Long Live The King – Yamaha RX Cafe Racer

I love the Indonesian custom motorcycle scene. It’s full of passionate young builders who aren’t afraid to give anything a go. It’s common to see young guys building their own bodywork from scratch or jumping head first into a complete engine rebuild that they’ve never attempted before. There’s a real can do attitude that’s evolved because of the environment in which they find themselves and it’s producing some great young talent. Today’s feature is the story of an engineering student who built his own cafe racer from scratch with little knowledge or funds at his disposal. This is his two stroke Yamaha RX K135 cafe racer and the following is his inspiring story…
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‘Lac Rose’ RnineT – BMW Motorrad

‘Lac Rose’ RnineT – BMW Motorrad

The Paris-Dakar Rally is one of the truly great motorsport events, known around the world the winning vehicles often go on to achieve legendary status and large sales success. The epitome of that notion is the BMW GS series which launched in 1980 and would go on to win the Rally four times in five years. By 2009 that winning formula had resulted in the sale of more than half a million road going versions and the legend of the GS lives on today. But with the Wheels & Waves Festival kicking off today in Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast,

Now You See Me – Hidden Ducati 600SS

One of the great things about running this website is coming across a builder who does things a little differently. A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Maurizio Carraro the owner/operator of Imbarcadero14 Venice (IMB14). Maurizio had teamed up with legendary Japanese custom builder AnBu to build an awesome Moto Guzzi SP3 that had my jaw dragging on my keyboard. In just 3 short years the IMB14 portfolio contains over 20 impressive builds and with each one Maurizio’s own style is becoming more pronounced. For his latest build he and his team sank 300 hours into reimagining a Ducati 600SS and the result is as impressive as it is unique.
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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

This is from the site Bring a Trailer (https://bringatrailer.com/) ...

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.

Replica Kit Makes Track Lakes Roadster Roadster | eBay

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.

Replica Kit Makes Track Lakes Roadster Roadster | eBay

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.

Three Quarter Deuce 1932 Ford Roadster Replica for sale Chassis

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.