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
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.
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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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.
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
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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For more than a thousand years the Czech city of Prague has been one of the political and cultural centres of Europe, a thriving community of intellectual thought and creativity. So important is the city centre and its ancient buildings that it’s listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an honour normally reserved for single structures like the Taj Mahal or natural wonders such as Uluru. The first criteria for such a listing is that the place “represents a masterpiece of human creative genius and cultural significance”, so you could hardly ride around the place on a plastic fantastic 250cc number and be doing the city any justice. Instead the appropriately named
The challenge Triumph gave themselves when redesigning the Bonneville was nothing short of Herculean. As a company whose entire brand rests on one hundred plus years of biking heritage, this is the bike around which their entire world revolves. How hollow would their references to legendary motorcycling heroes such as Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando sound if the new Bonneville missed the mark? So to this end, the brief from John Bloor, Triumph’s owner, was as clear as it was short. It had to be as good as the original ‘59 Bonneville T120, “and whatever you do,” he said “do not fuck it up.
“We found this Suzuki GSX250 on a Greek island named Othonoi in the possession of a retired Lighthouse Keeper. Its journey to our workshop in Athens took 3 months instead of the normal 3 day journey, so it kind of stayed true to the island’s very history. Legend says that Othonoi was the home of the nymph Calypso who stalled Odysseus for seven years, so we believed the bike itself had been lost or forgotten wandering the seas. I guess it was a stroke of luck that it ever arrived!”
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When was the last time you talked to the guy next door? In Kuala Lumpur neighbours Azahar and Azree Zo discovered one another’s passion for cafe racers during a friendly neighbourly chat. That discovery quickly developed into a strong friendship, which lead to the formation of their own custom motorcycle brand in 2012. Four years on their backyard hobby has grown to become a working business located in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur that goes by the name of Kerkus Cycles.
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