Bringing you the world's best cafe racers, trackers, scramblers, bobbers & custom motorcycles.

Japan


Hodaka Cafe Racer

Posted on August 1, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

What a great little Cafe Racer. Hodaka was an American-Japanese company that unfortunately didn’t produce motorcycles for very long. Pretty much between 1960 and mid 1970’s. This is a two stroke, single cylinder 1972 Hodaka Ace 100. We love the rawness of this featherweight cafe racer. Stripped back to the basics like they should be. If you are a Hodaka fan or just want to know more, check out Strickly Hodaka for everything Hodaka.



READ MORE ►

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.


READ MORE ►

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]


READ MORE ►

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.


READ MORE ►

Gravel Crew SR400

Posted on July 8, 2009 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

Yamaha SR400 Gravel Crew style. This Japanese shop always gets us excited in the nether regions. The clip-ons probably couldn’t get any lower. The square headlight is a unique touch that makes these guys great. Check out their gallery for more inspiration.


READ MORE ►

Custom Jump

Posted on July 3, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 1 Comment

It’s been way too long since I’ve mentioned a Japanese Custom shop. Heres one called Custom Jump from Kyushu. They specialize in TW200, TW225’s and of course the favourite SR400. They have created some crazy TW’s and this is just a taste. Check their gallery to see more, including an American Chopper styled TW225.


READ MORE ►

Big Moon XS650

Posted on June 28, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Scrambler. No Comments

Saw this awesome Big Moon Yamaha XS650 on Bikeexif who found it from Speedjunkies. Three links in the opening sentence… that’s a personal record. SFX: audience clapping.


READ MORE ►

Hell yeah Heiwa

Posted on May 25, 2009 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

Heiwa is one of our favourite custom shops not just in Japan but in the world. This is one of the best XS650’s I have seen. Right down to that little brake light. It makes me green with envy.

 


READ MORE ►

Deluxie Customs

Posted on May 20, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. No Comments

Deluxie Customs is a Japanese custom shop that doesn’t use SR400’s. Looks like they mainly customize old triumphs and Harleys. The Triumph below is a 1972 T100R Hill-Climber. Looks pretty sweet in the candy red pearl with white seat. Nice work.

 


READ MORE ►

Not so Stupid

Posted on May 17, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer, Classic, Tracker. 5 comments

Stupid Crown has a unique name that matches their unique style. They are another Japanese Custom Shop producing some out of the ordinary bikes. The Honda Monkey sidecar pic is one of my favourites…

READ MORE ►