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Suzuki GS1000S

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 8 comments

This 1979 Suzuki GS1000S sat in a backyard in Washington USA for six years until Larry Pearson got his greasy hands on it. Larry is no stranger to motorbikes. He has been custom painting and restoring bikes for years (having 8 amazing bikes in his possession). About 14 months ago he started his dream of turning this GS into a tribute to Wes Cooley’s Superbike. It all started with a beautiful original Yoshimura racing pipe. The engine only had 17K miles on it, and ran like new. He did a complete front end rebuild, all new seals, bearings. Same for the swing arm, and the entire brake system with the addition of stainless lines. Continental “Cont-Blyz” tires, ’80 Suzuki rotors, “83 Honda CB1100F rear shocks and front fender. Tarozzi rear sets. He cut two inches off a 1980 GS seat foam bottom, and had it professionally upholstered. He wanted to build this bike for 30 years after seeing Wes Cooley, Eddy Lawson, and Freddie Spencer race Superbikes. Well, we think it was worth waiting for and we take our helmets off to you mate. Larry is about to embark on restoring and painting bikes for a living, so if you want him to build you a masterpiece contact us and we will give you his email. (We will post some more of Larry’s creations in the following weeks).


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McQueen in Taiwan

Posted on September 8, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

This is a rare photo of Steve McQueen in Taiwan (even though some say Japan) on the set of ‘The Sand Pebbles‘. This was the only movie he received an Academy Award nomination (but didn’t win). Apparently he had this Suzuki T20 (not a tr500 as first thought) with racing fairing shipped in so he could travel around Taiwan when not filming. I have also read lots of stories that McQueen raced Army officers from bar to bar with the loser having to buy the next round of drinks. Needless to say that McQueen didn’t have to buy many rounds. Check out more pics of ‘The king of cool’ on this beautiful bike.


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Wrenchmonkee HD

Posted on September 6, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 1 Comment

The Wrenchmonkees have done it again. Creating a truly unique HD XLCH Hardtail. We love the combination of the old Husqvarna CR tank, Pirelli trials knobby tires on a HD sportster with a Monkee hardtail rear frame. Add the WM megatron pipes and custom fender and you have one friggin cool looking bike. Their motorcycles are almost worth moving to Copenhagen for (also Carlsberg beer and lego). For all the specs and more pics visit the WM site.


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Marvel-Us-Triton

Posted on September 5, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Marvel-Us Customs are a small custom shop from Phoenix, Arizona. They specialize in building cutting edge vintage and pre 80’s bikes to show stopping quality. They also have a love for British bikes. Like this beautifully restored Triton. Here’s a list of specs (deep breath)… The bike is a 1956 Triumph T110 pre unit motor with a 750cc morgo kit and dual 930 amal carbs. The frame is the classic 1964 Norton featherbed slimline. The rims are Akront high shoulder rims, it has 19″ dunlop front and back. Haward belt drive and the swing arm was streched 2 1/2″ for a longer base and to fit the 19 x4.0 in the narrow norton swing arm. Got all that? In simple terms it’s one stunning ride that has us rabid like Cujo.


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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on August 25, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 13 comments

One of our favourite forums is the SOHC4 forum. They always have the most amazing Cafe Racers being posted by their members. Like this spectacular yellow 1976 Honda CB550 by Chris from New Jersey. He purchased the original bike for only $600 and has turned it into one of the sweetest cafe racers we have seen this year. We are definitely bias to the Benjies style of cafe racer. The tank, seat and paint job are absolutely perfect. Hit the jump to see Chris’s build pics and more details about this beast.


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Norton J.A.P THOR

Posted on August 22, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Saw this amazing Norton-JAP (J.A. Prestwich) in a British classic motorcycle mag a few months ago. After trying to find some more info on it I discovered a detailed article on The Vintagent (If you haven’t checked this site out it’s a must). This bike has had an impressive history on and off the track over the years. Here’s some technical info straight from the story “Although it is based on the ‘Stronger’ 1100cc JAP mk2 Crankcases, it is fitted with 2 Speedway heads and barrels giving a nominal 998cc. The GP carbs are in fact 1 1/4″ and the SU floats came from an XK Jaguar. It runs on straight Methanol and gives circa 100 BHP. The JAP is mounted in a 1952 350cc Manx Norton rolling chassis (the 350 version is lighter than the 500 being made in lighter gauge tubing).” For the full story on this beautiful machine check out the wonderful The Vintagent.


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Suzuki GS1000

Posted on August 21, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

This historic Yoshimura GS1000 was Wes Cooley’s superbike. He was the winner of 2 AMA Superbike Championships. It is now owned by Brian O’Shea of Enfield, Connecticut, whose collection has a number of the landmark bikes in Superbike racing history. This particular bike has a really interesting history. Especially the 1980 superbike title, it reads like a movie. You can read the whole story at The Motorcycle Museum. Just look at this machine sitting on the track. It wants to be ridden, and ridden fast like Wes rode it.


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Rebirth of Cool

Posted on August 19, 2009 by Scott in Classic. No Comments

We have seen this beautiful BMW concept brought back to life on lots of sites recently. It’s the 1934 BMW R7 prototype designed by engineer Alfred Böning. After living in a box all these years it has recently been restored to its former glory by a team of BMW restorers. Unfortunately they never went into production of this bike. God only knows why? (even he may be confused). The story goes that this art deco masterpiece would have been too heavy and too expensive to manufacture. To say this bike would have been a classic is an understatement. We still can’t believe it was created over 70 years ago… that’s timeless design. For more pics visit Retro Things.


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Life on the PCH

Posted on August 17, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

These beautiful photos were shot by Kristian Ranker for a story in French magazine Citizen K. The story is titled ‘Life on the PCH’. PCH stands for Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles. The article takes a look at the biker culture who ride their customs along this famous stretch of road. If you want to see more shots in this great series check out Means Ranker (There’s also a pretty cool video on there as well).


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Ducati Sport

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

This beauty was found on Radical Ducati, an Italian Spanish site that has a great sense of humour and a great site that shows some detailed pics of the restoration. Judging by the pics it looks like a family affair. They describe this bike as a 1960 Ducati 49cc Sportivo. Can’t find much information about this model but it looks very similar to the Ducati 98cc Gran Sport.


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