Bringing you the world's best cafe racers, trackers, scramblers, bobbers & custom motorcycles.

Classic


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 »


READ MORE ►

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.


READ MORE ►

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.


READ MORE ►

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.


READ MORE ►

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.


READ MORE ►

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.


READ MORE ►

Steve McQueen Replica Helmet

Posted on October 20, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Other. 2 comments

Everyone seems to be riding on the Steve McQueen gravy train these days. Why wouldn’t they, his name sells better than sex does. Now Bell have released a replica of the helmet worn by the US Team in the 1964 ISDT (International Six-Day Trial) and the most famous member of this team was ‘The King of Cool’. These classic Jet helmets are individually hand painted to order which explains the price tag of over $A600 (which is still a lot cheaper than a Ruby Atelier). They can be purchased through the english store Grand Prix Legends.


READ MORE ►

Benjie’s CB350

Posted on October 17, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 2 comments

We recently received a message from one of our readers saying we had never featured any bikes from Benjie’s Café Racer (BCR) and at first I thought he was wrong, until I did a search. Well, you are damn right and it’s about time we did. Benjie Flipprboi is one hell of a bike builder and we can’t believe this is the first Café Racer we have featured from him. The pictured bike is a 1969 Honda CB350 named ‘El Poquito’ (the little one). Benjie created virtually everything on the bike including the the gas tank, seat, stainless steel clip-ons and rear sets, plus most of the remaining parts of the bike are all hand fabricated.


READ MORE ►

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]


READ MORE ►

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]


READ MORE ►