‘94 Honda XR600R – Escapade Custom Motorcycles

‘94 Honda XR600R – Escapade Custom Motorcycles

Written by Martin Hodgson. 

The historic walled port city of Saint Marlo set on the French side of the English Channel can lay claim to hosting many important events in world history. But as the port of choice for the swashbuckling French buccaneers of the 17th century it’s hard to argue had they still been coming to shore today this wouldn’t have been their ride of choice. Quick and nibble, capable both on and off-road with the ability to out run and out manoeuvre local law enforcement and angry traders this 1994 XR600R Street Tracker is definitely the moto du jour. Built by a new workshop from the port city,

Green Scot – VTR Customs DBR9T

German technology, Swiss masterminds, an iconic British marque and a body to die for; There’s more than a touch of 007 to the newest build from VTR Customs – the DBR 9T.

VTR Customs have produced a string of incredible BMW’s, including the Goodwood R1200R featured here previously on Return of the Cafe Racers, however it’s the BMW R nineT that has really captured the imagination of the VTR team. The 1200cc boxer twin has become a popular donor for their custom creations and they’ve been producing a steady stream of amazing R9T builds since the bike was first released back in 2014. When images of this new R nineT based build crossed our desk we got in touch with Daniel Weidmann, owner and GM of VTR Customs and he had this to say about the DBR 9T…
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‘2Shot’ BMW R nineT

‘2Shot’ BMW R nineT

Written by Martin Hodgson.

When Confucius said “all good things are difficult to achieve and bad things are very easy to get,” he might not have been talking about motorcyclists, but I’m sure he’d agree Stuart’s story fits the bill. Having pieced together a very tasty Triumph Thruxton, Stuart, a Sydneysider originally from Switzerland, was minding his own business when cruising the CBD on his bike when a tourist in the harbourside city came straight through a red light and took him out. Both man and machine were in a mess and although Stuart would ride again, his number one steed had to be put down. Six weeks in a wheelchair and three months out of action to recover gave him a lot of time to think. And rather than waste drinking beer and playing Xbox, Stuart used his recovery to imagine his motorcycling resurrection, a raging BMW R nineT.

Ok, so maybe some beers were indeed drunk along the way, but having lost his custom Triumph the BMW gave him a second chance at motorcycle nirvana and not even a bad accident could put Stuart off riding again. “I had a lot of time to think over this build, firstly I had to buy another motorcycle whilst I couldn’t walk – the irony was too much and it had to be done!

An Orange Crush – MOD Moto Ducati 750SS

I have to admit orange isn’t one of my favourite colours and despite the potential backlash of this statement, Ducati’s aren’t my favourite bikes either (sorry). However, there are exceptions to every rule and when Olof Persson from Gothenburg, Sweden sent me images of this orange Ducati 750SS I was eating my words. Built for a returning customer Olof and his teammates put the bike together at their MOD Moto workshop earlier this year. It was built for a returning customer who was wanting a cafe racer styled ride. However, rather than going for a classic cafe vibe, they convinced him to lean more towards the racer aspect of the style; and his decision to do so was clearly the correct one.
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NOS Motocompo Scooter Included: 1983 Honda City Turbo II Project

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This 1983 Honda City Turbo II (VIN AA1404773) is an interesting little JDM model with factory flares and graphics, not to mention an optional folding 50cc Motocompo scooter that goes in the trunk. The car itself will need work–it’s not running and has other issues, too–but the little Honda scooter is NOS with zero miles and even retains factory protective plastic on the seat. Find the pair here on Craigslist in Newburgh, New York for $7,500.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

The car sounds to have been imported some time ago, the seller claiming that it was kept in a California museum for most of its life. We see yellowing paint and quite a bit of flakes and chips, too, but the seller says that dings are minor and minimal and that rust is limited to a one-inch spot in a wheel well. The interior isn’t shown in full frame, but is said to be clean apart from a small hole in the rear seat.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

Power comes from a little 1231cc four shared with normally aspirated models, but at 100 HP (eight more in later Turbos), the compressor nearly doubled output. Mileage is given as 70,510km, though the car has been sitting for some time and isn’t currently running–the seller doesn’t speculate as to why, but the engine bay looks complete and all stock.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

Though offered as a factory option (and also available in yellow and red), this car did not come with a Motocompo from new–the seller bought it as NOS and then imported it to go with the car. It’s said to have never been filled with gas or oil, and as seen here, even retains a factory fitted plastic protective cover on the seat. Condition looks and sounds to be very good, and the seller’s claims of $3k-$5k used value aren’t a stretch–this unused example could be worth quite a bit more to the right party.

JDM - 1983 Honda City Turbo II RHD with Motocompo 50 cc Motorcycle

Sale is for both car and scooter–the seller refuses to separate. The little hatch itself is definitely worth saving providing it’s not totally trashed and a good parts supply chain can be arranged. Here’s a slightly nicer one featured here earlier–the red stripes should be considered mandatory for anyone looking to restore this one.

What a looker

This build comes to us from Ale De Carvalho. He just finished this bike with Danny Zeus of Zeus Motorcycles in East London. The LSTCI Harley-Davidson Softail 1450cc was stripped down to the bone revealing only the most iconic features: tank, dash, panel, engine and the wild roar of the V-Twin.  The all mate black bobber is authentic, wild […]

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Yamaha XV750 – Peters Dog Cycles

Yamaha XV750 – Peters Dog Cycles

Written by Martin Hodgson.

Even if you’re not a basketball fan, everyone old enough to remember the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 will have memories of the Dream Team. Arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled, Jordan, Magic and Bird amongst them they won Gold and dominated international headlines. But the Bronze went to “The Other Dream Team”, the newly independent country of Lithuania whose star basketballers united to bring the nation out of the Cold War and became symbols of hope and liberation. The stakes might not be as high in this little tale but the Baltic States motorcycle scene is largely dominated by heavy Harleys and two men are on a journey to bring the diverse culture of custom motorcycles to their nation and they’re doing it one great build at a time.

Tailor Made – 55 Collection Custom Leather Jackets

In recent years we’ve become spoilt for options when it comes to finding a great looking leather motorcycle jacket. Whether you ride a scrambler, a classic or a cafe racer there’s a style out there that will suit your ride. However when it comes to finding the right fit things can get a little difficult. Slight differences in sizing and proportions from country to country can leave you with an expensive, ill fitting jacket. It’s an experience many of us have gone through at least once during our riding lives. Fortunately there’s now a solution.

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Japanese Oldspeed – Rooshers Honda CB250GT

We love fast things – We prefer custom made – We are visual – We stay pure 

These are words that Daniel Schaefer and Daniel Polle of the ‘Rooshers’ live by. Both men are driven by a lifelong passion for racing, classic cars, motorcycles and design. In 2014 the pair discovered the world of cafe racers at a Kustom Kulture event in Germany and instantly connected with them. Utilising their skills developed restoring historic cars the Rooshers recently completed their first cafe racer build using a Honda CB250G and the result speaks for itself.
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