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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]


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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]


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Sordillo Salt Flat

Posted on October 7, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 1 Comment

Walt Siegl built this amazing panhead chopper for the artist, Arthur Sordillo. Walt is a motorcycle builder out of New York City who has been riding and building Harley choppers, bobbers, and race bikes in the old school style for more than 20 years. When we say old school, we mean he makes pretty much every part by hand. This Sordillo Salt Flat was part of the art exhibition “Oldskool — a survey of 20th Century Motorculture,” curated by the painter Gregory Johnston. Walt still road races V-Twins and is constantly surprising people with his amazing eye for custom bike building. To see more of Walt’s work check his impressive gallery.


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Mean and Green

Posted on October 2, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 2 comments
Hank Young came onto the scene in 2002 by turning up to Daytona Beach Biketoberfest on a bike he built called ‘The Flying Pan‘, a bike which was widely praised in the worldwide motorcycling press. In 2002, he made his “hobby” official and started Young Choppers & Hot Rods. Now Hank specializes in bringing together the vital spirits of motorcycling and hot rodding heritage with technical innovations to create timeless expressions of automotive vision to inspire and thrill us. We love this mean, low and green Harley Davidson. For more pics of this tribute to the past check out this gallery.

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The Pimp CB750

Posted on September 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Ian Halcott from Twinline Motorcycles in Seattle has always had a passion for Japanese motorcycles. This awesome CB750 was one of Ian’s first custom projects. He spent almost a year perfecting this bike. Here’s a taste of some of the work on this beautiful cafe racer. A genuine Yoshimura pipe, a glass airtech bimota style tank, the seat was fabbed out of 20 gage steel, they built a fresh motor, powder coated the frame gold, reservoir shocks and lots more. Check out his website to see more of Twinlines amazing creations. [Ian tells me that he’s going to update his website soon but keeps finding a wrench in his hand instead of the computer mouse.]


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CB1000 Cafe Racer

Posted on September 24, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 5 comments

We were sent this CB1000 by one of our readers, Nik from Moscow. He built a lot of the bike himself. Nik hand made the clip-ons, tach cover and even the exhaust cans with titan pipes from Japan. It also has Brembo calipers, TSS shocks and a radial front master cylinder from a GSX-R1000. Unlike the popular CB550 and CB750 you don’t see many CB1000’s done cafe racer style. It actually makes a mean looking modern cafe racer and we take our helmets off to you Nik. [Unfortunately Nik crashed this bike 2 weeks after completing it. We hope it wasn’t too bad mate].


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Norton Freedom

Posted on September 21, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Other. 1 Comment

Nothing says freedom like a purple one piece. I love the opening line in this vintage Norton Commando print ad. “Freedom is when nothing inhibits your desire to move in the best possible way” (just like this one piece inhibits her ability to access the toilet quickly). But seriously, this Norton Commando was specifically tricked out for the American chopper market (check out those bars). Unfortunately and predictably it wasn’t the greatest hit. Was always going to be a tough sell convincing guys that have Harley Davidson tattoos to change bikes.


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Four Aces Triumph

Posted on September 17, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Four Aces in California specialize in Triumphs and other British bikes. Below is an example of one of the Triumph customs they built recently. This is how Four Aces describe this awesome bike… “Long time friend and customer Luis bought a crusty old pre-unit at a now defunct local swap meet and brought it in for some minor fixing up, but the more we dug into the bike, the more we discovered stuff that needed to be fixed or massaged. The bike had been a funky desert sled with some period chopper parts added later, but it became a neo-hot rod So. Cal styled cruiser. We worship at the alter of the ribbed fender and peanut tank around here and Luis’ bike screamed for this treatment. The muted color design and blacked out front end and wheels were at Luis’ direction. The result of the minimal chrome is a stunning understatement. Rick Grindle’s paint job is the coolest mix of stock 1948 Speed Twin and 1950’s bobber that you will ever see. Wrap the custom made exhaust pipes with hot rod heat wrap and it is something old, and something new. We love our So. Cal Style”. For more from the talented guys at Four Aces check out some of their latest bikes.


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68 Bonneville Custom

Posted on September 15, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 4 comments

Discovered this Bonneville Custom on an Italian site called Cafe Racer Culture. It’s a pretty sweet site packed full of cafe racer and custom goodies. Because man (especially Italian men) can’t live on bikes alone theres also loads of beautiful pinup girls if the bikes weren’t getting you excited. Hit the jump if you want to see more pics of this orange retro Bonnie. Another Triumph worth checking out is this great Bonneville Cafe Racer.


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Suzuki GS1000S

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 8 comments

This 1979 Suzuki GS1000S sat in a backyard in Washington USA for six years until Larry Pearson got his greasy hands on it. Larry is no stranger to motorbikes. He has been custom painting and restoring bikes for years (having 8 amazing bikes in his possession). About 14 months ago he started his dream of turning this GS into a tribute to Wes Cooley’s Superbike. It all started with a beautiful original Yoshimura racing pipe. The engine only had 17K miles on it, and ran like new. He did a complete front end rebuild, all new seals, bearings. Same for the swing arm, and the entire brake system with the addition of stainless lines. Continental “Cont-Blyz” tires, ’80 Suzuki rotors, “83 Honda CB1100F rear shocks and front fender. Tarozzi rear sets. He cut two inches off a 1980 GS seat foam bottom, and had it professionally upholstered. He wanted to build this bike for 30 years after seeing Wes Cooley, Eddy Lawson, and Freddie Spencer race Superbikes. Well, we think it was worth waiting for and we take our helmets off to you mate. Larry is about to embark on restoring and painting bikes for a living, so if you want him to build you a masterpiece contact us and we will give you his email. (We will post some more of Larry’s creations in the following weeks).


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