When I first spotted this green, lean and mean Triumph I thought it must have been built by one of the many custom shops in Japan. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was built by G-Spot Customs. G-Spot are based in Denver, Colorado and describe themselves as "not your typical run of the mill motorcycle shop. We’re RACERS at heart and will always be racers. As our logo says “not old school, not new school, just pissed off handcrafted motorcycles”. Whatever they are, they know how to build a bike. Having been conceived in 1972 they have been pleasuring people with their G-Spots customs ever since. This outstanding green machine has a 1963 Triumph Bonneville motor, 1970 Chassis with a bolt on rigid frame. It has also been fitted with early 70's D&D springer, beautiful G-Spot tanks and fenders. They have built the oil tank into the left side gas tank, complete motor rebuild with a 750cc kit and some understated TT pipes. If this bike gets you excited then you will probably enjoy the G-Spot Gallery. [Found on Bikebolt]
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C-51 Customs are located in Novato in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jason Steed from C-51 has just finished building this beautiful 1977 Triumph 750 T140. The stunning 5 gallon tank was made by The Tank Shop out of Scotland and took 8 months to receive but "was well worth the wait". Jason told us "The bike was a total tear down and rebuild. The motor is a 750 with a 5 speed, .40 over pistons and everything else on the motor was upgraded. Stock amal carbs with velocity stacks. I switched the heads over to the slip over 650 style pipes with pressed in adapters on the exhaust ports. The frame, hubs and misc brackets were all powder coated gloss black. The wheels are Excel high shouldered aluminium rim with Buchanan stainless spokes. I used a brembo rear slave master cylinder instead of the stock bulky one. Clubman handlebars with magura controls. The electrical system was switched out to Boyer Brandson. The seat was done locally by the Franzini Bros and is actually stock that I shortened to accommodate the fuel tank". These great shots of this classic styled Café Racer were taken by the photographers at Vidola Productions. There's also a video in production which I will post in the next week or so.
The Northern Italian city Parma is home to one of the oldest Universities in the world, but it's the Gallimoto Factory Works who have a 'Masters Degree' in building cafe racers. They say a true cafe racer must meet very specific rules: low handlebars, a single seat, a pair of thundering exhausts and lots of chrome like the Triumphs, Tritons, and Nortons of the past. This Bonneville SE they have appropriately called the 'Goldenboy' ticks all those boxes and more. We love how they have used gold anodized aluminium on the chain guard, sprocket cover, front fender and the speedometer plate - the gold mixed with the Red Velvet paint is a regal combination. Although this bonnie is more than just good looking, it has the parallel twin engine with electronic injection to meet Euro 3 regulations and unleashes its power through a pair of Megaton exhausts. Handling has not been neglected, the emulsion hydraulic shock absorbers are adjustable and the braking is assisted by a pair of higher performance sintered pads. The mag wheels have been treated with resistant black epoxy resin fitted with Dunlop Sportmax Mutant larger section tyres. If you like what you see and live in Europe, Gallimoto can build a bike like this to your specs for around €12,600. When Gallimoto aren't customizing their own bikes they are selling parts on Best For Britts, which are one of the biggest suppliers of Triumph custom parts in Europe.
It wasn't long ago we featured another Mr Martini custom, but this Triumph Thruxton 900 was burning a hole in our inbox. Sent to us by the talented Mr Martini himself, we couldn't wait to post it. Although it isn't his latest creation, it's still one of our favourites. To create this incredible Thruxton-based bike or “Classic Urban Racer” as it has been nicknamed, Mr Martini took a fresh out of the factory pre-series bike and completely modified it. He started by adding Wilbers suspensions, a bigger rear rim and classic Metzeler tires. The forks rigidity plate has been replaced because the cut fender has been placed below to draw it up to the tire. The rear fender has been cut and the rear light has been set inside the seat, and in true cafe racer style loads of unnecessary components, standard speedometer included, have been thrown away. The beautiful long manifolds and megaphone pipes have been custom made and painted to give the bike a striking look. From an aesthetic point of view, this built “Flash Back” Triumph is a well balanced mix of modern and classic styling. Check out his other bikes at the Italian based Mr Martini site, particularly the tasty Triumph Flashback Racer.
The Italians have made many masterpieces over the years and this Triumph Sprint 900 is another one. Named the Matty You-Stone, it was built by Nicola Martini who was the first Triumph dealer in the North East of Italy. Mr Martini tells us that this "project was developed around a hinge point: to show the wonderful 3-cylinders Triumph carburetors of the 90’s". To acheive this, the bike was completely stripped down, including the fuel tank and replaced with a much smaller one (4.5 litres) coming from a Peugeot Scooter and placed under the tail. The chassis has been shortened in the rear and the bobber wheels and fat boy light are the only components that have been purchased. The rest of the components come directly from Nicola’s well-stocked warehouse of old spare parts - from the smallest radiator connector coming from a Speed Triple to the tail of a trophy Thruxton. This standout bike has earned Mr Martini the first prize of the 2009 Verona Fair Contest amongst many other contests around the world. The bike is called “Matty You-Stone” where Matty is the name of Nicola’s first son, Matteo, who designed the graffiti writing on the tail of this special bike. To see more of Mr Martini's other bikes check out his inspiring collection.
These Italian Urban Scramblers have been causing a stir on many Italian motorcycle sites. It's the first motorcycle designed by TPR Italian Factory - a new company started by Pietro Figini. Like many custom bike builders, Pietro Figini couldn't find a motorcycle on the Italian market that showed character, style and uniqueness, so he designed this urban scrambler hoping others would share his taste for classic bikes. Figini loves his English motorcycles, so decided to use a twin cylinder 800cc engine as a base, along with the Triumph Bonneville’s double crade chassis. The rest of the bike then went into production, taking inspiration from bikes mainly from the 1960’s. The Urban Scrambler is no show pony either, but also a performance bike, with work on the engine and fuel system resulting in a respectable 75 hp. We love this scrambler and can't wait to see TPR's Cafe Racer which is apparently in production. To view the whole spec list hit this link.
[Via Rocket Garage]
This is the latest creation from a custom shop in Japan called Deluxie Customs. They are one of the few Japanese shops that don't use the Yamaha SR400 for their bike projects. They usually use Triumphs and Harley's for their builds, like this spectacular 1947 Triumph 'Speed Bobber'. It has a 1947 vintage frame and 650 engine, with a 750 front end, and the rear wheel has a 16 inch Harley rim on it. Mooneyes has helped with the overall vintage bobber look by supplying the seat, rear dish pistons and many other parts. To see more from the guys at Deluxie visit their custom gallery.
Just a reminder to check out BikeEXIF as I'm doing some guest writing over there while they are on holidays.
First spotted this amazing Triumph Trident Cafe Racer on the Bikebolt picture site, then traced it back to wedding and motocross (unusual mix) photographer Chad DeRosa who has taken some killer pics of this super clean cafe racer. The pipes and tank are worthy of a modern art exhibition. Speaking of which, there is a thorough thread by the owner on the Jockey Journal with many detailed pics of the build, starting with those eye catching pipes. Although the best piece of ingenuity must be the rear tail cone, which was made out of a 1928 Model T Headlight bucket - Macgyver would be very proud. Built from the ground up by Carl Bjorklund, Mark Bjorkland and Young Pon, I have a feeling we are going to see a lot more from this beautiful bespoke motorcycle and it's talented builders. Also check out the making of video here.
[Photo by Chad De Rosa]
Stumbled across a blog called Triumph Flat Track which as the name suggests is all about everything Triumph from vintage photos through to modern bike builds. Like this cool 1966 Triumph TT with the very retro looking leather spider seat and flame tank. Greg Rovetta is the bikes owner and said this about the build: "The mastermind for this build is my friend "Steve Perez", with me doing the slave labor. I bought it in 1984. This was the 3rd ground-up rebuild. The frame and casings were in pieces in his back yard for over ten years. I was then reunited with my frame after not seeing my friend for ten years and slowly built it into what it is today." For more specs and pics hit this link to Triumph Flat Track.