Motorcycle News - Custom Bikes Of The Week: 27 May, 2018
If you want to skip the reading and see one thing that sums up Darren’s expertise, focus your peepers on that front fender mount. I mean, come on! Not convinced? Could you spot that the CB900F frame was tweaked a touch out back to make room for a Gixxer 600 swingarm? Or how about the fact that Darren has shaved some 85 pounds from the CB’s original tally? And that those weight savings aren’t just lump-sum, but have been proportioned to hit 51% front, 49% rear?
If you’d like a little more substance with your style, check out Aussie workshop Rogue Motorcycles’ version of a bobbed Scout. After putting just 92 kilometers on the odometer, owner Josh Reed enlisted Billy Kuyken at Rogue to help make the bike his own. It started by stripping the paint clean off of the tank and laying down a healthy layer of clear coat. (Josh dug the shape Indian had chosen but wanted something a little rawer.)
Most of the major changes happened in the rear, where the Scout’s beefy fender and mounting bracket were axed in favor of the custom style bobber unit Billy had created. The Scout’s forward controls were then tinkered with so they could be mounted mid-ship while permitting the new exhaust to keep Josh’s right ankle warm on a chilly Sunday morning ride. Much like Indian’s Bobber, the changes here are subtle but impactful and Josh clearly chose the right seat for his. [More]
Based on a 1994 R1100GS, builder Ricardo Micheli wanted to pay homage to the Megamoto but with a healthy sprinkling of retro. The new subframe delivers a more stilted stance and also shifts the riding position forward a touch, to shift weight and help muscle this beast around.
The suspension has been reworked by Wilbers, and the oil/airhead motor has been rejigged too. A set of high-lift cams has been installed, as well as high compression pistons, and the Ultramoto barks through a completely handmade custom exhaust. The ECU now boasts three selectable riding modes and the final drive has been shortened to celebrate #wheeliewednesday everyday of the week. [More]
The custom hardtail frame has been stretched to help maximize traction but even with the hunched drag-racer’s stance, she’s a beauty to behold. Near everything fabricated or installed has been done with the precision and detail that typically takes home best in show awards, not race wins.
The engine has received its fair share of attention too. BG-Garage plied some of their race tricks to exert some extra oomph from the Duc. Those monstrous velocity stacks flanking the tiny, sculpted tank are their work, as is that incredibly well sorted exhaust. [More]
This year, BMW pulled the wraps off the Concept 9cento (pronounced nove cento) sports touring bike. It’s a glimpse into BMW’s styling future, a slim and sharp-edged all-rounder that amplifies some of the visual cues already seen on BMW’s dual sports.
On the Concept 9cento, clip-on cases offer storage space and extend the seating area for a passenger. In BMW’s case, an electromagnet secures the luggage/seat extension to the back end of the frame, but we reckon a couple of sturdy bolts would do the trick just as well.
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May 27, 2018 at 12:02PM