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Black Magic: A stealthy Honda NX650 from the Baltics

20.08.2019

It’s always good to discover a new name on the custom scene, and this week we happened across Differs—a garage from the Baltic state of Lithuania. It’s headquartered in the capital of Vilnius, a beautiful city that can trace its history back to the 13th century. There’s absolutely nothing old fashioned about Differs’ custom builds, though: they like to keep their style fresh and modern. “We prefer the present day over the past,” says founder Povilas Vaisiauskas. And this crisp, sharp-edged Honda NX650 is proof that his philosophy works. The NX650 is the first time Differs has tackled a dual sport bike, even though they’ve been operating for four years now. Also known as the Dominator, the air-cooled single was Honda’s first foray into a market blown wide open by BMW’s R80 G/S in the 1980s.…

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 18 August, 2019

18.08.2019

This week we’ve uncovered a classic Garelli converted to electric power, a Suzuki SV650 with an endurance racer vibe, and a trio of stunning BMWs, including a slash-7 kit for the R nineT. Suzuki SV650 by Bandisca The SV650 is widely considered a superb bang-for-buck buy. It offers decent performance and handling, for not too much money—but no one buys it for its looks. Enter husband and wife team Alf and Mihaela, from Romanian shop Bandisca. Despite Alf’s initial skepticism, Bandisca have transformed this 2001-model SV into retro-fabulous endurance racer. It actually took them almost two months to decide on a direction, but in the end, the 1990 GSX-R750 became the inspiration for the build. So they started with a 90s GSXR replica fairing from Airtech Streamlining, which had to be modified heavily to match the SV’s bones.…

In conversation with PJ Jacobsen and Corey Alexander

17.08.2019

REV’IT! has just dropped the third episode in the bite-sized series on flat track, Slide. This week we go behind the scenes with racers Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen and Corey Alexander, who explain why flat track has become essential training for some of the world’s fastest road racers. These guys know what they’re talking about: in 2015 the multi-talented Jacobsen (below) was the first American to take a win in the Supersport World Championship, and today races in the AFT Twins flat track class. He’s also currently running third in the MotoAmerica Supersport class. Corey Alexander is an AMA 600cc Supersport champion and multi race winner who switched to AFT Singles last year. They explore how flat track pushes even the best racers to new heights, including dirt fans like Marc Márquez.…

Second Wind: Prepping a custom LeMans for a road trip

16.08.2019

Most custom enthusiasts refine and tinker with their bikes. Sometimes it’s to keep them in line with changing tastes and styles. Sometimes it’s to improve performance. And other times, it’s to fix age-related issues or the ravages of time. In the case of this sharp-looking Moto Guzzi, it was for all those reasons. It’s a 1979 LeMans III belonging to John Gauthier of the French moto site 4h10, and we first featured it six years ago. It’s a very different bike now though, because John uses it as his daily rider around Paris—and the original incarnation simply wasn’t practical enough. “The previous version had an ‘endurance’ tank,” says John. “It was very long and made it quite hard to ride.…

Pole Position: A BMW from one of Spain’s top race shops

14.08.2019

We thought we were tired of seeing classic BMW boxers with skinny seats, but as it turns out, we were wrong. Bolt Motor Co. have just delivered an ultra-sharp bobber-cafe hybrid—and even though it treads familiar ground, it operates at a higher level than most bikes of this style. It’s the sort of quality we’ve come to expect from Bolt. If you’ve followed their career up until now, you’ll know that they’re related to the Campos Racing team—Adrián Campos is the race director and also runs the custom shop, and the companies share a workshop. And the skills applied in the racecar division clearly bleed into their classic custom bike builds. Stylistically, this airhead is one hundred percent what Bolt’s client ordered.…

Lightning strike: A Buell X1 scrambler by Moto Adonis

13.08.2019

Let’s be honest: a lot of custom scramblers are more about the show than the go. They look good, but a trip down a muddy forest track would likely result in a thick stripe of mud on the back of your waxed cotton jacket. This new Buell build from Holland is entirely more practical, though. It’s based on a turn-of-the-century X1 Lightning, so no amount of visual finessing is going to make it as pretty as a classic BSA. But we love the chunky, tank-like vibe, and wouldn’t hesitate to blast this crossmotor down a hardpack trail. The X1 Lightning comes from Moto Adonis, a small shop run by custom builder Daan Borsje. He’s based in Roosendaal, a town in the southern part of the Netherlands and less than an hour’s drive south of Rotterdam.…

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 11 August, 2019

11.08.2019

A brutal new Kawasaki restomod from AC Sanctuary, a Crocker Small Tank about to go under the hammer, and a slick Krämer race bike. Plus a Sportster flat tracker with a beefy Buell XB12 motor—and a taste for the drag strip. Moto Guzzi T3 by Marcin Guja Polish builder Marcin Guja is a serious Guzzista—he’s already got fifteen Moto Guzzis under his belt. For this cafe racer, he started out with a 1980 T3 rolling frame, then wedged in an early-2000s 1,100 cc V11 motor. The V11’s fuel injected, but that didn’t work for Marcin. So he binned the EFI and installed a pair of Dell’Orto PHM40 carbs. Then he added a five-speed box from a California III, and a Le Mans-style Lafranconi exhaust system.…

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 11 August, 2019

11.08.2019

A brutal new Kawasaki restomod from AC Sanctuary, a Crocker Small Tank about to go under the hammer, and a slick Krämer race bike. Plus a Sportster flat tracker with a beefy Buell XB12 motor—and a taste for the drag strip. Moto Guzzi T3 by Marcin Guja Polish builder Marcin Guja is a serious Guzzista—he’s already got fifteen Moto Guzzis under his belt. For this cafe racer, he started out with a 1980 T3 rolling frame, then wedged in an early-2000s 1,100 cc V11 motor. The V11’s fuel injected, but that didn’t work for Marcin. So he binned the EFI and installed a pair of Dell’Orto PHM40 carbs. Then he added a five-speed box from a California III, and a Le Mans-style Lafranconi exhaust system.…

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.…

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.…

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