Workshop Series – Motogadget Motoscope Mini

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In this edition of our ‘Workshop Series’, we’ve teamed up with the crew at Revival Cycles to bring you this in-depth overview of MotoGadget’s Motoscope Mini. This tiny digital gauge is the ultimate addition to any custom build. Its minuscule design is perfect for keeping the front end of your motorcycle clean and can be mounted just about anywhere. To give you a full rundown on the Motoscope Mini here’s Revival Motorcycles head engineer, Stefan Hertel…

Years in the Making – Yamaha TRX850 Café Racer

Nothing makes me happier than featuring custom motorcycles that have been built in my hometown. Today’s café racer is the work of Jonny Taylor who’s based in Victoria, Australia, like yours truly, and works as a maintenance fitter in the gas industry. Jonny’s 1996 Yamaha TRX850 was 4 years in the making, which to some may seem like a long time. Jonny isn’t the kind of guy to do things by halves though. This is a comprehensive nut and bolt build, performed by a self-proclaimed perfectionist, seeking to create a bike that exceeded his own expectations, and that’s exactly what he’s done.

1987 Baker Formula One Sidecar

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This 1987 Baker Formula One is a sidecar racer that reportedly placed second at the 1989 Isle of Man TT, holds seven US national sidecar titles, and has achieved four FIM World and two AMA National land speed records. The seller purchased it five years ago and installed an electric motor for successful land speed record attempts at Bonneville as well as the Colorado and Ohio miles. The electric motor has since been removed and a race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 engine and 6-speed transmission will be included along with a bodywork mold, extra wheels, and a North Carolina bill of sale. The fiberglass bodywork has been painted several times and is currently finished in Viper Competition Yellow. The seller notes that many stress cracks are visible but a 2-piece mold will be included for potential reproduction of the bodywork. A carbon fiber tail section was added for solo speed runs. A video is provided of the wind tunnel testing performed before the record attempts. Historic accomplishments include: Second overall at the 1989 Isle of Man Sidecar Races Seven US national sidecar championships (1993-1999) Four FIM world land speed records (110.3 mph) Two AMA US national land speed records (115 mph) ECTA Ohio Mile land speed record (117.8 mph) Colorado Mile land speed record (123.8 mph) Fabricated by veteran sidecar racer Tony Baker, the chassis was designed with thicker than normal steel tubing to withstand the demanding Isle of Man TT course, with its long wheelbase reportedly aiding high-speed stability and aerodynamics. A race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 four is included but not installed. The engine was removed when the sidecar was purchased by the seller and has not been started since. Parts from its previous installation are included, though the seller notes that fabrication work will be required to set up the clutch, shift linkage, and cooling system.

Gear Review – Ideas Motors event app

If you’re anything like me you’re always looking for ways to spend more time on or around motorcycles. It doesn’t matter if it’s a group ride, an exhibition or a race event, as long as motorcycles are involved I know it’ll be a good time. The only thing that holds me back from attending more events is knowing where and when they are taking place. This becomes even more of an issue when I’m traveling to a different city or country. Thankfully there’s now a mobile app designed to feed my two-wheeled habit.


Timing is Everything – Partridge x TW Steel MT-10

I’ve worked on my fair share of custom motorcycle builds to know that things can get a little stressful. When I read the story of Ant Partridge’s Yamaha MT-10 build for TW Steel though, everything I’d experienced felt like a walk in the park! The story begins with his moving to the UK, the start-up of his new business and being cast as a member of a Discovery Channel reality TV series. The middle is a nightmare-inducing rollercoaster ride of unimaginable problems, let downs and struggles, but the finish is an incredible custom motorcycle that can only be described as a crowning achievement.

Speed Blur – JSK Moto BMW R9T

We’re big fans of the work of Californian motorcycle builder Samuel Kao and his workshop JSK Moto Co. JSK motorcycles are best described as neo-retro creations and his latest R Nine T unashamedly follows suit. It’s nicknamed the ‘Autobahn Streak’ and in building it Samuel has embraced BMW’s ‘born to be customized’ R Nine T ethos. Along with a long list of bolt-on styling and performance upgrades he’s fit the BMW with handcrafted bodywork of his own design.

Riding Gear – Rev’it! Yates Armored Sweatshirt

There are times when every motorcyclist considers riding in their regular clothes. It may be due to the weather or their destination, but is it worth the risk? The research department at REV’IT has come up with an intelligent solution. It’s a fabric made from double woven Cordura yarn that’s exceptionally cut, tear and abrasion resistant (yet still stretches) and they’ve used it to make their new Yates Armored Sweatshirt.

The Black Bull – Deep Creek Cycleworks R Nine T

BMW struck a chord in the custom motorcycle scene when they released the R Nine T. Powered by a bulletproof 100bhp 1170cc flat twin the R9T offers a smooth and predictable ride. It certainly isn’t sedate though. Give the throttle a twist and you’ll reach 60mph in just under 3 seconds and you can do so knowing that there’s a big set of Brembos primed to slow your pace. The R9T was never meant to be a performance-focused motorcycle though. When BMW created the neo-classically style motorcycle they did so with customization in mind and it was welcomed with open arms.

Workshop Series – Fork conversion with Cognito Moto

Swapping your old forks with a set of modern, better-performing upside-down forks sounds like a complex task, and it is.  Thankfully there are some great aftermarket products available to simplify the job. In this edition of our Workshop Series, the crew at Cognito Moto walk us through the process of installing a Suzuki GSXR front end onto a seventies Honda CB750 using a few of their own specialized parts.

Small Thrills – Whitcraft Honda CB175

Someone wittier than me once said “It’s more fun to ride a slow motorcycle fast than to ride a fast motorcycle slow” and I couldn’t agree with them more. There’s something truly exhilarating about having the throttle of a small bike pinned all the way around as you scream down the freeway. You may only be traveling at a touch over 60mph but the sound coming from that tiny engine beneath you gets your adrenals pumping. It’s an addictive sensation and the only way to feed that addiction legally and often is on a racetrack.