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Motorcycle Dream Garages

Posted on October 16, 2009 by Scott in Other. 2 comments

I have to admit I love a good garage and after reading Chris’s review on Bikeexif I knew we had to get our hands on a copy of Motorcycle Dream Garages. Luckily it didn’t disappoint, with beautiful photographs of garages ranging from bike builders, celebrities and even some anonyomous collectors (who want to protect their collection from people like you and me). The author and photographer Lee Klancher finds some truly inspiring stories amongst what many believe are just four brick walls. Although we know that garages are a place where dreams are created and shared. The 17 chapters are divided into five types of garages; palaces (like Jay Leno’s), real deals, sanctuaries, businesses and racer’s refuges. Our favourites would have to be Geby Wager’s amazing garage in Canada (pictured below) and also the story behind Rising Wolf Garage in New York. Like all of these garages, the book is well put together with a lot of thought gone into it’s design and content. It is summed up best by the author when he says “The spaces, bikes, and people photographed in this book are a diverse lot, all with interesting stories, and all united in their passion for two wheels”. If you share that same passion for two wheels then you will dig this book. [You can find it at Amazon or if in Australia visit Autobook World].


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Cherry O Moto Guzzi

Posted on October 15, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

This sexy candy red Moto Guzzi V7 Sport was restored and classically modified by Rick Manning and his crew at Combined Design. Built in limited quantities from 1972-1974, the V7 Sport was a ground breaking motorcycle, a factory café and one of the most famous Guzzi’s ever made. As one of only 3,500 or so production V7 Sports made, Rick knew he had a very special machine and decided to treat it that way. Of course he added some custom touches including the spectacular House of Kolor candy apple red paint laid down by Craig Ellis at Paintworks. Although the exhaust is period correct, as is the dual-disc front end, a factory kit installed by the original owner after Guzzi made it available in 1974. Overall the bike is absolutely stunning and we are green with envy, or should I say we are seeing red? For more from Combined Design check out their previous Guzzi project called Li’l Red. [Via Motorcycle Classics]


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Honda CB550F

Posted on October 13, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 4 comments

This beautifully restored 1976 Honda CB550F Super Sport sat unfinished, perfectly stored in a garage for 12 years before Larry Pearson convinced the owner to part with it. The previous owner, a very talented machinist had already done some work on the vintage road racer. Like a perfect era-correct Kerker exhaust, laid down rear shocks and made almost all of the beautiful aluminum engine covers, the rear sets, the ventilated rear brake hub, the fork brace, clip-ons, muffler hanger and more. Then Larry built the tail section from scratch using the gas tank’s rear half as a mold (genius). He also made the seat, built all the mounts for the fairing and then painted it to his picture perfect standard. It appeared in Cycle World as the “American Flyer” (Aug. ’04) and more recently it took second place in it’s class at the ’08 Legend of the Motorcycle (1/2 point out of first place). We love this Honda CB Cafe Racer and we look forward to sharing Larry’s next project with you. [If you have a project for Larry contact us and we will give you his details]


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Monkee #3

Posted on October 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

A little while ago we showed you how the Wrench Monkees customized a Harley Davidson, now here’s how they transformed a Kawasaki Z1000 into a performance Cafe Racer. In my humble opinion the stock Kawasaki Z1000 isn’t the most attractive bike in the world but it does command respect. We love how WM have turned a Z1000 into a thing of beauty whilst keeping it’s performance heart and soul. A Z 1000 A engine, Wiseco piston kit, Wilbers rear shocks, Supertrapp muffler, and loads more WM goodies. For all the specs and more pics of this racer check the WM Gallery. [Photography by Ben Part]


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MC Collection

Posted on October 10, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

MC Collection is a museum in Stockholm Sweden showing an impressive collection of motorcycles from the 19th century until today. The exhibition represents the personal collections of Christer R Christensson and Ove Johansson. The theme for this year will be Harley-Davidson, possibly the best-known brand in the world of motorcycles. In the exhibition, they will present 20 amazing bikes from the most popular eras in HD’s history from the oldest example made in 1912 all the way to the latest model, a “V-rod” from 2008. One of our favourite bikes in the collection is this HD XR 1000 Racer by the guys at V-Twin Cycle Shop in NY (their website is still yet to launch). What a spectacular looking racer, would give my right hand to ride a few laps on that beast (might be hard with one hand though). If you do find yourself in downtown Stockholm then definitely check out this museum. To see more of the motorcycles in the MC Collection visit the gallery.


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Garage Company CB750

Posted on October 8, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. 1 Comment
Yoshi Kosaka is the 49-year-old founder of the Garage Company in Los Angeles which is widely regarded as one of the best classic bike shops in the country. The Garage Company not only sells motorcycles but also parts and service manuals, vintage decals and posters, history books and videos, helmets and goggles – anything and everything that caters to the classic bike aficionado. Yoshi owns about 150 motorcycles, just to name some of the bikes in his shop: Norton, Triumph, Ducati, MV Augusta, Harley-Davidson, BSA, Matchless… and Honda, like these magnificant CB750 Cafe Racers. Some of the specs include Yoshimura motor, ARD magneto, Kimtab magnesium wheels, A&H brakes, GP fork, Webber carburetors and painted by the legend SKRATCH. These bikes are for sale if you have some spare cash burning a hole in your pocket. For cost and more details visit their website.

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Sordillo Salt Flat

Posted on October 7, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 1 Comment

Walt Siegl built this amazing panhead chopper for the artist, Arthur Sordillo. Walt is a motorcycle builder out of New York City who has been riding and building Harley choppers, bobbers, and race bikes in the old school style for more than 20 years. When we say old school, we mean he makes pretty much every part by hand. This Sordillo Salt Flat was part of the art exhibition “Oldskool — a survey of 20th Century Motorculture,” curated by the painter Gregory Johnston. Walt still road races V-Twins and is constantly surprising people with his amazing eye for custom bike building. To see more of Walt’s work check his impressive gallery.


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Moto Guzzi Classic Le Mans

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 4 comments

If you have a Moto Guzzi and live in Europe then you have probably heard of Dynotec in Germany. The word on the street is that these guys are the masters at Guzzi engine modifications and restorations. This high spec Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer is their latest project with Ohlins shocks, Excel Talon Supermoto Wheels and a beautiful electric blue powder coated frame. Would love to give you the full build specs but unfortunately I can’t read ze German… Scheisse! There is loads of great pics on their website showing the whole build process. [Found @ Racing Cafe]


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XRTT Cafe Racer

Posted on October 5, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments
This 1750cc XRTT Harley Davidson Cafe Racer was built by Bill Nigro from American Motorcycle Parts. Bill Nigro, owner of AMCP has a long history of building some very unique custom motorcycles. Specializing in American built choppers it’s refreshing to see him build a XRTT Cafe Racer. Judging by this powerful American cross British styled beast we hope he decides to build more. Check out the AMCP gallery to see more from this legend.

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2010 CB1100

Posted on October 4, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

Wasn’t long ago we were admiring the CB1100 concept and hoping that Honda wasn’t just prick teasing, but would actually start producing a modern retro styled CB. Well, they have finally confirmed production in 2010. No exact dates or pricing confirmed but we hope they price this bike competitively. If it is a success we would love to see Honda starts making many other retro styled bikes including a CB750. The red CB1100 pictured has been slightly customized with a cafe racer styled seat, fairing and black powder coated pipes. Just gives you a taste of what can be achieved. Can’t wait to see these bikes fully customized by the public. [Pic via Hell for Leather]


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