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The CP Project – Triton

Posted on February 20, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

Could this Triton be one of the coolest motorcycles ever made? It’s not just a motorcycle, it truly is a work of art. We originally spotted this sleek black beast on BikeEXIF just before Christmas and haven’t stopped thinking about it. Created by French designers Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat from Southsiders MC, they had been planning to build a unique bike for years but it wasn’t until they met a Frenchman by the name of Daniel Delfour at the 2008 Legend Of The Motorcycle event in California that they new they had found the perfect builder for the job. This is how they described the project: “As English motorcycle fans, we choose to use a Norton featherbed frame and a Triumph 750 Bonneville engine,” says Vincent. “But we didn’t want to make the thousandth café racer or Triton; we decided to follow our own road. We started designing a mix of Batman’s motorcycle with a T.Rex fastback and Cat Woman’s curves. Inspiration came directly from the culture of comics.” They sure succeeded, it looks like it could have been built by Bruce Wayne for the streets of Gotham City. To read the full story and to see more pics of this amazing Triton check the article on the Southsiders MC Blog. You can also view this Karl Lagerfield short film that features the bike. [Photo by Benoit Guerry from Studio Ze]


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JMC Egli-Vincent

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 5 comments

John Mossey Restorations used to be one of the leading classic motorcycle restoration companies in the UK. They are not any more. Unfortunately they stopped trading under that name, but there’s a new mob in town that have taken over where they left off. They are called JMC Classics and still have the talented John Mossey as the head engineer and designer. It looks like JMC are pretty much the same classy outfit, specializing in restorations of classics and unparalleled new builds of Egli-Vincents and Norvins, just under a slightly different name. The new JMC Egli-Vincent which was originally released as a 1000cc is now available as a ballsy 1200cc version, which will definitely get a lot of people excited. We asked Mr Mossey the price of the new Egli-Vincent 1200cc but he would prefer to answer the question to serious buyers (he obviously saw right through our cheap leathers). If you are interested in buying one of these stunning bikes, or just want some info, visit the JMC site. To check out more mouth-watering restorations visit their impressive gallery.


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Norton 880 monoshock

Posted on February 15, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments

Many years ago Paul Zuniga from Born Again Bikes had a dream. The dream was to own one of the stunning new Norton monoshock bikes Kenny Dreer was planning to build. Unfortunately Kenny and his partners came up about $10 million short to actually produce the bikes but that didn’t stop Paul from making his dream happen. Paul had been working on British bikes for decades so he decided to build his own monoshock Norton 880 Cafe Racer. He got a lot of parts from Kenny, bought some others on ebay and haggled for the rest. He did come across some modern front forks from a Ninja 636 which he couldn’t resist and decided to merge them with the Norton chassis. Paul also eventually talked Kenny into selling the swingarm, seat, tank, side covers and tuck-in headers from the original prototype bike. The bike looks amazing and we are glad Paul realized his dream of owning a custom Norton Mono. To read the full story about the project and lots more pics visit Born Again Bikes. [Spotted on Kneeslider]


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1975 CB750 For Sale

Posted on February 13, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 16 comments

This legendary cafe racer built by Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter of Ton-Up fame is for sale on ebay at the moment. This iconic CB750 is being sold as “the worlds most famous cafe racer“, having been featured in over 16 motorcycle magazines and countless websites around the world. Just some of the features listed include “fiberglass tailpiece, borrani style H rim front wheel, race gas tank, individual air filters, 4 into 1 exhaust, chrome swingarm, remote resevoir shocks, lucas style tail light, clubman handlebars, drilled brakes for weight reduction and rearsets for better ground clearance“. We will be watching the auction closely to see how much this rockabilly cafe racer goes for. The bike is being sold on behalf of OldBikeBarn and has a “buy it now” price of $26k. That figure might be a little ambitious, but you never know when Billy Joel or Jay Leno are looking for another motorcycle for their collection.


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Deus Bukit Climber

Posted on February 12, 2010 by Scott in Scrambler. 1 Comment

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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Icon Kawazuki

Posted on February 10, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Other. 1 Comment

We love the story behind this killer Icon KZ1000. Back in 1979 this humble bike started life as a police bike in Portland – but now 30 years later it’s on the other side of the law, ready to cause some trouble. The build started by removing the stock swingarm and replacing it with the swingarm and rear wheel from a ’92 GSX-R750. The KZ1000 frame was modified to accept a SV monoshock – not quite sure about the Redbull can shock cover but we have been told it’s already been removed. The engine was given a 1075cc Wiseco big bore kit and the front end is off the same Suzuki SV1000. Considering the bike is a motorcycle mash-up we can’t believe how stunning it turned out. It not only looks great but we bet it would be a whole lot of fun to ride this monster. To read a very humorous story about this KZ, visit the Icon Blog. [Spotted on HFL]


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Mr Martini Matty You-Stone

Posted on February 5, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

The Italians have made many masterpieces over the years and this Triumph Sprint 900 is another one. Named the Matty You-Stone, it was built by Nicola Martini who was the first Triumph dealer in the North East of Italy. Mr Martini tells us that this “project was developed around a hinge point: to show the wonderful 3-cylinders Triumph carburetors of the 90’s”. To acheive this, the bike was completely stripped down, including the fuel tank and replaced with a much smaller one (4.5 litres) coming from a Peugeot Scooter and placed under the tail. The chassis has been shortened in the rear and the bobber wheels and fat boy light are the only components that have been purchased. The rest of the components come directly from Nicola’s well-stocked warehouse of old spare parts – from the smallest radiator connector coming from a Speed Triple to the tail of a trophy Thruxton. This standout bike has earned Mr Martini the first prize of the 2009 Verona Fair Contest amongst many other contests around the world. The bike is called “Matty You-Stone” where Matty is the name of Nicola’s first son, Matteo, who designed the graffiti writing on the tail of this special bike. To see more of Mr Martini’s other bikes check out his inspiring collection.


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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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Tramp XLH1200S

Posted on January 30, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 2 comments

Tramp Cycles are based in Osaka, Japan and deservingly received lots of praise for their stunning XR1200. Although we are big fans of the SR it’s refreshing to see a Japanese shop creating great looking cafe racers from Harley-Davidsons. Not sure if we can truly call this 2002 XLH1200S a cafe racer, it has the cafe seat but it is missing the all important clip-ons or ace bars. Whatever the case, it’s still a great looking ride. Tramp Cycles also love racing Harleys and just by looking at their bikes we have a feeling they do quite well. The Tramp gallery is worth checking out to see various angles of this bike and more.


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