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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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McQueen in Taiwan

Posted on September 8, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

This is a rare photo of Steve McQueen in Taiwan (even though some say Japan) on the set of ‘The Sand Pebbles‘. This was the only movie he received an Academy Award nomination (but didn’t win). Apparently he had this Suzuki T20 (not a tr500 as first thought) with racing fairing shipped in so he could travel around Taiwan when not filming. I have also read lots of stories that McQueen raced Army officers from bar to bar with the loser having to buy the next round of drinks. Needless to say that McQueen didn’t have to buy many rounds. Check out more pics of ‘The king of cool’ on this beautiful bike.


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Norton J.A.P THOR

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

Saw this amazing Norton-JAP (J.A. Prestwich) in a British classic motorcycle mag a few months ago. After trying to find some more info on it I discovered a detailed article on The Vintagent (If you haven’t checked this site out it’s a must). This bike has had an impressive history on and off the track over the years. Here’s some technical info straight from the story “Although it is based on the ‘Stronger’ 1100cc JAP mk2 Crankcases, it is fitted with 2 Speedway heads and barrels giving a nominal 998cc. The GP carbs are in fact 1 1/4″ and the SU floats came from an XK Jaguar. It runs on straight Methanol and gives circa 100 BHP. The JAP is mounted in a 1952 350cc Manx Norton rolling chassis (the 350 version is lighter than the 500 being made in lighter gauge tubing).” For the full story on this beautiful machine check out the wonderful The Vintagent.


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Suzuki GS1000

Posted on August 21, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

This historic Yoshimura GS1000 was Wes Cooley’s superbike. He was the winner of 2 AMA Superbike Championships. It is now owned by Brian O’Shea of Enfield, Connecticut, whose collection has a number of the landmark bikes in Superbike racing history. This particular bike has a really interesting history. Especially the 1980 superbike title, it reads like a movie. You can read the whole story at The Motorcycle Museum. Just look at this machine sitting on the track. It wants to be ridden, and ridden fast like Wes rode it.


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Ducati Sport

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

This beauty was found on Radical Ducati, an Italian Spanish site that has a great sense of humour and a great site that shows some detailed pics of the restoration. Judging by the pics it looks like a family affair. They describe this bike as a 1960 Ducati 49cc Sportivo. Can’t find much information about this model but it looks very similar to the Ducati 98cc Gran Sport.


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Egli Vincent

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

When i saw this Egli Vincent i fell to my knees and asked for forgiveness. Unfortunately only 100 Egli-Vincents were made between 1967 and 1972. Fritz Egli was a specialist frame manufacturer based in Switzerland. Egli-Vincents are now being built in France by Patrick Godet. With permission from Fritz Egli he is the sole manufacturer of new machines under the Egli name. Check out Godet Motorcycles for a history lesson and more pics of his amazing handy work.


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Honda CBX Cafe Racer

Posted on July 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The Honda CBX1000 was the first motorcycle Honda produced with a six cylinder engine. This one is a Moto Martin CBX. Can’t find much information about the bike but I know Moto Martin are legends in the performance motor bike industry. The French company started by George Martin in the 70’s. They constructed special frames for powerful Japanese engines, 2 stroke and four stroke. There were generally several different kits. You could choose the system of exhaust or only the type of frame plus lots of other options. Anyway we rate this Moto Martin and love the look of those sexy CBX pipes.


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Triumph Street Tracker

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Scott in Racer, Tracker. 2 comments

BellaCorse are a large seller of Triumph Bonneville parts and accessories in Michigan, USA. The owner Michael Selman also built this mean Street Tracker. Project Swiss Misfortune is an eyecatcher that started life as a 2002 790cc Bonnie. The engine has been bored-out to 904cc and has Keihin Racing FCR-39mm flat slide carbs and a BellaCorse Air Box Elimination kit installed. The 2-1 exhaust is from Zard of Italy and is a Titanium-alloy construction. The alloy tank and seat were hand-made and are loosely patterned after the H-D XR750. You can definitely see the resemblance especially in the seat. With all that chrome and a powerful moan, who wouldn’t want to take it home. For more Triumph Trackers check out the legendary Triumph Flat Track blog.


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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Posted on July 22, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 6 comments

Japanese Ritmo-sereno are famous for their BMW cafe racers. However their website is full of other european bikes like this beautiful Moto Guzzi Le Mans. The Le Mans was Moto Guzzi’s top sports bike in the 80’s. The big bore lOOOcc version was a welcome addition in 1985 but is essentially similar to the 850 Le Mans they had been producing. We wanted to give you the before and after shots of this bike to show the work thats gone into the build. Ritmo have taken this dated Guzzi and turned it into a cafe masterpiece. With its beautiful cafe race seat, purple racer fairing and 2-in-1 stainless steel exhaust. We simply love it.


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1969 Hishiki Sumiya CR750

Posted on July 18, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This Honda CR750 Replica has been in the making for 6 years. Painstakingly built by a guy called Simon from Cheshire in the U.K. It started life as a beat up old CB750. Some of you might be wondering about the 80’s ski suit looking colour scheme. It’s actually the 1969 Suzuka 8-hour winning colour scheme ridden by Honda development riders Hishiki and Sumiya (who died in 1975 racing). Those crazy japanese loved their bright colours. We really like how he had the balls to choose this colour scheme instead of the more common red and silver. Simon we take our helmets off to you mate. Brilliant job and we look forward to seeing the vid of this machine on the move. If you want more detail on this build you can find Simon on the SOHC Forum. [Thanks to Gav for this tip]


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