There will be many die-hard Honda enthusiasts who might think taking a mint condition 1971 CB450 and turning it into a Gravel Crew inspired bobber is sacrilegious. I for one, am not one of those people.
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It may not be the latest Wrenchmonkee creation but our friends at Hajarbroxx Motorcycles in Indonesia have achieved a similar look at a fraction of the cost. This low budget beauty all started with the purchase of a 1976 Honda CB100. The swing arm has been swapped with a Honda GL200, bigger tires and a custom Commando-style tailpiece have been added. The small displacement engine has been bored up with a much needed 200cc piston. All finished with a matte paint to achieve the raw look. You can check out the build process on the Hajarbroxx Facebook page.
We love receiving bikes from all over the world but it’s even better when there’s a great story attached to them. Gilberto Manoch is a young Indonesian who was inspired to build a bike dedicated to his Dads amazing win in the 1963 Indonesian Grand prix race at Curug Airport. Tommy Manoch ended up winning the race in 250cc/350cc class as the youngest racer. Before the race Tommy wrote “Ulah Adigung” on the tank of his Honda CB250. Ulah Adigung means ‘Don’t be arrogant’ in Indonesian and was a reminder to himself and other racers. It’s also the name Gilberto has given to his 1982 Kawasaki KZ200 project. Just like his Father, Gilberto has motorcycles running in his blood and started a small custom shop in Jakarta called Mototrigger. You can check out more pics of this understated KZ200 on his Indonesian blog Paper Trigger.
To be honest I didn’t know why Deus called their latest 2005 W650 the ‘Bloodnok’. So I googled it. It turns out it was the name of a fictional character from the 1950s BBC Radio comedy called ‘The Goon Show’. The character was voiced by Peter Sellers and the characterture on the modified Wellington peanut tank is of Major Bloodnok. It may not be the most original Deus build, probably taking some inspiration from Bratstyle, but there’s no denying it looks the business.
Raider Motorsport are based in Coffs Harbour, Australia, approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane – it’s famous for having a giant banana and also where Russell Crowe owns a farm. Raider Motorsport have built this SR400 completely from the ground up.
You could be mistaken for thinking this XS360 was built by Heiwa or one of the many other Japanese shops. The truth is, it was built in Portland, Oregan. What is it about Portland? It seems to have a thriving custom motorcycle scene producing so many great bikes. This XS was built by Jared Johnson who works out of his garage 7 days a week.
Just like Deus are influencing the motorcycle culture in Australia, the Wrench Monkees are having the same effect in Europe. This clean and simple XS650 took inspiration from the talented Danish custom builders.
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When I first spotted this green, lean and mean Triumph I thought it must have been built by one of the many custom shops in Japan. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was built by G-Spot Customs. G-Spot are based in Denver, Colorado and describe themselves as “not your typical run of the mill motorcycle shop. We’re RACERS at heart and will always be racers. As our logo says “not old school, not new school, just pissed off handcrafted motorcycles”. Whatever they are, they know how to build a bike.
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What do you do if you are opening a new ‘uber cool’ nightclub in Denmark and you need some decorations? Well, you call the Wrenchmonkees and get them to build three custom motorcycles for you. Unfortunately these bikes will never see the white lines on the streets, but they may witness some white lines of another kind.
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The Italians have made many masterpieces over the years and this Triumph Sprint 900 is another one. Named the Matty You-Stone, it was built by Nicola Martini who was the first Triumph dealer in the North East of Italy. Mr Martini tells us that this “project was developed around a hinge point: to show the wonderful 3-cylinders Triumph carburetors of the 90’s”. To acheive this, the bike was completely stripped down, including the fuel tank and replaced with a much smaller one (4.5 litres) coming from a Peugeot Scooter and placed under the tail. The chassis has been shortened in the rear and the bobber wheels and fat boy light are the only components that have been purchased. The rest of the components come directly from Nicola’s well-stocked warehouse of old spare parts – from the smallest radiator connector coming from a Speed Triple to the tail of a trophy Thruxton. This standout bike has earned Mr Martini the first prize of the 2009 Verona Fair Contest amongst many other contests around the world. The bike is called “Matty You-Stone” where Matty is the name of Nicola’s first son, Matteo, who designed the graffiti writing on the tail of this special bike. To see more of Mr Martini’s other bikes check out his inspiring collection.
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