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A Honda CT125 Hunter Cub … with a ‘Gatling gun’ exhaust

22.07.2020

The Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is one of the most exciting motorcycles to come out of Big Red’s stable in recent times. Effectively a ‘scrambler’ version of the C125 Super Cub (‘T’ is for ‘Trail’), it’s a pint-sized adventure scoot that harks back to Honda’s beloved ‘Postie’ bikes. You get a 125 cc air-cooled four stroke with both electric and kick-start systems, a four-speed ‘box, 17” wheels and disc brakes. But more importantly you also get a sump guard, a massive rear rack and just enough suspension travel for light exploration. It’s what we’d pick for carrying on the back of a motorhome on camping trips—or hopping from cafe to cafe on an easy Sunday morning. The CT125 has only just hit the market in Asia, but Thailand’s K-Speed have wasted little time in customizing it.…

Monza: WalzWerk’s best BMW cafe racer yet?

21.07.2020

Most custom builders are low-volume guys. It’s often a sideline to a day job, or part of a wider operation selling parts. But there are a handful of companies that have a veritable production line, and in Europe, one of those is WalzWerk. “We build around 50 of our ‘Schizzo’ BMWs per year, which is one bike per week,” says founder Marcus Walz. “All the bikes—the Roadster, Cafe Racer, Scrambler and Bobber—are based pretty much on the same concept.” “But once a year we build a very special Schizzo, and this year it is this ‘Monza,’ which is inspired by old GP bikes of the 70s. Hence the reason for the nickname.” ‘Monza’ is a fantastic blend of minimalist and retro cafe racer design, based on a 1989 monolever R100 RS.…

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 19 July, 2020

19.07.2020

A funky Cushman scooter bought on auction, a BMW R100 GS given the Dakar treatment, a stunning Suzuki Katana restomod, and did you know that there’s an Egli-framed Ducati 900 SS out there? BMW R100GS ‘Baja-California’ by Cafemoto Forty years ago this month, the BMW GS changed the face of motorcycling. The R80 G/S and its successors reshaped the image of BMW over the decades, moving it away from a slightly staid, luxury niche into a brand popular with the overlanding crowd and weekend warriors. This R100 GS ‘Baja-California’ captures that vibe perfectly, although it’s probably a little more suited to rough off-roading than most modern GS machines. It comes from Georg Godde and Holger Maninger of Cafemoto, a custom BMW specialist based in Gelsenkirchen.…

Better than the original: A CB550 from Thirteen & Company

18.07.2020

Once in a while, a custom motorcycle builder will create a machine that attracts attention like nothing else in their portfolio. For LA-based Kyle Vara of Thirteen and Company, it’s a Honda CB550 that he built four years ago, nicknamed ‘Amber.’ Amber turned so many heads, Kyle got close to 20 requests from around the world to duplicate it. But like most artists, he’s more interested in expanding his portfolio than repeating the same formula. And then his buddy Jeff Campagna, proprietor of Steeltown Garage in Canada, convinced him to build ‘Amber II.’ “Luckily the customer, Michael, allowed me to change up a couple things,” Kyle tells us, “and had the budget to change certain components that weren’t an option when building the original Amber.…

Super Six: A Honda CBX 1000 from France

16.07.2020

Despite the fact that motorcycles seem to keep getting bigger, the six-cylinder engine layout has never really caught on. Only a handful of bikes have employed it, and these days it’s reserved for mammoth tourers. That gives the Honda CBX 1000 a touch of the mythical. Even though it was eventually outsold by the CB900F, the CBX 1000 was Honda’s flagship sportbike at the time. These days, it’s fast approaching cult status—which is why Dimitri at Lys Motorcycles picked one to customize. Based in the northern French region of Hauts-de-France, Dimitri has been building custom motorcycles for a while but it’s only been a full-time gig for the past year. So he needed a personal bike that he could show off at events, and the CBX 1000 sprung to mind.…

Dark Matter: A blacked-out BMW R80 bobber from Untitled

15.07.2020

Untitled Motorcycles is not your standard custom outfit. Output is hardly prolific, but the bikes invariably create ripples. And the founders operate in separate workshops, five thousand miles apart—in London and San Francisco. This BMW comes from the London outpost, helmed by Adam Kay. And although he’s an experienced builder (with a Masters in sculpture from the Royal College of Art to boot), it was a challenge. “The donor was one of the worst bikes we’ve ever seen,” says Adam. “A full-on, rust bucket barn find. It took ages to strip down, because every bolt was a nightmare to undo!” The owner, Matt, was looking for a dry-weather machine, and commissioned the BMW as a gift to himself for passing some exams.…

MJR Roach: A turbocharged Royal Enfield Himalayan

13.07.2020

Royal Enfield have made a habit of commissioning customs from top workshops. But they’ve got a big range of skills lurking in-house—and a whole lot of creativity, too. This wily Royal Enfield Himalayan, dubbed ‘MJR Roach,’ is what happens when you combine a pile of leftover parts with a vivid imagination, over a series of caffeine-fueled late nights. It was built at Royal Enfield‘s Technical Centre in the UK, by the ‘Royal Enfield Custom Crew.’ It features a stretched swing arm, a manga-inspired livery … and a turbocharger. It’s total overkill for the rugged little 411 cc adventure single, but that’s exactly what the Custom Crew were after. Drawing on influences like Mad Max, Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite, they envisioned a post-apocalyptic ‘future military’ vibe—and the Himalayan wears it surprisingly well.…

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 12 July, 2020

12.07.2020

A crisp Yamaha XT500 restomod, a BMW K100 from a Spanish motor racing shop, a classy Yamaha TT600RE tracker from France, and a custom FB Mondial built by a sculptor in Iran. How eclectic can you get? BMW K100RS by Bolt Motor Co. The Spanish workshop has a knack for crafting classy ‘flying bricks’ and this new custom K100 follows the trend. The trick is to get a rising straight frame line from front to back, which gives the oilhead a powerful stance and sportier look. On this 1986 machine, Adrián Campos and his crew have added the Marzocchi forks from a Ducati Panigale 1199, complete with Brembo monobloc brake calipers and 330 mm discs. The triple clamps are custom made and CNC’d in house by Bolt—and designed to be a ‘plug and play’ fitment for custom K and R series BMWs with Panigale forks.…

Lightning & Thunder: An FTR flat tracker from Sweden

10.07.2020

The flat track bug seems to have permeated all corners of the motorcycling world—including Sweden. We love this very sharp Indian FTR 1200, which comes from Blixt & Dunder, a parts and lifestyle shop in Malmö. Friends Jonathan Falkman and Mattias Malmgren opened the shop two years ago in Sweden’s third-biggest city. Their shelves are stocked with everything from custom components to clothing, plus a healthy selection of racing essentials. Racing is in Jonathan’s blood and his FTR 1200 is a distant cousin of the Scout FTR750 racebike, so this machine has gone full circle back to the track. But the conversion wasn’t exactly easy. “I race flat track, and enjoy modifying bikes, so a flat track build was just down my alley,” Jonathan tells us.…

Cool Commuter: A Kawasaki ER-6n tracker from Jakarta

08.07.2020

To most people, the mid-sized Kawasaki ER-6n is the quintessential no-frills commuter—it scores high on usability, but its looks don’t exactly set hearts ablaze. But to the crew at Studio Motor, it’s the perfect donor for a lively street tracker. ER-6n customs are rare, but the Indonesia shop has built several of them already, and even has a couple in their custom motorcycle rental fleet. As far as they’re concerned, the Kawasaki’s 649 cc parallel twin motor and surprisingly good chassis are deserving of better aesthetics. This 2015-model ER-6n belongs to a customer from Bandung in West Java—about 150 km from the Studio Motor workshop in Jakarta. He tasked the team with building a tracker-style bike with a monocoque body.…

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