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Indian Wall of Death

Posted on March 22, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Video. No Comments

We don’t usually post a lot of weird motorcycle videos but we thought it would be crazy not to post this one – almost as crazy as these indian circus folk. You have probably seen many other Wall of Death videos but the talented young guys from The Diamond Maruti Car Circus in Delhi take it to a new level. At first glance you might think this is dangerous, but if you look closely the white car does use his indicator at the end. The only other picture that tops their impressive performance is this old Wall of Death photo featuring a women driving a car with a lion in a side car. It was called the ‘Liondrome’ and was very popular in the 1930’s and just by looking at this amazing photo you can see why. If you want to know more about the Liondromes and the history of the sport check out this great article on darkroastedblend.


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Motto Moto CB750

Posted on March 14, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 9 comments

Jason Koschnitzke is an industrial designer by trade and has been wrenching part-time on bikes for many years and many late nights. Recently he decided to follow his dreams and make wrenching his full-time job. So he created Motto Motorcycles which are based in Chicago and have a passion for Japanese style cafe racers and street trackers. The first project was to build a ‘barn fresh’ style bike that looked like it had “40 years of stories to tell”. He purchased a 1978 Honda CB750 for the project and started to create a bad ass 70’s cafe racer that conjured up visions of being discovered in the barn on an old farm in the middle of nowhere – the look he refers to as “barn fresh racer“.


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1936 M30 Norton

Posted on February 22, 2010 by Scott in Classic. No Comments

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This stunning M30 International 500cc motorcycle was recently sold by John De Kruif from the Norton site unusually named Rapid Hare. He bought the bike as a “basket case” and we love how John describes the build: “Restoring was not that difficult. The engine was rebuilt by Stu Rogers and you drop the engine parts at his place, wait for one and a half year, collect and fit. Many of the other parts are similar to abundantly available 16H items that can be made to fit with a little work. What’s left is very careful assembly. It’s not an original bike but then again, very few Inters are”. You might be wondering why he sold such a beautiful machine? Well, like a lot of motorcycle enthuisasts he ran out of room in his garage and moved it into his house for a little while “where it spent a few happy years next to the television”, he then ended up buying a vintage flat tank OHV Norton so this beautiful Inter had to hit the road. To read the full story and to check out a couple more pics check out John’s Norton blog.


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JMC Egli-Vincent

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 5 comments

John Mossey Restorations used to be one of the leading classic motorcycle restoration companies in the UK. They are not any more. Unfortunately they stopped trading under that name, but there’s a new mob in town that have taken over where they left off. They are called JMC Classics and still have the talented John Mossey as the head engineer and designer. It looks like JMC are pretty much the same classy outfit, specializing in restorations of classics and unparalleled new builds of Egli-Vincents and Norvins, just under a slightly different name. The new JMC Egli-Vincent which was originally released as a 1000cc is now available as a ballsy 1200cc version, which will definitely get a lot of people excited. We asked Mr Mossey the price of the new Egli-Vincent 1200cc but he would prefer to answer the question to serious buyers (he obviously saw right through our cheap leathers). If you are interested in buying one of these stunning bikes, or just want some info, visit the JMC site. To check out more mouth-watering restorations visit their impressive gallery.


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1975 CB750 For Sale

Posted on February 13, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 16 comments

This legendary cafe racer built by Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter of Ton-Up fame is for sale on ebay at the moment. This iconic CB750 is being sold as “the worlds most famous cafe racer“, having been featured in over 16 motorcycle magazines and countless websites around the world. Just some of the features listed include “fiberglass tailpiece, borrani style H rim front wheel, race gas tank, individual air filters, 4 into 1 exhaust, chrome swingarm, remote resevoir shocks, lucas style tail light, clubman handlebars, drilled brakes for weight reduction and rearsets for better ground clearance“. We will be watching the auction closely to see how much this rockabilly cafe racer goes for. The bike is being sold on behalf of OldBikeBarn and has a “buy it now” price of $26k. That figure might be a little ambitious, but you never know when Billy Joel or Jay Leno are looking for another motorcycle for their collection.


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Icon Kawazuki

Posted on February 10, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Other. 1 Comment

We love the story behind this killer Icon KZ1000. Back in 1979 this humble bike started life as a police bike in Portland – but now 30 years later it’s on the other side of the law, ready to cause some trouble. The build started by removing the stock swingarm and replacing it with the swingarm and rear wheel from a ’92 GSX-R750. The KZ1000 frame was modified to accept a SV monoshock – not quite sure about the Redbull can shock cover but we have been told it’s already been removed. The engine was given a 1075cc Wiseco big bore kit and the front end is off the same Suzuki SV1000. Considering the bike is a motorcycle mash-up we can’t believe how stunning it turned out. It not only looks great but we bet it would be a whole lot of fun to ride this monster. To read a very humorous story about this KZ, visit the Icon Blog. [Spotted on HFL]


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Bonneville Speedweek

Posted on February 3, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 9 comments

This breathtaking photograph is just one in the series by Los Angeles based photographer Jerry Garns. If this shot doesn’t inspire you to head to the 2010 Bonneville Speed Week then nothing will. Jerry tells us that someone once said that “if you are a Buddhist you go to Tibet, but if you are a motorhead, you go to Bonneville“. Jerry had been wanting to go to Bonneville since he was a kid so when he finally arrived last year this is how he described the life long dream: “Once you leave the paved road and roll out onto the salt, you feel like you are in another world. The expanse and flatness, along with the history of racing, creates a sense of place that is beyond written description. Everyone should go to the salt flats at least once in your life to experience it for your self”. To see the other spectacular shots in the series, including legendary Shinya Kimura and Randy Speranza check out Jerry’s portfolio.


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1950 Vincent ‘Grey Flash’ Replica

Posted on February 1, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

This beautiful Vincent Grey Flash Replica was sold at auction a few years ago for $29,250. Quite a lot of money but when you hear that only 31 were ever built (less if you look at Vincent official records) then an authentic Flash would probably sell for well over $100k. This classic British motorcycle was briefly manufactured between 1949 to 1952 and was advertised as the new racing “thoroughbred from the Vincent stables”. It was based on the Vincent Comet and the 1000cc Black Lightning but was stripped down to 330 lb (149kg) as a 500cc single. Unfortunately most of us will never afford one but we can still dream of finding one in a country barn, just like in the book written by Tom Cotter called ‘The Vincent in the Barn‘. For more specs and a list of every Grey Flash manufactured check out this comprehensive Vincent site.


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1962 Norton Manx 500

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This stunning illustration is by Australian artist Gaston Vanzet. Gaston is completely obsessed with drawing and painting classic motorcycles. Each picture usually takes him around 3 weeks to finish and this is how Gaston describes the experience: “I love painting these motorcycles, I become one with the machine as I end up knowing every detail, every curve and fin, they become mine”. These days he does the painting on his computer using a Wacom tablet – “the technique is nearly the same as the old days of paint and turpentines except there is no mess”. Each stroke is still done by hand except for the backgrounds which are combinations of photographs mostly from his local area. To view all these amazing illustrations visit the gallery at Custom Motorcycle Art, also check out Gaston’s blog to get some history about the artist.


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Motorcycles of the 20th Century

Posted on January 16, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

It’s truly amazing what you can find on the internet. This exquisite picture is a 1963 Kreidler Renn Florett and is just one of 700 high quality rendered images on Bert Knoester’s extensive archive of historically interesting motorcycles, scooters and mopeds of the twentieth century. The site is called Motorcycles of the 20th Century and features most of the best motorcycles ever manufactured, ranging from a 1907 Harley Davidson through to the world famous 1987 Buell RR1000 Battletwin. Whether you need some inspiration for a project or just want to see the vast number of unique motorcycles the world has produced over the past 100 years this site won’t disappoint. Another site worth checking out is The Blueprints which also has a huge selection of almost 2000 motorcycle pictures, drawings and models. The site even offers higher quality images to those that choose to register … Read More »


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