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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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Distressed CB750

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Rat. 3 comments

Kott Motorcycles is a small custom shop near Los Angeles California, specializing in the restoration and customization of 1970’s era Honda 750’s, 550’s, and 350’s. Like us, the owner Dustin Kott has a passion for cafe racers. We love the raw look of his bikes especially this 750 named ‘Distressed’. With clubman bars, hand formed racer seat and no fenders, this bike has been done in true cafe style. Check out more bikes from Kott and this nicely shot video of Kott in action.

 


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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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McQueen in Taiwan

Posted on September 8, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

This is a rare photo of Steve McQueen in Taiwan (even though some say Japan) on the set of ‘The Sand Pebbles‘. This was the only movie he received an Academy Award nomination (but didn’t win). Apparently he had this Suzuki T20 (not a tr500 as first thought) with racing fairing shipped in so he could travel around Taiwan when not filming. I have also read lots of stories that McQueen raced Army officers from bar to bar with the loser having to buy the next round of drinks. Needless to say that McQueen didn’t have to buy many rounds. Check out more pics of ‘The king of cool’ on this beautiful bike.


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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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Wrenchmonkee HD

Posted on September 6, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 1 Comment

The Wrenchmonkees have done it again. Creating a truly unique HD XLCH Hardtail. We love the combination of the old Husqvarna CR tank, Pirelli trials knobby tires on a HD sportster with a Monkee hardtail rear frame. Add the WM megatron pipes and custom fender and you have one friggin cool looking bike. Their motorcycles are almost worth moving to Copenhagen for (also Carlsberg beer and lego). For all the specs and more pics visit the WM site.


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Marvel-Us-Triton

Posted on September 5, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Marvel-Us Customs are a small custom shop from Phoenix, Arizona. They specialize in building cutting edge vintage and pre 80’s bikes to show stopping quality. They also have a love for British bikes. Like this beautifully restored Triton. Here’s a list of specs (deep breath)… The bike is a 1956 Triumph T110 pre unit motor with a 750cc morgo kit and dual 930 amal carbs. The frame is the classic 1964 Norton featherbed slimline. The rims are Akront high shoulder rims, it has 19″ dunlop front and back. Haward belt drive and the swing arm was streched 2 1/2″ for a longer base and to fit the 19 x4.0 in the narrow norton swing arm. Got all that? In simple terms it’s one stunning ride that has us rabid like Cujo.


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French designed helmet?

Posted on September 1, 2009 by Scott in Other. 1 Comment
Everyone has seen the beautiful Ruby Atelier helmets. Recently Ruby got together with high fashion designer Martin Margiela to create an exclusively limited signature helmet. The white surface is covered with signatures of every member of Margiela’s design team. This so called designer has ripped off my design. I first created this design when I was at school and I broke my arm by falling off my bmx. All my mates signed my white cast and some even drew dirty pictures (and they could draw better than Margiela’s staff). See you in court Mr Margiela!

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Flakes Custom Cycles

Posted on August 31, 2009 by Scott in Rat, Tracker. 1 Comment

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a bike from this Japanese shop called Flake motorcycles. They are the masters of fine paint work. Just check out some of their amazing tanks. This TW200 has been done in true Japanese style. Like so many sweet TW200 found on the streets of Tokyo. That retro paint work is beautiful.


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Icon Cretin

Posted on August 30, 2009 by Scott in Other, Tracker. No Comments

Icon are renowned for their over the top helmets, jackets and bikes. Their latest creation is no different. This little green 76′ Yamaha TT500 has been done in true Icon style. Although, unlike the rest of their gear this has a really cool retro look. It makes me feel all prepubescent and stoned just looking at it. The incredible thing about this bike is the diverse range of parts. It has the front end from a 1990 Suzuki Katana 600, Handlebars from a 2002 Honda Reflex (the one thing I would change) and even a rear brake from a Hayabusa. For more pics and the full spec list of this impressive build visit the one and only Hell For Leather Magazine.


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