Anyone else sick of hearing the words ‘tough times’, ‘financial crisis’ and ‘credit crunch’? Well we are. Lets stop friggin talking about it all day every day and build a big bridge and ride the hell over it. Heres the perfect ghetto bike for these hard times… made from hard wood. Just be careful smoking near it….
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Another piece of motorcycle history I admired at the Deus shop was this old Indian Scout. I know it’s not a cafe racer but it would have been one hell of a ride back in its day.
In the 1920’s the Scout gained reputation for strength and reliability, which led to the old Indian saying: “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout, or its brother the Indian Chief. They are built like rocks to take hard knocks; it’s the Harleys that cause grief.” Them are fightin words!
Found this German site all about Ducati’s called Rudi’s TT site. Rudi has some beautiful bikes on there. Looks like he has been obsessed with Ducati motorbikes since he was a young boy. Heres just a selection of some that caught my eye…
Stick a late 60’s Triumph engine 650cc in a Norton wide line Manx frame and you have a cafe racer to die for. Triumph brakes, Norton tank, Dunstall pipes, alloy rims and straight bars. With pin striping on the silver tank all you need is the scarf and goggles..
I love going to Deus. I don’t enjoy going there with my ankle biters but hey i had no choice today.
Yes, it is another Japanese custom shop. But these guys are doing things a little different. They look like they are really experimenting with tanks, pipes and paint jobs. Pretty distinctive. They are called Luxe Motorcycle Factory and they also have lots of other bikes on their website thats definitely worth checking out. Mostly SR400/500’s and w650’s.
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These guys are also in Japan and are called Flakes Custom Motorcycles they have some really nice bikes. They also specialize in some crazy paint work on tanks and helmets. I prefer the understated look but I have seen some crazy bikes and clothing in the tokyo streets. Heres one of their more subtle SR400’s… except for that smokin exhaust.
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The Japanese love their SR400’s. Every custom shop has so many on their websites. I don’t mind because i love this classic. Heres a few from Motor Rock in Japan. They have lots of bobbers on their site as well.
While we are on the subject of Vincent Cafe Racers. Heres a few pics I have found around the interweb thingy…