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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25 Year Anniversary of the Ducati Monster

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ducati Monster. A motorcycle that revolutionized the ‘naked bike’ category and saved the Italian manufacturer from potential bankruptcy. In the early nineties, Ducati technical Director Massimo Bordi somehow convinced the companies directors to let him produce a new motorcycle unlike any in the range. His idea was to create a machine that celebrated the companies heritage, was easy to ride and wasn’t just another sports bike. What the Monster became was a lifeline for the company that turned their profits around and became the best selling Ducati of all time.
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Riding Gear – Big Bore Flake Azul Helmet

At what point do you have enough helmets? Some might say one will do. Others might have a full garage wall dedicated to them. For that second group here’s something to keep in mind when it’s time to add just one more lid to your collection. It’s from a retro revival collection by Brazil’s Urban Helmets. Urban teamed up with Taurus Helmets back in 2014 to design a brand of classic and vintage helmets that’s quickly become one of the top selling brands in its native South America. New for 2018 is the Big Bore helmets – they’re full face, lightweight, and look like something straight out of the seventies.
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The Phoenix – South Garage Guzzi Bellagio

This story first appeared in Spanish magazine ‘Revival of the Machine

When Mandello del Lario set out to build a muscle bike in 2010 they got the dynamics right, but the styling failed to follow suit. As such the Moto Guzzi Bellagio passed through the market without making so much as a ripple. Recognising the Bellagio’s shortcomings South Garage embraced the challenge it presented. The resulting creation is a superb new motorcycle reborn from the Bellagio’s ashes, which South Garage have called the ‘Fenice’ (Phoenix).
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Workshop Series – Motogadget Motoscope Mini

Photo: Vagabund Moto

In this edition of our ‘Workshop Series’, we’ve teamed up with the crew at Revival Cycles to bring you this in-depth overview of MotoGadget’s Motoscope Mini. This tiny digital gauge is the ultimate addition to any custom build. Its minuscule design is perfect for keeping the front end of your motorcycle clean and can be mounted just about anywhere. To give you a full rundown on the Motoscope Mini here’s Revival Motorcycles head engineer, Stefan Hertel…
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Years in the Making – Yamaha TRX850 Café Racer

Nothing makes me happier than featuring custom motorcycles that have been built in my hometown. Today’s café racer is the work of Jonny Taylor who’s based in Victoria, Australia, like yours truly, and works as a maintenance fitter in the gas industry. Jonny’s 1996 Yamaha TRX850 was 4 years in the making, which to some may seem like a long time. Jonny isn’t the kind of guy to do things by halves though. This is a comprehensive nut and bolt build, performed by a self-proclaimed perfectionist, seeking to create a bike that exceeded his own expectations, and that’s exactly what he’s done.
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1987 Baker Formula One Sidecar

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

This 1987 Baker Formula One is a sidecar racer that reportedly placed second at the 1989 Isle of Man TT, holds seven US national sidecar titles, and has achieved four FIM World and two AMA National land speed records. The seller purchased it five years ago and installed an electric motor for successful land speed record attempts at Bonneville as well as the Colorado and Ohio miles. The electric motor has since been removed and a race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 engine and 6-speed transmission will be included along with a bodywork mold, extra wheels, and a North Carolina bill of sale. The fiberglass bodywork has been painted several times and is currently finished in Viper Competition Yellow. The seller notes that many stress cracks are visible but a 2-piece mold will be included for potential reproduction of the bodywork. A carbon fiber tail section was added for solo speed runs. A video is provided of the wind tunnel testing performed before the record attempts. Historic accomplishments include: Second overall at the 1989 Isle of Man Sidecar Races Seven US national sidecar championships (1993-1999) Four FIM world land speed records (110.3 mph) Two AMA US national land speed records (115 mph) ECTA Ohio Mile land speed record (117.8 mph) Colorado Mile land speed record (123.8 mph) Fabricated by veteran sidecar racer Tony Baker, the chassis was designed with thicker than normal steel tubing to withstand the demanding Isle of Man TT course, with its long wheelbase reportedly aiding high-speed stability and aerodynamics. A race-prepared Suzuki GSXR 1000 four is included but not installed. The engine was removed when the sidecar was purchased by the seller and has not been started since. Parts from its previous installation are included, though the seller notes that fabrication work will be required to set up the clutch, shift linkage, and cooling system.

Gear Review – Ideas Motors event app

If you’re anything like me you’re always looking for ways to spend more time on or around motorcycles. It doesn’t matter if it’s a group ride, an exhibition or a race event, as long as motorcycles are involved I know it’ll be a good time. The only thing that holds me back from attending more events is knowing where and when they are taking place. This becomes even more of an issue when I’m traveling to a different city or country. Thankfully there’s now a mobile app designed to feed my two-wheeled habit.

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Timing is Everything – Partridge x TW Steel MT-10

I’ve worked on my fair share of custom motorcycle builds to know that things can get a little stressful. When I read the story of Ant Partridge’s Yamaha MT-10 build for TW Steel though, everything I’d experienced felt like a walk in the park! The story begins with his moving to the UK, the start-up of his new business and being cast as a member of a Discovery Channel reality TV series. The middle is a nightmare-inducing rollercoaster ride of unimaginable problems, let downs and struggles, but the finish is an incredible custom motorcycle that can only be described as a crowning achievement.
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Speed Blur – JSK Moto BMW R9T

We’re big fans of the work of Californian motorcycle builder Samuel Kao and his workshop JSK Moto Co. JSK motorcycles are best described as neo-retro creations and his latest R Nine T unashamedly follows suit. It’s nicknamed the ‘Autobahn Streak’ and in building it Samuel has embraced BMW’s ‘born to be customized’ R Nine T ethos. Along with a long list of bolt-on styling and performance upgrades he’s fit the BMW with handcrafted bodywork of his own design.
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