Gear Review – Ruby Helmets Castel

When Jérôme Coste conceived the first Ruby helmet design back in 2004 he would have never imagined that retro helmets would have become such a sought after accessory 12 years later. His helmet designs took the motorcycling world by storm, in particular those in the custom and classic scenes, and became one of the most desirable helmet brands in the world for several years. Unfortunately due to financial problems the Les Ateliers Ruby flagship store in Paris had to close its doors in 2015.

However what many don’t know is that the Ruby helmet brand and manufacturing plant are still functioning. Today’s contributing writer, Martin Ganglberger, spent the last few months getting to know a full faced Ruby Castel and has some insights into the helmet itself and the continuation of the Ruby brand…

The Iceberg – Civil Custom Honda CB750

“When I was around 21 I bought my first motorcycle, a 2012 Honda Shadow Phantom, but when I was about 22 I saw a cafe racer and instantly fell in love with the style and idea.” recalls the now 24 years old Pavel Onishenko. “I work at an auto body shop and that’s where I built my motorcycle. I grew up watching my Dad work on cars and I had the opportunity to tinker with stuff growing up which gave me experience using tools and a basic knowledge of mechanics.”

1973 BMW R75/5 LWB

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This 1973 BMW R75/5 is offered by the owner of a BMW motorcycle restoration shop, who purchased the bike four years ago and has given it a full restoration. The R75/5 was the top of the line model for 1973 with a 50 horsepower 750cc flat-twin good for a top speed of 110 mph. This example was completely disassembled and refurbished both cosmetically and mechanically, with very few miles ridden since. The only parts not restored or replaced were the seat and tires, as the seller wanted to preserve the patina of the original seat and felt most buyers would prefer to choose their own tires.

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The gas tank and fenders were repainted using a single stage enamel, and the frame and subframe were also restored. The pinstriping was redone by Tommy “The Itch” Otis and matches the factory pattern. There is no notable damage to the fresh paintwork.

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A new headlight chrome ring was installed and the aluminum trim was polished. All exposed fasteners have been cad plated to match the original finish. New mufflers were also installed.


The 750cc flat twin is believed original and was rebuilt with the following work performed:

  • Cylinders honed and new piston rings installed
  • New timing chain, chain tensioners, and seals
  • Cylinder heads rebuilt with new valves and hardened valve seats
  • New seals and gaskets as needed
  • Fuel tank interior cleaned and coated with Red-Kote liner
  • Rebuilt carburetors
  • Fuel petcocks rebuilt and new fuel lines installed
  • New ignition points and condensor
  • Ignition advance unit rebuilt
  • New clutch and clutch plates
  • Replaced driveshaft U-joint and rubber boot


The restored frame and partially disassembled engine are pictured above. The transmission and final drive were both inspected and found to be in good condition. The front fork was rebuilt with new seals and bumpers. New brake, clutch, and throttle cables were also installed.


The speedometer was rebuilt by Palo Alto Speedometer and all other electrical components are fully sorted. New rubber foot pegs and hand grips have been installed. The seat cover was in good original condition and the seller opted against replacing it, but is willing to install a new cover at no charge if the buyer prefers.


The tires have some wear but are in usable condition. The seller has connections with a tire distributor and is happy to facilitate buying and mounting a new set of tires per the buyer’s preference.


The bike is sold with a clean California title and the original blue California plate will be included for an in-state buyer. The seller has numerous photos of the restoration process, some of which can be viewed in the gallery below. Matched fork and seat locks in working order will be included. The bike has been ridden only a few shakedown miles since restoration and is ready for the next owner to enjoy.

Gear Review – Quadlock Smartphone Bike Kit

Getting lost on your motorcycle sucks. There’s nothing worse than having to pull over to fish your phone out of your pocket so you can figure out where the hell you are. I know, I know, this is the digital age and GPS has been around for years, but I’ve been searching for the right solution to mount my phone to my motorcycle for some time and up until now hadn’t found anything that met all of my requirements. I wanted a well priced phone mount that allowed quick fitment and removal of my phone, was weatherproof,  added very little bulk to my handlebars and could be swapped from one bike to another with minimal effort. Thankfully a clever Aussie brand called Quad Lock has come to the rescue and never shall I be lost again…

Going Straight – Wrench Kings Honda GL500

The Honda CX500s just keep coming! A while ago I read a feature on another custom motorcycle blog that mentioned how difficult it must have become to find an unmodified CB750; I think this statement could also now be applied to Honda’s CX series of longitudinal v-twins. Personally, I was never a huge fan. In its standard form the plastic maggot looks about as appealing to me as playing Pokemon Go and after being involved in a few CX based custom builds, I learnt first hand how much work needs to go into one to achieve a decent result. My personal CX gripes aside though I have to admit when they are done right, a CX500 Cafe Racer cuts a fine figure and todays build from Netherlands based workshop ‘Wrench Kings’ the is a perfect example.

Phoenix Gold Metallic: 1976 BMW R90/6

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This 1976 BMW R90/6 looks incredible in rare Phoenix Gold Metallic, which despite its name appears to be much more of a green. The seller says that frame and engine numbers match, and that it starts, runs, shifts and brakes well. Condition looks to be very good, and the bike has a few very nice upgrades like low Euro market handlebars, electronic ignition and new, good quality side cases. Find it here on BMW MOA in Clearwater, Florida for $7,500. Special thanks to BaT reader Paul C. for this submission.


Hand laid double red pinstripes are a very nice touch, and tie in with similarly colored factory 900cc markings on the side covers. The tail rack might be a bit much, but it should be easy to remove. Low Euro market handlebars are definitely a worthy upgrade over the taller standard US items, and the seller says that Metzeler tires have good remaining tread. The brake master has been relocated from under the tank to the right side of the handlebars, and electronic ignition has been fitted as well. The original gauges were replaced by a previous owner thanks to a dead odometer.


Sale includes a nearly full factory tool kit, a new battery, a BMW shop manual, microfiche diagrams, a Luftmeister exhaust, a windscreen, a new diode board, cables, original key, points and condenser and more.

‘The Trickster’ Triumph Bonneville T100 – Macco Motors

‘The Trickster’ Triumph Bonneville R100 – Macco Motors

Written by Martin Hodgson

For a century now limited production run motorcycles have been a mainstay of the industry, from companies like Bimota and Confederate who use the engines of major manufacturers to power their beasts to the Harris and Rickman Brothers who made their own frames. It has always been about offering something that little bit special, Honda had Colin Seeley make them a batch of race replica CB750’s while Ronin picked up a bunch of unwanted Buell’s for their unique creations. But for Jose and Tito from Spain’s Macco Motors it all came about in a very unexpected way, rather than create a “special” they’ve simply had customer after customer want them to take a modern Triumph Bonneville and build it the Macco way. Each one comes with a little something different but all are built with factory level quality and a brilliant finish, their latest is a 2008 example known simply as The Trickster.

Since they formally founded the company in 2011 Jose and Tito have been churning out brilliant customs from old Honda’s to modern Moto Guzzi’s but when they built their first Bonneville it seems they hit a nerve amongst Triumph fans who liked their builds a certain way.

The Brute – Jamie’s Yamaha XJR1300

On a recent trip to Sydney I was lucky enough to meet a guy who really knows his way around a Yamaha XJR1300. Harley Borkowski is a mechanic at the performance workshop of RB Racing. He’s a no bull kind of guy that sneers at custom builds without purpose, and he has every right to. His extensive knowledge of race engineering means he can put together a better engine than most and when it comes to customisation he’s not about to sacrifice any aspect of performance just to look good. Despite this attitude he is a strong supporter of the custom scene, lending his knowledge and advice to members of the Sydney custom scene whenever it’s required. His own heavily modified XJR1300 was on display at the Throttle Roll show this year and it was one of the stand outs for me. Having such a solid reputation means that Harley has become the go to guy for many XJR owners so when local rider Jamie Blake Crozier decided to invest in a 2006 version of Yamaha’s 1300cc ‘Sport Heritage’ muscle bike, he headed straight to Harley.