Motorcycle News - Custom Bikes Of The Week: 12 August, 2018
PJ was one of three ‘backyard builders’ picked by Indian to tackle their own build. A design had to be submitted before the keys to a new Scout were tossed over, and the Ohio-based safety inspector found himself racing towards a Sturgis deadline—in competition with a mechanical engineer and a NASA engineer.
The stock tank was then beaten and bashed by friends from Raw Iron Choppers to deliver those neat n’ tidy scallops. The tail section is a PJ original that sits just right in our eyes, and the seat is the handiwork of Ginger from New Church Moto. [More]
Richard Gaell and his crew weren’t concerned about a factory correct job, so the Ducati has been tweaked in favor of performance and style. The frame has been shortened, the subframe has been flattened, and the wheelbase extended 40mm overall.
The Scrambler now rides on a set of SM Pro rims and has a new set of WP forks up front—and a pair of Öhlins piggyback units in the back that offer over 13 inches of travel. Control is delivered via a set of bars from Renthal and the brakes have been upgraded with single unit up front from Beringer.
As the story goes, a magnificently monikered ‘Mr. Craze’ sold this particular Norton to Beart in 1962. Beart plied his magic to prep it for the Junior Manx GP in 1963: steel was replaced with aluminum, bolts were hollowed, and the rims were swapped for the narrowest set he could find—to reduce weight. A two-piece Jakeman fairing was fitted up and a custom fuel cell was fabricated to incorporate a small chin recess, to aid the aerodynamics.
The bike came to Rob, essentially ready to race, via eBay. It had been worked on by Bangs Racing, and Rob figured it was the perfect fit for the Cup. The bike had already received the requisite humped rear, had its suspenders upgraded and a front fairing fitted. Clip-ons and rearsets were also part of the deal, so really Rob just had to get the bike to the starting line.
In the end, Rob made race day and snagged a 9th place finish (out of 75), which is pretty impressive for a man with a broken wrist and a bike he’d only ridden (and crashed) once. [More]
Apparently Jay LaRossa has an affinity for Redline bicycles (I was more of a GT man, myself). With a Honda CT90 sitting in his shop with no fixed plans, he went to work creating a 50 mph tribute to the 80s. Today, all that remains from the old step-through are its motor mounts and hoops.
The engine powering this tiny brute is a 110cc unit built by Lifan that has a custom exhaust fitted. Getting it to fire comes courtesy of a 4-cell Antigravity battery that hides, along with all of the wiring, behind the motor itself. LED lighting has been integrated throughout and, despite being out of the DMV system, the bike can easily tackle a lengthy ride: Jay rode it to Born Free a few years back. It’s currently for sale, and for around $6k you can take on Helltrack like no one before. [More]
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August 12, 2018 at 12:08PM