Roland Sands Design (RSD) recently posted these ‘almost finished’ pics of their latest creation on their site – the classic paint job is yet to be done. Turning a KTM 530 into a café racer might not be the most practical build, but I do love the look of it. The bike has the very distinctive RSD styling but the one thing I personaly don’t like is the left-over KTM plastic underneath the new gas tank.
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Indonesians are truly amazing at using whatever resources they have to create ‘silk purses out of a sow’s ear’. You see, due to the heavy import tax in Indonesia bikes like TW200’s, W650’s and SR400’s are not available, so they have to think outside the square when building classic looking motorcycles. This time the donor bike is the uninspiring 2009 Yamaha 225 Scorpio. When I first laid eyes on this little hill climber I immediately thought it was a TW200 but was pleasantly surprised when they told me it was a Yamaha Scorpio. “The ‘Bali Dog’ is a distant cousin of Deus Australia’s ‘Drover’s Dog‘ – all dick and ribs just like the barking mutt trotting around the temples at night” Deus tells us. Felix the head of the Deus Bali workshop designed and built this bike with the help of his team. Everything is either custom made here or imported from Japan. For a small bike the spec list is large; including a Harley Davidson Headlight, Daytona 36cm rear shock, customized W650 Chrome back Fender, Nitro Head Studded seat and Chrome Scrambler bars just to mention a few. The end result is the perfect custom to transport you down to the local surf reefs while turning a few ‘wax heads’ on the way.
Just discovered this inspiring story about a group of 10 guys (mainly from New Zealand) who are travelling across the middle of Australia on custom made motorcycles. The 5500km trip is called ‘Our Great Escape’ and aside from being one hell of an adventure the the boys are also raising money for Cure Kids. When I say ‘boys’ they are mostly middle aged men who are young at heart . “Our youngest ‘carnival’ member is 21 and our oldest is 58 yrs old and with the exception of one father and son combination (Dave and Brendon), we probably would be unlikely to spend too much time together with our very different great lives” Doug explains. “Most of us have had motorcycles built especially for our desert scrambling adventure thanks to the Deus Ex Machina custom motorcycle team, Shed 5, Auckland”.
It’s probably no secret that Deus are venturing into the surfboard market, especially with one of the owners being ex Mambo and Australia having such a huge and profitable surf culture. Their real point of difference though will always be trying to stay left of field, so we won’t be surprised when they manufacture surfboards using old school shapes and designs. They have nearly finished transforming a Balinese rice paddy into their factory and surf headquarters – where they will be shaping and making the Deus surfboards. And what surf factory would be complete without a custom TW200 complete with surfboard racks to take your workers down to the local surf breaks at Bukit? This TW200 is appropriately named the Bukit Climber and looks like it’s main purpose is to travel from the popular beach to the Deus factory at the top of the hill. For more pics of this understated rice burner (and rice fields) check out this Bali gallery.
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These Italian Urban Scramblers have been causing a stir on many Italian motorcycle sites. It’s the first motorcycle designed by TPR Italian Factory – a new company started by Pietro Figini. Like many custom bike builders, Pietro Figini couldn’t find a motorcycle on the Italian market that showed character, style and uniqueness, so he designed this urban scrambler hoping others would share his taste for classic bikes. Figini loves his English motorcycles, so decided to use a twin cylinder 800cc engine as a base, along with the Triumph Bonneville’s double crade chassis. The rest of the bike then went into production, taking inspiration from bikes mainly from the 1960’s. The Urban Scrambler is no show pony either, but also a performance bike, with work on the engine and fuel system resulting in a respectable 75 hp. We love this scrambler and can’t wait to see TPR’s Cafe Racer which is apparently in production. To view the whole spec list hit this link.
[Via Rocket Garage]
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Found this little beauty in the corner of an impressive motoring shop in Christchurch NZ called Fazazz. The photo doesn’t do it justice (I only had my phone). It’s a 1971 Triumph 250 which has apparently only done 316 original miles. I was also told that the previous owner was a little old lady in America (sound like a sales pitch?). Whatever the case this is a great little classic being sold for $9000 NZ dollars. Not cheap but they don’t make them like this anymore, and you won’t find many in this condition especially New Zealand.
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In the mid-1960s, Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Baird ruled the AMA National Enduro circuit, riding Triumph machines to seven straight Grand National Enduro Championships. That is no easy feat.
And this bike, a 1968 Triumph T100C, was the one that carried Baird to his last—and perhaps most impressive—title. That’s because it came at a time when many of his competitors were giving up on their heavy machines and going with new, light-weight, purpose-built woods racers, including new-school European two-strokes. I love how he stuck with the old school and won. Respect.
How sweet is Bill’s Triumph leather jacket? These days the sponsors name would probably be about 5 times the size of the riders name. Actually, there would be about 5 more sponsors plastered all over him.
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Now I am a huge Steve McQueen fan. I am also a sucker for anything retro and vintage. I love the look of this bike and I am sure there is a lot of people out there who have more money than sense. But i have to agree with Hell For Leather (love your site guys) that this Steve McQueen Metisse Replica Desert Racer is priced steeper than the Great Escape jump (£13,000). So hit this link to read their very honest review…
The 1966 Honda 305 Dream is a blast from the past. It was a legend of its time. Even Elvis rode one in a movie (and you thought he only rode under age girls). Heres some pics of a sweet yellow 305 scrambler. The ass of the bike looks a bit clunky to me. But hey some people like big butts…