To be honest I didn’t know why Deus called their latest 2005 W650 the ‘Bloodnok’. So I googled it. It turns out it was the name of a fictional character from the 1950s BBC Radio comedy called ‘The Goon Show’. The character was voiced by Peter Sellers and the characterture on the modified Wellington peanut tank is of Major Bloodnok. It may not be the most original Deus build, probably taking some inspiration from Bratstyle, but there’s no denying it looks the business.
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.
The name might sound like an Indian fast food delivery service but the Curry Speed Club (CSC) is a group of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts in Japan who own auto/bike shops and race their restored Honda’s at various tracks and events around Japan. The club is made up of many big names in the Japanese motorcycle industry including Maejima “Ted” Takeshi from Ted’s Special, the boys from M&M’s and the crew from Animal Boat just to name a few.
Earlier this year See See Motorcycles put on the ‘The One Motorcycle Show‘ with a few other local shops in the Portland area. See See Motorcycles was formed 2 years ago by Drake Mcelroy, Jared Kenyon, and Thor Drake. “See See is a motorcycle brand that values the origins of motorcycles and an emphasis on aesthetics. What that boils down to is, we want to build some amazing bikes, race to win, and create a community of two wheelers.
After two blown engines Englishman Chris Simpson decided to try and squeeze a R80 RT engine into his 1979 BMW R45 frame. “The powers that be said the engine wouldn’t fit, as you can see it obviously does” Chris explains. “The only engine mods were a lightweight flywheel and the air box was removed and replaced with a Bellmouths. It has custom stainless 2-1 exhausts with a stainless megaphone, fully custom sub frame with hidden battery under the seat pod, a large EARLS oil cooler from a Ford Cosworth.
We love receiving emails from Ted at XS650chopper.com because he knows we get excited by Yamaha café racers. Frank Derris the owner and builder of this immaculate bike writes: “The concept was to blend old with new hence the crossover Yamaha racing paint scheme with the ton up stripe. I wanted the bike to handle and run as good as it could on tube tires and it does. I wanted to be able to look through the bike and see nothing but hard parts (no wiring, bolts or unsightly junk) 3 years of part time work. You judge the finished product.”
As far as donor bikes go, the humble Suzuki S40 Savage probably isn’t on top of many peoples list. Casey Stevenson had trouble finding a suitable bike for his Café Racer project but eventually stumbled upon the S40 and decided to turn this ‘ugly duckling’ into a very sexy swan. “I was in the market for a new motorcycle and wanted a lightweight thumper to get around the streets of L.A. I quickly discovered the lack of available options, so I started working on a new design. I was imagining a motorcycle with a Japanese engine and classic cafe styling, but more sleek and modern than the single cylinder customs based on old bikes that are popular at the moment.
We recently received some out of the ordinary photographs from one of our readers named Koen who lives in Belgium. Koen is part of the Antwerp Dax Association who are a large group of ‘small’ Honda owners. Each year they go on a ride together to an amusement park where they show off their custom Honda Dax’s (local name for the Honda ST series), Honda Monkeys and any other Honda miniature motorcycle.