Posts tagged Motor
Deconstructing a Harley-Davidson

 Matt Daw is a Canadian transplant doing custom fabrication and mechanic work on motorcycles in Brooklyn. WIRED spent a day in the shop with Matt as to stripped a vintage 1974 Harley-Davidson Sportster he just bought down to the frame in preparation for a rebuild. Matt goes step-by-step over the process, explaining each part and some advice on getting your hands dirty with an old bike.

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The FJ Company 1964 Land Cruiser Surf Wagon

Racking up years of experience restoring vintage Land Cruisers, The FJ Company has perfected the art of reviving old, dated machinery. Their latest is a 1964 Land Cruiser FJ45LV, a worthy surf wagon ready to cruise any coast. The build started as a derelict FJ45LV with more rust than original paint. The client wanted a modified 1960s FJ45LV that they could take to the coast, “in search of the area’s best sand and surf.” Mission accomplished. The FJ Company stripped it down to the original sheet metal, repainted it in a two-tone teal and white paint scheme, and then outfitted it with all the modern features The FJ Company is known for. Head over to their website to learn more (or order your own custom build).

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Tarform's Electric Motorcycle is Not What You Would Expect

You have a lot of options when it comes to emission-free, all-electric, modern transport. Most are designed to be good for the planet, but sacrifice style in the making. Tarform is switching it up with a modern electric motorcycle that checks all the eco-friendly boxes while still exuding all the rat bike style you crave. This unique bike that’s equal parts Brooklyn and Stockholm (a homage to the team that started Tarform), along with Cafe Racer and Flat Tracker, combines the simplicity of form with modern technology. As the brand describes it in the video, it’s “a vehicle that embodies the spirit of craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing and a clean technology in order to distill the form to only the essentials.” That means a bike that’s capable, clean and built with the latest and greatest tech to last.

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Pocket Rocket Bike

Urban transportation should be efficient and fun — but that doesn't mean it has to be dull and uninspiring. Germany-based Sol Motors has a cure for all the lifeless e-scooters clogging urban roads: the Pocket Rocket bike. The Pocket Rocket isn't an e-bike or a scooter, and it's too small to be a motorcycle, and Sol has categorized it as a noped. Packing up to 8.5 horsepower in a hub-mounted electric motor, the Pocket Rocket can hit up to 80 KPH and travel 80 kilometres. With a weight of 55 kilograms, you can store the Pocket Rocket nearly anywhere, and the ultra-modern design won't make you cringe either.

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Colonel Butterscotch is the Suzuki Bandit Your Dad Always Wanted

ICON 1000 has made its name taking motorcycles — new ones, along with those that were busted and broken — and retro-futurizing them. That’s just what they’ve done with their latest build, a yellow and white 1999 Suzuki Bandit 1200 that they’ve christened “Colonel Butterscotch.” The ’99 Suzuki was nearly complete junk when ICON first brought it into their garage. With a beaten up frame and a bulky body, the Bandit wasn’t winning any beauty contests. Yet ICON saw potential and got to work quickly stripping the bike of plastics and outfitting it with mundane odds and ends sourced from eBay.

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This is the Winner of Indian Motorcycle's 'The Wrench' Competition

In partnership with Hot Bike, Indian Motorcycle staged The Wrench, a Scout Bobber build-off where three finalists were each given a donor bike and ten grand to make their dreams reality. Top honors, a spread in Hot Bike, and a grand prize of $10,000 (USD) went to Alfredo “Fred” Juarez. From the beginning, Indian knew they had a very unique contestant in Juarez because he submitted an entry that was drawn-to-scale with measurements he took from a Scout at a local dealership and a concept that, as they describe it, had “style and blow but also the engineering and mechanical aspects that only a real builder would include.”

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The Alaskan by Earle Motors is a Wilderness Lovers Dream

Alex Earle works on designing cars at his day job with VW America — but builds bikes in his LA in his spare time. Working for Volkswagen means Alex has legitimate chops in both the design and engineering areas, born out by only his second build, the Ducati-based Alaskan. Starting with a Ducati Desert Sled, Alex takes the already-capable dual sport to the next level. To make sure it all works, Alex spent two weeks covering hundreds of miles in the Alaskan wilderness, earning the bike's name.

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Anvil’s Wild ‘Shrimp’ Indian Scout Sixty

Though it’s popularity as a sport has waned, flat track racing was once a huge deal across the United States. And Indian – the oldest surviving motorcycle brand in the USA – was a huge part of it. Now, as a tribute to one of their team riders from the early 1900s, they’ve commissioned this gorgeous 2018 Indian Scout Sixty from French custom shop, Anvil Motociclette.

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The ‘Type 7E’ From Auto Fabrica is a Minimalist's Dream Bike

Auto Fabrica is one of the best names in motorcycle customisation. They have a particular proclivity for re-fabricating Yamahas and flat trackers, and their latest edition, the Type 7E Yamaha SR500 is truly a triumph for the motorcycle house. The Type 7 Series is designed with adventure in mind, although you might not want to muddy this moto, the Type 7E (built out from a powerful Yamaha SR500), is designed to explore the off-road world.

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This Scrambler by NCT Motorcycles is a Beast

We’ve seen a handful of Austrian firm NCT Motorcycle’s custom bikes in the past. But their latest creation – a BMW R80 Scrambler they’ve named ‘Olivera’ – definitely makes our hearts skip a beat. Maybe it’s the simplicity to the build, maybe it’s the contrasting olive green and black paint job, or maybe it’s all of the above. Whatever the case, this completely rebuilt bike is an epic masterpiece. Even better, the build isn’t just an upgraded appearance, as it included upgrades like all-new electrics alongside Motogadget components, a powder-coated frame for extra durability, all new seals in the engine, and more. Put this one on our wishlist, please.

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This Motorcycle Makes Splitting Traffic Easy

We’re always slightly jealous of motorcyclists who cruise by when we’re stuck in traffic. Those nimble bikes allow riders to travel between cars, making red stretches on Google Maps less of a headache. Of course, sometimes even your standard motorcycle is just a little too wide for such things. That’s where Benji Cafe Racers comes in. The shop recently completed a custom Yamaha SR400 that’s designed to split traffic. The “Lane Splitter 54,” boasts a new, trimmer subframe, which, in essence, took things in at the waist. There’s a new exhaust and intake that are equally slender, and a custom leather seat blends right into the body. Everything about the two-wheeler is compact and ideal for just about any highway on the planet.

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The Classified Moto Junior Minibike is What Our Childhood Self Always Wanted

Classified Moto started this project with a 1991 Honda Scrambler CT70, something you probably wouldn’t guess just from looking at the final product. “Junior” is John Ryland’s bike built for wheelies, and it’s meant to serve as pint-sized version of the custom bike shop’s “Frank” bike, which they built with Rebel Yell Bourbon. They stripped the frame, tossed on some off-the-shelf canister shocks, added a flip-up seat, and bolted on the front end to create something tough and fun.

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A Honda Classic is Getting an Upgrade This Year

In the early 1960’s, Honda developed a 49cc mini-bike as part of a children’s ride at an amusement park in Tokyo. That bike would ultimately prove so popular that a road going version was developed and launched internationally. That bike was the original Honda Monkey. After decades of popularity, the tiny and lightweight mini-bike is being redesigned and relaunched under the same moniker.

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The Magpie Bike is Not What You Expect

BMW is well known in the world of custom motorcycles for having some excellent starting bikes. After all, their CB line is one of the most popular right now for how little it has to be changed in order to look like a stunning custom bike. Not all of their offerings, however, are quite so simple. And that’s exactly what makes this BMW R1200C by ROA Motorcycles so impressive: its transformation.

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Thirteen BMW R80 Cafe Racer

Since the beginning of 2013, Alexandre Santos and Osvaldo Coutinho of it roCkS!bikes out of Portgual have been combining their engineering talents and motorcycle addictions to create modern versions of classic style cafe racers. As Santos told Return of the Cafe Racers, “we like them clean, simple, elegant and fast!” Their CS-08, or Thirteen as they like to call it, is the perfect example of the brand delivering on all those things.

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Alpinestars 55th Anniversary Ducati

Alpinestars has run the gamut in motorsports gear since the company was founded in 1963, carrying everything track riders and adventurous spirits need. Last week, they celebrated 55 years of sporting excellence, and in commemoration of the double-nickel duration, they commissioned a decked-out Ducati 750 Sports from Woolie’s Workshop in Venice Beach, California.

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The ‘A-15’ Scrambler Pays Tribute to a Man's Dog

The latest custom build from Sydney-based Gasoline Motor Co. is this rugged, off-road-ready scrambler — a 1200cc A-15 Harley-Davidson project that pays respect to the client’s lost K9 partner Angel — a Brindle American Staffy rescue dog: a rescue pup with a hunger for adventure, a love of outdoor pursuits and ultimately a catalyst for creative ideas. Franky, the owner of the A-15, asked that the build be aggressive, edgy, and able to handle just about anything he could throw at it. And we’ll be damned if Gasoline Motor Co. didn’t deliver in spades.

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Tractor 05 By Venier Customs is a Stylish Racer

Brooklyn, New York-based Venier Customs knows a thing or two about turning out incredibly well finished custom motorcycles. For years now they’ve produced some the best custom sleds, refining factory builds and making them better by leaps and bounds. Take the Moto Guzzi V7 “Tractor 05” for example. A kind of merging between of the aesthetics of both past and present, this build features an elongated and reshaped tank, a totally redone tail section complete with a handmade leather seat and recessed LED tail light.

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The Ranges

Katie Abdilla and Roger James recently rode a 1974 Honda XL250 and a BMW r75/6 4000k from Hobart, Tasmania to Arkaroola (somewhere very remote in South Australia). Along with Melbourne photographer Jason Lau, they packed their stuff, took the bikes on the dirt and made it back in one piece. Jason trailed them with camera in hand documenting the trip in his recognisable style and we loved the results.

Have a look at Jason's website here and go along for the ride by following him on Instagram.

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2018 Honda Super Scrambler Cub by K-Speed

When Thai rap legend Joey Boy approached the crew at K-Speed about building him a completely custom scrambler based on their Super Power Cub. K-Speed knew exactly what approach to take by learning from the previous build, then executed perfectly, and delivered to the rapper a truly unique motorcycle, the 2018 Super Scrambler Cub.In similar fashion to the aforementioned Cub build, the Super Scrambler started with a new 2018 Super Cub 110i donor that first received a trim job to the rear fender to tidy up the look of the civilian stock bike. Then they completely lost the factory cargo rack and many of the standard safety covers, reducing the bulky original appearance and keeping only the bare essentials. The standard handlebars were ditched to add a custom tracker style riser set and the headlight was completely removed and replaced by a fork mounted unit. Mods to the engine include an oversized piston, injection module upgrade, and the conversion to a manual clutch, prepping the pint sized scrambler for a life of letting roost fly from its killer set of aggressive knobby tires.

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