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Yamaha XS650

Posted on May 7, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 3 comments

Just like Deus are influencing the motorcycle culture in Australia, the Wrench Monkees are having the same effect in Europe. This clean and simple XS650 took inspiration from the talented Danish custom builders.


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Fong Bros XS650

Posted on April 8, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. No Comments

This beautiful piece of chopper craftmanship was sent to us by Ted from XS650 Chopper. It was built by Denis (AKA Billy Joe Fong) from Fong Bros who has built many sweet rides in the past. Here’s how Denis described the project: “As for the white bike, It’s a 1982 xs650 special. It was a mail delivery bike for the Post Office in either Delaware or Pennsylvania but was only used for about 10,000 miles. The tail is a TC Bros tail that I made some very minor mods to. I was using Kansas Kustoms but I was able to get a good deal with TC Bros. From front to back, here’s what was done. The forks were done by hand. I used an angle grinder and a hand file to get rid of all the tabs and smooth them out, then polished them. They are also lowered 2.75 inches.


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XS650 ‘The Hornet’

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments


There are some people that wack a bump seat and some ace bars on a bike and call it a cafe racér. And then there are people like Chris AKA ‘The Limey’ who build inspiring cafe racérs like this beautiful XS650. Chris used to own a bike shop in London and wanted to bring the true meaning of a cafe racer to the Amercian shores. Chris migrated to Texas from London around 7 years ago because “he loved the weather in texas” and it’s better weather for riding. As you can see there’s been a lot of work on this bike and this is what Chris told the guys on the outstanding XS650 Chopper site: “It has Excel 18 inch rims, stainless spokes, fork damper valves, progressive springs, alloy swingarm, Brembo brakes (except for the front calliper… incidentally, the rear brake is a work of art from Banke Racing), 750 kit, Shell No.1 race cam, titanium valve tops, serious gas flowing, stainless valves, race clutch, Mikuni RS36 smoothbores (what a bitch to link up… it’s so tight that I can’t use intake gaskets), a gorgeous megaphone from Apollo Cones welded to 1.75 inch stainless pipes (thanks Matt), Yoshi rearsets, all electrics are under the seat (and it even has blinkers built into the headlight), Scitsu race tach…. blah blah blah… the list goes on and on.


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SR500 Street Tracker

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Scott in Tracker. 4 comments

This ‘designer’ SR500 street tracker was built by Steve Hillary at the Red Max Speed Shop for the opening party of London fashion store Present. Red Max are based in Hampshire, U.K, and are involved in the fast growing Shorttrack racing scene in Europe. They may have a passion for trackers, but they also build some nice cafe racers and bobbers. Redmax made the custom parts, fabrication, SR tank and the seat was custom made by Bratstyle. The eye-catching paint job is by the talented guys at Death Spray Customs, although the design is by Japanese fashion designer (based in London) Eley Kishimoto and is appropriately named “flash” print. If you think the design looks familiar it’s probably because it featured recently on a range of Ruby Ateliar helmets. But it doesn’t stop there, you can even buy matching shoesskateboard and backpack to go with your helmet. Hit the link to see the Red Max SR500 Flickr page. [Found on Sideburn Blog]


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Motor Garage Goods SR

Posted on October 18, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. No Comments

Motor Garage Goods are an up and coming Japanese custom shop in Itami City, near Osaka. Like most Japanese shops they love the ever so popular SR400. They have done a great job creating this awesome SR in true cafe racer style. It’s low, light, lean and mean. Not to mention a beautiful paint job with matching fairing and tank. We also love that fat stainless Yoshimura muffler that looks like it packs a mighty bark. For more from these guys check out their sweet gallery including some Harley Davidson’s that are hotter than wasabi.


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M&M’s SR

Posted on September 20, 2009 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

This isn’t a bike built by the chocolate maker, it’s from a custom shop in Japan that goes by the name M&M Motorcycles. Based not far from Yokohama in a city called Kanagawa. Like most Japanese shops they specialize in SR’s, W650’s and TR’s. We really dig this yellow SR tracker. Judging by their website they seem to build mostly street trackers. They also have a blog and a shop that are worth checking out. The shop has some interesting things, ranging from ashtrays through to motorcycle parts and clothing.


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Matsumaru SR500

Posted on September 16, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 2 comments

This beautiful SR500 from the the guys at Matsumaru Speed & Customs in Japan won best domestic bike a few years ago at Moon Eyes Hot Rod show. So simple and understated. We love everything about this bike. Do yourself a favour and check out the Matsumaru Gallery. There’s so many bikes on their site for inspiration or just to drool over. If you like the SR500 check out this short video at the Moon Eyes Show shot by DBBP.


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Gravel Crew Virago

Posted on September 12, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 6 comments

Originally found this Yamaha XV250 on the marvelous Mulligans Machine. Of course it’s from Gravel Crew in Japan who have such a distinctive style. I still can’t believe it’s a Virago. I see so many of these bikes around the streets but I have never seen one customized (unless you think adding saddle bags and tassels counts). The xv250 is actually a really cheap alternative to the more popular project bikes like the SR400’s. Although I’m not sure they have the same range of custom parts readily available.


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Ajito BSA

Posted on September 10, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 3 comments

Discovered the Motorcycle Factory Ajito (their website needs some work) on a Spanish blog called Retro Custom Racer. Ajito is a custom shop in Japan that have made loads of cool sr400’s bobbers but it was this BSA C-11 named Racy King that really stood out. Everything on this bike looks hand made. The seat, brake light and Japanese dragon tank won’t be to everyone’s taste but you have to give credit where credit is due. Ajito has created something truly unique and we look forward to seeing more bikes from these guys in the future.


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SR400 Drovers Dog

Posted on September 7, 2009 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

We love receiving the Deus Oily Rag in our inbox and discovering what the guys at Deus have been creating. The first thing that stopped us in our tracks is this SR400 Drovers Dog. Done in true Deus style, with a SR skinny tank and those beautiful vintage Firestones. The only thing that bugs me is the Deus graphics on the tank, l have to be honest I much prefer the original logo (but hey, a bit of paint stripper would fix that). Hit the jump for the full Drovers Dog gallery.


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