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Watch: An American Story about Dirt and Speed

10.08.2019

One of the defining trends of motorcycling right now is the resurgence of flat track racing. Probably because it’s exciting to watch and accessible for amateurs—and the bikes look damn good, too. So REV’IT! has created a four-part film series called Slide, giving us a bite-sized insider’s look at flat track racing in the US. Riders PJ Jacobsen and Corey Alexander explore the history, legends, and bikes of the scene—which after all, was one of America’s first extreme sports. We’ll also see what it takes to slide the bikes around unstable surfaces at speeds of up to 120 mph (190 kph) … We’re kicking off today with the first two episodes in the series. Going Flat Out turns back the pages of history a hundred years, to reveal the beginnings of modern-day flat track—the oldest form of motorcycle racing in the US.…

Pocket Patina: Colby Thompson and his Cushman Scooters

09.08.2019

Of all the hobbies you could have, Colby Thompson’s is pretty unbeatable. By day, he’s a company CEO—but after hours, he restores and modifies rare vintage scooters. Based in Bend, Oregon, Colby’s owned, raced and built motorcycles since he was nine. “I enjoy motorcycle creativity,” he says, “especially builds that are minimal and raw in nature.” His scooters—built under the moniker of Lounge Mercury Vapor—are the pocket-sized products of a quirky imagination and clever engineering. Sometimes Colby builds them squeaky-clean, but most of the time they’re dripping with authentic, hard-earned patina. Here’s a closer look at three of his latest builds; two rare Cushmans that are over sixty years old, and a 1960 Puch. 1947 Cushman 60 Series This project started out as just a shell, lying in a field in Madras, Oregon.…

Pocket Patina: Colby Thompson and his Cushman Scooters

09.08.2019

Of all the hobbies you could have, Colby Thompson’s is pretty unbeatable. By day, he’s a company CEO—but after hours, he restores and modifies rare vintage scooters. Based in Bend, Oregon, Colby’s owned, raced and built motorcycles since he was nine. “I enjoy motorcycle creativity,” he says, “especially builds that are minimal and raw in nature.” His scooters—built under the moniker of Lounge Mercury Vapor—are the pocket-sized products of a quirky imagination and clever engineering. Sometimes Colby builds them squeaky-clean, but most of the time they’re dripping with authentic, hard-earned patina. Here’s a closer look at three of his latest builds; two rare Cushmans that are over sixty years old, and a 1960 Puch. 1947 Cushman 60 Series This project started out as just a shell, lying in a field in Madras, Oregon.…

The Monster Is Loose: A Ducati S4R by Benjie’s Café Racer

08.08.2019

The Ducati Monster is one of the best-selling motorcycles in Europe. It’s been around for over a quarter of a century, and some 300,000 have been sold worldwide since 1993. So why don’t we see more custom Monsters? Probably because the bike is so good straight out of the box, and almost everyone loves the looks bestowed upon it by Miguel Galluzzi. It doesn’t matter whether you have a humble mid-90s M600 or the latest 160 hp Testastretta-powered 1200 R—the stance and proportions are instantly recognizable. Benjie’s Café Racer are one of the few builders to tackle a Monster. Owner Benjie Flipprboi is based in New Jersey, but his latest creation can hold its own against any custom Duc to come from a high-end European shop.…

The Monster Is Loose: A Ducati S4R by Benjie’s Café Racer

08.08.2019

The Ducati Monster is one of the best-selling motorcycles in Europe. It’s been around for over a quarter of a century, and some 300,000 have been sold worldwide since 1993. So why don’t we see more custom Monsters? Probably because the bike is so good straight out of the box, and almost everyone loves the looks bestowed upon it by Miguel Galluzzi. It doesn’t matter whether you have a humble mid-90s M600 or the latest 160 hp Testastretta-powered 1200 R—the stance and proportions are instantly recognizable. Benjie’s Café Racer are one of the few builders to tackle a Monster. Owner Benjie Flipprboi is based in New Jersey, but his latest creation can hold its own against any custom Duc to come from a high-end European shop.…

Smoking: A homage to the classic John Player Norton

07.08.2019

At some point in their career, every good custom motorcycle builder sees a client point at a bike in their portfolio and say; “build me one just like that.” It comes with the territory—especially if your work is as good as that of Union Motorcycle Classics. Union’s Mike Watanabe and Luke Ransom have a long list of classic restos and stunning customs to their names. So they found themselves in that position not too long ago, when a customer called and reference a Norton Commando cafe racer he spotted on Union’s website. “Our response was: ‘We’re happy to build a Commando custom, but we have something else in mind’,” Mike tells us. That ‘something else’ had to do with Union’s fascination with Peter Williams, and his John Player Norton.…

Smoking: A homage to the classic John Player Norton

07.08.2019

At some point in their career, every good custom motorcycle builder sees a client point at a bike in their portfolio and say; “build me one just like that.” It comes with the territory—especially if your work is as good as that of Union Motorcycle Classics. Union’s Mike Watanabe and Luke Ransom have a long list of classic restos and stunning customs to their names. So they found themselves in that position not too long ago, when a customer called and reference a Norton Commando cafe racer he spotted on Union’s website. “Our response was: ‘We’re happy to build a Commando custom, but we have something else in mind’,” Mike tells us. That ‘something else’ had to do with Union’s fascination with Peter Williams, and his John Player Norton.…

Muscle Rétro: A Yamaha XJR1300 from Bad Winners

06.08.2019

Bad Winners is one of those shops that consistently do good work. It’s owned by Frenchman Walid Ben Lamine, who has an unusual and very performance-focused CV—including stints as a championship rower and a race team mechanic. It’s not surprising that the machines he puts together in his workshop in the 19th arrondissement of Paris are clean, thoughtfully specc’d, and designed to perform. Like this XJR1300, which took two years to build and will comfortably outpace a showroom bike. The XJR1300 was one of the best of the old school muscle bikes: an air-cooled cruiser in sporty clothing that handled well around town, and packed a solid wallop out on the open road. The US never got the XJR, but it remained on sale in Europe and Oceania until a couple of years ago, with fuel injection and clever ECU programming keeping it on the right side of emissions regulations.…

Muscle Rétro: A Yamaha XJR1300 from Bad Winners

06.08.2019

Bad Winners is one of those shops that consistently do good work. It’s owned by Frenchman Walid Ben Lamine, who has an unusual and very performance-focused CV—including stints as a championship rower and a race team mechanic. It’s not surprising that the machines he puts together in his workshop in the 19th arrondissement of Paris are clean, thoughtfully specc’d, and designed to perform. Like this XJR1300, which took two years to build and will comfortably outpace a showroom bike. The XJR1300 was one of the best of the old school muscle bikes: an air-cooled cruiser in sporty clothing that handled well around town, and packed a solid wallop out on the open road. The US never got the XJR, but it remained on sale in Europe and Oceania until a couple of years ago, with fuel injection and clever ECU programming keeping it on the right side of emissions regulations.…

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 4 August, 2019

04.08.2019

The Bathtub is back, thanks to BAAK’s Interceptor 650. Plus an Indian Chief with a barbecue grill attached, a cool kit for the Ducati Scrambler, and news of Triumph’s insane new Rocket 3—with 221 Nm of torque. Indian/Traeger sidecar hack by See See Motorcycles Remember when See See Motorcycles put an espresso machine in a sidecar? Well, they’re at it again—except this time, they’re smoking meat instead of grinding beans. In a collaboration with Traeger Grills and Indian Motorcycle, See See’s Thor Drake has stuck a fully operational wood pellet grill into a sidecar rig. The motorcycle is an Indian Chief Dark Horse, the grill is a Traeger Ironwood Series 885, and the sidecar is a vintage item that’s been restored.…

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