Chill factor – Suzuki GS550 Cafe Racer

`Roaring machines to escape from the madness`

This is the mantra of newly formed ‘Mellow Motorcycles’ in the south of Germany. After running their own separate companies for several years workshop co-founders Flo Hubert and Amir Brajan combined their skills to form Mellow, taking a more relaxed approach to business than in their previous pursuits. Mellow aims to focus on the production of cafe racer styled custom motorcycles and their first build, a ’79 Suzuki GS550 paints a good picture of what the pairs capablities are.
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Three Quarter Deuce w/ GoldWing Power: Custom 1932 Ford Roadster

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This 1932 Ford Roadster replica (VIN RC3237) is a 3/4 scale custom build comprised of a fiberglass body and track-style nose on a custom built frame and suspension, with a drivetrain donated from an early flat-four Honda GoldWing motorcycle. Dubbed the “Honster,” the car features impressive build quality and is said to have won its class at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2014. The seller calls it a “proof of concept” show car with only 10 miles since completion, but it definitely looks like a lot of fun. Find it here on eBay in Temecula, California with a $15k BIN.

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Photos appear to be from the same show where it was granted an award, and the surrounding cars and bikes help gauge the size of the  little Honster. The chassis and suspension are both said to be hand built, with the former finished in an orange powder coat, while the body, nose, windshield and headlights are said to be accurately scaled to 3/4 and wear pearl white with subtle ghost flames. A stainless steel rear bumper and roll bar are additional highlights.

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Interior access is limited by a single door on the right side of the car, and the seat measures 34 inches wide. Equipped with only one seat belt, it will seat two, albeit uncomfortably. Interior craftsmanship isn’t a match for the rest of the car, however it’s not bad either, and the continuation of the orange trim is a nice touch, even if we’d prefer a more subtle scheme. The trunk opens, and features similar side panels and carpet as well as an eight gallon fuel cell. Elsewhere, the dash features a full set of gauges including a GPS speedometer.

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Mechanical workmanship appears to be rather impressive. Power is supplied by an 1100cc flat-four from an early Honda GoldWing, mated to a 5-speed gearbox from same–the ad doesn’t mention if reverse is featured, though it would be ideal for this application. Torque is put to the ground through a chain transfer to a custom driveshaft, meeting a Datsun pick-up rear diff out back. An Edelbrock air cleaner adds a bit of hot rod appearance to the motor, and Harley Davidson dual pipes should make an interesting noise.

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Here’s a look at the chassis just below the cab. Front suspension consists of a dropped axle with Ford spindles, transverse leaf spring with inboard shocks, and Wilwood discs. Quarter inch elliptical leafs with triangulated trailing arms and tube shocks suspend the Datsun axle in the rear–neat.

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Said to be street legal, the car hasn’t yet been registered–we can’t imagine that’d be an easy task in California, but it’d be worth trying.

Kawasaki ‘KZR-1’ – Classified Moto

Kawasaki ‘KZR-1’ – Classified Moto

Compromise can be a word you just have to deal with in the custom motorcycle scene, functionality often sacrificed in the name of form or go preferenced ahead of show. Until the ’70s many applied the same logic to the very ownership of a motorcycle in that you could have fast or reliable but you couldn’t have both. That all changed with the arrival of the Kawasaki Z sportsbike, the fastest thing on two wheels and you just couldn’t break ‘em! So when

‘Type 10A’ BMW R80 – Auto Fabrica

‘Type 10A’ BMW R80 – Auto Fabrica

Genres are something that the human mind seems to crave. Show our primitive brains something that isn’t easily classifiable, categorised or catalogued and we get nervous. But when it comes to bikes, it seems that it’s always the customs that defy the genres that are the ones that outlast them, too. Whether it’s Hazan and his yachting bobbers, or Diamond Atelier and their stanced racing brats, the harder the bikes are to pigeonhole, the better we all seem to like them. So when it came time to post tonight’s bike, we took the fact that we had to stop and think about what to call it as golden mana from heaven.

Brotherly Build – Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Motorcycles came into my life a little over 5 years ago at the age of 28. In February of 2011, my mother passed away and then 2 months after in April, I lost my father as well. During this time, my twin brother Tyson decided that he was going to buy his first bike and learn to ride as an escape and something fun to do. Motorcycles always seemed like a lot of fun to me but they were never something that I felt like I needed to get into. My brother and I have also been playing music together for most of our lives so one night after a gig (and a few cocktails) my brother asked me what my PayPal password was. I told him and when I asked him why he needed it, he told me that I was going to take the riding course with him and that he had just signed me up. I wasn’t thrilled that he had just spent my money, but on the other hand, I knew that riding would be something that I enjoyed.  Even more importantly, however, I knew that riding together would be something that would keep us close through the most difficult time in our lives.
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No Reserve: 1977 Benelli 750 Sei

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This 1977 Benelli Sei is an Italian motorcycle featuring its original 6-cylinder 747cc engine that was purchased from its long-term owner who had the bike since 1979. The 750 Sei is notable as the first six-cylinder engine to be offered in a production motorcycle. This bike was ridden regularly until 1995, at which time it received a mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The engine was rebuilt with all new components, and the chassis and ancillaries were fully refurbished. The odometer was zeroed and the bike has done 16k miles in the last 20 years.

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The 750 Sei was envisioned by Alejandro de Tomaso and was produced from 1973 to 1989. De Tomaso wanted it to become Italy’s go-to sporting motorcycle with styling by Ghia. The Sei was heavily marketed when launched, and although it was well liked by riders, it could never manage to outsell its Japanese competitors.

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Red paint is in good condition and the chrome trim, fenders, and engine components all look nice. Badging is accounted for and in good shape. The bikini front fairing is a period item that can easily be removed for a more sporty look.

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The bike is largely stock, with the exception of an aftermarket exhaust setup, seat cover, and turn indicators. Veglia gauges are said to work properly, though the tachometer face is cracked.

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The aftermarket seat is in good condition with no tears or stitching issues. A new seat cover is also included.

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Up front, handling is achieved with black and chrome 38mm Marzocchi telescopic forks and twin disc-brakes, while the rear wheel utilizes twin shock suspension and features drum brakes. the bikini front fairing is a period item that can easily be removed for a more sporty look.

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The 747cc air-cooled inline six-cylinder engine was overhauled by the previous owner in 1995. The engine was modeled on the four-cylinder Honda CB500, with two extra added cylinders. The engine produced a healthy 76hp at 9000 rpm when new, and could propel riders up to 127mph.

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The 750 Sei is famous for the sound from its six mufflers. Although this example currently wears an aftermarket unit, a complete new 6 into 6 exhaust system is included. The system can be seen above with period seat cover and new set of stock turn indicators, also included in the sale.

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Even with 6-cylinders, the width of the bike was kept at bay by positioning the alternator behind the cylinders. Cooling was increased with air passages between the cylinders, and three Dell’Orto VHB 24 mm carburetors blend air and fuel efficiently. The Benelli 750 Six remained the only six-cylinder motorcycle in production until the Honda CBX was introduced in 1978. Service records from the ’95 resto are included, and the bike carries a clean Florida title.

‘Type 7c’ Yamaha SR400 – Auto Fabrica

‘Type 7c’ Yamaha SR400 – Auto Fabrica

The custom motorcycle scene can be a competitive game, for all the comradery and sense of community that makes the industry such a wonderful thing to be part of, businesses still have to make a quid. For the workshops that build custom bikes that means selling at least enough of them to pay the rent, it’s fair to say we all take a pay cut for our art, but a man’s got to eat. To achieve this

The Ghost – Triumph Speed Triple

On one of my visits to Indonesia in 2015 I met Nicko Eigert the energetic young entrepreneur behind Bali’s Smoked Garage. Nicko’s workshop is quickly becoming one of Indonesia’s top custom workshops with a partner store located in Queensland, Australia. Last year, inspired by the Lotus C0-1 concept Nicko and his team constructed the Smoked Garage ‘Bronco Racer’. Built on a Kawasaki ER6N platform the project challenged them more than any build they’d undertaken before. Constructing a one-of-a-kind full aluminium body, revising frame geometry and designing a bespoke cooling system were just a few of the challenges they overcame. After delivering the Bronco to it’s new owner in Australia Nicko has been looking for an opportunity to produce another similarly styled motorcycle and 5 short months ago he got his chance.
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