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May 10

Stellan Egeland Takes the Harrier to the Track

If you’re going to build a custom bike, why not build one that handles like a real motorcycle? Stellan Egeland certainly seems to think that way and he sent me a note about his new video. He came home from the World Championship the other day with his Harrier in tow and the very next day he thought a trip to the racetrack was in order.

Check out the tire and think about how many custom bikes can do that. I like the way Stellan thinks. Be sure to watch the video.


24
May 10

Kits Convert Honda CRF450R Dirt Bike to Street Legal Cafe Racer

There’s been a lot of interest in converting 450cc dirt bikes into race bikes. The 450 singles are lightweight and inexpensive, making for a nice nimble entry level racer. But a question always pops up, why not a kit for the street?

Kurt Blankemeyer of Design Cycle Inc. is working on a conversion, too. He starts with a Honda CRF450R, but instead of building a track oriented race bike, you add Kurt’s kit and the result is a street legal cafe racer, what he calls a CB450R.
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24
May 10

Moto Guzzi Makeovers


Moto Guzzi Marrano 1160 by Das Mototec

Italian motorcycles are often recognized for their beautiful styling, but one brand (Ducati) tends to overshadow all of the other smaller marques. When you step outside of the Ducati world and look at the other bikes, there’s much to appreciate. Recently, I’ve been noticing more and more really nice examples of the Moto Guzzi lineup, both current and classic, so I thought I would take a closer look at a few.
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23
May 10

1969 HONDA CB750 K0

We’ve always been fans of the Honda CB series, especially CB cafe racer conversions. But this transformation of a 1969 CB750 into a vintage race replica takes our breath away. The job was done by World Motorcycles of San Bruno, California, a company that specializes in the restoration of ’sandcast’ Honda CB750s. (The first 7,000 CB750s that rolled off the production line in 1969 had ‘grainy’ engine cases cast in sand.) Read the story of the build on Motorcyclist Online, or jump straight to the delectable photo gallery.


22
May 10

MOTO GUZZI BOBBER


This vintage-themed Moto Guzzi looks like an 850T to me. And unlike most Guzzi customs, it’s not a café racer—there’s a definite bobber flavor here. This bike appeared briefly on a German website—which now appears to have gone under—and little information was forthcoming from the owner, apart from these images. At the very least, this machine has been given a custom-made tank and seat, vintage-style Firestone tires, a fatter exhaust system and a bobbed front fender. The bars appear to have a burnished copper finish—with matching fork uppers—plus built-in flashers and what appear to be wooden grips. I doubt that the air-cooled V-twin motor has been tuned, but with around 60 hp on tap from 844cc, performance should be more than enough. If you know anything more about this lovely bobber, please drop us a line in the comments.

Pentax Optio S10 | 1/320s | f/2.8 | ISO 64 | Focal length 7.9mm


22
May 10

WUNDERLICH CARANGUEJEIRA


This is so odd I just had to feature it. When BMW launched the K1200R in 2006, it was the world’s most powerful naked bike. But even with 163 hp on tap and immaculate handling, there’s always someone, somewhere, who wants more.
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