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Mr Martini Matty You-Stone

Posted on February 5, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

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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Tramp XLH1200S

Posted on January 30, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

Tramp Cycles are based in Osaka, Japan and deservingly received lots of praise for their stunning XR1200. Although we are big fans of the SR it’s refreshing to see a Japanese shop creating great looking cafe racers from Harley-Davidsons. Not sure if we can truly call this 2002 XLH1200S a cafe racer, it has the cafe seat but it is missing the all important clip-ons or ace bars. Whatever the case, it’s still a great looking ride. Tramp Cycles also love racing Harleys and just by looking at their bikes we have a feeling they do quite well. The Tramp gallery is worth checking out to see various angles of this bike and more.


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Monkee #16 Kawasaki Z 750 B

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 8 comments

It’s not the first time these clever custom creators from Copenhagen have built a Kawasaki Z 750 B and it probably won’t be their last. They used the Z 750 B on Monkee #13 and Monkee #15, although we loved them both we think this is the best to date. This Kawasaki has the their signature style written all over it. With custom Wrench Monkee (WM) seat, rear frame, aluminium battery box, rear fender, rear and front light, clip-ons and footpegs. They have completely rebuilt the original engine and added the classic Monkee Megatron Muffler. Like most of their bikes they have used the vintage Firestone Champion Deluxe tires and understated heat resistant paint scheme. To see more snapshots of this old school Z 750 and read the full list of specs check out the Monkee gallery.


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Wrenchmonkees #9 – BMW R65/7

Posted on December 7, 2009 by Scott in Brat. 1 Comment

The BMW R65 is personally one of my favourite BMW motorcycles. It was BMW’s answer to the new generation of Japanese bikes hitting the market in the late 70’s. Built shorter and smaller to compete with these Japanese light and middleweight street bikes flooding the markets. Now 30 years later it’s great to see the Wrenchmonkees (WM) work their magic on this German icon. Firstly by placing a R80 engine in the R65 frame, adding Gazi Gas rear shocks and many custom WM features like their megatron muffler, and a no-nonsense monkee seat. The old-school Firestone Deluxe Champion tires are the final icing on the cake. Not sure whether the debadging of the BMW logo is an anti-establishment statement or just WM claiming complete ownership of their creation. Whatever the case, it just works. For more pics of this uber cool … Read More »


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Motor Garage Goods SR

Posted on October 18, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. No Comments

Motor Garage Goods are an up and coming Japanese custom shop in Itami City, near Osaka. Like most Japanese shops they love the ever so popular SR400. They have done a great job creating this awesome SR in true cafe racer style. It’s low, light, lean and mean. Not to mention a beautiful paint job with matching fairing and tank. We also love that fat stainless Yoshimura muffler that looks like it packs a mighty bark. For more from these guys check out their sweet gallery including some Harley Davidson’s that are hotter than wasabi.


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Garage Company CB750

Posted on October 8, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. 1 Comment
Yoshi Kosaka is the 49-year-old founder of the Garage Company in Los Angeles which is widely regarded as one of the best classic bike shops in the country. The Garage Company not only sells motorcycles but also parts and service manuals, vintage decals and posters, history books and videos, helmets and goggles – anything and everything that caters to the classic bike aficionado. Yoshi owns about 150 motorcycles, just to name some of the bikes in his shop: Norton, Triumph, Ducati, MV Augusta, Harley-Davidson, BSA, Matchless… and Honda, like these magnificant CB750 Cafe Racers. Some of the specs include Yoshimura motor, ARD magneto, Kimtab magnesium wheels, A&H brakes, GP fork, Webber carburetors and painted by the legend SKRATCH. These bikes are for sale if you have some spare cash burning a hole in your pocket. For cost and more details visit their website.

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Matsumaru SR500

Posted on September 16, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 2 comments

This beautiful SR500 from the the guys at Matsumaru Speed & Customs in Japan won best domestic bike a few years ago at Moon Eyes Hot Rod show. So simple and understated. We love everything about this bike. Do yourself a favour and check out the Matsumaru Gallery. There’s so many bikes on their site for inspiration or just to drool over. If you like the SR500 check out this short video at the Moon Eyes Show shot by DBBP.


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Gravel Crew Virago

Posted on September 12, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 6 comments

Originally found this Yamaha XV250 on the marvelous Mulligans Machine. Of course it’s from Gravel Crew in Japan who have such a distinctive style. I still can’t believe it’s a Virago. I see so many of these bikes around the streets but I have never seen one customized (unless you think adding saddle bags and tassels counts). The xv250 is actually a really cheap alternative to the more popular project bikes like the SR400’s. Although I’m not sure they have the same range of custom parts readily available.


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SR400 Drovers Dog

Posted on September 7, 2009 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

We love receiving the Deus Oily Rag in our inbox and discovering what the guys at Deus have been creating. The first thing that stopped us in our tracks is this SR400 Drovers Dog. Done in true Deus style, with a SR skinny tank and those beautiful vintage Firestones. The only thing that bugs me is the Deus graphics on the tank, l have to be honest I much prefer the original logo (but hey, a bit of paint stripper would fix that). Hit the jump for the full Drovers Dog gallery.


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Heiwa FTR223

Posted on August 26, 2009 by Scott in Brat. No Comments

It’s no surprise that we love Japanese customs and Heiwa is one of the best. This Honda FTR223 is quite popular in Japan but not that common in Australia (although there is one for sale on bikepoint). The FTR is Honda’s version of Yamaha’s TW200 which has become a very popular project bike (we will try and post some of the TW200 pics you guys have sent in). Heiwa have pimped this bike in true Jap style. Love the slim tank which looks very simliar to the ones found on Peytons Place.


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