Riding Gear – Rev’it! Yates Armored Sweatshirt

There are times when every motorcyclist considers riding in their regular clothes. It may be due to the weather or their destination, but is it worth the risk? The research department at REV’IT has come up with an intelligent solution. It’s a fabric made from double woven Cordura yarn that’s exceptionally cut, tear and abrasion resistant (yet still stretches) and they’ve used it to make their new Yates Armored Sweatshirt.
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The Black Bull – Deep Creek Cycleworks R Nine T

BMW struck a chord in the custom motorcycle scene when they released the R Nine T. Powered by a bulletproof 100bhp 1170cc flat twin the R9T offers a smooth and predictable ride. It certainly isn’t sedate though. Give the throttle a twist and you’ll reach 60mph in just under 3 seconds and you can do so knowing that there’s a big set of Brembos primed to slow your pace. The R9T was never meant to be a performance-focused motorcycle though. When BMW created the neo-classically style motorcycle they did so with customization in mind and it was welcomed with open arms.
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Workshop Series – Fork conversion with Cognito Moto

Swapping your old forks with a set of modern, better-performing upside-down forks sounds like a complex task, and it is.  Thankfully there are some great aftermarket products available to simplify the job. In this edition of our Workshop Series, the crew at Cognito Moto walk us through the process of installing a Suzuki GSXR front end onto a seventies Honda CB750 using a few of their own specialized parts.
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Small Thrills – Whitcraft Honda CB175

Someone wittier than me once said “It’s more fun to ride a slow motorcycle fast than to ride a fast motorcycle slow” and I couldn’t agree with them more. There’s something truly exhilarating about having the throttle of a small bike pinned all the way around as you scream down the freeway. You may only be traveling at a touch over 60mph but the sound coming from that tiny engine beneath you gets your adrenals pumping. It’s an addictive sensation and the only way to feed that addiction legally and often is on a racetrack.
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Riding Gear – Roland Sands Fresno Shoes

We live in a great era for riding. Back in the day, your options for motorcycle footwear were limited to black boots, with a low heel and perhaps a buckle somewhere. Of course, you could have worn whatever street shoes you wanted – as long as you were comfortable sacrificing protection. Now there are enough riding shoes out there that every style preference is well represented – and every foot is well protected. Take for instance this latest ‘Frenso’ shoe offering by Roland Sands Designs.
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Tune in – Goblin Works Norton Dominator

After the train wreck that was Orange County Choppers, I’ve been a bit reluctant to commit to any motorcycle related reality TV shows. What I like most about the custom scene are the friendships it creates and the sheer fun of having a go at creating something functional and cool. What I’m not interested in watching are big egos and useless trailer trash.  Thankfully there’s finally a series that seems to have the formula right. The Discovery channels ‘Goblin Works Garage’ is a 6 part series that follows a madcap group of UK custom builders as they bring their crazy ideas to fruition.
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Ride Review – Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

A couple of weeks back I flew to Sydney to take part in a ride hosted by Ducati Australia called the ‘Sydney Scramble’. The ride brought a few good people from the online motorcycle community together for 2 days of fun on the current 803cc Scrambler range. We weaved our way a few hours north of Sydney into the NSW hills and even tackled a 60km stretch of dusty unsealed road to see how well the standard Scrambler and the long-legged Desert Sled handled it.

Unfortunately, because of the off-road leg of the Sydney Scramble, the one bike I really wanted to test out didn’t make the cut, the Scrambler Café Racer. Thankfully Ducati picked up on this and when I returned home they arrange one for me to test ride.
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1997 Ducati 916 Biposto

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This 1997 Ducati 916 is powered by a Desmoquattro 90 degree V-twin coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and utilizes a single-sided swingarm and steel trellis frame. It has been part of the seller’s collection since 2003 and currently shows 20,495 miles. Modifications include an aftermarket set of clip-ons and a pair of carbon fiber silencers. Maintenance performed within the past 100 miles includes a valve adjustment, timing belt service, and replacement of the original clutch. This 916 is now being offered with a clear Indiana title. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and released in 1994, the 916’s styling was a major departure from its predecessor the 888. It would remain in production until 1998 when it was replaced by the 996 and later the 998. This example is equipped with a Biposto tail, and the rear license plate holder and passenger footpegs have been removed. Underneath the fairing is an aluminum subframe, and a chromoly trellis frame finished to match the three-spoke 17″ wheels. The currently-installed Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa tires have approximately 100 miles of use. Base model 916s came equipped with 43mm Showa forks from the factory, and a single Showa shock with rising-rate linkage in the rear. 320mm stainless rotors and a pair of four-piston calipers are fitted up front and handle the majority of the braking. 20,495 miles are shown on the odometer, approximately 10k of which were added by the seller during their 15 years of ownership. Power comes from a liquid-cooled 916cc 90-degree V-twin which sends power through a multi-plate dry clutch and a six-speed gearbox. Desmodromic valve actuation means that the camshafts are responsible for opening and closing each of the 8-valves, and fuel is delivered with a Weber-Marelli fuel injection system. Approximately 100 miles ago, Commonwealth Motorcycles in Louisville, Kentucky changed both timing belts, re-shimmed the valves, replaced the original clutch, changed all fluids, and performed a nut-and-bolt inspection.

Lucky for One – BMW R80 Cafe Racer

Everyone wants to be remembered for something. For Portugal’s it roCkS!bikes that something is great looking, monocoque bodied custom motorcycles. Run by Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos, a pair of motorcycle obsessed engineers, it roCkS!bikes has built a reputation that has earned them a place as one of Yamaha’s invited Yardbuilt builders, joining the ranks of Shinya Kimura and the Wrenchmonkees. Along with their fascination with motorcycles IRB (it roCkS!bikes) also happen to be café racer aficionados using the classic style as inspiration for most of their builds.

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1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500

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This 1977 Ducati Sport Desmo is powered by a 500cc parallel twin coupled with a 5-speed gearbox and was equipped from the factory with a twin down-tube frame, clip-on handlebars, rear sets, and a solo seat. Within the past two years, the bodywork was repainted, and a set of Dunstall silencers were installed along with Metzler tires. The seller has added approximately 30 miles since acquiring the bike in late 2017, during which time he has replaced the battery and changed the fluids. Now showing 14,605 kilometers (~9k miles), this Sport Desmo is being offered with a clean New York title in the seller’s name. The tank, solo seat, and fender were repainted in the original red with a custom center white stripe by the previous owner. A small crack is present on the left-side panel, as is a chip in the paint near the reupholstered seat. Two-year-old Metzler tires are fitted on the Borrani alloy wheels. Triple Brembo discs handle braking, two up front and one out back. A set of chrome Dunstall mufflers have been installed in place of the original Contis, and some pitting is evident on the hardware. 14,605 kilometers (~9k miles) are shown on the Veglia speedometer. The 500cc parallel twin utilizes a 180-degree crank, desmodromic valvetrain, two valves per cylinder, and a 9.6:1 compression ratio. Fuel is delivered with a pair of Dellorto carburetors, which were recently removed and cleaned by the seller. Factory rated output was approximately 50 horsepower when the bike was new.