Motorcycle News - Custom Bikes Of The Week: 6 May, 2018
Their latest build is this slick, cafe’d airhead, which went up on the bench as a used and abused BMW R80. Working from a set of sketches, the Beemer was torn down completely before the rebuild began. The engine was given a refresh and, more importantly, punched out to a full 1000cc—to deliver extra grunt for running the ton.
But it’s that bodywork that steals the show here. Aluminum was hand formed by the duo to create a truly sensuous shape that sits perfectly atop the R80’s chassis. “We like them clean, simple, elegant and fast!” says Alex. Well, so do we. And you guys nailed it, yet again. [More]
Laser Compo by the Kirkshop Using wood on a bike always raises something around here. Sometimes it’s eyebrows, other times it’s vitriol. This time around, it’s not just a few accents with a grainy veneer—it’s the entire bike. But this one will fit in the palm of your hand, so anyone can put one together. And it will look absolutely cracking on the corner of your desk.
This laser-cut model has 180 pieces and can be assembled in about 2 to 3 hours. To ensure a precise fit, designer Kirk Shinmoto has laser-cut each and every part out of maple and walnut, and the Laser Compo even has rolling wheels and functional steering. The seat folds in, just like the original.
Yohanes Prasetya Jati (aka Yohansuper) is, in his own words, just an enthusiast. But his cafe’d Yamaha RX115 tells us he’s got some damned fine skills. Built for last year’s Kustomfest, aside from the frame and engine, nearly everything here has been hand built. And the materials to build it all were plucked from the junkyard.
For the more mechanical items on the build, Yohanes pillaged what he could from other bikes. The front forks came from a Yamaha RX 135, and the front hub from an AS3 helped the skinny 18-inch front mount up. The work is truly impressive and Yohanes was super stoked when his two-stroke got the nod for inclusion in Kustomfest. Hopefully that spurs him to keep at it; he’s certainly got a knack for it. [More]
The 1200cc, V-Twin now breathes through a whirring T15 turbo. And to help give it enough fuel for its more ferocious fire a 45mm Mikuni HSR has been bolted up as well. Of course, getting that impeller to spool took some creative work with the pipes; Bryce did a great job pie-cutting the custom headers to keep things as neat and tidy as possible. But there’s more going here than just a game of suck ’n’ blow.
Restored by friends of the shop, Maxime and Florent Bodin, there is a lot to drool over here. The work was all done with a tribute to Renzo Pasolini in mind—hence that splendid bodywork—and every inch of it exudes that late 70s TT ethos. Since every nut, bolt and washer has been either replaced or re-engineered, the bike was listed in ‘as new’ condition.
We’re not sure how much this sold for, or who was lucky enough to put it in their garage. But if you’re reading this (and my lotto numbers do finally come in), please feel free to get in touch. [More]
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May 6, 2018 at 12:05PM