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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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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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