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1950 Vincent ‘Grey Flash’ Replica

Posted on February 1, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

This beautiful Vincent Grey Flash Replica was sold at auction a few years ago for $29,250. Quite a lot of money but when you hear that only 31 were ever built (less if you look at Vincent official records) then an authentic Flash would probably sell for well over $100k. This classic British motorcycle was briefly manufactured between 1949 to 1952 and was advertised as the new racing “thoroughbred from the Vincent stables”. It was based on the Vincent Comet and the 1000cc Black Lightning but was stripped down to 330 lb (149kg) as a 500cc single. Unfortunately most of us will never afford one but we can still dream of finding one in a country barn, just like in the book written by Tom Cotter called ‘The Vincent in the Barn‘. For more specs and a list of every Grey Flash manufactured check out this comprehensive Vincent site.


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BMW R75/5 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 24, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 6 comments

Chris Hodgson, owner of San Jose BMW (SJBMW) has been building and racing BMW’s for over 35 years. This stunning R75/5 Cafe Racer was built a couple of years ago when Chris discovered he “had enough spare parts to build a new airhead”- we wish we had enough spare parts lying around to build a bike of this calibre. That’s not to say that this bike was built overnight. It was a year in the making with Chris ensuring the bike was built to be period correct, either using vintage parts or having them custom made.


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Moto Guzzi Gambalunga

Posted on October 25, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

Gambalunga in Italian means “long leg”, and this was the name given to this absolutely stunning Moto Guzzi single-cylinder racing motorcycle built from 1946 to 1951. The name derives fom the engine’s long stroke. The Gambalunga 500cc was one of the special racing models such as the Dondolino, the Condor and Albatros that were being developed for private riders. As the technological evolution continued these bikes were getting faster and faster. In it’s day the Gambalunga was synonymous with on-track domination, power and speed. More recently Luciano Marabese, the Moto Guzzi V11’s designer said he based the bike’s streamlined tailpiece on the Gambalunga single of the Fifties. Whatever the case, this bike is one Italian masterpiece that is worth a small fortune. Unfortunately you want find many on ebay, although one did just sell for over $100,000 at the Bonhams Sunset Boulevard auction in LA.


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Redbull Racer

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Formula Supervee driver Marc Crocetti sent me some photo’s of his 1971 Triumph T100 R that he turned into a Redbull Cafe Racer. He purchased it a year ago from a friend who had the Triumph in numerous boxes and hadn’t been ridden for about 12 years, prior to that it was used as a dirt bike for 15 years. It seemed like a big project but Marc had the vision to turn this bike into something special. He started with a BSA starfire gas tank and extending it 4 inches, then he added a Ducati style seat that he widened 2.5 inches at the front to fit the Triumph frame. It also has Ceriani front forks that were lowered 2.5 inches, a Honda 450 front wheel that he drilled out for better brake cooling and a fiberglass front fender that looks very Dunstall in style. Then he rebuilt the engine, the head, the transmission, clutch and primary drive. Marc even did the Red Bull paint job himself, inspired by his love of motorsport (we bet he consumed a can or two working late in his garage as well). By the looks of it we think this Red Bull Triumph will really give you wings.


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1939 DKW Racer

Posted on October 22, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

These pics were taken at the Audi Museum in Munich. It’s a stunning 1939 US 250 DKW. The German company DKW where once the largest manufacturers of motorcycles in the world. By 1928 they were building some 65,000 engine units annually, and DKW engines could be found powering some 60 German marques of the interwar period. They soon joined Audi, Wanderer and Horch to form Auto Union in the 1930s, merging again in the 1950s with Victoria and Express to form Zweirad-Union, which in turn was absorbed by Sachs in 1965. DKW motorcycles usually used two-stroke engines and were technically ahead of their time (like most German motoring companies). To view more amazing bikes from the BMW museum check out Stefan’s flickr page.


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Benjie’s CB350

Posted on October 17, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 2 comments

We recently received a message from one of our readers saying we had never featured any bikes from Benjie’s Café Racer (BCR) and at first I thought he was wrong, until I did a search. Well, you are damn right and it’s about time we did. Benjie Flipprboi is one hell of a bike builder and we can’t believe this is the first Café Racer we have featured from him. The pictured bike is a 1969 Honda CB350 named ‘El Poquito’ (the little one). Benjie created virtually everything on the bike including the the gas tank, seat, stainless steel clip-ons and rear sets, plus most of the remaining parts of the bike are all hand fabricated. This is one beautiful Café Racer and we appreciate the hard work that’s gone into it. For the whole story on how Benjie built this little red monster read about it here. To see more from BCR check the gallery and their amazing parts catalogue.


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MC Collection

Posted on October 10, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

MC Collection is a museum in Stockholm Sweden showing an impressive collection of motorcycles from the 19th century until today. The exhibition represents the personal collections of Christer R Christensson and Ove Johansson. The theme for this year will be Harley-Davidson, possibly the best-known brand in the world of motorcycles. In the exhibition, they will present 20 amazing bikes from the most popular eras in HD’s history from the oldest example made in 1912 all the way to the latest model, a “V-rod” from 2008. One of our favourite bikes in the collection is this HD XR 1000 Racer by the guys at V-Twin Cycle Shop in NY (their website is still yet to launch). What a spectacular looking racer, would give my right hand to ride a few laps on that beast (might be hard with one hand though). If you do find yourself in downtown Stockholm then definitely check out this museum. To see more of the motorcycles in the MC Collection visit the gallery.


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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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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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