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.





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