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1959 Honda RC160

Posted on June 25, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

This amazing illustration is by Japanese artist Kendge Seevert of a Honda RC160. Seevert is renowned for his highly detailed illustrations of motorcycles. Apparently the RC160 was never raced outside of Japan and was usually raced on Japanese unpaved roads, which explains why it was mostly shown without a fairing and with semi-knobbly tires. This is what Honda aficionado Joep Kortekaas says about this great looking racer “The Honda four, designated the RC160, had the same specifications as the 125cc twin, but the cylinders were now upright instead of being inclined, and the ignition was changed from magneto to battery with four coils. Claimed power output was 35 bhp at 13,000 rpm, with the same maximum engine speed of 14,000 rpm as the twin. The engine had a five-speed gearbox and weighed 58 kg. The cycle parts were nearly identical with the 125cc twin, the wheelbase being longer by 45 mm at 1310 mm, and the total weight of the bike was 124 kg”. You can read more about Honda and it’s racing history on vf750fd.com.


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SR500 Street Tracker

Posted on June 23, 2010 by Scott in Tracker. 4 comments

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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.

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Honda CB50J Café Racer

Posted on June 21, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 20 comments

This beautiful little CB50J café racer was built by a Dutchman named Michel. Like many men before him, he realized he didn’t like the look of his stock Honda CB50J, so decided to turn it into a café racer. The jewel in the crown was finding that stunning NOS candy gold gas tank with black stripes. This vintage gas tank came new in a box from Honda spare parts specialist CMS in the Netherlands.


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Icon Death or Glory

Posted on June 20, 2010 by Scott in Other, Racer. 8 comments

It’s safe to say this drop seat rigid isn’t going to win any beauty contests. But then again it wasn’t built for that purpose. The Icon Death or Glory was built for one thing in mind – speed. One of the first thing that caught my eye was the plastic toy mirror, so I asked Icon’s design director Kurt Walter whether it was there to be ironic, he replied  “I built a 2100cc powered rigid death machine virtually incapable of turning or stopping yet equipped with Ohlins forks on billet Attack triples. Garnishing it with a mirror stolen from my daughter’s Barbie bike just seemed appropriate. So yeah, I suppose the mirror is – ironic, sarcastic, humorous, ridiculous, stupid… all of the above”.


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Urban Rider Charity

Posted on June 18, 2010 by Scott in Other. 3 comments

The guys from London-based Urban Rider have come up with this solid idea to raise money for a great cause that builds homes for disadvantaged people in Zimbabwe. All you have to do is buy a raffle ticket for £5 (around $7) and you can win over $1500 worth of quality motorcycle gear. The best thing is, there’s only 250 tickets being sold for each raffle so the odds are pretty good. Urban Rider will be holding two raffle draws – one for the Ultimate Motorcycle Rider prize and one for the Ultimate Scooter Rider prize at its New King’s Road store on 16th July 2010. To buy a ticket hit the jump. Good luck.


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RSD KTM Café Racer

Posted on June 16, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Scrambler. 10 comments

Roland Sands Design (RSD) recently posted these ‘almost finished’ pics of their latest creation on their site – the classic paint job is yet to be done. Turning a KTM 530 into a café racer might not be the most practical build, but I do love the look of it. The bike has the very distinctive RSD styling but the one thing I personaly don’t like is the left-over KTM plastic underneath the new gas tank.


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1975 Honda CB750F

Posted on June 15, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

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Chris Sharon is the proud owner and builder of this immaculate CB750F. Based in Seattle, he is also a member of a vintage motorcycle club called the Knuckle Busters. “The love of old bikes and working on them brings us all together. We’re a fairly new club but we are coming on strong” Chris tells us.

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Bold MV Agusta Racer

Posted on June 10, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

No it’s not the latest bike from Shinya Kimura, this blast from the past was originally featured in Australian Motorcycle News back in 1998 – which doesn’t feel like 12 years ago. Built by the talented Albert Bold of Bold Precision in Pennsylvania. Albert is well known for possessing bike building skills unmatched by many in the industry. Not many machinists can say they have turned cast-iron manhole covers into brake rotors like Albert has done in the past. Bold estimated that more than 2000 hours went into building this unique MV Agusta Racer. The reason being that he had a philosophy of no bolt-on parts if he could do it himself. “About the only corner I cut was the brake discs,” he said. “Those manhole covers worked great on the first bike, and the material was free – but I just couldn’t face the 40 hours of machining work to make each one, so this time I compromised and used Mercedes-Benz’ discs on the front, which I machined down to size, and a Subaru one from the local parts shop on the back.


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Honda CB360 Café Racer

Posted on June 10, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 79 comments

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This beautiful 1975 Honda CB360 was purchased by Canadian Peter Cabral for next to nothing about a year ago. Of course, you usually get what you pay for, and Peter got a vintage bike in vintage condition. It wasn’t running, the wiring was all damaged, it had a rusty tank and seized brakes. Although Peter has owned numerous bikes in the past, this is his first vintage custom project. Here’s what Peter told us about the build…

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Suzuki GS550 Café Racer

Posted on June 7, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments

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This 1978 Suzuki GS550 was picked up by Jason from Vintage Customs in Florida for $500. It wasn’t running but some simple tuning plus a rebuild of the carbs and he got this classic back to life. “The frame was cleaned up, all of the extraneous stuff removed, and painted in a metallic charcoal” Jason explains. “I found a new-old-stock 4 into 1 header which really sounded nice. I kept the stock tank and the rear fairing, built a seatpan out of aluminum which held the rear fairing piece and upholstered it in a black vinyl” he says.

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