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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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SR500 Street Tracker

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Scott in Tracker. 4 comments

This ‘designer’ SR500 street tracker was built by Steve Hillary at the Red Max Speed Shop for the opening party of London fashion store Present. Red Max are based in Hampshire, U.K, and are involved in the fast growing Shorttrack racing scene in Europe. They may have a passion for trackers, but they also build some nice cafe racers and bobbers. Redmax made the custom parts, fabrication, SR tank and the seat was custom made by Bratstyle. The eye-catching paint job is by the talented guys at Death Spray Customs, although the design is by Japanese fashion designer (based in London) Eley Kishimoto and is appropriately named “flash” print. If you think the design looks familiar it’s probably because it featured recently on a range of Ruby Ateliar helmets. But it doesn’t stop there, you can even buy matching shoesskateboard and backpack to go with your helmet. Hit the link to see the Red Max SR500 Flickr page. [Found on Sideburn Blog]


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BMW R75/5 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 24, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 6 comments

Chris Hodgson, owner of San Jose BMW (SJBMW) has been building and racing BMW’s for over 35 years. This stunning R75/5 Cafe Racer was built a couple of years ago when Chris discovered he “had enough spare parts to build a new airhead”- we wish we had enough spare parts lying around to build a bike of this calibre. That’s not to say that this bike was built overnight. It was a year in the making with Chris ensuring the bike was built to be period correct, either using vintage parts or having them custom made.


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Norton Watch

Posted on January 22, 2010 by Scott in Other. 4 comments

Legendary British motorcycle brand Norton has teamed up with British watch brand, Bremont, to produce limited edition chronograph watches to mark the return of the classic brand. You better get in quick because only 200 Bremont Norton watches will be hand crafted at the Bremont workshop in Switzerland. These watches won’t be cheap, at the special price of £3,850 ($6200) you could place a large deposit down on a real Norton motorcycle. But for the serious (or seriously cashed-up) Norton enthusiast these watches will be hard to resist. Bremont will also be the Official Timing Partner for the British ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’ again in 2010. Check out this video to see last years event. [Hat tip to BikeEXIF]


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TPR Urban Scrambler

Posted on January 21, 2010 by Scott in Scrambler. 5 comments

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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1942 Harley Davidson WLA

Posted on January 19, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 2 comments

This Harley WLA is owned by Mr Nishida of the Posh Factory in Tokyo, Japan. The Posh Factory make high performance parts for a range of motorcycles but specialize in Harley Davidsons. This WLA was built to race in the AVCC (American Vintage motorcycle Competition Clubman road-race) in Japan and has had some great wins over the years. Nisheda says he loves circuit racing more than anything else, and enjoys meeting people and learning more about vehicle parts through racing which helps them make better motorcycle products.
The HD 42WLA was originally built around World War II to US army specs, and apparently were very popular amongst young soldiers who would come home hoping to get a Harley-Davidson like he saw or rode in the war. Not many original WLA’s exist today, most of them being turned into choppers and extensively modified … Read More »


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1962 Norton Manx 500

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This stunning illustration is by Australian artist Gaston Vanzet. Gaston is completely obsessed with drawing and painting classic motorcycles. Each picture usually takes him around 3 weeks to finish and this is how Gaston describes the experience: “I love painting these motorcycles, I become one with the machine as I end up knowing every detail, every curve and fin, they become mine”. These days he does the painting on his computer using a Wacom tablet – “the technique is nearly the same as the old days of paint and turpentines except there is no mess”. Each stroke is still done by hand except for the backgrounds which are combinations of photographs mostly from his local area. To view all these amazing illustrations visit the gallery at Custom Motorcycle Art, also check out Gaston’s blog to get some history about the artist.


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Motorcycles of the 20th Century

Posted on January 16, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

It’s truly amazing what you can find on the internet. This exquisite picture is a 1963 Kreidler Renn Florett and is just one of 700 high quality rendered images on Bert Knoester’s extensive archive of historically interesting motorcycles, scooters and mopeds of the twentieth century. The site is called Motorcycles of the 20th Century and features most of the best motorcycles ever manufactured, ranging from a 1907 Harley Davidson through to the world famous 1987 Buell RR1000 Battletwin. Whether you need some inspiration for a project or just want to see the vast number of unique motorcycles the world has produced over the past 100 years this site won’t disappoint. Another site worth checking out is The Blueprints which also has a huge selection of almost 2000 motorcycle pictures, drawings and models. The site even offers higher quality images to those that choose to register … Read More »


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Deus Sacred Cow

Posted on January 13, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 4 comments

This is the latest creation out of the Deus ‘temple of enthusiasm’ – the name they call their Sydney headquarters. Deus love their W650’s and we really love what they do to them. This 720cc bobber has been named the ‘Sacred Cow’, we are not exactly sure why but it could be because it’s beefy, tasty and stands out from the herd. It has left Australian shores and is headed to Brooklyn to meet it’s new owner Billy Joel. Billy has always been fond of the W650 and wanted this one to be a little different – with a parallel twin engine, T120 brake, twin pea shooter pipes, rigid rear kit and even a truck horn. We particularly love the rear end and brake light but not sure about the unfinished looking paint job on the tank. There are loads more … Read More »


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Monkee #16 Kawasaki Z 750 B

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Scott in Brat. 8 comments

It’s not the first time these clever custom creators from Copenhagen have built a Kawasaki Z 750 B and it probably won’t be their last. They used the Z 750 B on Monkee #13 and Monkee #15, although we loved them both we think this is the best to date. This Kawasaki has the their signature style written all over it. With custom Wrench Monkee (WM) seat, rear frame, aluminium battery box, rear fender, rear and front light, clip-ons and footpegs. They have completely rebuilt the original engine and added the classic Monkee Megatron Muffler. Like most of their bikes they have used the vintage Firestone Champion Deluxe tires and understated heat resistant paint scheme. To see more snapshots of this old school Z 750 and read the full list of specs check out the Monkee gallery.


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