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Old 01-11-2011, 16:37
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Johann Keyser runs CAV America, one of the leading builders of Ford GT40 replicas. He’s also the only GT40 builder with the rights to replicate the official Gulf Oil livery. Keyser is a motorcyclist too, and describes his custom Ducati as “a bike that I had to build … It had to be very mechanical looking, naked and lightweight.” It’s hard to pin down the exact lineage of this aggressive-looking machine, because the donor parts came from several different bikes. The frame is from a 749S—modified to accommodate a torquey, air-cooled 900ie motor—and the single-sided swingarm is from a Monster S4R. The engine is running K&N air filters, an open clutch and Speedymoto covers, and it’s hooked up to a custom two-into-one system terminated with a lightweight SS muffler.

The forks are from a 916 SPS, upgraded with new springs and valves, and the wheels are also from a 916—but painted to mimic the BRM wheels fitted to GT40s back in the day. The brake system is Brembo and sprinkled with superlight titanium parts; the seat and seat frame are from Radical Ducati in Spain. The tank is a modified 999 fitment and the fairing is a modified glass fiber SS upper.

With just over 300bhp, the road going version of the GT40 could hit 60 mph from a standstill in around 5.3 seconds. I’m betting that this machine could knock at least a second off its bigger stablemate’s time.
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<TABLE id=itemcontentlist><TBODY><TR xmlns=""><TD style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.4em; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px">Honda GL1100 Gold Wing custom

I’m fascinated by custom Gold Wings: it’s strangely appealing to see these heavyweight tourers stripped of all excess, and they invariably have good bones. This machine is a 1983 GL1100 belonging to Kevin Rowland of WagonGear, who describes the transformation as a “winter-time tinker build, lots of head-scratching and junk parts.” The original owner dropped the bike and damaged most of the bodywork, to the point where he hid it under a blue tarp for more than twenty years. So when Rowland got the ‘Wing, everything that moved and wasn’t soaked in oil was shot.

The carbs and brake components were corroded, as was most of the suspension, but the price was right. Rowland fitted a pair of choked-down Weber 40 carbs from a VW, GSX-R forks and a custom mono shock. He also added the hand controls from a CBR, and installed a hydraulic clutch: “It doesn’t take long to get tired of cramping your left hand at stop lights with those romantic old Honda cable clutches”. The tank is from a CB750, supplemented by an old aluminum propane tank that’s been chopped, sectioned and turned into an auxiliary. “After lots of welding, some machining and a bunch of custom parts, she hit the road again,” says Rowland. “It’s just a fun bike. The biggest problem with the build is the constant question, ‘What is it?’ It’s an issue I didn’t think of beforehand, and it’s something you should consider before taking all the logos off a machine.”

“Most people can’t believe it when I tell them it’s just a 1983 Honda Gold Wing. Other than cutting a few things off, the frame is still stock, the carbs give it a bit of a different punch, the pipes make it sound like an angry VW and the stance is a little more aggressive.
“But it’s still a super reliable ‘road-sofa’.”
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Here’s an unusual take on the classic Moto Guzzi custom. It’s called ‘Motomorphosy’, and it started life as an 850 T5 from 1984. When Alessandro (“Speedy”) bought the bike in the late 80s, he stripped it down for a more spartan but conventional custom look. The 850 became a feature around the bars of Piedmont in Italy until Alessandro dismantled it, taking the parts to Frankino Torredimare of the Chivasso custom shop Chopworks. Alessandro’s brief was to turn the Guzzi into a vintage American-style bobber. It was a slow but sure build: as Frankino started cutting and modifying the frame, the look mutated into that of a 40s-style ‘lakester’.

The engine was overhauled and fitted with twin Dell’Orto carbs, along with ‘Cornetti’-style velocity stacks, a custom exhaust, and the valve covers from a V7. The tank and rear fender are modified Sportster items. The forks were trimmed by four inches, BMW R75 risers fitted, and 18” wheels installed front and rear—shod with Firestone tires. The bars are modified Tommasellis, graced with Kustomtech controls. Finally, Norton Manx-inspired paint was applied by Roberto La Rogna of Custom Design. Over the last year or so, Motomorphosy has been doing the rounds of the European custom shows, and has won “Best Cafe Racer” at the Bike Expo show and “Best Italian Bike” at the German Kustom Kulture show. It’s not what you might expect from a Moto Guzzi custom, but it’s one of the most imaginative I’ve come across. [With thanks to Frank Charriaut of the excellent MotArt.]




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Most Triumph customs tend to be firmly rooted in the past, being retro throwbacks with varying degrees of success. So it’s good to see a builder capture the sporting spirit of Triumph in a thoroughly contemporary way. ‘Weslake’ is based on a T509-spec Speed Triple (108 hp, aluminum frame, twin headlamps) and was built by Olivi Motori, a Triumph dealer from Florence in Italy. It won the ‘Best Naked’ category in last year’s Verona motorcycle expo. Most of the custom components are from Triumph’s own parts bin, including the beautifully balanced tail section—a modified Thruxton item—and the back wheel, which is from a Speed Triple 1050.

The ‘Weslake’ moniker is a reference to the English tuning specialist Weslake Engineering, famed for its Gurney-Weslake cylinder heads. Founder Harry Weslake was also an accomplished motorcycle tuner, and his straight-four motor for the 1958 Vanwall F1 car was inspired by the design of Norton singles. Weslake 8-valve heads were often fitted to Triumph motors in the early days of Tritons, and that’s where the connection comes from.

The Speed Triple has always been recognisable by its oddball twin ‘bug eye’ headlamps, and Olivi Motori has continued the tradition of unusual front ends. But in this case, it’s a compact single light set off-center in the bikini fairing. It’s not a conventional type of beauty, but it’s certainly striking—a fitting face for a very classy custom.



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Mention a ‘Honda CB750 custom’ and you probably have a clear mental picture straight away. But I’m guessing it’s nothing like this. We’re looking at a 1979 CB750F called ‘Pearly Spencer’—a tribute to racer Freddie Spencer. It comes from The First Notion, a small Belgian shop run by friends Dominique Quintelier and mechanic Joris De Vos, who has worked for several motorcycle racing teams. “Our goal is to give the customer a classic bike with modern handling and road handling,” says Quintelier. The CB750F was a terrific motorcycle straight off the showroom floor, but The First Notion have upped the game without breaking the bank.

The motor and carbs were overhauled and treated to K&N filters and a classic Marshall exhaust. The front fork has been upgraded with a custom-made MUPO cartridge kit (and lowered), while Fournales shocks tighten up the rear. Braking is improved with 310mm discs and 4-piston Nissin calipers, hooked up to steel brake hoses. And the heavy stock bars have been ditched in favor of lightweight alloy. The real spin comes from the bodywork, though: it’s transplanted from a CB900F Bol d’Or for that classic superbike look. The result, according to Quintelier, is an “affordable, fun to ride yet professionally built bike on a ‘normal’ budget.”
I’d take it.
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In the mid-70s, the BMW R100RS was the most radical motorcycle you could buy. It was BMW’s answer to the relentless threat of large-capacity Japanese motorcycles, and it came with a seven-part fairing—a new style of bodywork that reportedly reduced side wind deflection by 60% over the standard S model. But it looked a little ungainly, and sales were unspectacular. This custom, however, does justice to BMW’s original vision—some 35 years later. And not surprisingly, it’s from Ritmo Sereno, the Japanese resto-mod specialist.

Ritmo’s first objective with its ‘RSR‘ was to reduce the weight down to 190 kg—a substantial drop from BMW’s claimed dry weight of 242 kg. The modified frame is powder coated blue, along with the wheels, as a nod to the BMW HP2. The graphics reflect the colors of the glorious 1970s BMW 3.5CSL Group 5 racing cars. The engine has been ported and polished, and the 2-into-1 exhaust system, painstakingly welded, is in stainless steel. It’s hard to find any parts that have not been modified or lightened; custom work includes the controls, the instrument holders, a new battery box and tweaked Öhlins shocks. The standard RS fairing, which always looked a little heavy, has been modified for a sleeker appearance.

Ritmo Sereno has documented the build in detail: even if you don’t understand Japanese, the pictures here are worth a thousand words.




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In Indonesia, custom motorcycle builders have to contend with unusually restrictive vehicle legislation. Imports are heavily regulated, and worse, the government generally limits the maximum engine size to 250 cc. So when the guys at Deus Bali heard about a beat-up Yamaha SR400 for sale, they snapped it up. They reckon it’s the only SR400 on the island, so they’ve given it the attention it deserves. That includes a full strip-down and rebuild, a light warm-up on the engine internals, and a Keihin FCR 33 carburetor hooked up to a custom Teflon-coated intake. The frame has been chopped, and a hand-made tank fitted, plus a new seat unit and fenders. And the whole lot has been finished off with a lustrous deep maroon paint job. It’s perfect for any city locale, but even more so for Bali. “400 cc is about as big as you want to go in Bali,” say Deus. “It’s got the power, but is still light enough to chuck around and weave in traffic.” I’d be happy to ride this one anywhere.






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By David Edwards—As a kid, Bobby Sirkegian had better “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” stories than the rest of his school chums. Already making a name for himself in early Southern California drag racing, running and winning against full grown men, 13-year-old Bobby traveled with his bike-dealer father to Wendover, Utah in 1953 to take part in the fifth annual Bonneville Speed Week. Because Bonneville officials knew of the youngster’s prowess on a drag bike, he was given special permission to run on the salt flats. He lined up for passes in the 650cc class on this stripped-down 1951 Triumph Thunderbird, just treated to a full restoration by Sirkegian, now 72. It’s one of the bikes on offer at Bonhams’ November 12 auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

SCTA rules required that the bike remain stock-appearing, though the engine was thoroughly souped up. Cylinders were bored .040-over and oversize crankpins were fitted, as were special-grind Iskenderian camshafts and lifters, and lightened, narrowed timing gears. A flow-benched cylinder head got bigger intake and exhaust valves, S&W valve springs and a pair of remote-float Amal GP carbs. A BTH racing magneto provided spark. A 3-gallon fuel tank from Triumph’s 3T model carried enough gas for the speed runs. Because stopping was not a great concern but friction was, a brake-less spool hub was fitted up front. To get Bobby laid down and out of the wind, the 650 was fitted with dropped handlebars, a scooped seat and footrests moved back near the rear axle.

One of the bike’s speed secrets was provided by family friend Rollie Free, famous for his record 150.313-mph “bathing suit” run aboard a Vincent in 1948. Free gave the Sirkegians a pair of his 3 x 20-inch Avon “File Tread” rear tires specially developed for high-speed work at Bonneville. Bobby’s 122-mph pass on a 650 didn’t set any class records but he was given a special award for the being the youngest rider ever on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Like all of the Sirkegian race bikes, the Triumph was impeccably turned out. Bobby never went back to Bonneville, concentrating instead on drag racing, then AMA flat-tracks and road racing, but he kept the T-bird all these years. Now semi-retired from his job as a trade school instructor, Sirkegian is restoring his stable of old racers one after the other. His Daytona BSA Gold Star and Triumph dragster have previously been featured on Bike EXIF. Next on Bobby’s to-do list are his favorites, a pair of dirt-track Goldies—one for miles, the other specifically built for Ascot Park’s famous half-mile.


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I’m a sucker for the endurance racer look, especially if twin headlamps are involved. And this is one of the best examples I’ve seen for a long time. It’s owned by Gregory Rathe, and there’s an interesting history behind it. In 1985, Ducati made a replica of its Pantah-based TT racers called the 750 F1. Around 1,500 were made, and won acclaim for their streamlined design and exceptional handling.

This particular machine originally belonged to Lou Saif, the well-regarded restorer of TT2 and TT1 factory race bikes. “Being based in New York City, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Lou—and watch him restore some of the most famous race bikes of the era,” says owner Rathe. “When the opportunity came to purchase Lou’s personal 750 F1, I jumped at it.”

Lou owned this 750 F1 for almost 20 years, and developed it as a replica of Marco Lucchinelli’s factory bike. “Lou’s intention was to make this bike a street racer, and as light and reliable as possible,” says Rathe. So the motor is mostly original except for the cams, Supermono lightweight gears, and a (very loud) titanium exhaust. The wheels are 17″ x 4.5″/6″ magnesium, and Lou shortened the tail and replicated the lights of the works bikes. The front fairing is also in the racing style, and the headlights are quick release—like those used for night racing. The bike is sprinkled with titanium hardware, and weight was removed from everywhere possible—so it now tips the scales at only 305 pounds. Isn’t it just gorgeous?
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Yamaha’s underrated Virago from the 1980s is really gaining favor as a custom base. Classified Moto have already shown the way, and here’s another terrific example—this time from Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops. It’s a 1982 Yamaha XV750, and it was built for Season Two of Discovery Channel’s Cafe Racer TV show. Hageman built a new subframe to support the lovely, wasp-like seat unit, and lowered the forks by two inches to improve the stance. There’s a Tarozzi fork brace to tighten the handling, along with Tarozzi rearsets and clip-ons for a better riding position. At the back is an adjustable, air-assisted shock and a simple Acewell unit has replaced the standard instruments.

The engine internals have been left alone, but the stock Hitachi carbs have been rejetted, fitted with K&N filters and matched to a free-flowing Mac Performance exhaust. Tires are Bridgestone Spitfires. Most of the metal has been subdued with a matt black finish, and the result is simple and stylish. Is this the perfect twenty-first century café racer?
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Have to say that I don't like the current obsession with balloon tyres on some of these custom machines. The back tyres seem too small, and the fronts are way over size, for my liking. Everything else about them is delightful though.

Balloon tyres didn't even look that good on the Sunbeam S7, although that was styled properly to accommodate them.

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Now this I do like:


This is the first time I've seen the Yamaha SOHC single look as appealing in street clothes as it does when it's in an late 70's XT500. Very minimal and very cute indeed.
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