Heiwa Motorcycles in Japan have a knack for building beautifully crafted bobbers and classically styled bikes. In a land that has just as many custom bike builders as sushi restaurants – Heiwa always manages to serve up something tasty. Their latest creation is this stunning Yamaha TX650. Heiwa have hand built most of the bike including a one off fuel tank, exhaust pipe, handle bars and seat. Some other features include Progressive rear suspension and they also told us they moved the front fork down three inches. If you want to see more from Heiwa, check out their website – unfortunately it’s all in Japanese but the pictures are worth it.
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The idea to turn his SR500 into a street tracker came to Italian Andrea Costantini after viewing some photos of a Kim Boyle creation. “I searched the bike spasmodically, because I loved the mechanics” he says. Luckily for Andrea his father is a mechanical engineer and has a small workshop at home with a horizontal lathe, a vertical mill and a grinding wheel. So with the help of his Dad, Andrea went about creating his dream street tracker.
Raider Motorsport are based in Coffs Harbour, Australia, approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane – it’s famous for having a giant banana and also where Russell Crowe owns a farm. Raider Motorsport have built this SR400 completely from the ground up.
You could be mistaken for thinking this XS360 was built by Heiwa or one of the many other Japanese shops. The truth is, it was built in Portland, Oregan. What is it about Portland? It seems to have a thriving custom motorcycle scene producing so many great bikes. This XS was built by Jared Johnson who works out of his garage 7 days a week.
This classic Yamaha XS-2 Café Racer was sent to us by Smokey Cretin #9. If you haven’t heard of the Cretins MC, they’re a motorcycle club that are “dedicated to the preservation and glorification of the Café Racer motorcycle and its roots”. They have chapters in Seattle, Los Angeles and of course Portland, where Smokey resides.
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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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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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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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 shoes, skateboard 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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