British Customs 2-into-1 Exhaust Update

BC exhaust wakes up the beast

Just wanted to drop an update on the British Customs' 2-into-1 exhaust which I've been meaning to do for a long time.  Due to ground clearance concerns BC decided to pull their low exit version of this pipe and converted existing low exit owners to the high exit option.  Admittedly, I thought I didn't want to make the change initially but have grown to love the set up.

The exhaust continues to look and sound great and is definitely Bullitt Approved!!


Cycle World Adventure Challenge on the Honda NC700X

Wait....what?!  This bike is neither a cafe racer or tracker nor is it even remotely close to other bikes here on The Bullitt.  The above motorcycle is Honda's new 'crossover' bike that is said to be a mix between a touring bike, adventure bike and a commuter rolled up into a surprisingly handsome - more expensive looking - package.

 I've been selected to participate in a week long event with Cycle World aboard Honda's NC700X in September.  The other riders are flying out here to sunny Southern California and we'll be going to the Honda HQ and touring from Orange County up to the Sierra Mountains.  There's going to be a handful of challenges along the way and should be a great time.  Stay tuned for updates along the way!

Here's Honda pitch:

Specs:

  • Price: $6,999 (starting, without DCT/ABS package)
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 670cc parallel twin
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual (standard), dual hydraulic clutch automatic with push-button manual override, sport and standard drive modes (optional, packaged with ABS)
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Seat Height: 32.7 inches
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons
  • Estimated Cruising Rance: Approximately 240 miles
  • Fuel Economy: 64 mpg (estimated)
  • Front Suspension: 41mm, non-adjustable with 6.0 inches travel
  • Rear Suspension: Pro-Link single shock with 5.9 inches travel
  • Front Brakes: Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper / Single 320mm disc with three-piston caliper
  • Rear Brakes: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper / Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper; Combined ABS available
  • Frame: Steel
  • Rake: 27.0°
  • Trail: 110.0mm (4.3 inches)
  • Color: Light Silver Metallic
  • Curb Weight: 472 pounds / 505 pounds with DTC/ABS package

Custom Honda FTR223 from Hong Kong

Honda FTR223 'Yakuza' Street Tracker

A killer street tracker from Hong Kong

I ran across this little number on the Do The Ton cafe racer forum recently. After a little research I discovered this bike is owned by fellow blogger Wes of Abandoned Pier.  The bike is a Honda FTR223 which is an air cooled, four stroke, single cylinder with a SOHC. Many of you may not have heard of this bike as it's Asia-only model.  Wes is currently living in Hong Kong, making it possible to get this little number in his greasy hands.  He tells the story of his build below:

"It’s a late model 2006 and the engine was still in very good shape. I started by stripping it down, replacing the cam-chain, all the gaskets and re-adjusting the valves. I also re-built the carb, shimmed the float needle and re-jetted it. Shimming is absolutely necessary to ease out the transition between the pilot and main after re-jetting. The stock jets are way too small and won’t allow for running with a velocity stack and an aftermarket muffler. After some further jetting and the black magic art of carburetor adjustment, she was running beautifully.

The huge stock battery was also removed and replaced with a tiny battery I soldered up in parallel using 6 lithium ion a123 cells sourced from a local electronics store. Not only does the new battery have more cold cranking amps, but it also lasts about ten times longer than the standard led-acid battery at a fraction of the weight and size. I also removed the signal lights, flasher relay, kickstand dead switch and the ugly instrument cluster. The wiring harness was also simplified and all the electronics and cables, fitted on a fabricated bracket in the tiny space below the seat. This was certainly the hardest part of the build and you’ll be surprised at how many cables can come out of a motorcycle. The Honda FTR223 is electric start only, which means I had to get really creative when hiding the electrics. The simplified wiring was also complimented with a small led tail-light.

I removed the airbox completely and added a stack which I sourced from Japan as well as a Supertrapp muffler from the states. The header was wrapped in fiberglass heat wrap to compliment the cool exhaust system. The Supertrapp exhaust uses a system of disks, which have a larger opening on one end causing an acceleration of the exhaust gases exiting the engine, very similar to the venturi effect. With the modified exhaust and intake design the bikes performance improved notably.

Next, I removed all the plastic body parts, removed the front and rear fenders as well as the ugly taillight and number-plate brackets. Once it was stripped down, I took a grinder to it and removed all the OEM brackets from the frame and re-sprayed it in flat black.

Custom Honda FTR223

 

Custom Honda FTR223

For the finishing touches I added some fork boots and a Daytona speedo from Japan as well as some new grips and Renthal handlebars from the UK. I kept the stock tank, because I really love how the lines flow with the seat. The tank and headlight and other bits were also painted in black to match the new colour scheme. Lastly, I added some really cool vintage badges off a 1982 Honda CB which I found on eBay. To me there is great beauty in imperfection and I wanted to keep the old scuffed up look.

This bike is really loud, really fun and really fast. I like to think of it as a BMX with an engine. As an ode to this bikes Japanese origin and styling cues I aptly named her the Yakuza. Well done Wes, we dig it!

 

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Harley Davidson XL1200N Cafe Racer

A few months back we posted Brian Ballad's 2007 Triumph Thruxton and today we have this brother-in-law Rob Salle's 2007 Harley Davidson XL1200N (Nightster) cafe.  This bike was shed-built and is another fine example of an American Cafe.

Specs:
Seat and Cowl from trans-moto
Roland Sands Pieces: Velocity Stack, Clip Ons, Speedo Mount, Coil Mount, Fork Brace, Grips
Chainsickle Rear Sets
Ikon Shocks (off a buddy's thruxton)
V&H Outlaw Indy Pipe
Zippers Chain Conversion
Powdercoating by TRGCoating.com

Isle of Man TT Video

As the tile says, this truly is the greatest show on earth.  Makes me wanna ride!!


European Motorbike Holiday aboard British Classics - 1953

The below story is told by Paul Gander whose father took part in an epic multi-country European tour in 1953.  Not only did they ride fantastic British bikes such as the Brough Superior SS100 and a couple of Triumphs and Sunbeams - they documented the trip incredibly well. 
“We think of old bikes as being unreliable, but my father and his friends were keen riders and engineers and completed the trip without much more than a puncture."  - Paul Gander 

Here is the story as told by Paul:
The bikes that took part in the trip were: GAU 856 Brough Superior SS100 with fuel in the loop sidecar, AHC 650 Triumph Thunderbird. He bought this one on 22nd July 1950 for £219 16 9 and by the day they set off in July 53 it had done 24,900 miles. KBY 571 Sunbeam. VMM 871 Sunbeam. AHC 963 Triumph.  When we cross from England to France now we have a ferry or the tunnel. For this trip they choose to fly the bikes from Lympne Airport in Kent, UK over to Le Touquet, France. They were all smartly dressed bikers and whilst helmets were not required, a jacket and tie certainly was. The bikes were swiftly loaded at the English end, it took a while for the French to unload the bikes.

So what do you do just a few minutes into France as an Englishman… of course you brew tea whilst you wait. My Father stands on the right of this picture, clearly dressed for a motorcycle ride! Customs at Le Touquet, France.
A stop in Northern France for a smoke.
Ken gets a puncture in St Quentin, France.  A stop at Bar le Duc, France for essential supplies…
And shortly after a roadside stop for a picnic and another stop for a coffee in Saverne, France.
Entering Germany at Kehl and about 600-700 miles into the trip. My father was 18 when War was declared and having listened to the radio broadcast with his mother, had a cup of tea and then rode his motorcycle down to the recruiting office and signed up for the RAF. I assume that his friends were in the war and wonder what their banter was as they crossed into Germany.
A stop by Lake Constance, Germany, and the weather is looking excellent. About 800-900 miles into the trip.
Into Bavaria although I am not sure where, with the Bavarian Alps in the background and naturally they have brewed some tea.
They continued on via Steingaden, Garmisch and Walchen and on towards Austria. Then, crossing the border (below) into Austria at Ursprung.
And on past Kufstein and into Kitzbuhel where they seem to have stayed for a few days walking in the mountains.
Then on the road from Kitzbuhel to Brock. The picture above was taken on the way to Bruck and is my personal favorite
Getting closer to Bruck and the scenery and weather look fantastic
They had to stop and pay to enter the Grossglockner Pass. This was a very well visited tourist road with over 90,000 vehicles using it in 1952. It has a beautiful selection of bends that must have been wonderful on the bikes. Soon after a stop for tea is required. The Tunnel at the top of the Grossglockner Pass. The road peaks at 6,400ft.
At the top of the Franz Joseph Glacier reentering Germany on the way to Salzburg in Austria
They stopped for a while in Salzburg and then took the Inn Valley to Rattenburg where the picture above was taken. If you have ever wondered if Germans really did walk about in leather shorts …. They must be about 1300 miles into the trip now.
After Rattenburg they head for Innsbruck and after that Steinach in Austria and then onto the Brenner Pass. The Brenner Pass is one of the principal passes of the Alps and will take them from Austria into Italy. It peaks at 4,500 ft.  After the joys of the Brenner Pass they continued on to the Giovo Pass into Italy. The Giovo is very small and twisty and splendid on a bike, except when they did it the road was just dirt and gravel with no safety barriers. The traffic jam has been caused as two coaches have become stuck.
And then on over other spectacular roads and into Switzerland at Mustair, above.
Then onto Zernez and onto St Moritz with around 1,600 miles completed.
After St Moritz they head past Chur and Frick as they start to head westward and home. Then through Zurich and leave Switzerland at Basel. Then, a stop at Basel Customs
After the lovely twisty roads of the previous week, they are back onto the arrow straight French roads and it seems a bit cooler by the riding gear. It must have been tempting to open the bikes up on this straight. And on to Langres for a stop. I have ridden some of the roads between Troyes and Basel and they are excellent, fast sweeping undulating roads.
And back to Le Touquet with over 2,000 miles covered
And the final picture in this album they have entitled “England in 20 Minutes” My father kept detailed logs for all his bikes and I still have most of them.”
All images © Paul Gander
For Paul's original posting go here

Monkeetrip 2012 Episode I

The Wrenchmonkees boys have been developing a new clothing/riding line in collaboration with long-standing Danish workwear manufacturer KANSAS.  Deciding they needed to test their gear in the field, a motorcycle camping adventure ensued.  This is the video of their journey.
MONKEETRIP 2012 EPISODE # 1 from simon weyhe on Vimeo.

Filmed by : Simon Weyhe & Mathias Nyholm Schmidt
Edit by : Simon Weyhe
Graphics by : Victor Lieberath Studio
Music by Ormen - WSLS Records
Shot on : Canon C300, Sony FS100, Canon 5D marklll, Zeiss & Leica glass and Kessler crane
Riders : Nicholas Bech, Per Nielsen, Andreas Mørk Hansen, Lars Lykkegaard, Anders Holm, Ulrik Nielsen, John Perrier, Martin Bøgelund Beck, Henrik Justesen, Jesper Nicolaisen & Christian Lebrecht
Driver : Affe
A GOODWIND STUDIO PRODUCTION

Gary Nixon Memorial Fund Acution – Own Racing History

On August 5, 2011, the world of motorcycle road racing lost one of its most iconic and celebrated champions in Gary Nixon.

For one week only, starting Friday, July 27, visit eBay to bid on the one-of-a-kind Gary Nixon replica leathers, helmet, pit shirt and Daytona 675R bodywork, as used by Team Latus Motors Racing at the 2012 Daytona 200. Fully approved by the Nixon family, 100% of the auction proceeds go to the Gary Nixon Memorial Fund. Set up specifically to help aspiring racers fulfill their dreams, the Gary Nixon Memorial Fund is a fitting continuation of the racing spirit that Gary Nixon lived every day of his life.

To honor the memory of Nixon, on March 12, 2012, AMA Pro Road Racer Jason DiSalvo took the grid at the Daytona 200 wearing specially-designed Gary Nixon replica leathers and helmet. His Team Latus Motors Racing Daytona 675R also featured custom Gary Nixon replica paint and graphics, inspired by Nixon’s 1967 Daytona 200-winning Triumph 500. Even the Team Latus pit crew got in the act, sporting crew shirts styled after those worn by the 1960s Nixon Triumph teams.
Despite grueling heat and a crowded field, DiSalvo ran an extraordinary race that day, making up nearly 26 seconds in only 25 laps and ultimately finishing second in a photo finish. DiSalvo was quoted after the race as saying the memory of Nixon was with him the whole way, pushing him to the finish line.

via British Customs Blog