XTR Ulster – Ducati Monster

It’s been 25 years since Ducati wowed the motorcycling world with the release of their Monster. Even though the bike was a ‘parts bin special’ its naked styling, quality components, and affordable price point made it an instant hit. So good was the public response to the Monster that is now the Italian’s top-selling model of all time. Despite the Monster’s stripped back styling contributing to its incredible success, when XTR Pepo set out to reimagine a ’01 Monster 750 he opted to dress the bike in classic endurance racer attire.
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Bare Essentials – Bolt Honda CB750

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. I have no doubt Mr. Da Vinci would be repeating those words if he was here to see this Honda CB750 by Spanish workshop Bolt Motor Co.

I receive a regular stream of CBs through my inbox and it takes something unique to capture my attention. Usually, it’s the seventies CBs that garner my interest, but every now and then a nineties model, such as this one, gets a look in. Simply named 008 to signify its place in Bolt’s build portfolio, this Honda was built for a friend who wanted a café racer that contained equal parts of style and comfort.
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Custom 2014 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic

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This 2014 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic with a Bushtec trailer was purchased new by the seller’s uncle and ridden 890 miles before undergoing customization by the dealer to resemble a military transport. Powered by a 103ci V-twin coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission, the 1K-mile service was performed one year ago and although in storage for the last year, a battery tender was attached and the engine was regularly started. Features include linked brakes, navigation, cruise control, and Rinehart slip on mufflers. Currently showing only 985 miles, the seller believes that the bike will require 7500 miles before it can be registered if sold to California. This Harley-Davidson is sold with all service records, receipts for the custom work, and a clean Utah title in the name of the seller’s uncle. Repainted to a high standard in matte finish olive drab with stenciled military markings, the build was inspired by the WWII era Harley-Davidson WLA models. Virtually all of the chrome has been painted in matte finishes and the hardware has been replaced with un-plated items. The wheels have been replaced with disc wheels on the rear and a spoked wire wheel on the front. The trailer is a Bushtec Roadstar that has been modified with matching olive drab paint and a storage rack. Military accessories consist of an ammunition case, jerry can, shovel, and canvas satchels. The handle bars and fuel tank trim have also been de-chromed and features include an AM/FM stereo, navigation, cruise control, and linked brakes. Full instrumentation is provided and all gauges and controls are functional. The odometer currently shows 985 miles. Power comes from a water and air cooled 103 cubic inch V-twin paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. the exhaust has been painted black with a high temperature coating and features Rinehart slip on mufflers. Service records as well as receipts for the build are available.  

Roads We Ride – The Oxley Highway

Veteran motorcycle tourer Alex Donnelly and his wife Ann have traveled throughout Australia on two wheels. They consider the Oxley Highway in New South Wales as one of Australia’s best roads and is one they “keep going back to”. With 150km of corners, the Oxley is a motorcyclists dream, but its location means getting there from a major city takes time.


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Ciao Bella – Rua Machines Moto Guzzi Nevada

Published in collaboration with ‘Revival of the Machine’
From Portugal comes this Moto Guzzi seventies-inspired transformation. Rua Machines is one of the most important builders in our neighboring country. They have developed a distinct style and amassed a portfolio dominated by classic Japanese motorcycles. For this build, we find Rua tackling an Italian cruiser with a fantastic outcome in both its aesthetics and the quality of its finish.

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Workshop Series – Choosing Motorcycle Suspension

The rise of the cafe racer movement has brought with it the desire to improve the performance of older motorcycles. One sure-fire way of improving how your motorcycle handles is upgrading its suspension. In this special edition of our ‘Workshop Series’ Australian suspension experts, Ikon Suspension, share some valuable advice on what to consider when choosing the right suspension for you and your motorcycle.
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1965 BMW R69S

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This 1965 BMW R69S is equipped with a Denfeld solo saddle and an accessory 3-gauge headlight nacelle. It underwent a restoration at Bench Mark Works in Sturgis, Mississippi in 2010 and has resided in the seller’s private collection for past seven years. Power comes from the numbers-matching 594cc boxer-twin, which is paired with a 4-speed gearbox. Approximately 50 kilometers have been added since the work was completed, and the bike is now being offered with a clear Indiana title. Factory equipment for the R69S includes an Earles fork, friction damper, and frame lugs for mounting a sidecar. A few imperfections are present in the black finish, most notably on the hinged rear fender, tail lamp, and around the ignition switch. Polished aluminum rims are laced to front and rear 200mm drum brakes. A set of Avon tires are currently mounted. Originally designed and sold by Rauch, an aftermarket German accessory company, the modified headlight bucket features provisions for a tachometer, as well as a single 2 1/16″ gauge and the factory speedometer. 3,151 kilometers (1,958 miles) are currently shown on the odometer. The air-cooled 594cc flat-twin was rated by the factory at 42 hp in “S” trim and received a rebuild, including new oil slingers during the 2010 restoration. It is paired to a 4-speed manual gearbox and sends power to rear wheel through a dry clutch, driveshaft, and a bevel rear. The chassis plate can be seen above, indicating the original engine to be #660332. The matching stamping is located on the engine case above the right-side cylinder as shown in the gallery below, confirming originality.

1974 Baldi Frog

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This 1974 Baldi Frog is a super-compact city car built between 1973 and 1975. 300 were produced over the production run, and this example was sold new at a Willams dealership near the French and Belgian border as a Quadricycle. Power is provided by a 125cc single cylinder engine which sends power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual with reverse gear. The car is offered by the selling dealer with the original manual, bill of sale and a French registration. These were built in San Remo, Italy by G.A.M.C. Baldi. The fiberglass bodywork is finished in white contrasted by black trim, door hinges and a black rolling sunroof. Photos of the sunroof in the fully closed position are provided in the gallery. The steel wheels are fitted with polished wheel covers. Overall length is 85″, or approximately 20″ shorter than a Fiat 500. The interior is finished in black with a full-width bench seat and carpets. The interior door panels are uncovered and finished in the white exterior color. The spartan dash carries just a single speedometer gauge and an array of unlabeled warning lights. 780 kilometers (~485 miles) are shown on the mechanical odometer. The car is powered by a 125cc BCB single-cylinder engine paired to a 4-speed manual transmission with reverse. Other Baldi Frog variants were available with engines as large as 595cc. No service documentation is available. Some chassis components are shared with the original Fiat 500, including the transverse leaf spring front suspension. The original bill of sale and a copy of the user manual are provided in the gallery. The car sold new at a Lambretta dealer for 13,500 Francs after taxes. A startup and walkaround video is viewable below.

The Banshee – Honda CB350F Café Racer

The act of swinging a leg over a mates bike and actually riding it are two completely different experiences. This is going to be a different write up compared my usual “…and then he put clip ons on and a single seat” type of tale. Not only did I get to shoot this lovely bit of kit, I got to ride it around town for hours.

It was with equal parts trepidation and excitement that I plonked my behind on Andy’s stunning CB350/4 cafe racer and thumbed the horn button…hang on, what? Andy you did say horn button right? Ok, so horn button is the start button. Good to know…
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Race-bred Rendition – X AXIS Honda CBX750

The 2018 Bike Shed show has been and gone. For those who were lucky enough to attend the London based event, they were treated to a collection of 239 amazing custom motorcycles from around the UK and Europe. Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky ones to make the show. The 30,000+ kilometer, 44-hour round trip is to blame for my absence, but that didn’t stop me from taking in the live video feeds and hundreds of photos that were popping up all over the internet. While I sat glued to my screen I noted a few café racer builds that warranted investigation including this bike by Scotland’s X-Axis workshop.
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