Shop Time :: Bullitt CB

Been working on the Bullitt CB - getting closer every day.  Still need to tackle the wiring, loop the tail and get the custom seat finished up.  We swapped out all the hardware for black hex bolts, wrapped the headers, powder coated the springs and blacked out the shocks with epoxy paint.  Can't wait to get this thing on the road!

Don't Forget :: So Cal Bike Show March 2nd @ BC

Have a bike you think is worthy of recognition? It’s time to see if you have what it takes to win the Café Racer Magazine Reader Ride In Bike Show presented by British Customs.  This event will be held on March 2nd and is open to all motorcycle makes and models. Bike show registration will begin at 9am PST.
Come talk with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers about their parts, builds and what inspires them.  Local custom shops will be on hand to show off some of their latest builds; and discuss the services they offer from basic maintenance and installation services to custom builds.

Custom bikes, great food, drinks and music…this is a show with a little something for everybody!

Any builders, vendors, and manufacturers not in contact with BC yet, be sure to contact Sean at 310-225-2570 x101  to secure your space. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Bullitt OG - Side Cover Hack

The Bullitt OG hasn't had side covers for a number of years.  I like the look of the pod filters but haven't yet taken the time to tidy up the tail, get an Li battery and make it look the way it should. They were just sitting on the shelf collecting dust and one afternoon I decided to pull 'em out and started hacking. Swing and a miss or base run? I'm still not sure...

Harlem Shake

Gotta give props to the guys at Motorcycle Superstore for getting in on the viral Harlem Shake.  If this is new to you, just search 'harlem shake' in youtube and you'll see...

Biltwell Fullface "Gringo" Update 2

Judging by the number of hits we're getting on the Gringo posts, I'm guessing a lot of you are as excited as we are for these babies to come out.  And being that not everyone is on Facebook out there - and that's the only place Biltwell is updating - I thought I'd share with the rest of you.

"We've been ride and lab testing these for a while now. So far, the Gringo has passed everything needed for DOT certification. We are working on the second mold and making sure all sizes pass all tests. Sorry if this seems like it takes forever, it just does. We've learned not to rush the process.

Availability: We're hoping to have the first run (L, XL and XXL) ready to ship in May. A month or so after, we should have the smaller sizes (XS, S and M).

Colors: We're going to surprise you with this one. No reason to tell any other helmet companies what's coming next. Don't worry, you will like 'em and there will be more choices later on down the road.
Sizing: These are not the tiny Japanese novelty style helmets that fit super close to your face. These are real helmets and have reasonable proportions. When placed next to a modern sport bike helmet they look tiny. Think 1970's flat track. If you like that look, you'll like these. We'll do some action shots and comparisons before they go on sale so you can see the lids in context.

Features: None. Just kidding, there are a few, but compared to a contemporary, feature-laden sport bike helmet, the Gringo is quite sparse. We did this on purpose because we like the simple look of early full-face lids. There are no vents. There will be five snaps. A flat, non flip-up clear screen will be available, and Biltwell Moto Goggles and Bubble Shields work with the snaps and eye port.

Price: Figure around $150 USD

Waiting Out Winter :: Video

WAITING OUT WINTER from Andrew David Watson on Vimeo.
Feels a bit unfair - being that we have 360 days of good riding per yer our here in So Cal - posting a video about being shed-bound all winter but this video speaks to the soul of any backyard builder out there.  Great cinematography, great content, and worth of a watch.

If you're anywhere near Philly, definitely look up the boys at Cast and Salvage.

Icon's 'Quarter Master' Ural Solo sT

URAL x ICON teamed up to build a more off-road capable version of the URAL Solo.  The list of mods is extensive to say the least - frame mods, reinforced swingarm, long-travel suspension, knobbies, over-sized tank, custom skid plate, crash hoops and high-mount fenders - sure to get the QM through anything this world can throw at it.  It looks like a beast, and one hell of a good time! More pics and video below.

DC Shoes and Robbie Maddison go big with AIR.CRAFT

DC's just released an insane video: Robbie Maddison's AIR.CRAFT.  It's filmed in a military service airplane graveyard in Tucson, Arizona and not only has some amazing cinematography, the riding is insane!  This is definitely worth a watch. (video below)

Opinions Needed

Raw, gold, or black?

I've been having some difficulty getting used to the new forks on the Bullitt OG. Not sure if the forks are just too gold. Not sure if I want to go back to a black tank. I made a couple of quick mock-ups in Photoshop last night.

What's your vote; top, middle or bottom?

BCR's Monster Tracker

BCR knows how to handle a Ducati Monster

Benji’s Café Racer is most likely best known for their café racer parts and accessories.  They've built a handful of custom bikes along the way, with my favorite being their 'El Poquito'.  That is...until now. Their recently completed urban scrambler/tracker is stunning. Based on an '07 Ducati Monster S2R 80, this thing looks equally ready to party it up in the city or to stretch its legs on some trails.

The BCR boys custom-made a good portion of the components for the build including, the beautiful aluminum gas tank (that actually runs under the seat to keep it narrow), MX-style number plate, seat, 2-into-2 high-exit exhaust, fenders and foot controls to name a few.

The motor itself was left relatively stock though they did add a Power Commander to work with the free flowing exhaust and they polished the engine side covers, valve covers and cam end covers.

The overall result is a practical, functional and head-turning bike that you could take just about anywhere.  Well done BCR, you nailed it with this one!

Photos by by Ben Chan of Blacksheep Photography.  More on the build here.

Janus Motorcycles :: Halcyon 50

There's no question that we've reached a point where we can make bikes with more horsepower and torque than needed.  Not everyone wants a 2300cc beast between their legs.  Smaller displacement bikes haven't lost their appeal to some.  In fact, there seems to be a resurgence of smaller bikes all around. 
Aside from the US, there are tons of options for those looking for a smaller, gas-sipping option.  If that's you, then maybe Janus Motorcycles has what you need.  Paying homage to 1920’s and 30’s record-breakers; Brough Superior, Indian, Triumph, and Zenith, to name a few... The bike comes complete with sprung leather saddle seat and panniers, wide handlebars, and a long, low polished aluminum fuel tank.

These little babies start at $4k, come with a 10hp 49.9cc 2-stroke motor.  Hell, you don't even need a motorcycle license here in the US to ride these and they're a whole lot cooler than riding any scooter.

What do you think?  Do you like smaller bikes?  Would you consider Janus?  They're taking orders now for delivery in Spring 2013!