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1959 Honda RC160

Posted on June 25, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

This amazing illustration is by Japanese artist Kendge Seevert of a Honda RC160. Seevert is renowned for his highly detailed illustrations of motorcycles. Apparently the RC160 was never raced outside of Japan and was usually raced on Japanese unpaved roads, which explains why it was mostly shown without a fairing and with semi-knobbly tires. This is what Honda aficionado Joep Kortekaas says about this great looking racer “The Honda four, designated the RC160, had the same specifications as the 125cc twin, but the cylinders were now upright instead of being inclined, and the ignition was changed from magneto to battery with four coils. Claimed power output was 35 bhp at 13,000 rpm, with the same maximum engine speed of 14,000 rpm as the twin. The engine had a five-speed gearbox and weighed 58 kg. The cycle parts were nearly identical with the 125cc twin, the wheelbase being longer by 45 mm at 1310 mm, and the total weight of the bike was 124 kg”. You can read more about Honda and it’s racing history on vf750fd.com.


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1975 Honda CB750F

Posted on June 15, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

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Chris Sharon is the proud owner and builder of this immaculate CB750F. Based in Seattle, he is also a member of a vintage motorcycle club called the Knuckle Busters. “The love of old bikes and working on them brings us all together. We’re a fairly new club but we are coming on strong” Chris tells us.

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Bold MV Agusta Racer

Posted on June 10, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

No it’s not the latest bike from Shinya Kimura, this blast from the past was originally featured in Australian Motorcycle News back in 1998 – which doesn’t feel like 12 years ago. Built by the talented Albert Bold of Bold Precision in Pennsylvania. Albert is well known for possessing bike building skills unmatched by many in the industry. Not many machinists can say they have turned cast-iron manhole covers into brake rotors like Albert has done in the past. Bold estimated that more than 2000 hours went into building this unique MV Agusta Racer. The reason being that he had a philosophy of no bolt-on parts if he could do it himself. “About the only corner I cut was the brake discs,” he said. “Those manhole covers worked great on the first bike, and the material was free – but I just couldn’t face the 40 hours of machining work to make each one, so this time I compromised and used Mercedes-Benz’ discs on the front, which I machined down to size, and a Subaru one from the local parts shop on the back.


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Honda CB360 Café Racer

Posted on June 10, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 79 comments

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This beautiful 1975 Honda CB360 was purchased by Canadian Peter Cabral for next to nothing about a year ago. Of course, you usually get what you pay for, and Peter got a vintage bike in vintage condition. It wasn’t running, the wiring was all damaged, it had a rusty tank and seized brakes. Although Peter has owned numerous bikes in the past, this is his first vintage custom project. Here’s what Peter told us about the build…

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Curry Speed Club

Posted on May 27, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

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The name might sound like an Indian fast food delivery service but the Curry Speed Club (CSC) is a group of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts in Japan who own auto/bike shops and race their restored Honda‘s at various tracks and events around Japan. The club is made up of many big names in the Japanese motorcycle industry including Maejima “Ted” Takeshi from Ted’s Special, the boys from M&M’s and the crew from Animal Boat just to name a few.

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Harley Flat Tracker

Posted on May 2, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Tracker. 2 comments

This is another unique Flat Tracker that is owned by Flat Track racer and enthusiast Bob Neilson. The Harley Sportster motor is housed in a legendary Trackmaster frame that has been highly modified, stretched 8 inches and all new mounts added. Trackmaster frames were built by Ray Hensley and were synonymous with track racing. Since Ray’s death these frames have been well sought after.


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Honda CB200 Café Racer

Posted on May 1, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

To pay tribute to the Ace Cafe – the birthplace of the café racer, Richard Weslow and his good friend Kurt Schwengle built this beautiful little 1976 CB200 to show at the Rocker Box Motofest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The guys at Moto-Scoot in Milwaukee helped him with parts and tires, and the folks at T/A Graphics did the checkered tank and the historic ’59’ fender paintwork. Apparently if you look close at the graphics there’s even a picture of Richard’s late grandad who introduced him to motorbikes as a kid. Richard is now in the process of building a 1973 68hp mono shock RD350 for the Rocker Box 2010 which we will do a follow up article when complete. To view more outstanding pics of this vintage café racer visit Richard’s Flickr page.


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Triumph Café Racer

Posted on April 25, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 4 comments

C-51 Customs are located in Novato in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jason Steed from C-51 has just finished building this beautiful 1977 Triumph 750 T140. The stunning 5 gallon tank was made by The Tank Shop out of Scotland and took 8 months to receive but “was well worth the wait”.


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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Posted on April 19, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

German bike builder Axel Budde has been modifying Moto Guzzi Le Mans for over 14 years, and it definitely shows. These two Moto Guzzi‘s have been built with meticulous attention to detail. Axel told us “to describe all the modifications would take too long, so here are the most important ones…


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1979 Honda CBX

Posted on April 9, 2010 by Scott in Classic. 7 comments

Judging by these photos you might think that Honda were still manufacturing the legendary CBX and this one had just rolled off the production line. The CBX1000 was the first production motorcycle Honda produced with a six cylinder engine. With that intimidating six-pipe exhaust system we’ve always had a soft spot for the CBX. This royal blue 1979 Honda CBX was painstakingly restored to better than original condition by Canadian Randy Cowling over a staggering 2 year period.


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