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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.
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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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1965 Harley-Davidson CRTT

Posted on December 2, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

Christmas has come early this year, thanks to a reviewer’s copy of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection landing on my desk. This coffee table book is the most comprehensive record of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles ever assembled (it also weighs about the same as a Fat Boy). With over 600 exquisite studio photographs by Randy Leffingwell and an interesting story of every Harley-Davidson made over the past 100 years, including the rare bicycles and snow mobiles they briefly manufactured. Fortunately the founders of Harley-Davidson had the foresight to keep examples of all their motorcycles. Although some of the collection were only acquired recently, like this immaculate 1965 CRTT Road Racer (pictured). The HD archives apparently purchased this rare motorcycle in 1998. With only 35 of these CR models built in their Italian factory for competition in 1965. The company sold them … Read More »


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Honda CB350

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

This beautiful orange CB350 cafe racer is the handy work of Australian, Ben Shaw. Ben runs a custom bike shop called Extreme Creations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He started the business from his garage over 10 years ago, but after 2 years of receiving projects from word of mouth he needed to find a bigger premise to work from. We can see why his business keeps on growing. This 50’s styled CB350 cafe racer is simply breathtaking, so different from the streetfighters Ben has become renound for. You can find more pics of this amazing bike on the Extreme Creations gallery. [Thanks Troy]


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Custom House Stinky SR

Posted on October 31, 2009 by Scott in Racer. No Comments

The name might sound a bit funny but Customs House Stinky (CHS) have been building some serious looking motorcycles in Japan since 1983. Their website is littered with beautiful bikes including many Cafe Racers, mainly using the much loved Yamaha SR400. The only thing that stinks about these bikes is the smell of burning rubber as they disappear into the distance. CHS also have an impressive range of handmade tanks and seats that are quite pricey but you are definitely paying for quality. If you want to see more pics of this stripped down, red framed SR Cafe Racer check out this gallery or visit their main gallery to see the whole range.


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Moto Guzzi Gambalunga

Posted on October 25, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

Gambalunga in Italian means “long leg”, and this was the name given to this absolutely stunning Moto Guzzi single-cylinder racing motorcycle built from 1946 to 1951. The name derives fom the engine’s long stroke. The Gambalunga 500cc was one of the special racing models such as the Dondolino, the Condor and Albatros that were being developed for private riders. As the technological evolution continued these bikes were getting faster and faster. In it’s day the Gambalunga was synonymous with on-track domination, power and speed. More recently Luciano Marabese, the Moto Guzzi V11’s designer said he based the bike’s streamlined tailpiece on the Gambalunga single of the Fifties. Whatever the case, this bike is one Italian masterpiece that is worth a small fortune. Unfortunately you want find many on ebay, although one did just sell for over $100,000 at the Bonhams Sunset Boulevard auction in LA.


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Redbull Racer

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Formula Supervee driver Marc Crocetti sent me some photo’s of his 1971 Triumph T100 R that he turned into a Redbull Cafe Racer. He purchased it a year ago from a friend who had the Triumph in numerous boxes and hadn’t been ridden for about 12 years, prior to that it was used as a dirt bike for 15 years. It seemed like a big project but Marc had the vision to turn this bike into something special. He started with a BSA starfire gas tank and extending it 4 inches, then he added a Ducati style seat that he widened 2.5 inches at the front to fit the Triumph frame. It also has Ceriani front forks that were lowered 2.5 inches, a Honda 450 front wheel that he drilled out for better brake cooling and a fiberglass front fender that looks very Dunstall in style. Then he rebuilt the engine, the head, the transmission, clutch and primary drive. Marc even did the Red Bull paint job himself, inspired by his love of motorsport (we bet he consumed a can or two working late in his garage as well). By the looks of it we think this Red Bull Triumph will really give you wings.


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1939 DKW Racer

Posted on October 22, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

These pics were taken at the Audi Museum in Munich. It’s a stunning 1939 US 250 DKW. The German company DKW where once the largest manufacturers of motorcycles in the world. By 1928 they were building some 65,000 engine units annually, and DKW engines could be found powering some 60 German marques of the interwar period. They soon joined Audi, Wanderer and Horch to form Auto Union in the 1930s, merging again in the 1950s with Victoria and Express to form Zweirad-Union, which in turn was absorbed by Sachs in 1965. DKW motorcycles usually used two-stroke engines and were technically ahead of their time (like most German motoring companies). To view more amazing bikes from the BMW museum check out Stefan’s flickr page.


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Benjie’s CB350

Posted on October 17, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 2 comments

We recently received a message from one of our readers saying we had never featured any bikes from Benjie’s Café Racer (BCR) and at first I thought he was wrong, until I did a search. Well, you are damn right and it’s about time we did. Benjie Flipprboi is one hell of a bike builder and we can’t believe this is the first Café Racer we have featured from him. The pictured bike is a 1969 Honda CB350 named ‘El Poquito’ (the little one). Benjie created virtually everything on the bike including the the gas tank, seat, stainless steel clip-ons and rear sets, plus most of the remaining parts of the bike are all hand fabricated.


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MC Collection

Posted on October 10, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

MC Collection is a museum in Stockholm Sweden showing an impressive collection of motorcycles from the 19th century until today. The exhibition represents the personal collections of Christer R Christensson and Ove Johansson. The theme for this year will be Harley-Davidson, possibly the best-known brand in the world of motorcycles. In the exhibition, they will present 20 amazing bikes from the most popular eras in HD’s history from the oldest example made in 1912 all the way to the latest model, a “V-rod” from 2008. One of our favourite bikes in the collection is this HD XR 1000 Racer by the guys at V-Twin Cycle Shop in NY (their website is still yet to launch). What a spectacular looking racer, would give my right hand to ride a few laps on that beast (might be hard with one hand though). If you do find yourself in downtown Stockholm then definitely check out this museum. To see more of the motorcycles in the MC Collection visit the gallery.


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