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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 6, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 8 comments

This CB550 has been lighting up the switchboard on the SOHC4 forum for the past month. The bike was fastidiously built by a guy from Portland who goes by the forum name Paulages. Paul said on the forum that “When i originally built my CB550, the engine was simply cleaned up and painted, and all bearings and bushings replaced, etc. then, I eventually built the 718cc powerplant, and found that the rest of the bike wasn’t quite what the engine needed”.


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Union Ducati 900ss

Posted on March 9, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 13 comments

Union Motorcycle Classics work out of a remodeled 100 year old dairy barn in Idaho which they describe as “no longer home to lowing bovines, we now attend to the gentle rumblings of a slightly more untamed beast”. Formed by a group of guys who all had different skills but one passion… classic motorcycles. Luke is professionally trained motorcycle mechanic, Bret is the owner of Glass From The Past (GFTP) which manufacture killer looking cafe racer fairings, race seats, fenders and tanks. Mike, Jeff and Andy are all graphic designers who love nothing more than getting their hands greasy on a vintage classic.


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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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BMW R75/5 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 24, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 6 comments

Chris Hodgson, owner of San Jose BMW (SJBMW) has been building and racing BMW’s for over 35 years. This stunning R75/5 Cafe Racer was built a couple of years ago when Chris discovered he “had enough spare parts to build a new airhead”- we wish we had enough spare parts lying around to build a bike of this calibre. That’s not to say that this bike was built overnight. It was a year in the making with Chris ensuring the bike was built to be period correct, either using vintage parts or having them custom made.


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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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MZ RE 125 Racer

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

This magnificent motorcycle is the MZ RE 125. MZ stands for Motorradwerk Zschopau (German for motorcycle factory at Zschopau). MZ have a long history of making motorcycle dating back to the early 1900’s by parent company DKW. In 1929 over 60000 motorcycles were manufactured at the Zschopau factory making DKW the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Unfortunately after 90 years of making motorcycles the Zschopau factory closed down in 2008 and was turned into a funky German nightclub called MZWerk (scheisse!). Then last year Former GP stars Ralf Waldmann and Martin Wimmer bought the MZ motorcycle brand for $5 million euros and are rumoured to be in the process of manufacturing a 600cc road bike based on the Moto2 GP project bike. We look forward to watching their progress and we hope they bring this German company back to life with some amazing bikes. Check out this uber cool … Read More »


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1968 Greeves Oulton

Posted on December 22, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

It’s hard to believe only 21 of these beautiful Greeves Oulton racers were ever sold. As the story goes the previous race bike they produced was the legendary 1965 250cc Greeves Silverstone which won the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix twice. Then at Silverstone it won third place which cemented the production of the Silverstone through until the end of 1967, until they were being beaten by rice rockets like the Yamaha TD1C. Greeves decided to produce a larger capacity machine for the 1968 season, and thus was born the 344cc 35RFS Oulton. This bike was a lightweight stunner but sadly failed to match the success of the Silverstone, and as mentioned earlier only 21 were sold. Unfortunately Bert Greeves decided it was time to retire from the company in 1968 and after that so did Greeves production of road racers.
Until recently when … Read More »


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Honda CS90 Racer

Posted on December 5, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

Maejima “Ted” Takeshi the owner of Japanese Shop Ted’s Special has a passion for vintage Honda’s. Ted has been racing and restoring these little beauties for over a decade. Back in the 60’s the Honda CS90 was a bit of a legend. Powered by the Super Cub 90 engine and featuring a lightweight pressed steel frame, this machine earned a reputation for excellent performance in Japan. Although they only produced 8bhp, the ultra-lightweight (191lbs) CS90 was a pocket rocket. After Ted has modified them for the race track these classics become hypersonic Honda’s. Check the Ted’s Special gallery for more pics of these miticulously restored motorcycles. [Via HFL]


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