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Honda CS90 Racer

Posted on December 5, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

Maejima “Ted” Takeshi the owner of Japanese Shop Ted’s Special has a passion for vintage Honda‘s. Ted has been racing and restoring these little beauties for over a decade. Back in the 60’s the Honda CS90 was a bit of a legend. Powered by the Super Cub 90 engine and featuring a lightweight pressed steel frame, this machine earned a reputation for excellent performance in Japan. Although they only produced 8bhp, the ultra-lightweight (191lbs) CS90 was a pocket rocket. After Ted has modified them for the race track these classics become hypersonic Honda‘s. Check the Ted’s Special gallery for more pics of these miticulously restored motorcycles. [Via HFL]


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1965 Harley-Davidson CRTT

Posted on December 2, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

Christmas has come early this year, thanks to a reviewer’s copy of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection landing on my desk. This coffee table book is the most comprehensive record of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles ever assembled (it also weighs about the same as a Fat Boy). With over 600 exquisite studio photographs by Randy Leffingwell and an interesting story of every Harley-Davidson made over the past 100 years, including the rare bicycles and snow mobiles they briefly manufactured. Fortunately the founders of Harley-Davidson had the foresight to keep examples of all their motorcycles. Although some of the collection were only acquired recently, like this immaculate 1965 CRTT Road Racer (pictured). The HD archives apparently purchased this rare motorcycle in 1998. With only 35 of these CR models built in their Italian factory for competition in 1965. The company sold them … Read More »


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Honda CB350

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

This beautiful orange CB350 cafe racer is the handy work of Australian, Ben Shaw. Ben runs a custom bike shop called Extreme Creations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He started the business from his garage over 10 years ago, but after 2 years of receiving projects from word of mouth he needed to find a bigger premise to work from. We can see why his business keeps on growing. This 50’s styled CB350 cafe racer is simply breathtaking, so different from the streetfighters Ben has become renound for. You can find more pics of this amazing bike on the Extreme Creations gallery. [Thanks Troy]


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Royal Enfield Military

Posted on November 26, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 1 Comment

You can definitely imagine Steve McQueen escaping the Nazi’s on the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Military. This will surely be a favorite among military and history enthusiasts around the world. The Bullet 500 is not a bad looking ride (if you are a fan of Olive drab), especially for the base price of $5,545 USD. Although it looks like something your Grandpa rode in World War II, it has lots of modern features, like a highly-tuned engine that has 23 BHP at 5500 RPM. Recent updates include lower emissions and better fuel economy (75 mpg). If you like this bike you will probably also enjoy Harley-Davidson‘s Military Appreciation campaign using supermodel Marissa Model. It definitely got my soldier standing up at attention.


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Yamaha R5C

Posted on November 1, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 1 Comment

Stumbled across this great site dedicated to the Yamaha R5. Lawrence O’Toole started the website after he purchased this R5C and couldn’t find much information on them. He originally thought it would be a good way to document his R5 resurrection project but it has become a handy source of information for many R5 owners around the globe. There’s not much information out there about the R5 because they weren’t made for very long, the two-stroke was only manufactured from 1970 – 1972. We are told these bikes are surprisingly fast for their size and age, lifting the front wheel in the first two gears and keeping up with modern bikes twice their size. I think we’ll have to keep an eye out on Ebay for one of these two-stroke pocket rockets. To see more pics of Lawrence’s R5 check … Read More »


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Nortozuki

Posted on October 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

This custom bike was built by Ben Rumbelow from Crap Chicken. We don’t know which name is better, Rum Below or Crap Chicken, but usually they both end up making us sick. When we say Ben built this bike, we mean he built it in photoshop. You see Ben is an artist, photographer and designer who also has a love of motorcycles. This creation is named the Nortozuki, obviously by combining a 1962 Norton Manx and a Suzuki together plus many other motorcycle parts. Some other features include a KTM690 stunt running gear, Ohlins rear shocks, Kawasaki Z750 engine from a wrenchmonkees bike and mounted using bolts from a Confederate P120. If you want to see more of Ben’s motorcycle mashups visit his unique gallery.


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Moto Guzzi Gambalunga

Posted on October 25, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

Gambalunga in Italian means “long leg”, and this was the name given to this absolutely stunning Moto Guzzi single-cylinder racing motorcycle built from 1946 to 1951. The name derives fom the engine’s long stroke. The Gambalunga 500cc was one of the special racing models such as the Dondolino, the Condor and Albatros that were being developed for private riders. As the technological evolution continued these bikes were getting faster and faster. In it’s day the Gambalunga was synonymous with on-track domination, power and speed. More recently Luciano Marabese, the Moto Guzzi V11’s designer said he based the bike’s streamlined tailpiece on the Gambalunga single of the Fifties. Whatever the case, this bike is one Italian masterpiece that is worth a small fortune. Unfortunately you want find many on ebay, although one did just sell for over $100,000 at the Bonhams Sunset Boulevard auction in LA.


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Bling’s Cycles

Posted on October 24, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Bling’s Cycles in New Jersey recently built this 1941 Harley Davidson. It was built by and for the owner of Bling’s, Bill Dodge. Bill is no newcomer to the scene, building bikes since he was sixteen and working for a reputable shop in Long Beach for 8 years. Bill builds bikes that are clean, fast, functional and simple like this bike aptly named the Nickle Knuckle after its 74 Cubic inch KnuckleHead engine. The bike is like a cross between a bobber and a dirt tracker, looking at the specs we can see why. The front end is Harley Davidson Narrow Glide, the gas tank is from an old Indian dirt bike, oil tank from a 1949 Ford Aftermarket, the rear knobby tire is a Metzler 150/70/18 and the front is a Bridgestone 23/3.00 and the beautiful paint job was done by the guys at French Kiss Kustoms. The ultra clean looking chassis is custom made by Bill and he calls it the Bling’s Cycles Choppa Killa. To see more pics of this killer bike check out the Nickle Knuckle gallery.


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Redbull Racer

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Formula Supervee driver Marc Crocetti sent me some photo’s of his 1971 Triumph T100 R that he turned into a Redbull Cafe Racer. He purchased it a year ago from a friend who had the Triumph in numerous boxes and hadn’t been ridden for about 12 years, prior to that it was used as a dirt bike for 15 years. It seemed like a big project but Marc had the vision to turn this bike into something special. He started with a BSA starfire gas tank and extending it 4 inches, then he added a Ducati style seat that he widened 2.5 inches at the front to fit the Triumph frame. It also has Ceriani front forks that were lowered 2.5 inches, a Honda 450 front wheel that he drilled out for better brake cooling and a fiberglass front fender that looks very Dunstall in style. Then he rebuilt the engine, the head, the transmission, clutch and primary drive. Marc even did the Red Bull paint job himself, inspired by his love of motorsport (we bet he consumed a can or two working late in his garage as well). By the looks of it we think this Red Bull Triumph will really give you wings.


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1939 DKW Racer

Posted on October 22, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

These pics were taken at the Audi Museum in Munich. It’s a stunning 1939 US 250 DKW. The German company DKW where once the largest manufacturers of motorcycles in the world. By 1928 they were building some 65,000 engine units annually, and DKW engines could be found powering some 60 German marques of the interwar period. They soon joined Audi, Wanderer and Horch to form Auto Union in the 1930s, merging again in the 1950s with Victoria and Express to form Zweirad-Union, which in turn was absorbed by Sachs in 1965. DKW motorcycles usually used two-stroke engines and were technically ahead of their time (like most German motoring companies). To view more amazing bikes from the BMW museum check out Stefan’s flickr page.


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