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Josh Kurpius

Posted on September 23, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Other. No Comments

If you wanted someone to photograph a Hollywood celebrity you would call Annie Leibovitz. If you want someone to photograph a motorcycle or a bike builder then you’d call Josh Kurpius. Josh has shot nearly every custom bike builder in America. Check out his gallery to see the who’s who of the custom motorcycle industry. He also has a cool blog that shows some of his more recent photographs of road trips and other events. [Update: Check out this video he just shot for Harley]


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Norton Freedom

Posted on September 21, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Other. 1 Comment

Nothing says freedom like a purple one piece. I love the opening line in this vintage Norton Commando print ad. “Freedom is when nothing inhibits your desire to move in the best possible way” (just like this one piece inhibits her ability to access the toilet quickly). But seriously, this Norton Commando was specifically tricked out for the American chopper market (check out those bars). Unfortunately and predictably it wasn’t the greatest hit. Was always going to be a tough sell convincing guys that have Harley Davidson tattoos to change bikes.


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M&M’s SR

Posted on September 20, 2009 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

This isn’t a bike built by the chocolate maker, it’s from a custom shop in Japan that goes by the name M&M Motorcycles. Based not far from Yokohama in a city called Kanagawa. Like most Japanese shops they specialize in SR’s, W650’s and TR’s. We really dig this yellow SR tracker. Judging by their website they seem to build mostly street trackers. They also have a blog and a shop that are worth checking out. The shop has some interesting things, ranging from ashtrays through to motorcycle parts and clothing.


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Four Aces Triumph

Posted on September 17, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Four Aces in California specialize in Triumphs and other British bikes. Below is an example of one of the Triumph customs they built recently. This is how Four Aces describe this awesome bike… “Long time friend and customer Luis bought a crusty old pre-unit at a now defunct local swap meet and brought it in for some minor fixing up, but the more we dug into the bike, the more we discovered stuff that needed to be fixed or massaged. The bike had been a funky desert sled with some period chopper parts added later, but it became a neo-hot rod So. Cal styled cruiser. We worship at the alter of the ribbed fender and peanut tank around here and Luis’ bike screamed for this treatment. The muted color design and blacked out front end and wheels were at Luis’ direction. The result of the minimal chrome is a stunning understatement. Rick Grindle’s paint job is the coolest mix of stock 1948 Speed Twin and 1950’s bobber that you will ever see. Wrap the custom made exhaust pipes with hot rod heat wrap and it is something old, and something new. We love our So. Cal Style”. For more from the talented guys at Four Aces check out some of their latest bikes.


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Matsumaru SR500

Posted on September 16, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 2 comments

This beautiful SR500 from the the guys at Matsumaru Speed & Customs in Japan won best domestic bike a few years ago at Moon Eyes Hot Rod show. So simple and understated. We love everything about this bike. Do yourself a favour and check out the Matsumaru Gallery. There’s so many bikes on their site for inspiration or just to drool over. If you like the SR500 check out this short video at the Moon Eyes Show shot by DBBP.


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68 Bonneville Custom

Posted on September 15, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 4 comments

Discovered this Bonneville Custom on an Italian site called Cafe Racer Culture. It’s a pretty sweet site packed full of cafe racer and custom goodies. Because man (especially Italian men) can’t live on bikes alone theres also loads of beautiful pinup girls if the bikes weren’t getting you excited. Hit the jump if you want to see more pics of this orange retro Bonnie. Another Triumph worth checking out is this great Bonneville Cafe Racer.


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Suzuki GS1000S

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 8 comments

This 1979 Suzuki GS1000S sat in a backyard in Washington USA for six years until Larry Pearson got his greasy hands on it. Larry is no stranger to motorbikes. He has been custom painting and restoring bikes for years (having 8 amazing bikes in his possession). About 14 months ago he started his dream of turning this GS into a tribute to Wes Cooley’s Superbike. It all started with a beautiful original Yoshimura racing pipe. The engine only had 17K miles on it, and ran like new. He did a complete front end rebuild, all new seals, bearings. Same for the swing arm, and the entire brake system with the addition of stainless lines. Continental “Cont-Blyz” tires, ’80 Suzuki rotors, “83 Honda CB1100F rear shocks and front fender. Tarozzi rear sets. He cut two inches off a 1980 GS seat foam bottom, and had it professionally upholstered. He wanted to build this bike for 30 years after seeing Wes Cooley, Eddy Lawson, and Freddie Spencer race Superbikes. Well, we think it was worth waiting for and we take our helmets off to you mate. Larry is about to embark on restoring and painting bikes for a living, so if you want him to build you a masterpiece contact us and we will give you his email. (We will post some more of Larry’s creations in the following weeks).


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Dropping like flies

Posted on September 13, 2009 by Scott in Video. 1 Comment

This is a disturbing but powerful Norwegian Motorcycle safety commercial. Comparing humans to animals in a commerical is not the most original idea but I think this takes it to a new level. The ad will definitely make audiences stop and pay attention, and hopefully impact them in a way that will change their driving habits. Its also interesting to see how different countries tackle the same problem. After you watch the one below check this New Zealand Motorcycle Safety commercial that uses humour and naked bodies to raise awareness for motorcyclists. Lets hope they both work their tits off (pun intended). [Via Adfreak]

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Gravel Crew Virago

Posted on September 12, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 6 comments

Originally found this Yamaha XV250 on the marvelous Mulligans Machine. Of course it’s from Gravel Crew in Japan who have such a distinctive style. I still can’t believe it’s a Virago. I see so many of these bikes around the streets but I have never seen one customized (unless you think adding saddle bags and tassels counts). The xv250 is actually a really cheap alternative to the more popular project bikes like the SR400’s. Although I’m not sure they have the same range of custom parts readily available.


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Distressed CB750

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Rat. 3 comments

Kott Motorcycles is a small custom shop near Los Angeles California, specializing in the restoration and customization of 1970’s era Honda 750’s, 550’s, and 350’s. Like us, the owner Dustin Kott has a passion for cafe racers. We love the raw look of his bikes especially this 750 named ‘Distressed’. With clubman bars, hand formed racer seat and no fenders, this bike has been done in true cafe style. Check out more bikes from Kott and this nicely shot video of Kott in action.

 


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