking "next to no 'skills' or 'talent' to put out". C'mon; you can't be serious! Like @Chris said, where's the brake master cylinder? Dunno about you, but that's already gone way past my skill set…

  • Steve

    Well, I hope I'm not hurting any feelings by saying I like the bike! We need more hipsters on motorcycles, less on single-speeds! (j/k)

  • P.F. Flyer

    I guess I am also too old to understand this also. To me, Beemers never look right unless fixed upo in a stately mannor. The 80's RS and RT models always looked right to me. There are better bike to butcher.

  • Daoud

    Not another one. Give us a break!

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    Okay, just to clear things up a tad… In my opinion, there are some major differences here-
    MSP: dude, you're right. Seriously… I agree.
    New Kid: Man, i totally have respect for what *you* are saying… There is a difference here that you have pointed out, that I'm not sure many people get… The difference between 'some kid' working on his bike in his garage/shed/carport, etc.. using what he has available vs. a "shop" that purports to be 'custom-builders' selling their wares to others.. It's like the distressed jeans comment. This particular bike, if seen on it's own, would be, like I said, *interesting*. Taking that it's an individuals' bike, built in some dank garage purely for the enjoyment of it's owner- *by* it's owner…
    Fred: Thanks for the comment- Telling us a little about yourself. Not knowing who these people are is part of the underlying problems, and as stated before- appearances are that you're 'just some guys trying to look cool'… so, your input *does* count for something. Really. I still stand by the opinion that a 'shop' shop do better than this- I 'get' what you're doing, but from a garage vs. business standpoint, it fails. If these bikes are your personal rides, cool. If you're trying to sell this kind of thing… Not cool. One should expect more.
    To you other guys: I hope you guys can understand my meaning of 'differences' in this case- There is a HUGE difference between some ratted-out bike a kid built in his garage, and a lack-luster 'build' put out by a 'shop'. The 'shop' built bike is likely to be sold for more money than it's worth, to some hipster that doesn't know how to work on it, and is buying it to 'be cool'… THAT'S the image/lifestyle/mindset that permeates the hipster/d-bag culture that gets under my (and others') skin…
    Anyway- Don't take my random postings as 'hating'… It's not really that. Just criticism. The internets are horrible for that.. lol

  • midnight340

    As to Dave in Kalifornia; "it takes next to no "skills" or "talent" to put out a bike like this… Sorry. Throw together some used parts, don't bother cleaning anything up, or for that matter, *actually build anything* and you have a "cool" motorcycle"

    Here's the deal, not necessarily praising this bike, but I see a lot of guys who believe the above, and build accordingly. Have you see how this can FAIL??? Just as high-end poish and parts can FAIL. It takes a HELL OF A LOT of aesthetic sensitivity to build a good bike…. Does not matter whether building with new or old parts, glitz or funk…. It is an ART. Nuff said.

  • Daddy In Bali

    @ DAVE

    Hi man, i'm just gonna make this super long so as you may get a little "criticism" for a passionate "critic" such as your self.

    Hmmm i've actually met these guys , and honestly their passionate about what they do and they just love to be in a mechanic shop and putting out bikes for their pleasure …… Then as to selling them, are you the stupid buyer kind ? A buyer that doesn't know what he buys ? I guess if the bike gets sold , than that means at least one guy or girl loves the thing …. And once again that's for his own personal pleasure :) They are definitely not the type of guys who Rip Off people ! They don't even have a legitimate showroom with a salesman ! It's just them, the garage, the bikes, their passion, building what THEY LIKE and some guys who love what they do period.

    Honestly, what is your problem ?! Don't you have kids, friends, neighbors or somethin that don't dress like you or do things like you do ? And if they are like that would you diss em the way your dissing these guys ? What your doing on this post is not constructive at all dude, you have a certain taste of bikes then good on yah man …. Do you want everybody to look like you ? Exactly like what you like ? Come on man, difference, being different is the thing that makes meeting people, seeing other bikes interesting . It's what makes you enjoy more the stuff you like because there are examples of things that YOU Don't like.

    As for the video – don't you have any pictures or videos that you want to share with friends or family ? Their video was just about a bunch of guys having a good time riding their OWN BUILT BIKES for once again pleasure, and sharing them with WHOEVER wants to see it… Yes there are surfboards, because they like to surf, yes there is a Santa Cruz Hoodie, because they like to skate…. None of it was planned ! Just a good videographer catching moments that maybe they'd like to share with friends or family or their kids in the future …. Just as simple as that old man. The Canon or maybe another similar type of camera is the thing that makes it look so crisp and stylish (give em the fact that it was an interesting video, made you want to cruise with em…).

    I guess your the kind of guy (hope i'm wrong) that probably looks for fights when drunk or frustrated because the guy isn't like you, or doesn't agrees with you or has a rust bucket for a bike….. Walk your way man , be cool and enjoy your own shit or the things that you like yeah…..

    I tested the bikes too and they handle their own…. It takes me from point A to point B on a bike that I LIKE without really giving a shit about what other people think… Actually if you hate this build so much, than it means they pose as being something for you… Maybe, just maybe that is already a lot we can get from a guy like you ! Anything more would just be overload LOL

    Take care man – Enjoy your years and build that fucking rust bucket you have in your garden and show it to us x Put your money where your mouth is basically.

    Cheers and no hard feelings yah ….. it's just a critic :)

  • Paddy

    I just want to give a big shout-out to "new kid on the block". At 22 years old he's a rare commodity. A flawlessly spelled, well sytaxed and cogent piece of writing.
    A refreshing outlook and realistic, un-biased viewpoint as well. And I happen to agree, although that is irrelevant.
    That is one rare fuckin bird these days! Ride on!

  • Den

    Two words: crap bike!

  • o me broken heart-

    Sad, one of the things i loved most was the community around bikes. turns out that its just like highschool. If you don't fit in with the popular brand you get shown the door and told how much you suck. Why are so many of you so angry because it not what you want? Where the insight? Why has no one asked any technical questions? why has no one asked the artist any questions about the piece? time to tune in to a different channel till you kids think of good questions to ask.

  • You have a lack of insight committe @ pipeburn

    Dave in Cali. Its not your critism that makes you sound like a jerk its the jerkish arrogant tone of your posts. I'm sorry you had a bad day dave. I hope in the future they post exactlly what you want to see so as not to have to struggle to come up with intelligent commentary or balanced insight into motorcycle culture.

  • revdub

    For the love of god, can we stop using catch phrases to describe people that are younger or different than us? Sheesh – this gets real old. Every generation has a worn out term for the next. It's much easier to use a silly term, than it is to take the time to understand someone. Say you don't like the bike, fine. But can we agree to stop throwing around "hipster"?? The term word has no real meaning.

  • Ratchop

    [comment removed due to the obvious stupidity of the author – Andrew]

  • Paddy

    Ratshit, you sum yourself up beautifully. Thanks for your viewpoint. And a good day to you sir.

  • Daddy In Bali

    @Ratchop

    Sure, we'll stick to our fake motorcycling gladly and leave all that "real" motorcycling plus nose breaking for you & your friends hahahahaha

    What a useless mind hihi x

    You poor peewee / Don't make any kids now, can't be too careful !

  • http://vx800-restoration.blogspot.com Stephen F.

    Here's a technical question: What else can we use besides zip-ties? I'm personally struggling with this. I've got a ton of those stock Suzuki bendable, rubber-dipped wire/hose holder things that you attach with one bolt then bend around the wire or hose or whatever, but those just don't work for a lot of situations. That, and they really stick out, and are more noticeable than a zip tie actually. I don't want to use a straight metal strap or clamp since it can abrade the wiring. For the battery box cover on this bike, a more finished approach would be to weld hidden tabs to the frame. Certain wiring hiding and holding just beg the for easy useful zip-tie.

    I like this bike, but like the details a bit more than the overall picture. I love the beat-up tank though for sure. Sometimes a beat-up tank fits the bike better than a freshly painted tank with a miles deep show gloss clear-coat, unless you plan on bringing the rest of the bike up to that point, a new tank would look stupid on this build. I could see some white pinstripes on the rims to tie into the tank though, but I'm a sucker for rim-striping.
    Cheers, and another great post and good find of garage builders out there building for fun and making something worth discussing.

  • Andrew

    One more hating remark and I'm turning off the comments. Please guys, keep it friendly or don't say anything at all…

  • Den

    I would like to apologise for my previous comment, I had been awake for twenty three hours and wasn't quite thinking strait:
    "Two words: crap bike!"

    I do like the blacked out engine. Otherwise, not to my taste.

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    Stephen F:

    Use these:
    http://www.hookandloop.com/extra/images/Velcro_One_Wrap_Strap.jpg

    Reusable, low profile, non-scratching, adjustable… available everywhere.

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    @ Andrew:

    Sorry, man- but the R90 and R100's came with cable-operated masters…

  • http://501kult.blogspot.com/ 501kult

    really cool bike guys, keep up the great work. Also loved the vid(got me through a long winter)!

  • jack

    i decided to revisit my post earlier.

    after reveiwing some of the other posts i think that my judgement may have come a little to soon.

    dave, i agree about your take on someone making these sorts of bikes themselves in the garage vs. people flogging them off in shops, but after a bit more reveiwing i really dont think these guys are like that.

    sure the style of the bike is lifted heavily from the styles of wrenchmonkeys bikes, but hey, it takes all types in this world, and if there are people who are passionate about a cerain type of bike then so be it.

    i think what has devided the posts here is a question of originality. The term "custom" is thrown around so much these days, and when some of us see bikes like this that resemble the bikes from wrenchmonkeys or dues or any other big name custom shop, with the lable custom is given to the build, we find it hard to see the difference between this and the other hundreds of custom jobs that draw from this style. The term custom suggests originality and workmanship when it comes to cars or motorcycles. At first i didnt really see any of that, i thought "here's another cool looking bike that has been undeservingly labled a custom". in a sense its a little true, the aesthetics of this build are very derivative. but the i thought where would our motorcycle community be without a little appropriation? we probably wouldnt have seen the beautifully built bonita bike, thats for sure, and i wouldnt be able to spend hours upon hours looking at bikes on the web.

    so, id just like to point out that the attempts made to re-invent our beloved motorcycles to represent ourselves better is something to be celebrated, not judged so harshly. i think its a good thing that these guys, and others like them, exist. its the big money makers like deus that i have a problem with. these guys see like some down to earth guys with a passion for bikes, it doesnt really matter at the end of the day whether or not that passion is also influenced by trends in the custom community, its passion none the less.

    sorry about the grammar, im at work so im rushing this. anyway, cant wait to see whats next from you fred, show us something a little different next time.

  • DAoud

    OK, let me say something positive about this bike. The gas cap is nicely polished.
    Another thing is: it sure dosn't leave everyone "oh hum".

  • SVA

    Come to think of it, I'd ride the hell out of this bike, just because it gets so much hate :D The fact that there's so much people that don't like it, gives it a lot of character.

  • Jaaki

    hey Guys!
    The "riding september" video of these guys, real kicked me in the ass! And so the BMW do. I' m 38 now. I sold my last bike 4 years ago and thought, for me this is over. I don't know how it came to this. Many other things that dont satified me had to be done.(Or i thoutht they had to be done.) Then some weeks ago, i saw this video, and: bam! Everything was here again! That feeling. How it was: at 14 to start up this Dirtbike that stretch your (and the farmers) arms at double size.That feeling, riding your bike illegal through the woods, and the fields, forgetting everything around you. Just ride around the next corner, and the next, and the next. Coming home trink one of your first beers with your friends. Above you the Stars underneath you the bike, that smells and crack and heat. Than later on: Now with "real" bikes: touring around stretching your personal horizon kilometer (yes Kilometers :) ) by kilometer. Sleeping in the dirt, on some lonly beach in the middle of the mediterranean. Riding three of us on the bike to the next bar. That feeling! Is what it is all about.
    Freedom and a sense of community. And the entire thing on something you have build on your own according to your own idea.
    And this is what the Blitz guys represent for me. They shake me awake. Today i went to the garage of one of my friends, pulled out out this rusty and cobweb covered old SR, and wheeled it to my workshop.
    Tomorrow it will be started!
    Thank you Hugo, thank you Leo, thank you Fred!!
    I wanna sleep in the dirt and smell some fuel and oil underneath my fingernails!!

  • Paddy

    Andrew, hurry up and change the subject you arse!

  • christopher lee

    I don't usually post to blogs but I thought that it is a little hypocritical to knock these guys for building bikes that you may not like. Do you really think that cafe style bikes(and culture) havent turned into a lifestyle also? You can go into barnes and noble and buy several cafe magazines and order all of the gear to make you look just like a ton up boy if you want. Yes it is kind of frustrating that everything turns into lifestyle basically so someone can sell you shit but that is the way our culture works. i respect great builds period and while this may not be a great build up to some of your standards it does serve a purpose. I just bought a 74 tx 500 and dont have a lot of money to sink into building a great cafe bike i could make a bad ass street tracker out of it. I guess that what I am trying to say is you cant fault a 20 something year old male building a bike that will attract attention.Thats what he is going to do whether its a harley cafe bobber sport bike vespa etc.. Maybe we could be a little less elitist and and embrace the fact that the new generation is taking things in there own direction even if we dont like it.

  • Riding not Whining

    I bet those zip ties got him on the road faster with his mark on it, than it took half of the comments on here to be posted.
    bet he never sees those comments anyway, probably still out riding. FTW

  • Matthew

    Love it. I'm not a fan of fancy paint jobs anyway.

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