This Suzuki Rat Bobber was built by Seattle based Greg Simanson who has a love of all custom motorcycles. When Greg decided to build a bike he wanted to create something a little different. “I turned the 1978 Suzuki GS750 into a hardtail” said Greg. “Shortened the front end, added new handlebars, controls, headlight, new exhaust and powder coated the wheels black”. If you are wondering what the Japanese writing on the side of the tank means, it’s actually an old Japanese license plate that Greg modified and added for decoration. You can view more shots of this rough and ready rat bobber on Gregs blog Shadowlight Customs.
Just like their bikes, these quality MV Agusta t-shirts are made in Italy. The words ‘Meccanica Verghera’ are embroided on the front and the vintage MV Agusta Meccanica Verghera logo is printed on the back. If you are wondering what the Italian words mean, here is the translation: Meccanica = Mechanics and Verghera is the city in Italy where MV’s were first made – although now they are manufactured in the city of Varese. There’s no doubting that these Italian tees are beautifully made but they do have a price tag to match. They retail for €50/$65 and can be found on the MV Agusta Europe site or the Australian site.
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It may not be the latest Wrenchmonkee creation but our friends at Hajarbroxx Motorcycles in Indonesia have achieved a similar look at a fraction of the cost. This low budget beauty all started with the purchase of a 1976 Honda CB100. The swing arm has been swapped with a Honda GL200, bigger tires and a custom Commando-style tailpiece have been added. The small displacement engine has been bored up with a much needed 200cc piston. All finished with a matte paint to achieve the raw look. You can check out the build process on the Hajarbroxx Facebook page.
Alp from SunGurtekin Design & Fabrication in California is an industrial designer specializing in transportation design. He built this low and mean hardtail Harley Sportster which he has appropriately named ‘The Whip’. “I designed the Whip with the unusual jockey shifter and clutch set up” Alp says. “My goal was to achieve a clean look where all the components on the bike look smooth and balanced. I ran all the wires and brake lines inside the frame to achieve that clean look. For me the most important aspect is the stance: if there’s one thing most of my cars or bikes have had in common past and present, it’s that they’ve got to be slammed.
It’s great to see a retro styled small shell helmet with safety features. English company Davida have just released this new lightweight classic open face helmet. Weighing just over 1100g it’s called the Davida ‘Ninety Two’ and is a small–profile helmet similar to those from the 70’s. Like all of Davida’s products it’s been manufactured to the highest quality and carries a British Safety Standard certification. It’s safe because it’s made with a fiberglass composite shell reinforced with Kevlar, a polystyrene shock absorption liner with additional protection around the ears and a detachable washable fabric interior lining. Check out the Davida dealer map to find your nearest stockist. [Photo by Ben Part]
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Joe from Joe’s V Cycle was employed in the airline industry for most of his career as a Lead Aircraft Technician. After numerous years maintaining and rebuilding Boeing and Airbus engines, Joe now spends his time building and restoring classic motorcycles. These beautiful bikes are just a taste of his recent handy work. The stunning blue Ducati is a 1966 Monza 250 and the green Honda is a 1972 cb750. “The Ducati and the CB750 were built this winter over about a 6 month period. Both were total overhauls with both engine and frame suspension plus all the custom work and parts. All the work was done in house except for powder coating and cad plating” says Joe. It’s definitely worth checking out Joe’s custom and restoration galleries.
To be honest, I don’t really care if loads of celebrities wear Belstaff clothing. The fact is, they make some of the highest quality motorcycle/fashion gear on the market. The downside is, they usually come with a higher price tag as well. But as the saying goes “you get what you pay for” and this is the type of gear you can hand down to your children years later:
1. Brad Jacket – The perfect spring time jacket, medium-length American-style anorak. Made from brown high-quality leather and nice details like a strap at the tab collar and four applied pockets.
2. Belstaff Messenger Bag – Vintage looking bag in olive crinkled cotton, messenger style with flap-pockets.
3. Blackbrown Stonemaster Boots – Dark-brown leather biker boots, laced up above the ankle – flat, comfortable, robust and hand sewn. These boots have Belstaff’s superior quality written all over them.
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We love receiving bikes from all over the world but it’s even better when there’s a great story attached to them. Gilberto Manoch is a young Indonesian who was inspired to build a bike dedicated to his Dads amazing win in the 1963 Indonesian Grand prix race at Curug Airport. Tommy Manoch ended up winning the race in 250cc/350cc class as the youngest racer. Before the race Tommy wrote “Ulah Adigung” on the tank of his Honda CB250. Ulah Adigung means ‘Don’t be arrogant’ in Indonesian and was a reminder to himself and other racers. It’s also the name Gilberto has given to his 1982 Kawasaki KZ200 project. Just like his Father, Gilberto has motorcycles running in his blood and started a small custom shop in Jakarta called Mototrigger. You can check out more pics of this understated KZ200 on his Indonesian blog Paper Trigger.
This beautifully shot and edited short film of Shinya Kimura is truly inspiring. Filmed by Danish born director Henrik Hansen it gives us a glimpse into Shinya’s life and his passion for motorcycles. [Found on Throttle]
It’s almost been a year since we featured the CB750F Bobber created by Chris Tragert from Venice Choppers. Chris has again choosen to use the CB750F as the donor bike, but this time creating a mean looking CB750F café racer. “A ‘proper’ café racer is fine for nipping down to the pub for a pint, but the streets of L.A. are no tea party” says Chris. “The starting point was a 78 CB750F, chosen for it’s potent black lump. The Comstar wheels, and bodywork, however, stood in the way of the desired ‘rocker’ look, so a little reverse engineering was in order. Stripped bare, and shaved, the frame is fitted with forks, swingarm, wheels, and pegs from a 69 CB750.