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ESCAPE ARTIST. Buell X1 Lightning by Custom Works Zon

Posted on July 1, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Enduro. No Comments

Words by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Hiromitsu Yasui

On the outside it looks like a simple little building, with faded weatherboards and an old tin roof in a small historic town in Japan. Surrounded by neatly ploughed fields you step inside and expect to see an old man repairing dated farming machinery, instead you’ve entered the home of one of the world’s best custom bike shops. But despite becoming renowned for their concept BMW R18 ‘Departed’, the bread and butter of Custom Works Zon is American V-Twin muscle. And with a desire to play in the nearby mountain mud they’ve turned an unloved Buell X1 Lighting into a true weekend warrior.

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I’LL BE BACK. Desmobibu’s Buell Thunderbolt 80s Muscle Restomod

Posted on December 5, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Other, Restomod. No Comments

Being a child of the 80s, many of my first moto memories are tied back to this insane decade. Be it Mad Max, Purple Rain or Top Gun, their weird mix of B grade schlock, no-holds barred fashion disasters and overt machismo went a long way to making me the tragic bike fan I am today…

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ELEMENTALLY MENTAL. A Buell Firebolt Ice Racer from Sweden’s NCCR

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

We wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to bikes that inhabit the edges of the modern custom scene. To put it simply, the more unique and esoteric they are, the better we like them. And we’d put money on the fact that today’s bike is just about as esoteric as you’ll find anywhere…

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’POWER AND THE PASSION. Bottpower’s Buell Ulysses XR1R Racer

Posted on August 17, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

Bottpower are a Spanish custom shop that make parts for high performance twins. Carbon fibre tanks and seats, perfectly machined triple clamps and even entire frames. Much of their work ended up on their iconic Pikes Hill motorcycle in 2017. It was fast, it handled like a dream and it was gorgeous…

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AMERICAN WOMAN. Sylvain Carignan’s ‘Simone’ Buell XB12R

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The story of Erik Buell has been a roller-coaster ride of enormous highs and lows. Buell is a bonafide genius, his desire to build the true American Sportsbike has led to some incredible innovations. But financial woes, Harley Davidson’s timidity and strong competition has made it a struggle…

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‘NASCAR’ Bott XR1 – Bottpower

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 14 comments

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NASCAR’s a funny old sport when you think about it. While the whole four wheels thing can be a little bit of a turn-off, I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t get a buzz out of all forms of motor racing – no matter how many wheels are involved. While any form of racing that involves a Toyota Camry painted with a rainbow M&M’s motif should ring alarm bells in any adult who’s not tripping balls, the whole gladiatorial angle really appeals. And clearly, I’m not alone. See, Spain’s Bottpower and their chief engineer David Sánchez have come out in support of the old ring o’ noise with a bike built for NASCAR driver and ex-World Superbike racer Eric De Doncker.

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XC1 Carbon Café Racer – Bottpower

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 17 comments

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In the mid to late 1980s Grand Prix motorcycle racing began to be dominated by multicylinder, high tech machines that left no place to go for many manufacturers who didn’t have such a base model in their line-up. To fill the void the Battle of the Twins was formed to give British, European and American manufacturers a place to race and develop their thunderous two cylinder bikes. But it wasn’t just the major manufacturers who took part, without the category we would never have come to appreciate the work of the late genius, Kiwi, John Britten. Inspired by Britten and other incredible men of the motorcycle business, Race Engineer David Sanchez started Bottpower, an acronym for Battle of the Twins, to express his own ingenuity and unique designs. His latest creation is this incredible BOTT XC1 Carbon Café Racer; an engineering tour de force that would have David’s hero’s giving him a standing ovation.

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‘Seven’ – LC Fabrications

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Andrew in Other. 32 comments

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The saying “it’s in his blood” gets thrown around a lot when sons follow in their father’s footsteps. But Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications must have the blood of a thousand men, because to single-handedly create this masterpiece and do it from scratch takes skills surely not possible for one man to possess in a life time. But that is exactly what he has done in creating this Harley Davidson CAC factory speedway inspired machine from entirely handcrafted components and a drivetrain that is part Buell, part Ducati and with cog swapping courtesy of Triumph. Yes, really. Coming from a separated family, Jeremy had one father a welder and the other a machinist and from an early age he was building his own bikes.“Taking a pile of raw materials and turning it into something that can take you where you want to go… it doubled the spiritual act of riding a motorcycle and really got me hooked.”

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Buell M2 Cyclone – Plan B Motorcycles

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Andrew in Racer. 13 comments

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Plan B Motorcycles from Northern Italy might describe themselves as being a ‘neo-café’ workshop, but in the grand tradition of Speed Shops around the world they have an in-house racing monster with a quirky name, a mongrel sprinter named ‘Cherry Salt’. Christian the owner of Plan B makes no apologies about being inspired by the all-conquering drag machine built by Lucky Cat’s Garage that took the European scene by storm a few years ago. But the plan was never to simply emulate it, Christian wanted to build his own bike to take to the Glemseck 1/8th mile race in Germany, conquer his competitors and win big.

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’07 Buell Ulysses XB12X – Studio Motors

Posted on June 9, 2014 by Andrew in Café Racer. 14 comments

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 Written by Ian Lee.

Nothing ever really goes to plan. The multitude of options available to us at any one time makes it hard to know where we will end up. Unless it’s time to go to the pub, because that is a given. This indecisiveness through an excess of options affects the custom motorcycle world as well, with culture/drivetrain/performance/bike styling choices making it hard to settle on one result. This is what happened with today’s feature bike, the latest offering from Indonesian bike builders Studio Motor. Over the course of the build process the engine capacity tripled in size and gained a nationalist motif, all while staying true to the café racer spirit. Built from the ground up using Indonesian ingenuity in the face of a limited custom bike scene, Studio Motor knows certainly knows the best options when it comes to bringing a bike to life. Ladies and Gentleman, we’d like to introduce you to ‘The Patriot’.

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