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1962 Norton Manx 500

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This stunning illustration is by Australian artist Gaston Vanzet. Gaston is completely obsessed with drawing and painting classic motorcycles. Each picture usually takes him around 3 weeks to finish and this is how Gaston describes the experience: “I love painting these motorcycles, I become one with the machine as I end up knowing every detail, every curve and fin, they become mine”. These days he does the painting on his computer using a Wacom tablet – “the technique is nearly the same as the old days of paint and turpentines except there is no mess”. Each stroke is still done by hand except for the backgrounds which are combinations of photographs mostly from his local area. To view all these amazing illustrations visit the gallery at Custom Motorcycle Art, also check out Gaston’s blog to get some history about the artist.


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Motorcycles of the 20th Century

Posted on January 16, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

It’s truly amazing what you can find on the internet. This exquisite picture is a 1963 Kreidler Renn Florett and is just one of 700 high quality rendered images on Bert Knoester’s extensive archive of historically interesting motorcycles, scooters and mopeds of the twentieth century. The site is called Motorcycles of the 20th Century and features most of the best motorcycles ever manufactured, ranging from a 1907 Harley Davidson through to the world famous 1987 Buell RR1000 Battletwin. Whether you need some inspiration for a project or just want to see the vast number of unique motorcycles the world has produced over the past 100 years this site won’t disappoint. Another site worth checking out is The Blueprints which also has a huge selection of almost 2000 motorcycle pictures, drawings and models. The site even offers higher quality images to those that choose to register … Read More »


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Deus Sacred Cow

Posted on January 13, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 4 comments

This is the latest creation out of the Deus ‘temple of enthusiasm’ – the name they call their Sydney headquarters. Deus love their W650’s and we really love what they do to them. This 720cc bobber has been named the ‘Sacred Cow’, we are not exactly sure why but it could be because it’s beefy, tasty and stands out from the herd. It has left Australian shores and is headed to Brooklyn to meet it’s new owner Billy Joel. Billy has always been fond of the W650 and wanted this one to be a little different – with a parallel twin engine, T120 brake, twin pea shooter pipes, rigid rear kit and even a truck horn. We particularly love the rear end and brake light but not sure about the unfinished looking paint job on the tank. There are loads more … Read More »


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Monkee #16 Kawasaki Z 750 B

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 8 comments

It’s not the first time these clever custom creators from Copenhagen have built a Kawasaki Z 750 B and it probably won’t be their last. They used the Z 750 B on Monkee #13 and Monkee #15, although we loved them both we think this is the best to date. This Kawasaki has the their signature style written all over it. With custom Wrench Monkee (WM) seat, rear frame, aluminium battery box, rear fender, rear and front light, clip-ons and footpegs. They have completely rebuilt the original engine and added the classic Monkee Megatron Muffler. Like most of their bikes they have used the vintage Firestone Champion Deluxe tires and understated heat resistant paint scheme. To see more snapshots of this old school Z 750 and read the full list of specs check out the Monkee gallery.


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MZ RE 125 Racer

Posted on January 9, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

This magnificent motorcycle is the MZ RE 125. MZ stands for Motorradwerk Zschopau (German for motorcycle factory at Zschopau). MZ have a long history of making motorcycle dating back to the early 1900’s by parent company DKW. In 1929 over 60000 motorcycles were manufactured at the Zschopau factory making DKW the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Unfortunately after 90 years of making motorcycles the Zschopau factory closed down in 2008 and was turned into a funky German nightclub called MZWerk (scheisse!). Then last year Former GP stars Ralf Waldmann and Martin Wimmer bought the MZ motorcycle brand for $5 million euros and are rumoured to be in the process of manufacturing a 600cc road bike based on the Moto2 GP project bike. We look forward to watching their progress and we hope they bring this German company back to life with some amazing bikes. Check out this uber cool … Read More »


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Biltwell Megaflake Helmets

Posted on January 6, 2010 by Scott in Other. 3 comments

 

These are the new mouthwatering ‘Megaflake’ Biltwell helmets. Biltwell says “The flake is much bigger and crisper, hence the Megaflake name. It’s the same lightweight and comfortable shell but with a few significant upgrades. Vintage style chrome strip around the opening is pure class and only available on a Biltwell. The new liner now has detail stitching and contrasting ventilated panels in the top. The embossed goggle strap has a new shape and an improved snap”. We love some of the names including Sunburst Orange, Root Beer Mega Flake Brown and my favourite Disco Gold. Unfortunately they are not safety approved and are supposed to be for novelty purpose only. To see the full range of tasty colours visit the Biltwell website.


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Shamrock FXTT

Posted on January 6, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 1 Comment

This is the now infamous FXTT powered by an S&S Shovelhead motor and built by legendary custom builder “Irish Rich” Ryan of Shamrock Fabrication in Broomfield, Colorado. Rich is the owner of Shamrock Fabrication, a “no frills” custom motorcycle and fabrication shop. Rich has been involved with custom motorcycles and hot rods for over 40 years and has built a reputation as one of the best. His FXTT has featured on many bike sites and magazines around the world, most notibly as the feature article and cover bike on Easyriders March, 2009. Some specs of this formidable FXTT include a frame shortened 2 1/2″ in the rear section, raised 2″ overall, transmission raised 1″, Dyna Sport 39mm full cartridge front end and kick-only S&S 5-in-a-4 speed transmission. To view more pics and other Shamrock creations check out their gallery. You can also vote for this FXTT as … Read More »


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Nannini Flag Goggles

Posted on January 4, 2010 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Now you can fly your flag while flying down the highway on your motorcycle with these flag designs from the classic Italian Goggle and Eyeware company Nannini. They may not look like serious goggles but they truly are, with hand sewn genuine leather eye pads, scratch resistant UV proof lenses and chrome plated brass frames, these goggles are made to the high standards Nannini have become famous for. We are sure they will be a hit with many patriotic Cafe Racer and motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. But if these aren’t your style maybe you’ll fancy their luxury range, made from hand sewn python leather. You can buy them straight from the Nannini Store or in Australia through FlexVision.

Just a little history about the company that I found interesting – Giorgio Nannini the man who started the company has an amazing history … Read More »


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Ridley Vintage Motorbikes

Posted on January 1, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 3 comments

Ridley Motorcycles are some of the best vintage looking motorized bicycles on the market. There are five different models, each based on different time periods ranging from 1903 through to the 1940’s. They are offered with either a 49 or 70cc engine, and also feature pedals for those that want to keep it green and create zero-emission. The standard 70cc engine has a pretty impressive top speed of 34mph, which is fast enough to keep up with most traffic in rush hour. The gas tanks are beautifully incorporated into the frame which can either be ordered in steel or aluminum. My favourite is this OD green ‘MP’ which is styled on a vintage military police motorbike. To view the rest of their first-class range visit the Ridley gallery.


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1947 Triumph Speed Bobber

Posted on December 29, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 5 comments

This is the latest creation from a custom shop in Japan called Deluxie Customs. They are one of the few Japanese shops that don’t use the Yamaha SR400 for their bike projects. They usually use Triumphs and Harley’s for their builds, like this spectacular 1947 Triumph ‘Speed Bobber’. It has a 1947 vintage frame and 650 engine, with a 750 front end, and the rear wheel has a 16 inch Harley rim on it. Mooneyes has helped with the overall vintage bobber look by supplying the seat, rear dish pistons and many other parts. To see more from the guys at Deluxie visit their custom gallery.


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