Kruz Customs describe themselves as ‘new to the scene’ builders from Belgium who take their inspiration from first-gen dirt track racers from the Seventies. They picked up this 1980 Yamaha XS400 Custom at the French border in a very sorry state and went about fixing it up before the project could get up and running. The custom rear seat was made at Niyona’s workshop and mounts neatly onto the custom rear loop. The coils were tucked away under the CB125-sourced tank. Other bits include SBK-spec Brembos up front, Brembo PR15 RCS clutch, custom headlight and fenders, Renthal custom handlebars with a classy Mini speedo, exhaust wrapped with stainless steel stitching and custom wiring. Continue reading →
If you’re a motorcycle geek, you’ll know that the Panhead was the replacement for the Knucklehead, and was produced from 1948 to 1965. This particular one was crafted by Denmark-based Englishman James for a German client named Andrei.
According to James “The bike was sold as a running bike, but it was far from that. To start with the rear piston pin had become loose which created two huge grooves up the cylinder wall and the main bearing was destroyed. Lets just say the engine needed a complete re-build. Every bushing and bearing on the whole bike needed to be replaced from the forks to the wheels, a complete brake rebuild front and rear and the rear fork leg had a 6″ crack which I decided to replace to be safe. The original HD frame had 36 unoriginal holes drilled into it, which were all welded closed. Continue reading →
A scooter from iconic film Quadrophenia took centre stage at last weekend’s Classic Bike Show at the NEC, Birmingham. The scooter, an LI150 dating back to 1963, was showcased on the Footman James stand and was an instant attraction for motorcycle and scooter lovers. Continue reading →
Apparently built by the same company, and in the same factory, that makes AK47 assault rifles, this sweet ol’ ride still carries its Euro plates. Seems like the builder has played up the fact that it is a Russian-built DKW, hand painting Auto Union and DKW emblems all over the place. It even sports a few WWII parts on it, including German gas mask canister as a toolbox on the back. Continue reading →
Check out Tom Young’s beautiful ride, restored and built by Rob Couch. Continue reading →
Children of a famous Spanish artist, it was in the destiny of brothers Pablo and Carlos Delgado to be on the creative side of things. They have been traditional metal craftsmen since they started their foundry back in 1995, but it was only recently they started sculpting custom motorcycles. Their passion for vintage Kawasakis, specifically the Z models, have seen quite a few roll out of their Valtoron workshop, and this is the latest one in line, called the ‘La Latina 900′. Continue reading →
Good things come to those who wait, they say. Donny Greene and the boys in Louisville, Kentucky-based Retro Wrench used to keep a watchful eye on the classifieds and, when a typical neglected project chopper/digger project popped up on Craigslist, they had to get it. It was a 1965 Triumph TR6 that hadn’t seen use since the early Nineties. Upon further inspection, they found matching serial numbers to prove it was a limited edition “SC” racer – also known as the “Desert Sled” – built at Johnson Motors in Southern California and TriCor in Baltimore. Continue reading →