Motorcycle News - Custom Bikes Of The Week: 22 July, 2018
All kidding aside, there’s no denying the allure of this iconic bike and the movie it starred in. It’s where we learned some truths like “you never know how fast you’re going, until you fall off” and “desert racers are nice people.” [More]
It’s powered by a 300 hp Rolls-Royce helicopter engine, so Marques and his team of imagineers had to develop a one-off continuously variable transmission (CVT) to transfer the power to the rear wheel. And that wheel, much like the one out front, is a 36-inch hubless unit. It’s mounted so the bike will skim across the asphalt with just enough ground clearance to allow ants to scurry beneath it.
The build itself took over three years and, Garth admits, was inspired by Sasha Lakic’s CX500 cafe racer. With a wrecked CX in his possession and the workshop of his day job at his disposal, Garth stripped the Honda down.
A set of forks from an R1 had their internals shortened 30mm before being fitted up, and the rear shock from the same donor found its way out back. Garth also took to the powerplant, and shaved three pounds off the flywheel before balancing it—so the power from the poor man’s Guzzi would spool up with more fury.
This hard work is definitely worth salivating over and we’re not the only ones to think so: Garth took home top honors at the Laverda Concours, winning both the judges’ and peoples’ choice trophies. [More]
Working with a 1957 example, Jay worked tirelessly to design and develop a thirty-five part kit that can be bolted on by shadetree mechanics, turning stock Bullets into sleek little cafe racers.
The kit is more than just lipstick and mascara. It will also include an extensive revision to the stance, handling and electrics. A new set of wheels, both front and rear, is included. Plus a revised swingarm, newly machined triples, clip-ons, and a complete loom kit to hide the spaghetti. If you’ve got a Bullet kicking around and have been thinking of a project, this kit looks a great place to start. [More]
Dmitry and his crew decided to scrap essentially everything but the engine to create a steampunk boardtracker. That motor needed some re-working, and as well as a new ignition system, Zillers also changed the valve timing to lower compression from 17:1 to a more manageable (and streetable) 11:1.
The handmade details continue. Everything from the front end, including the copper shocks, to the rear disc has been milled from lumps of metal. Cold steel is softened by the inclusion of wood, which has been tastefully transformed into a new seat, tank badging and grips. The story in the link is well worth the read but you’ll need Google Translate to make sense of it. [More]
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July 22, 2018 at 12:07PM