Korean Cafe – Motorbike Magazine GT 650
There’s no denying Royal Enfield hit a sweet spot with their 650 twins in the European market. The Indian manufacturer has just revealed that the Interceptor 650 is the best selling motorcycle in the UK for June 2020 (over 125cc) stealing sales away from major competitor Triumph Motorcycles. This is due to the 650’s near-perfect balance of style and performance, and an incredibly attractive price point. Where Royal Enfield doesn’t compete with Triumph though is the range of Modern Classic styles they have on offer.
Ducati Scrambler Motard and DesertX
We love a good concept motorcycle, even if it isn’t a cafe racer styled ride. These two Ducati concepts are named the Scrambler Motard and Scrambler DesertX. They entered the spotlight at EICMA in 2019 and are slated as potential future additions to the Ducati Scrambler range. Both bikes feature styling befitting of the Scrambler moniker with one pitched as a track-ready Motard and the other an adventure-ready offroader.
Nexx XR2 Dark Division Carbon Helmet
It’s not often we veer away from our retro riding gear theme, but every so often there’s an exception to the rule. This is the Nexx XR2 Dark Division Carbon helmet. Although its roots are firmly planted in sports bike territory we think it would make the perfect accompaniment for riders of modern classics like Ducati’s Scrambler, Yamaha’s Sport heritage XSR or Kawasaki’s Z900RS Cafe.
Stripped Bare – Jerry Missin Ducati 749
The Ducati 749 was designed by renowned automotive designer Pierre Terblanche. The bike shared a lot in common with the Ducati 999, including the polarising opinions regarding its looks. Today’s builder Jerry Missin was neither a lover nor hater of the 749’s styling. Instead, he found himself in a position that allowed him to create his own interpretation of the Italian twin and did so without hesitation.
Earnest Workwear Smiths Jacket
In early 2018 I started using the Earnest Hardin Overalls. If you missed the full review I did on them in our Workshop Series you can catch up here. Fast forward to today and you will be pleased to hear the Earnest brand, after a brief hiatus, has been revived. You may know of Nigel Petrie and his ‘Engineered to Slide’ outfit but if you aren’t, then check it out and thank me later. The reason I mention him because, amongst other things, he the new frontman at Earnest workwear. Nigel has been punching out a steady stream of custom cars and motorcycles for years. His recent efforts include a Born Free 12 BMW R9T build, starting an online motorsport fabrication school and acquiring and reinvigorating the Earnest brand. To call Nigel a busy man is, without a doubt, a massive understatement.
Italian Upgrade – Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS
Trever Scales of Scales Studio is no stranger to these pages. But today, for the unveiling of his latest project, the Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS, we’ve done things a little differently. Trever is the first guest on our new podcast ‘The RETROspective’. The interview-style series will delve into each builder’s backstory along with introducing their latest custom motorcycle project. In this episode, Trever explains how his highly modified Ducati 1000SS project began and walks us through a few experiences he had creating it. You can listen to the whole interview below along with the usual build breakdown and photography.
Bucking Trends – Vagabund Moto Guzzi V7 III
No one that thinks of themself as creative likes to be pigeonholed. It’s fine to be recognised by your unique style and flair, but the last thing you want is to be considered a one-trick pony. Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl of Austria’s Vagabund Moto are well aware this is the danger of working with one motorcycle marque too often. So when their portfolio started to resemble a Bavarian Motorrad convention they knew it was time to branch out. Their latest attempt at bucking their BMW trend is the Vagabund V14 Moto Guzzi V7 III and we very much approve.
Pando Moto Black Dyneema Jeans
We’ve seen a lot of great new riding gear from Pando Moto in 2020. With each new addition, they’ve refined their style and utilised more advanced materials to improve their offering. Today we’re looking at 2 updated versions of existing black Dyneema Jeans in the Pando Moto 2020 range. Replacing the highly successful Steel Black 9 and Kissaki Black models are the new 2020 Steel Black 0.2 jeans for men and the women’s Kissaki Dyn motorcycle jeans.
Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear – Ron George TX750A
There are countless failures throughout automotive history. All of the big motorcycle manufacturers have at least one they’d prefer to forget about. For Yamaha, one such failure came with the release of the TX750 in 1973. The twin-cylinder UJM was slated to become the successor of the esteemed XS650 but soon after its release, it became apparent that was never going to happen. Unlike the XS650’s bulletproof parallel twin the Yamaha TX750 was plagued with engine issues and worse still, complete failures. The TX botch-up was so vast that it lead to the first-ever recall by a motorcycle manufacturer; an event that marked the end of the TX750s shortlived production run.
Spidi Premium Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Labelling a product as ‘premium’ tells customers you’re offering something that’s superior to other alternatives. Italian motorcycle riding gear manufacturer Spidi has the history and resources at their disposal to back up such a claim. The new Spidi Premium jacket leverages the companies tried and tested production techniques to create a classic motorcycle jacket that’s a cut above the rest.