Motorcycle News - Custom Bikes Of The Week: 26 August, 2018
The bike was was prepped it for slideways action at this year’s Motobay Classic Super Hooligan race. So the Duc’s 17-inch wheels were swapped over for a set of matched 19-inch Sun rims, running on the requisite Dunlop DT3 rubber.
Cosmetically this Scrambler has ditched its curvy subframe in favor of a new, flattened unit. It’s been topped with Kevin Lambert fiberglass, and the headlight has been binned to make room for the number plate.
Other changes include a new tray built to hang below the seat and house a lithium battery, and a number plate side panel. Rumor is these are only the first of more changes to come, but they were good enough for Ducati’s PR Manager (and friend) Nathon Verdugo to notch up Coterie’s first hooligan win. [More]
Working from a set of original casting drawings, the engine powering this bike is essentially the same as the unique bevel drive that Mike “The Bike” had for his Manx win. Of course, this being a modern day creation, Brook Henry took some liberties when it came to materials. Those casings and many of the parts bolted up are milled from chunks of Aerospace aluminum. Thumping away inside, the pistons are forged units from Pistal Racing in Italy—and spun by a plain bearing crank to increase reliability.
Endorsed by the Hailwood Foundation, there will only be a dozen of these incredible bikes produced. The costs are substantial—at $144,000 each—and I’m sure most purchasers will never put all 89 hp to use on a circuit hunting down a podium spot. But I think their existence alone makes this world a better place. [More]
With a bit of self-doubt to overcome and some general hesitations, the project took Matt about three years. Cafe Racer Kits UK supplied the new subframe and tail unit, but chopping up the old perch wasn’t an easy affair.
This cafe racer was built to pay tribute to Matt’s dad, so the paint was chosen to match his old Ariels—and the racing numbers were once his as well. But it was always built to race as well. Matt rode this machine to a 4th place finish at Lydden Hill for the Bike Shed’s Cafe Racer Cup, which coincidentally is a track his pops raced at years before. [Video]
Currently word is mum on exactly what’s going on here but we do know the new 650cc twin sits in a hard-tailed, custom frame. In fact, if you look closely most of us at the offices here would wager this bike is actually a re-working of LockStock, the custom-commissioned, Continental GT based drag bike we saw back in June.
There are some differences though, as the curved bars have been swapped for clip-ons and this version wears a stock tank and some extra aero wrapping around its tail. Regardless, Royal Enfield has enlisted 18-year old Cayla Rivas as the rider, who’s been racing since she was 12 and holds a dozen speed records already. Ms Rivas has delivered already: she’s just got the world record at 132 mph (212 km/h) for this class of bike. [More]
The stock subframe was treated to a minor snubbing to tastefully reduce the overhang out back. That meant a new hump had to be built and the OEM taillight was relocated with a custom bracket. The original seat pan needed some fettling but mates up perfectly and can still be released with the stock lock and key.
Pulling from their parts bin, Honda Europe was able to pluck a full set of Öhlins suspenders from a Fireblade SP to keep Mick pointed in a straight line. To ensure that line isn’t directed to the stars, a custom single-sided swingarm was fabricated to add some length to the back end.
Painted in the requisite HRC livery, this CB1000R looks like a proper racer. And it begs a question too. Will Honda eventually pull the trigger on a special edition of their Neo-Retro cafe? We sure hope they do. [More]
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September 2, 2018 at 12:08PM