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Honda CBX Cafe Racer

Posted on July 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The Honda CBX1000 was the first motorcycle Honda produced with a six cylinder engine. This one is a Moto Martin CBX. Can’t find much information about the bike but I know Moto Martin are legends in the performance motor bike industry. The French company started by George Martin in the 70’s. They constructed special frames for powerful Japanese engines, 2 stroke and four stroke. There were generally several different kits. You could choose the system of exhaust or only the type of frame plus lots of other options. Anyway we rate this Moto Martin and love the look of those sexy CBX pipes.


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Triumph Street Tracker

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Scott in Racer, Tracker. 2 comments

BellaCorse are a large seller of Triumph Bonneville parts and accessories in Michigan, USA. The owner Michael Selman also built this mean Street Tracker. Project Swiss Misfortune is an eyecatcher that started life as a 2002 790cc Bonnie. The engine has been bored-out to 904cc and has Keihin Racing FCR-39mm flat slide carbs and a BellaCorse Air Box Elimination kit installed. The 2-1 exhaust is from Zard of Italy and is a Titanium-alloy construction. The alloy tank and seat were hand-made and are loosely patterned after the H-D XR750. You can definitely see the resemblance especially in the seat. With all that chrome and a powerful moan, who wouldn’t want to take it home. For more Triumph Trackers check out the legendary Triumph Flat Track blog.


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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Posted on July 22, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 6 comments

Japanese Ritmo-sereno are famous for their BMW cafe racers. However their website is full of other european bikes like this beautiful Moto Guzzi Le Mans. The Le Mans was Moto Guzzi’s top sports bike in the 80’s. The big bore lOOOcc version was a welcome addition in 1985 but is essentially similar to the 850 Le Mans they had been producing. We wanted to give you the before and after shots of this bike to show the work thats gone into the build. Ritmo have taken this dated Guzzi and turned it into a cafe masterpiece. With its beautiful cafe race seat, purple racer fairing and 2-in-1 stainless steel exhaust. We simply love it.


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1969 Hishiki Sumiya CR750

Posted on July 18, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This Honda CR750 Replica has been in the making for 6 years. Painstakingly built by a guy called Simon from Cheshire in the U.K. It started life as a beat up old CB750. Some of you might be wondering about the 80’s ski suit looking colour scheme. It’s actually the 1969 Suzuka 8-hour winning colour scheme ridden by Honda development riders Hishiki and Sumiya (who died in 1975 racing). Those crazy japanese loved their bright colours. We really like how he had the balls to choose this colour scheme instead of the more common red and silver. Simon we take our helmets off to you mate. Brilliant job and we look forward to seeing the vid of this machine on the move. If you want more detail on this build you can find Simon on the SOHC Forum. [Thanks to Gav for this tip]


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CB350F Cafe Racer

Posted on July 15, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 2 comments

Hail the Honda! The CB350F is one of the smallest and most sophisticated mass produced four-cylinders ever built. It was only built for two years from 1972-74. This 1974 Honda CB350F Cafe Racer was recently sold on ebay. The seller threw in the url cb350F.com to sweeten the deal. Judging by the new owners comments on his site like “sexist bike on the planet” he is obviously head over heals in love with his new purchase. Why wouldn’t he be? It’s a beautiful example of what a classic cafe racer should look like. Clip-ons, uncomfortable cafe seat and lots of chrome. For more pics check out this flicr gallery.

 


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Goldmember Custom

Posted on July 12, 2009 by Scott in Racer. 7 comments

Goldmember is the name of this amazing machine. Built by Canadian Roger Goldammer from Goldammer Cycle Works. Goldammer knows how to build bikes and he builds most parts on his show bikes. This bike won last years Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Not only does it look great, it also performs well. Recently becoming a world record holder, averaging over 160 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Wouldn’t you love to ride this beast on a salt lake? In the words of the other Goldmember… Yeah baby!

 


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1934 Husqvarna 500 TT Replica

Posted on July 11, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

This 1934 Husqvarna 500 TT Replica is owned by Chris Carlson of California. Rumour has it that no factory models of this year exist anywhere in the world. Unfortunately due to accidents at loading docks (there’s one in the ocean), crashes and a truck-fire none have survived. A handful of these replicas were built in Smaland, the same region as Huskvarna. After 9000 hours of work, No shortcuts such as buying similar parts were taken. Everything was built by hand using old factory drawings and borrowed original parts as templates. What a beautiful bike. Now I’m off to go scuba diving to find one of these damn original bikes… might be a little bit rusty by now.
[Pic from The World of Motorcycles]


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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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