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Vote for Europe’s Best Custom Honda

Thanks to 2022’s iteration of the France-based ‘Wheels and Waves’ Festival, we have 10 gorgeous customized CMX1100 / CMX500’s in the community proper; now, Honda herself is asking us to vote for the best of the bunch – and spoiler, you can pick more than one if you’re indecisive. 

Entries for this year's iteration of "Best Custom Honda Rebels" for Europe. Media sourced from Honda EU.
Four of the entries for this year’s iteration of “Best Custom Honda Rebels” for Europe. Media sourced from Honda EU.

The bikes hail from all over Europe – Spain, Portugal, England and France – with the majority showing off handmade, premium components. 

“We’d like you to help us choose Europe’s favourite…simply give each bike a thumbs up, or a thumbs down, or swipe left or right,” says Honda on their Honda Customs EU webpage

“At the end, you’ll be able to download the bikes you like as a desktop or a mobile wallpaper, complete with close-up details shots.”

Entries for this year's iteration of "Best Custom Honda Rebels" for Europe. Media sourced from Honda EU.
“Akaimoto.” Entries for this year’s iteration of “Best Custom Honda Rebels” for Europe. Media sourced from Honda EU.

We’re pretty attached to the flat track-esque ‘5Four Honda Rebel Street’ created by UK’s own Guy Willison, though the Spain-based ‘Akaimoto’ gives us the perfect lean into cafe racer territory, and FCR’s Honda CMX500 Rebel Waves takes the cake for the ultimate ride into the weekend. 

Entries for this year's iteration of "Best Custom Honda Rebels" for Europe. Media sourced from Honda EU.
“5Four Honda Rebel Street.” Entries for this year’s iteration of “Best Custom Honda Rebels” for Europe. Media sourced from Honda EU.

What do you think? Be sure to head over to Honda Customs to ‘thumb up’ your favorites (and grad some of the wallpapers after), and as always – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Honda Customs EU*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

‘RoyalSERIES’: The Ultimate Interceptor 650 Kits from Crooked Motorcycles

Whether you’re a beginner rider or have a plethora of decades under your belt, everybody dreams of the moment they can trick a bike out to the nines, no shame, green-filled pockets to the wall. 

But what if there was a way you could still enjoy the process of building a custom bike (or a bit of it) without taking a walk into Debtville? 

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

Ladies and gents, we bring you a new set of kits from Crooked Motorcycles, designed to fit Royal Enfield’s Interceptor 650 like a glove. 

“High-end custom motorcycles are nice to look at, but they take substantial talent to build and serious money to buy,”admits a report from BikeEXIF.

“That’s why for every top dollar custom out there, there are scores of bikes that have been lightly tweaked, just enough to make them stand out from the crowd. It’s also why some manufacturers are making bikes that are relatively easy to customize—and why more custom builders are producing kits.”

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

The custom builders connected to these kits – Jakob Müller and Dominikus Braun – both decided to start their journey after owning an Interceptor 650 for 18 months. 

After this whole difficult pandemic phase, we were motivated to build a series that is built on fun,” says Dominikus. 

“To leave everyday life behind, grab some friends and just have a good time on bikes!”

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

The kits – a part of Crooked’s ‘RoyalSERIES,’ comes in two variants: ‘Street,’ and ‘Gravel.’ Both feature new rear loops (which make way for attachment points for a pair of multi-purpose bags), and the loop attaches to the original OEM parts. 

RoyalSERIES ‘Street’ Cafe Racer Kit

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

 “In the street variant, the focus was on sportiness, both in and outside the city,” explains Dominikus.

“Sub-50 hp doesn’t sound ‘sporty,’ but it can be! Winding roads, lively handling, a sporty seating position and a raw voice sounds like fun for sure.”

The café racer kit boasts a sharp rear hump, with a 3D-printed rear cowl complete with fiber-reinforced plastic. 

It should be noted that ‘the café racer’s LED turn signals also act as taillights’ – something the scrambler doesn’t have.

Other perks include:

  • Gazzini headlight (surrounded by a handmade aluminum nacelle)
  • Motogadget grips
  • Motogadget bar-end turn signals
  • ABM clip-ons (with plugs to cover the original riser mount holes)
  • New YSS rear shocks
  • Exhaust is a ‘combination of custom headers and Hattech mufflers’
  • Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres

RoyalSERIES ‘Gravel’ Scrambler Kit

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

  “The performance off-road is amazing, because it handles nicely through tight curves, but also has enough pull to make some dust,” continues Dominikus about the Gravel kit. 

BMW on the pending release of their 310 RR. Photo courtesy of Top Speed.

A slim bench seat up top sets off an integrated LED taillight out back, with a set of Motogadget LEDs mounted to a custom-made license plate holder as turning signals.

Other perks include:

  • LED Bates-style headlight
  • High-mounted front fender
  • Stock mounting points on the yokes and the small bracket that holds the new Motogadget speedo.
  • 3D-printed fork covers 
  • Motoism turn signals
  • Renthal handlebars
  • Biltwell Inc. grips.
  • New YSS rear shocks (a couple inches of extra lift on the scrambler)
  • Continental TKC80 tyres
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

“Crooked’s work is more than just skin deep, though,” admits BikeEXIF. 

“Modern bikes can be a pain when it comes to electronics, so they developed a special connector to plug the Motogadget speedo straight into the Royal Enfield’s wiring harness.”

“It’s all part of their bid to make these kits truly plug-and-play.”

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

For other custom kits like this, be sure to check back at our webpage, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from BikeEXIF*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

‘RoyalSERIES’: The Ultimate Interceptor 650 Kits from Crooked Motorcycles

Whether you’re a beginner rider or have a plethora of decades under your belt, everybody dreams of the moment they can trick a bike out to the nines, no shame, green-filled pockets to the wall. 

But what if there was a way you could still enjoy the process of building a custom bike (or a bit of it) without taking a walk into Debtville? 

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

Ladies and gents, we bring you a new set of kits from Crooked Motorcycles, designed to fit Royal Enfield’s Interceptor 650 like a glove. 

“High-end custom motorcycles are nice to look at, but they take substantial talent to build and serious money to buy,”admits a report from BikeEXIF.

“That’s why for every top dollar custom out there, there are scores of bikes that have been lightly tweaked, just enough to make them stand out from the crowd. It’s also why some manufacturers are making bikes that are relatively easy to customize—and why more custom builders are producing kits.”

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

The custom builders connected to these kits – Jakob Müller and Dominikus Braun – both decided to start their journey after owning an Interceptor 650 for 18 months. 

After this whole difficult pandemic phase, we were motivated to build a series that is built on fun,” says Dominikus. 

“To leave everyday life behind, grab some friends and just have a good time on bikes!”

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

The kits – a part of Crooked’s ‘RoyalSERIES,’ comes in two variants: ‘Street,’ and ‘Gravel.’ Both feature new rear loops (which make way for attachment points for a pair of multi-purpose bags), and the loop attaches to the original OEM parts. 

RoyalSERIES ‘Street’ Cafe Racer Kit

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

 “In the street variant, the focus was on sportiness, both in and outside the city,” explains Dominikus.

“Sub-50 hp doesn’t sound ‘sporty,’ but it can be! Winding roads, lively handling, a sporty seating position and a raw voice sounds like fun for sure.”

The café racer kit boasts a sharp rear hump, with a 3D-printed rear cowl complete with fiber-reinforced plastic. 

It should be noted that ‘the café racer’s LED turn signals also act as taillights’ – something the scrambler doesn’t have.

Other perks include:

  • Gazzini headlight (surrounded by a handmade aluminum nacelle)
  • Motogadget grips
  • Motogadget bar-end turn signals
  • ABM clip-ons (with plugs to cover the original riser mount holes)
  • New YSS rear shocks
  • Exhaust is a ‘combination of custom headers and Hattech mufflers’
  • Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres

RoyalSERIES ‘Gravel’ Scrambler Kit

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

  “The performance off-road is amazing, because it handles nicely through tight curves, but also has enough pull to make some dust,” continues Dominikus about the Gravel kit. 

BMW on the pending release of their 310 RR. Photo courtesy of Top Speed.

A slim bench seat up top sets off an integrated LED taillight out back, with a set of Motogadget LEDs mounted to a custom-made license plate holder as turning signals.

Other perks include:

  • LED Bates-style headlight
  • High-mounted front fender
  • Stock mounting points on the yokes and the small bracket that holds the new Motogadget speedo.
  • 3D-printed fork covers 
  • Motoism turn signals
  • Renthal handlebars
  • Biltwell Inc. grips.
  • New YSS rear shocks (a couple inches of extra lift on the scrambler)
  • Continental TKC80 tyres
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

“Crooked’s work is more than just skin deep, though,” admits BikeEXIF. 

“Modern bikes can be a pain when it comes to electronics, so they developed a special connector to plug the Motogadget speedo straight into the Royal Enfield’s wiring harness.”

“It’s all part of their bid to make these kits truly plug-and-play.”

the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.
the RoyalSERIES kits from Crooked Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of BikeEXIF.

For other custom kits like this, be sure to check back at our webpage, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from BikeEXIF*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

The Moto Beach Classic Returns to Bolsa Chica, CA

The Moto Beach Classic Returns to Bolsa Chica, CA
A purpose build asphalt oval track will host a number of races including the 2021 Super Hooligan National Championship final.

The Moto Beach Classic returns to Bolsa Chica on Saturday, October 23rd. Entry is free for a full day of motorcycle racing from the final round of the 2021 Super Hooligan National Championship, as well as a Costume Surf Contest, local live bands, ride-in motorcycle show, art show, vendors, and much more.

The Moto Beach Classic, now in its fourth year, draws racers, bike builders, surfers, artists, musicians, and motorcycle enthusiasts to Bolsa Chica State Beach, in Southern California, for a day of family-oriented action and adventure. The organizers say that the event has cultivated a community of eclectic humans that live a life on two wheels and speaks to the heart of Southern California, and we are all invited.

Roland Sands Design has partnered with SeaLegs at the Beach, Bolsa Chica’s concert venue on the sand, to host a full lineup of punk, funk, reggae, and surf rock, to bring home the final round of the Super Hooligan series. The venue will also include an art show, the V-Twin Visionary Ride-In Bike Show, a vendor village, a kid’s STACYC electric bike course, food, and spirited beverages.

The 2021 Super Hooligan National Championship is an open series for lightly modified street bikes running on road, oval, and dirt tracks, where racers must prove their versatility in addition to skill and nerve. The season finale takes the form of Flat Track Racing on a purpose build asphalt oval track on Bolsa Chica beach and will determine the best and most well-rounded heavy street bike racer of the series.  All-day racing will also be served up by an eclectic group of additional race classes: Vintage, Mad Dog Mini’s, Big Twin, Run What Cha Brung, and Super 73 to name a few.

The vendor village includes representation by local motorcycle shops. Check out new models, try on riding apparel, and shop new products from a host of manufacturers.

Roland Sands Designs has selected and curated a collection of installations inspired by surf, rock & moto culture, and has promised attendees an art show “to rock your oculars.”

The Moto Beach Classic Returns to Bolsa Chica, CA
The event includes the V-Twin Visionary Ride-In Bike Show

All day long kids can walk into the STACYC booth and demo an e-bike. In the afternoon, open to all STACYC owners, kids 3-5 years old in the 12″ class and 5-7 years old in the 16” class will have a chance to prove they are the fastest eKids at the beach. The STACYC Electric Kids Race main event will take place on the Super Hooligan racecourse.

V-Twin Visionary Ride-In Bike Show contestants will have front row parking for their custom machines at the center of the action. The custom bikes will range from mild resto-mods to wild choppers, scramblers, flat trackers, café racers, and purpose-built race bikes in all makes and models.

VIP tickets are available in a limited quantity this year. While the event is free to the public, the VIP area will feature Grandstand seating with an unobstructed view of the racing action, a VIP bar, VIP restrooms, and 2nd story viewing from the RSD Moto Shed. VIP tickets will also get you access to the racing pits.

“The Moto Beach Classic is the physical realization of a lifetime of insane ideas all jammed into one day at the beach,” said Roland Sands. “Motorcycles, music, racing, art, all on the sand where I grew up surfing. I couldn’t think of a better place to do it and with a better group of people.”

The Moto Beach Classic Returns to Bolsa Chica, CA

General admission is free, action starts at 10am and finishes at 6:30pm. VIP tickets available for purchase at: rolandsands.com

For additional event information, please visit: motoclassicevents.com

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35th Annual Biker Fest International Goes Live In Italy Tomorrow

Watch out, 2022 – this year’s Biker Fest International promises a long lineup of events and Europe’s Custom Bike Show – a show with roots steeped in the Rat’s Hole Custom Show with the Sturgis Rally – is one of the main features of attraction. 

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 settembre 2020

The Biker Fest will be held starting tomorrow, from September 16-19, with the AMD World Custom Bike Show and IMC (Italian Motorcycle Custom Bike Championship) celebrating more than twelve years in the judging and showcasing of the world’s most special motorcycles.

A view of Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy

Bikers wanting to take advantage of the free admission will be able to experience the bustling coastal vibes of Lignano Sabbiadoro (and the rest of the Adriatic sea’s peninsula), along with 350 exhibitors, on-road and off-road demo rides (featuring more than 13 motorcycle brands), custom shows, guided rides through the Lignano Sabbiadoro neighborhoods, music performances and more. 

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 September 2020

Also included in the weekend’s events will be Motorcycles Without Borders – a company of traveling Motoglobetrotters, who will be presenting their memories made on the road. 

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 settembre 2020

The event will be held in complete safety in accordance with the health rules of containment of the spread of Covid-19 infection”, states the press release from the Biker Fest International, “…and will be as usual free admission with Green Pass valid and the possibility to make rapid swabs at short distance from the event.”

34th Biker Fest 2020 Lignano 17-20 settembre 2020

Additional perks? How about access to 100 “Special” bikes exhibited in a dedicated covered area, as well as the potential to win 4 vouchers of 1000 euros and free stands at Motor Bike Expo in Verona and Roma Moto Days, among others? 

A man on a dirty off-road motorcycle poses for the camera

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We hope you attend, and make sure to give us a shout if you find yourself in the area over the weekend!

Come back around for updates, and make sure to check out the latest on other bike collections here at MotorBikeWriter.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Interview: Jason Lau, Professional Motorcycle Photographer

All photos courtesy of Jason Lau

In 2017, a popular moto blog that I was running at the time was invited to participate in a group ride across the Rajasthan desert in India. There was an official photographer on the odyssey, too. Being an old hat at moto blogging by that point, I made a bunch of assumptions about the photos the shooter would take. But boy oh boy, how wrong was I?

Without breaking a sweat (except where the desert heat was concerned), the photographer rewired my brain as to what was possible when shooting motorcycles. I was expecting a bunch of shots showing Westerners riding on Indian dirt roads. What I got (including the amazing shot below) was a National Geographic-grade photo essay that not only made me feel like I was there, but also made me feel that I had missed out on something that was bucket list special. That photographer was Jason Lau.

A royal Enfield rider creates a 'rooster tail' in the Rajasthan desert

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Jason Lau. I have been a photographer for over 15 years and my interests are broad and occasionally nerdy. I have a deep love of art and I used to be an art teacher for seven years. I’m now a full time photographer and love shooting everything from fashion, to lifestyle, and adventure.

A motorcycle rider looks down at his fallen bike on a majestic road in the Rajasthan desert

Where are you right now?

I am living in Melbourne, Australia, where I’ve been most of my life. I used to live in the eastern suburbs. Now I’m a lot closer to the city, but my work takes me to all sorts of places.

 Katie Abdilla in Tasmania seated on her Honda CB400 Four Motorcycle

What is it about motorcycle photography that inspires you?

I love the aesthetic of the motorcycle as it’s instantly evocative and carries so much history in terms of character portrayal and narrative. Motorcycles, especially custom builds, have so much personality, which creates an instant excitement for me.

A man sits on a custom Triumph Motorcycle on a salt flat in Australia

What makes for a great motorcycle photo?

Great motorcycle photography connects strongly with the environment. I’ve often said that a great motorcycle photo is actually a great landscape photograph – with great light – that happens to contain a motorcycle in it.

 A motorcycle rider on an Indian Scout races on a dirt flat track circuit

Digital and film. Which one do you prefer?

I started my photography on film. It’s basically how I learnt photography. I have done a lot of travel photography on film and I was kind of late in adopting digital. I now shoot digital all the time as editing software has such great ability to create filmic looks. I try not to get too bogged down with gear as that’s not what makes a good image.

An off-road motorcycle rider in Australia blasts through a puddle as a dog follows along behind

What’s your current go-to camera and lens combo?

A lot of my motorcycle photography was done with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 as I loved the handling of that camera and the portability of their lenses, which was helpful when you’re travelling. The Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 lens produces gorgeous results in terms of isolating the subject and creating a sense of grandiosity with it.

A cafe racer motorcycle and rider tackles a dirt road in Australia

Describe your dream outdoor shoot location

I’ve always wanted to shoot somewhere like the Mojave desert as I love a baron and epic landscape. I’d pick a custom Harley scrambler with a brutal aesthetic and I’d shoot it all day long in all sorts of ridiculous situations.

What bikes do you own personally?

I currently own a customised Harley Davidson Iron 883 Sportster. It took me a while to adjust to it, coming from a Triumph Bonneville. Harleys have a completely different feel to almost any bike and I’ve spent a lot of time making this Harley feel like my bike.

A Harley chopper rider in rural Australia stands upright on his bike as it travels down the road

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?

The best advice I can give to someone starting out in the adventure photography industry is to really strive for a great shot. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t do something. Find solutions. Go make the contacts, take the journey, make the moment happen. The photography should be the easy part.

Social media and photography. Match made in heaven or hell?

Photography on social media is a great source of inspiration but it hides the work that goes into making that shot. Seeing a photograph a couple of inches in size is a very different experience from seeing something in print or on a wall. It’s great to enjoy photography on social media but it’s not the whole story.

A motorcycle rider on an Aussie beach at dusk

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?

When I’m not shooting I’m normally editing. Such is the life of a photographer. Other than that, I skate on my longboard and draw pictures of Batman. True story.

See more of Jason’s work (sans Batman) on his Instagram Page.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition Street Glide Special

Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition
The handcrafted Arctic Blast Factory Custom Street Glide Special will be limited to 500 serialized motorcycles worldwide.

Harley-Davidson is producing a limited run of 2021 Street Glide Specials featuring the handcrafted Arctic Blast Limited Edition paint set. The motorcycle was revealed today at the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Availability will be limited to 500 examples worldwide, each serialized on the fuel tank.  

The Arctic Blast Limited Edition paint will be offered in a single colorway – metallic deep blue with bright blue strokes over a pearlescent white base. Each of the Street Glide Specials receiving the new custom scheme is hand-painted by the artisans at Gunslinger Custom Paint in Golden, Colorado. Gunslinger is home to a renowned group of painters, designers and, artists with decades of experience supplying custom-painted components for Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations team and limited-edition motorcycles. 

Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition
Custom paint is applied by Gunslinger Custom Paint of Golden, Colorado.

“With the Arctic Blast Limited Edition paint offering for the Street Glide Special, at Harley-Davidson, we continue to build on our reputation and lead by example, as the best in exclusive custom motorcycles and design,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO Harley-Davidson.  

The Street Glide Special model is a Harley-Davidson hot-rod bagger that combines long-haul touring comfort and custom style powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin engine. Key features include the iconic Harley-Davidson batwing fairing, stretched locking saddlebags, a Daymaker LED headlamp, low-profile engine guard, and Prodigy custom wheels.  

Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition
A close up reveals intricate details in the finish.

“The Arctic Blast paint is executed in strokes of high-contrast color intended to communicate the appearance of motion,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design. “The design looks bold from a distance but offers interesting details that can only be seen up close, including a blue pearl effect over the white base, and a ghosted hexagon pattern on the fairing.” 

The Arctic Blast Limited Edition Street Glide Special MSRP is $38,899. A Chopped Tour-Pak luggage carrier with matching paint will also be offered through Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories (MSRP: $1,699.95).

For more information visit: harley-davidson.com 

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Radical Customs for Ducati

In light of occasional restrictions and pants that no longer fit correctly, MotorBikeWriter brings you a bit of eye candy to brighten the proverbial day.

Ladies and gents, the db25 – a beautiful brainchild of British customs company deBolex Engineering.

In other words, a custom Ducati Monster with the face of a Ducati Bimota angel that harkens back to the 60s racing era. 

A view of the db25: A project completed by deBolex Engineering

According to a report from MCN, these bikes were two years in the making – and the actual creation of the motorbikes involved two stages. 

The first stage is to completely dismantle the bike (bar the electronics and engine, which remain untouched). Then, the bike is rebuilt, using new parts machined in-house. 

The subframe is aluminum – a single unit that features a pop-off seat, much like its retro ancestor. 

The tank cover protects a fuel cell and is comprised completely of carbon fiber, joining the other 20 carbon fiber parts, 25 CNC’ed components, and 60 laser-cut metal pieces that go into the reordering of the bike’s anatomy to its former glory. 

Tie it all together with Maxton suspension, Dymag wheels, and an SC-Project exhaust, and you’ve got yourself a retro-thriller that can eat up the pavement as smoothly as any new-fangled bike on the road. 

A view of the db25: A project completed by deBolex Engineering

Calum Pryce-Tidd, the founder of deBolex Engineering, admits the process hasn’t been easy:

“It’s been a big learning process for us. We make the molds in-house, lay the pre-preg carbon and then put it in our own autoclave. It fits the nose piece, which is the biggest single part.”

Calum Pryce-Tidd, founder of deBolex Engineering
Calum Pryce-Tidd, founder of deBolex Engineering

“Altogether, it takes just over a week to make a single set of bodywork and around eight weeks to build a complete bike.”

While the production run of these bikes is limited to 25 and is designed as a small project run (therefore not scalable), the exclusivity adds to the charm – and you can still pick out some parts and paint colors to make the machine your very own best friend. 

Prices for these beauties start at £38,000, but don’t wait too long – 10 of the 25 bikes are already accounted for!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
An inside look at the latest builds from Workhorse Speed Shop.

Brice Hennebert, owner of Workhorse Speed Shop, in Belgium, has been busy during lockdown. After creating Appaloosa V1.0 in 2019 for the Sultans of Sprint then re-working the Indian Scout build into Appaloosa V2.0 for the Baikal Mile Ice Festival, Brice has focussed his attention on building two special dream bikes based on the Indian FTR 1200

Rider Magazine: Indian FTR 1200 S | First Ride Review

The first build, Black Swan, is a 90’s sports bike concept utilizing the latest parts and materials to make it extremely sporty. The build extensively uses carbon fibre to minimize weight, Ohlins suspension, Beringer brakes, and modern additions such as a quickshifter. The second build, FTR AMA, is based on the 80s era AMA SBK race bikes and Rally cars, inspiring an angular design and will be finished in the classic Martini Racing livery

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
Adjustable Öhlins suspension and Beringer brakes are some of the premium parts making up the builds.

Black Swan and FTR AMA Build – Q&A with Brice Hennebert 

We caught up with Brice to get an insight into his latest projects, both of which are shaping up to be remarkably interesting, but quite different builds – just as we have come to expect from Workhorse. 

It’s been a long time since you came back from Russia after taking Appaloosa V2.0 to the Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival – that must feel like a dream now, are the memories still strong? 

Yes, the memories are really strong. With the lockdown, it was some time after coming back from Russia that I saw many of my friends. Every time I reconnect with a friend they always ask about the trip. So, I get to relive the memories regularly and so they are still strongly alive.  

And when Appaloosa finally got back to Belgium after the Russian borders reopened, unpacking the bike and reassembling it meant I got to relive the memories all over again. 

Obviously, lockdown has changed the way we all work, but you have still been busy with brand-new builds based on the FTR. What are the concepts behind each project?  

The concept for the first build, Black Swan, came a few years ago when I was racing at Wheels & Waves against the Miracle Mike Scout built by The Young Guns. During that time, I had the vision to build a sports bike for road use. But, really sporty, built like a GP bike. It’s deeply inspired by 90’s sports bikes, all made from carbon fibre. That’s what happens when I have total freedom from the commissioners of a project. And I’m even thinking about doing a small series of this bike for sale. It’s pretty unique! 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
Black Swan Build: building out the clay model.

The second FTR project is based on the 80s era AMA SBK race bikes and Rally cars. Black Swan and the FTR AMA project are for two brothers. The brother that commissioned Black Swan asked me to design a second build for his brother. Something colourful but sharp like a war tank. The only restriction was that it should have a Martini Racing livery. 

After a little research and brainstorming, the main influence became the Lancia Delta HF. I’ve mixed this with a bit of the early Bol d’Or race bikes and some muscle bike flavour keeping an upright riding position, close to the original FTR which works so well.  

With the Appaloosa v1.0 and v2.0 builds, you had some great partners providing advice, components, fabrication, and tuning skills. Who has stepped up for these FTR builds? 

All of them and even more. I went to the Akrapovič factory a few days after the Baikal Mile to work on the Black Swan exhaust. I crossed the border to go home for a few hours and they decided to close the border. That was tight. 

Öhlins have shipped me a full set of custom components for Black Swan, quite impressive I have to say. Beringer Brakes is also in the game on both bikes with their new 4+ system. Super light, super nice. 

I’m also working with Vinco Racing in Holland, Tim is taking care of all the CNC parts around both bikes. And there’s many of them. 

My buddy Robert Colyns from 13.8 Composite is taking care of the carbon fibre fabrication.  

On Black Swan, we will be fitting Rotobox carbon fibre wheels, they really are pieces of art! Liteblox Germany have made a bespoke carbon fibre battery for the bike, Cerakote Nl did all the black ceramic treatment. Jeroen from Silver Machine the seat works. Christophe from Forame design did all the 3D modelling from the Clay scan. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
Black Swan Build: Clay model ready for CAD scan.

The FTR AMA wheel set is a total eye catcher. I collaborated with Fabio from JoNich Wheels in Italy. The design is based on his Rush wheels but without carbon flanges. They are machined from billet aluminium. And the design made me think about the turbo fans wheels used on the racing Lancia, so that was a perfect choice. They are completed by a Dunlop GP tyre set with this mad 200 section rear tyre. 

So, as you can see, I’m not alone on this bike.    

We can’t reveal too much at this stage, but from the pictures from the builds so far, designing the bodywork seems to be a fairly intensive process. Can you walk us through the steps, from visualisation and sketches through to a finished piece of the bodywork?  

Yes, it’s quite a long journey, here’s roughly the stages for Black Swan: 

First, preliminary sketches and a compilation of reference pictures for the details. At this stage I’m drawing the main lines of the bike, the mood. 

Then I sent everything to Benny at Axesent in Japan to make proper renders in several versions, with realistic lighting and some livery ideas.  

When I was happy at this point, I started 3D modelling. I modelled the bike at full scale in clay directly on the FTR, but only on one side of the bike. This step took about 6 weeks, between the clay structure and perfecting the final shape.   

Then I scanned the bike in 3D to start the CAD modelling stage. The scan was used as a starting point to be sure of the proportions, but there was always freedom for new ideas. In the meantime, I worked on the symmetry, details, articulated parts, and assembly systems between the different elements. All told, another 2 months of work. 

The next step went to 13.8 Composites. Firstly, they 3D printed all the bodywork from the CAD models. These prints were used as a master for moulding and creating the die that the carbon fibre was laid into. 

Once done, adjustments were made between all the parts to be sure that it all fit together and looked perfect.  

With the FTR AMA build, rather than start with the clay, here I used direct CAD design based on a 3D scan of the FTR chassis. Then all the body parts were 3D printed and reinforced with carbon fibre. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
FTR AMA Build: Modified tail to accommodate twin shocks.

Is this a process that you have used before? You seem really keen, on every project, to try something new and expand your skill set.  

This was something totally new to me, at least at this scale. I have done clay shaping before, but not on something so complex. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
FTR AMA Build: “The wheel set is a total eye catcher.”
Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds

The bodywork is bound to be the main focal point when people first see the bikes, but what else can you reveal about the builds at this stage? 

The body of Black Swan is just 1.8 kg for the entire bike. I’ve also decided to fit a few accessories such as a quick shifter and Power Commander. The idea is to initially test the bike with the standard performance in the racing configuration (position, bodywork etc.) 123 hp is enough for road use today in Europe. And if the owner of the bike needs more power then we will go into the engine. 

On the FTR AMA, there are two aluminum fuel cells to reach a total capacity of 3.7 gallons with one of the tanks under the seat. Plus, the intake has been redesigned and 3D printed to work with DNA performance air filters. On the chassis side, the tail section has been modified to fit a twin shocks system powered by Öhlins. 

Plans are progressing on when and how the bikes will be revealed, but they will certainly make an impact. 

Yes, with the events calendar being difficult to predict over the last few months, we’ve had to come up with several plans. I really can’t wait to see the response to these two bikes. 

Workhorse Speed Shop to Reveal Two New Custom Indian FTR Builds
FTR AMA Build: Custom Exhaust

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BMW R 17 project a stunning retro

This stunning custom based on a classic air-cooled BMW has us wondering whether BMW will produce more retro models to complement their popular R nineT family.

It was produced by British custom motorcycle shop Sinroja Motorcycles and they call it the R17 which is interesting since BMW recently returned to cruisers with their R 18.

The R 18 was actually born after BMW gave the R 18 engine to a couple of custom houses to see what they could do with it.

In fact, the R nineT was also born after famed LA designer Roland Sands built a modern custom project to honour the venerable R 90.

So it’s not improbable that BMW would look at this classic as a potential for a more retro model in its line-up.

While the R nineT family is popular, I always thought Roland Sands’ version was better and BMW made the r nineT just a little bit too modern looking.

Birju Sinroja started Sinroja Motorcycles in Leicestershire, England, five years ago and has been working on the R17 for two years ago.

Here is their account of the rebuild:Sinroja Motorcycles BMW R80 (Photos: Tom Horna @driveclassics)

The bike started as a BMW R80 TIC (police specification) that was a true barn find.

The first step was to strip the whole bike, taking it back to bare metal by sand blasting the frame and then cleaning up any unnecessary tabs and bracketry. From there a new subframe was fabricated to create a clean line. We also fabricated and repositioned the footrest for rider and passenger to fit their ergonomic needs. The handmade mudguards are finished with simple braces, holding them up to nicely balance the lines of the bike and provide some protection from dirt on the road.

All classic customs that leave Sinroja workshop get a full crank-up engine rebuild and the R17 was no exception. We stripped the almost 40-year-old powertrain all the way to crank, replacing all key components like big end bearings, chains, guides, pushrod tubes etc, and rebuilding it to better than factory standards. This engine received our 1000cc (originally 800cc) conversion with machined and ported heads and high compression pistons to up the power. All the cases are vapour blasted and painted black with fins polished for great looks. The gearbox and bevel drive got a full rebuild with all fresh bearings, seals, gaskets etc and some unique Sinroja upgrades. Carburettors were also fully rebuilt with bigger jets to help with upgraded engine. The exhausts were fabricated in-house and then finished by Motone’s one-off end cans.

Handling is vastly improved with a complete custom suspension set-up. Yamaha R6 forks have been reworked with Nitron Suspension racing range cartridges and fully adjustable Nitron rear shocks. The forks retain the R6 calipers for improved braking performance to further increase rideability. Fastec Racing created the billet machined yokes. The custom 18- inch wire wheels were built by Hagon using custom-made rims and stainless spokes.Sinroja Motorcycles BMW R80 (Photos: Tom Horna @driveclassics)

A brand-new wiring loom from TowzaTronics replaces all of the original wiring. At the heart of all of the electronics is a Motogadget M-Unit Blue. It controls all aspects of the electronic system and also allows Bluetooth phone connection with a diagnostic support function. The M-unit also allows keyless ignition system via the owner’s phone. The R17 is fitted with Motogadget switches, bar end indicators and grips along with 7-inch halo headlight. Rear indicators are from Rizoma and double up as brake and running lights. The final element is a beautiful dash hosting the Motogadget speedo.

The stunning black/Corris Grey livery draws inspiration from the client’s love of Land Rovers and Range Rovers. The stitching on the seat mirrors that of the car and even the saddle leather came from a Land Rover. The aesthetics are finished with a machined Sinroja emblem that sits proudly on the tank.

This bike came with a perfect brief in my opinion. We had pretty much a free reign on what to do. It’s great to be in a place where customers just let you do what you want and have that trust and faith in skills we have. The end result is something we are super proud of indeed. A timeless design and giving rebirth to an old airhead that had been neglected for years in a barn is just a great feeling.Sinroja Motorcycles BMW R80 (Photos: Tom Horna @driveclassics)

Sinroja Motorcycles R 17 specs

  • Suspension: Nitron Racing Suspension
  • Exhaust: Motone Customs
  • Paint: Glen of GD Design
  • Wiring: TowzaTronics
  • Upholstery: Classic Car Services
  • Sinroja Motorcycles links

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com