Daily Inspiration :: Yamaha YD 125 Cafe Racer

Absolutely loving the look of this custom Yamaha YD 125 cafe racer spotted on Bubble Visor.  It's gotta be the combination of the bare manx tank and the yellow and black vintage Yamaha paint.  Would you want this in your garage?


Classified Moto's Honda CB450 "Le Renard"

We are big fans of Classified Moto around here and love the look of their latest build shown here. The CB450 was a commission for customer out of Brooklyn, NY who had some less than standard requests to be incorporated. Materials like wood and canvas made Ryland and crew have to think outside of the box for this one.

This bike follows suit on the new trend we've been watching here.  It's a mix of cafe racer along with a more off-roady/scrambler feel mixed in. The CB's suspension was upgraded to with "Classified" front-end treatment from an '05 Kawasaki ZX6R and progressive shocks in the rear.

They were able to find a creative use of the "wood" requested in the build by incorporating a skateboard deck as a seat pan and wrapped it in a military style waxed canvas to create the seat. By elevating the seat slightly, the custom painted deck becomes slightly more visible and allows for a thin seat that still mates up perfectly with the tank.

Check Pipeburn for more specifics on the build.


Triumph Daytona 675 cafe racer

Spirit of the Seventies Triumph Daytona 675 Custom

A modern Triumph cafe racer

We've been excited to see the finished product ever since custom shop Spirit of the Seventies teased us with a rendering of a modern Triumph Daytona 675 with a vintage style treatment done to it.  Most of us who love the look of vintage cafe racers feel that most modern sport bikes lack soul, at least aesthetically.  Not this one though.  What you see here is a bike that packs modern performance with vintage soul!

The owner of the bike had his Daytona 675 set up as a track-ready street bike and was able to convince his fiancé he'd slow down and decided it was in need of a make over. He contacted the team at Spirit of the Seventies and the rest is history.

Head on over to the always good Bike EXIF for more specifics on the build.


A Russian Scram-cafe

There seems to be a lot of custom builds that are bridging the gap between traditional café racers and scramblers lately.  Our post on Canyon Motorcycle’s “SuperBonnie” is another recent example.  Even our own, Bullitt OG is running Distanzia’s with a café stance.  We spotted this Russian build from Café RacerCulture and feel like it’s having a bit of an identity crisis.  

The bike definitely has a scrambler style rear end with what looks like a Muller Martini seat and Ohlins suspension.  The headlights scream off-road explorer while the majority of the bike looks track ready.  

Not sure exactly what it is…maybe if the frame was a color that matched the rest of the bike better?  Post your thoughts to comments below.


Canyon Motorcycle's "Super Bonnie"

Canyon Motorcycles has a distinctly unique style

When Triumph owner Adam brought in a trashed '04 Bonneville to Adrian at Canyon Motorcycles he had an idea of what he wanted but wasn't sure how to pull it off.  He wanted a real classic looking ‘60s cafe but with a 'modern off road look' to it, which Adrian says is his specialty.

The rear suspension was upgraded to Works Suspension and gets its toughness from the Talon wheels and Distanzia combo.  The motor is a 790 with a flowed head, cams, Keihin CR racing carbs, British Customs high pipes and a few ‘Canyon customs’ such as the seat, the Steve McQueen headlight conversion and their leather strap-on.  The end result is classy looking bike that is both clean and mean.

What do you think of the "Super Bonnie" build?  Is this something that you would want in your garage?


Game of HYPE: Target Practice (Video)

The second video is up of the HYPE series.  Sure, the story line is a tad bit cheesy, but I can't watch this and not think about how fun it would be to ride the Hypermotard...more so, to ride like the boys in the video.  Video below.


Game of HYPE: Wheelie Challenge (Video)

I'm sure just about all of us have played the basketball game "HORSE" at some point in our youths.  Being from Southern California we naturally translated that into "SKATE" where the same rules applied, but we were trying to outdo each other on skateboards.  Ducati and Cycle World just put out a new series where two super-talented stunt riders compete against each other aboard two brand new Ducati Hypermotards – enter the new game “HYPE”.  This is the first of the group and there’s no doubt these boys can ride…


City is my Playground :: Video

It’s safe to say most of us here aren't that into stoppies and wheelies through town.  ‘Stunting’ can have its place, but it’s definitely not on city streets.  That being said, the new video just released by Icon starring Ernie ‘Edub’ Vigil sets place in a post-apocalyptic New Mexico where he gets to run amok through the city.   I’m sure we can all agree that being able to run through highways and city streets with no fear of mindless drivers texting away or ‘the man’ trying to bring you down would be pretty fun.  Regardless of your riding style, I’m sure we’d all take advantage of an opportunity like that.


Video below: