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Liquid Chrome

Posted on July 9, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Japanese custom motorcycle builder Chicara Nagata is in a league of his own. He doesn’t call his bikes motorcycles, he calls them pieces of art. Which is why the Ippodo Gallery in NYC has had an exhibition recently showing his amazing chrome bikes. Chicara has won numerous awards for his custom motorcycles, which take him over 7000 hrs to build. This level of craftsmanship has its price, with most of his bikes selling for around $1 million – ouch. Hit this video to see Chicara talk about his amazing masterpieces.


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Going Postal

Posted on July 4, 2009 by Scott in Classic. No Comments

I have found new respect for Cyprus. Not only do they have the Cypress Classic Motorcycle Museum but they produced these beautiful vintage motorcycle stamps. Snail mail has never looked so fast.


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1955 Matchless G45

Posted on July 2, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This has to be one of the most beautiful British racers ever made. It was Matchless’ first attempt at a 500cc production racer. Not very reliable and even had a tendency to blow up. A cross between a special version of their roadgoing 500cc two-cylinder engine and the AJS 7R (everything but the engine). AJS and Matchless were both owned by AMC (Associated Motorcycle Company). The British sure knew how to make exceptional motorcycles. Shame about their reliability, although Triumph has pretty much sorted that out these days.


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GILERA SATURNO “PIUMA” 500

Posted on June 29, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This classic 500cc racer was unveiled in the spring of 1948, compared to past Gilera bikes it was a new slick design. The Gilera was raced at the Dutch TT in June where prominent Japanese manufacturing reps took numerous rolls of film of the new racer (and no doubt ripped off). The 1949 season was a shake down for the new bike and went on to demonstrate its potential by winning several races but failed to win the manufacturer title that was clinched by one point by Les Graham on AJS. The head engineer actually left shortly after building this bike and went to work for MV Agusta. Funnily enough the 1950 MV Agusta looked very similar to this classic motorcycle. If you want to read the whole history visit Gilera-Saturno.


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MV Agusta Cilindri

Posted on June 26, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

What a classic Italian racer. While a 3-cylinder engine was not exactly a novelty (others  had experimented with this configuration) it was undoubtedly the first to achieve such brilliant performance. A full 92 HP at 13,500 RPM, lightness and excellent handling made this 500 the most successful of the MV stable. Following its 1966 debut, it won 7 consecutive world championships from 1967 to 1973 with G. Agostini. That was no easy feat. Wouldn’t you love to ride this machine on a race track?


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Kawasaki KZ400

Posted on June 24, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

This is a bike that doesn’t get much airplay anymore. Apart from the legendary KZ400.com (appropriate name). Originally run by Odd Ivar Bekkelund, who was obsessed with the KZ400. Unfortunatley he passed away last year (2008) and his son has left all his Dads posts and hard work up in memory of his Dad. The “original” Kawasaki KZ400 was a 398cc twin cylinder produced from 1974-1984. These motorcycles were marketed as fuel efficient transportation back in the 70’s. So you could say they were like the Prius of the bike world. It doesn’t make a bad Cafe racer either.


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The Norvin

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

The Norvin is a very beautiful bike. It’s essentially a Vincent engine mounted in a Norton frame and has been made since the 1950’s. It is such an impressive looking 1000cc engine but does come with a downside. This downside is the weight of the Vincent engine which obviously effects the handling of the bike. Whatever the case it’s still a classic motorcycle that has made it’s place in cafe racer history.  Hailwood Motorcycle Restorations in the U.K still builds brand-new 1000cc to 1200cc Vincent motors to modern specs if you are in that part of the world.


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BMW 1952 R25/2

Posted on June 20, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 5 comments

Richard from Sweden’s Richard Garage is an amazing BMW motorcycle restorer. We all love before and after shots, and this is one of the best I’ve seen. The 1952 BMW R25/2 motorcycle, was found in a garden where it had stood for 42 years, only covered with a oil cloth. That’s Richard standing with the bike when he found it. The stunning white BMW motorcycle is what he turned it into after lots of hard work. Respect.

 


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Moto Galore

Posted on June 19, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 4 comments

Saw this pic on Joes Sign Shop. It’s a beautiful 1968 Triumph T100 R by Motor Galore . Kenneth from Motor Galore was born in Germany in 1965. He moved to the states to get away from Nazi rule and find a new life (we thank you for finding that life or else we wouldn’t see these cool bikes). As an accomplished metal artist extraordinare, his passion for motorcycles led him to Portland, Oregon. He celebrates MotoGalore with a yearly event “Hot Dogs, Hot Babes & Hot Bikes”. That sounds like the perfect combination.


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Rideable Art

Posted on June 17, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 1 Comment

When i first saw these bikes from Helrich Custom Cycles I couldn’t stop smiling. They really are pieces of rideable art. Their website is still work in progress but it’s obvious Dave is spending more time making beautiful bikes and less time learning HTML…. the way it should be.

Check out his gallery for the whole art collection its unbelievable… almost as unbelievable as this guy.


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