Saturday, December 31, 2011


Hope everyone has a great new year and manages to stay up long enough to see your local council spend a bucket load of cash on fireworks.

Hope 2012 brings fun times, great bikes and great rides for y'all.

Now for beer!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New parts have arrived

New parts have arrived just in the nick of time before Christmas.  If you would like any shoot me an email and I'll be able to send them off express.  Or if you're in the Brisbane area feel free let me know.

I'll try and get a chance to take some photos to put up but here's a quick list

- Bates style headlight with blue lens and high beam indicator.
- Cafe Racer taillight including number plate bracket / tail tidy
- LED taillight with number plate bracket / tail tidy
- Black and Gum rubber grips
- Aluminum bar ends to match the rubber grips
- LED speedo including all warning lights
- Speedo with white face
- LED indicator warning lights.

Merry Christmas and take care if you're out and riding over the break

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Honduki

The Honduki is based on a 1975 GT550. A number of modification were made to the classic 2 stroke including a custom subframe and tail.  Modified expansion chambers. Ninja 636 rear suspension. Honda headlight and some GSXR forks.

By the sounds of things this would handle like a supersport.

I dig the last shot, very David Copperfield in Vegas.

[source: Derestricted and Motohangar]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Harley XR124

Another rendition of the stock Harley XR1200.  I don't mind seeing what others do with the sportiest model out of the Harley range.

I really like the tank on this one, along with the classic headlight.  Custom hand built items on this one include the tank / tail / wheels and headers supporting a couple of Supertrapps.

Still looks fairly heavy visually even though they've probably shaved a ton of weight off with the new components.

Monday, November 21, 2011

What makes a great day of riding?

The past weekend I decided to get away for the weekend on the bike.  I hadn't been on a decent ride in a while as I had been too busy working and tinkering on bikes to really get a chance.  I suppose I forgot how fun it really was to get out on the open road and work my way through the twisty roads.

Until this weekend most of my riding for the past six months had been commuting.  Too and from the city, splitting traffic and watching out for careless drivers that don't know what shoulder checks are.

I made my way from the city through the back roads of the Glasshouse Mountains up through Maleny and Bli-Bli onto Maroochydore which is a coastal town about 2 hours north of Brisbane.  I hadn't been along these parts since the heavy storms of last summer where a number of roads suffered some serious damage.  Now it seems most areas have been repaired albeit a couple of small stretches of road that still require some work.

It was a fantastic ride with perfect weather, hardly any traffic and great roads.  Living in Melbourne for a number of years I would always compare their roads with what South East Queensland had to offer. Melbourne was great with some of the most well maintained tarmac that I've been on.  Most notably the Black Spur and the areas around King Lake, and because of this I had always thought that everywhere else was second rate.

The Black Spur in the 1900's not as crowded back then

However after this weekend it got me thinking, what makes a good day on the road?  Is it the road itself or the other factors such as crowds / company / and the scenery.  The problem that I found with the Black Spur and any popular destination were the crowds.  As a result there were a number of occasions where I witnessed an accident or guys crossing the double lines by overshooting corners.  There were always ambulances / paramedics out there even on weekdays. Along with this caused an increase of police presence. Also being in Melbourne weather was always a factor.  There was one time where I had nearly lost the front on a mossy patch coming into winter.

After spending and extremely enjoyable  weekend on the quite roads of SEQ I realised how just how much crowds influence a road and a day of riding.  I guess it's like any other public location based activity  it's how you weigh up the factors.  Do the quality of roads outweigh the crowds?

I think now for me, the less crowded roads of QLD have definitely won me over.  It's like finding a secret surf spot that only you and a number of mates know about.  Or a tucked away cafe that sells the best chocolate milkshake.  Or going to a bar where everybody knows your name.

What factors makes your perfect day out on two wheels?

And what are your favourite roads?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jack Pine in 3 Days

I love these guys at Hammarhead Industries, James kind of reminds me of Bryan Adams of motorcycle building but with a lot less ballad and a whole bunch more rock.

Previously I had posted about James being interviewed about the Jack Pine called The way of the Desert Sled

This time he manages to build one his trademark Jack Pines in 3 days when normally it would take 90.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Legbreaker Strambler is DONE

We've finally finished it and it's running and ready for Roadworthy and Registration.

It's so fun to ride, and with a lot of the stock bits and pieces gone it weighs next to nothing.

The little 2-Stroke has been great to work on, and because we'd never had experience with a two stroke before we learnt a few new things.  Such as which beer tastes better with a nostril full of 2 stroke smoke.

Anyway was excited so just took a snap of it on my point and click.  Will be getting some better photos soon hopefully get my hands on a grown up camera.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Alonzo Bodden’s 1098

Found this on the Ducati forums.  Alonzo had this beauty built by Nick Anglada after he laid the stock bike down in an accident.

The positive note out of this crash was the fact that he ended up with this spectacular looking ride.

 Hell for Leather also had an article

Friday, November 4, 2011

A couple of new bits

Scrounging around on the weekend and managed to pickup a straight RX125 tank.  Doesn't have the key though so will have to see if I can pop it with a screwdriver.  A locksmith crossed my mind but last time I had a quote of them they wanted my first born child as a down payment.

It's a shame I hadn't found this earlier else I could have used this on the legbreaker as it was in way better condition than the original.

Also picked up a set of bars, thought they may have come off a BSA or something of the similar era?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Legbreaker almost

So now that we've got the seat and the wiring all sorted.  It's almost done.  We just need to make sure every bolt has been tightened and to put the chain on, bleed the brakes, and top up the 2-stroke oil.

Looking forward to getting this little one on the road, will be great fun to ride around the city.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

RSD Desmo Tracker Complete

RSD has finally finish his ambitious Desmo Tracker.  Whether you love or meh what Roland does, you can't deny that he does create a bit of controversy with his customs builds.  One thing I do like about what he does is the fact that the performance of the bikes are just as important as the aesthetic.  I guess coming from a racing background where every bit of extra power and weight loss is like unicorn poo.

Straight from the horses mouth.

"The RSD Desmo Tracker is finally finished, tested and thrashed just enough to ensure she’s ready to do battle on the streets of San Diego. The Desmo Tracker was a difficult build in many ways. As you can imagine digging your hands into the Mona Lisa is not done without a measure of respect and reserve. But this is how we approach most of our builds as we attempt to retain what is best of the original design and to explore ways to improve or change the function of the machine in a way the new owner would like to enjoy his machine. The words Moto GP and Dirttrack couldn’t be further from the other in terms of function and aesthetic on two wheels. Our job was too blend the two into something that could be at home on the show room floor ready for public consumption with a push button starter, comfortable egro’s, street and dirt worthy suspension, lights and 180 plus horsepower on tap. We feel we have obtained that goal."

Now that he's pulled a desmo apart where to next?

In the meantime you can check out more photos here

[Photos from the RSD website]

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Ace 675CR

If you're currently not aware of the landmark that is London's Ace Cafe.  Originally opened in the 1938 as a cafe for truck drivers, it quickly became a hangout for motorcyclists.  By the 60's it was the hive of activity for motorcyclists, rock n roll and a good feed.  It was the place which started the concept of record racing where guys would drop a coin in the jukebox and try and race there bikes to and from before the record had stopped playing.

It was also a platform for a number of young bands to showcase their music and the base for a number of future professional motorcycle racers.

Over the years it went through a number of different transformations as a result of a number of social, political and environmental changes.  However in 1969 the cafe was closed.  It wasn't until 1993 that planning for the reopening begun and in 2001 it was reopened.

Built from a Triumph Street Triple base, this racer was created to celebrate Ace Cafes 10th Anniversary since its reopening.  10 bikes will be built each featuring
  • Arrow performance cans
  • Wrapped Exhausts
  • Clip ons
  • Halogen Headlamps
  • Classic checkered paint job
I could definitely see someone dropping a coin in the jukebox and doing the ton on one of these.

And as Mark Wilsmore says "I'll See you at the Ace"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Honda CB350

This Brattish looking Honda CB350 is one of the best looking garage build I've seen.
Just love the low bloated tire fat look.

The following mods have been made:

The engine has been rebuilt, it has honda pistons rings, new honda chain and all new valves. The rims are 16x3" drop center 36 spoke from the 70s. The tires are coker classics. The seat is hand stitched leather. The fork tubes & seals are all new.

Top Effort!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Legbreaker Seat is Done

We finally got our seat finished this week and we're extremely happy with how it turned out.  Starting off as a fibreglass mould it's come up a treat with black leather and about 10mm of foam.

Just a few more things to tidy up before we can get it on the road.

Cody Chestnutt would be proud.

XS650 by Gravel Crew

Without a doubt Custom Shop Gravel Crew in Japan is one of my favourites.  Didn't get a chance to visit these guys but I wish I could have.

They are more well known for their chopper / bobber style builds but they have no problems in building a killer cafe racer or street tracker.

Here's an XS650 cafe that caught my eye.  Really like the seat and basic colour scheme on this one.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jeremy Jones Bikes of Bolts

Haven't seen a sporty ridden like that in a while.

Post Modern Motorcycles

These guys have been around for a while and last time I was in Melbourne I spent half the afternoon looking for their workshop in Fitzroy.  Unable to find it I ended up settling for a Pint or two.

What I didn't realise that Merrick Watts is the silent partner in the joint venture.  Their vision with PMM is to creation a so called "Sheep in Wolfs Clothing" using the bullet proof CT110 Postie Bike.  For those of you that aren't from Australia, Merrick was most recognisable as the radio host on Tripple J a few years back.  After leaving he went on to other more commercial stations.

One thing that I like are the names given to each bike.  Each playing on the Honda's history in Australia as a Postal services vehicle with names such as Junk Mail and Dear John.

Their creations are interesting and certainly appeal to the innercity market, with their low cc and higher price range.  I would see them as being a competitor with the Vespa crowd putting from one inner city cafe to another.

You can read about them here

[Images take from the PMM website]

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Much Much Go

Great video from a Collaborative called Fuel Tank TV focussing on the winner of the first Deus Biker Build Off 2010.



via Return of the Cafe Racers

Asahi and Tuna

Just came back from a week in Tokyo and it was a blast.  Ended up spending most of our time around the old area of Asakusa.

I've been to Japan before around 7 years ago and I've noticed a few changes since.  The one noticeable change was that there didn't seem to be as many motorcycles on the roads.  I was told by and old man out the front of Senso-ji Temple that noise restrictions had been put into place.  He also told me that the young folk are lazy, rude and listen to loud music.  I guess some things never change no matter what culture you're from.

I did manage to see some nice customs and pay a visit to Bratstyle and their new shop.  Very impressive!  I couldn't afford any of their bikes so I bought a hat instead.

Have been back for a day and am already having sushi and ramen withdrawals.

Back to the real world.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

So a pair of Mirrors walked into a handle bar...

and said to the Bartender

"Why the long face?"

the Bartender hesitantly replied

"I'll spare you the details..... it's a convex situation"

Besides coming up with that fantastic joke we managed to get the Bar Ends on and the Oury grips along with the front disc and caliper.  The grips work really well with the tyres, and because the bars are not as wide as standard tracker bars adding the bar ends means we don't need a "wide load coming through" sticker .

Ended up using pit bike brake and clutch controls as the stock yamaha controls were too large.  Also they had the mirror stem which we wouldn't be using anymore because of the new mirrors

It's coming together and we will be working on more of the electrics tomorrow.  We need to extend the harness as we'll be hiding all the electrics under the seat.  Should have it started by the end of the day.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kimono Paint

Found this incredible paint job on a 96 Evo from the guys at Zero Engineering.

"This painting process involves laquering silk fabirc onto the tank and repeated sanding and laquering to a smooth finish. This tank also has a spash of gold flake to pull it all together. Amazing level of detail and most definitely one of a kind."

It sure is!

[All photos from the Zero Engineering website]

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Ouries

These arrived in the mail today after waiting a while for the supplier to get them back in stock.  I've used these grips on various push bikes over the last 10 years and when I found out that they made versions for the motos I had to get myself a set.

They are probably the most comfortable grips that I've ever used and for those with slightly bigger claws these are great.

This set will go onto the Legbreaker and will match perfectly with the tyres.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just Finished another one

Finished clearing and wet sanding this one for John in Sydney.

Should be in the post this week.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

6V + H4 = LIGHT

Apparently the this formula was what you'd need to use to derive light trajectory.  Well today I should be able to solve my current light trajectory hypothosis for the Legbreaker, with the arrival of a couple of 6V bulbs

The standard h4 12V 60/55W bulb that came with the headlight has now been replaced with the 6V 35/30W version.  Even though it'll still need 2 extra amps to light our way the installation of a 6V LED tail and indicators should compensate for the hungry H4

Retro Aluminium Finned Taillight in Stock

These hand polished aluminium finned taillights would make the ideal finish to any custom build.  Would really suit a bobber or chopper but would look equally as appealing on a tracker or cafe.

These can be mounted via two mounting holes on the rear of the light.  A couple of the options could be to mount these next to the rear axle onto a number plate bracket or you could mount it onto the back of a rear fender, as it comes with an integrated number plate light.

Specifications for the light:

  • About 10cm in diameter and 8cm in length
  • 12V 23/8W Bulb
  • Polished Aluminium Cover with Chrome body
  • Easy to plug n play with Black (ground) Tail (yellow) Red(brake) wires.
If you have any questions let me know

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