Amazing Motorcycle Roadrips with The Roadery

Have you dreamt of going on an epic motorcycle road trip along the California coastline, or cruising down Route 66 to Vegas and the National Parks?  Maybe you're visiting the west coast and kicking yourself as your bike is hundreds of miles away and these roads are ripe for the pickin'.  Maybe your wife made you sell your bike and you just want a good old fashioned back-country ride with your buddies like you used to... Whatever the reason may be, rest easy friend, as you're in luck.  


The Roadery is a unique motorcycle touring company that will set you up with a customized cafe racer or cruiser (Triumph Bonneville/Thruxton or a Harley Davidson Sportster/Nightster), set your preferred route, book your hotels and guide you all the way there. As they say themselves, "All you have to do is show up and ride through some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. With us, you’ll get lost in the best possible way."



The routes plan for about 250-270 miles per day, which by no means is too much to handle. Trips allow for six-to-ten riders. On longer tours (some of which are one-way) a support vehicle will freight your bags and an extra bike.







There are plenty of options for guided tours, but if you're more adventurous or don't want to play follow the leader you can opt for a self-guided tour as well. With epic destinations like a 2-day 1 night "LA to SF" ride up the coast, 6 days/5 nights exploring 787 miles Vegas to Yosemite to San Francisco or the big one - 'The Great Western Roundtrip' which is a whopping 12 day trip/1696 mile trip starting in LA, through the desert, up the mountains and back down Highway 1 from San Francisco to LA. The list goes on, and I want to do them all!

Grab your buds, gather round the screen and start planning out your next adventure.  Fore more on The Roadery, check their site here.  

International Motorcycle Show 2013 :: Long Beach, CA


There's something about driving a car to a motorcycle show...it just feels wrong. One year the Bullitt OG broke down as we were headed out the door to Born Free, forcing us to take the truck. It makes you feel like a kid, wanting mom to drop you off around the corner so no one sees. When the International Motorcycle Show rolled into town this year, Long Beach was cold and rain-soaked.

Admitting we're spoiled with great weather year-round down here, a rainy day in Orange County is like a blizzard is for the rest of the country.  Typically, there is a sea of motorcycles parked all around the convention center but not this year. Not being on the bike and riding in a pal's truck instead, we spent more time drinking beers and checking out the new models than taking pictures this year.






Overall, the show seemed to lack some of the excitement that its had in years past.  It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't amazing either.  We were most excited to see newly released bikes like the Ducati Monster 1200S, the BMW nineT, and the Bell Bullitt helmet in person, which we posted on yesterday.  Triumph had a good display of new and aftermarket bikes - like British Custom's Scrambler 'Dirtbike' pictured above.  
There's a lot in the motorcycle industry to be excited for in 2014.  New bikes, new customs, new records to be made, road trips to be planned and good memories to been made.  Let's all keep it rubber side down and the good times rolling.  Here's to a great 2014!


Bell Bullitt Helmets in Person :: IMS Long Beach, CA

When the concept and original photos first came out for the Bell Bullitt helmet, there was a talk that the helmet wouldn't look as good in person. We here thought the teaser images of the helmet looked amazing so needless to say, we were excited to see them in the proverbial flesh.




The Bell Bullitt is slotted to be out in March 2014 at an estimated $400 USD. For full specs on the helmet, check our initial post here.


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Triumph Thruxton Steampunk Racer by BCR

A Triumph Thruxton with a (steam)punk attitude

Benji's Cafe Racer has made a name for themselves building custom parts for mostly Japanese bikes like the Honda CB series. In recent years they've branched out and built some bikes outside of their norm, a favorite of ours being a Ducati 'Monster Tracker'. BCR started wrenching on a Triumph Thruxton as well and started producing parts for the Hinkley machines with items such as a Euro headlight bucket, velocity stacks, clip-ons, seats and the like. Not being satisfied with a 'bolt-on' custom, owner Benjie Flipprboi, decided to build a complete custom Triumph cafe with a twist...a steampunk twist.

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Using a 2008 Triumph Thruxton as a base, he stripped it down to a basic frame and motor with the intention of custom fabricating just about everything that went back onto the bike. Wanting an industrial feel, Flipprboi handcrafted the bodywork and tank from polished aluminum adding personality and flair all over the place. The front cowl with the claw-gills, offset yellow headlight and plexiglass mini windscreen really puts the punk in steampunk.

Steampunk Triumph Thruxton, cafe racer, Benji's cafe racer, triumph

As we know first-hand from the OG Bullitt, swapping out the stock forks for a set of USD forks is no simple task. BCR snagged a pair of early 2000s CBR1000RR forks and machined a new steering stem and changed the steering bearings. A 40-hole Harley Davidson front hub was laced up and fitted with with custom spacers and axle. They opted to use the CBR brakes and calipers.

Steampunk Triumph Thruxton, cafe racer, Benji's cafe racer, triumph

Stock upper trees were tidied up and embellished with a industrial dash consisting of a used HD speedo/tach combo gauge, stock Triumph lights and gobs of 'speedholes'. BCR fabbed up a set of clip-ons for the steampunk racer as well. Another cool but possibly overlooked upgrade made was converting the bike to all hydraulic hand controls - eliminating the stock clutch cable for a hydraulic clutch system from a Ducati 900SS.

Steampunk Triumph Thruxton, cafe racer, Benji's cafe racer, triumph

The aluminum tank design on this bike is totally new and original, including the gas cap and hand-hammered tank badge. The tail is wide, yet clean and completes the look with the custom high-exit exhaust flanking each side. Like on other custom BCR exhausts they tuck the pipes inwards, giving the riders' legs clearance from the scalding hot pipes, before truing back out to allowing the oval-shaped reverse megaphones room to breathe.

Steampunk Triumph Thruxton, cafe racer, Benji's cafe racer, triumph

Other one-off handmade parts on this bike are MX inspired stainless pegs and foot controls, heat shields for the oil cooler, skid plate, oil filler cap, license plate bracket, and even the key. Yep, with a bike with this much attention to detail, how could they leave something as subtle as the key out? It had to be done!

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This steampunk racer was a great chance for BCR to show the world that they can build some serious customs. We can just stare at these pictures for hours, inspecting every detail. With a bike that definitely has more than the required 15 pieces of flair it still somehow doesn't come off pretentious or overdone. With so many custom cafe racers out there, especially Triumph's Modern Classics, it's refreshing to see someone with so much talent and drive get after it and turn out and amazing one-off bike. Hats off to you guys, this one is definitely Bullitt approved!!

Photography by Blacksheep Manila and Maui Hidalgo.
Art director for the shoot by 13 Lucky Monkey

Paul Smart SportClassic

A Brand New SportClassic Paul Smart 1000 LE for sale?

Zero miles...really?

Ducati SportClassics are hard to come by these days, and their value has only gone up since production halted. The Paul Smart LE (Limited Edition) was only made in 2006 so their numbers are far fewer. I've dreamt of having my own someday but came to terms with the idea of having to 'build' one using a more common model as the foundation. The thought if finding one new, or unused, seemed impossible. Well, that's what we thought until stumbling across an ad for what appears to be a brand spanking new PS1000LE for sale!


Ducati PS1000SE

There seems to be a unicorn in our presence. While scouring good ol' Craigslist for bikes abd parts - a daily occurrence here - we stumbled across what seems to be a completely virgin 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE. The Paul Smart SportClassic pictured here is said to be under MSA from Fast by Ferracci in Pennsylvania. Never been titled, never seen a drop of fuel and just recently harvested from the crate. Can it be? If so, does anyone have $30k to lend me?! 



 

A little background on the Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE:

The Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE (sometimes abbreviated as PS1000LE) is a retro styled "naked" sportbike built by Ducati in 2006 to commemorate Paul Smart's win at the Imola 200 (km) race in 1972, a win that helped define Ducati's future approach to racing. The bike is styled in the fashion of the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo race bike that Paul Smart rode to victory, and the 1974 750 SuperSport it originally inspired. It is one of the Sport Classic series designed by Pierre Terblanche.

The PS1000LE is powered by an 992 cc L-twin cylinder, 2-valves per cylinder desmodromic, air-cooled engine with Marelli injectors on a 45 mm throttle body connected to a 6-speed transmission. Power output is 92 hp (67.7 kW) at 8000 rpm while torque peaks at 67.3 ft·lb at 6000 rpm. Exhaust gasses are directed to twin mufflers mounted high on the right side of the rear wheel.

The chassis consists of a tubular steel trellis. For the suspension, an Ohlins 43mm upside-down fully adjustable fork is used for the front while a fully adjustable monoshock also from Ohlins is mounted on the left side of the rear wheel. Total wheelbase is 1425 mm (56.1 in).


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Bucephalus by Loaded Gun Customs

Vintage and modern beautifully combine

Ever since we saw the teaser video for Kevin Dunworth of Loaded Gun Custom's Bucephalus, we've been salivating for more.  Finally James from Silodrome posted some glamor shots for us to drool over. This bike represents everything we love here at The Bullitt and is a ground-breaking, over the top custom cafe racer.  

 

Bucephalus consists of a relatively popular base recipe - a vintage British motor mated to inverted forks, but has some serious added spice - a custom monocoque frame cut from 7075 aircraft-grade aluminum. The bespoke frame uses the motor as a partial stress member. As mentioned in our previous postDunworth designed the frame around the notion of connecting the headtube and swingarm to the engine, which was achieve with both beauty and purpose.

 

The powerplant is a '67 Triumph Bonneville motor and tuned it up with a 10 bolt head conversion, short stroke rods, aluminum cylinders, custom JRC TT exhaust pipes and K&N podsX1 Buell forks with Race Tech internals control the front end and rely on Beringer (4-pot) dual rotors to slow the beast.  



Like much of the bike, the swing arm is a custom piece made from 4130 chromoly and connects the rear monoshock to the frame just under the base of the tank. This bike is so unique and has an incredible attention to detail. The muted tank and minimal seat really allow the frame and motor to take center stage - as they should!  




Wish you could park your very own Bucephalus in your garage?  Fret not as Dunworth will build you one to order. Rumor has it, frame #1 has been ordered by land speed record chaser Bart Boucher, who’s ordered a slightly modified Bucephalus that’ll be capable of 175mph unfaired and 200+mph with full fairings.

Photos by Erick Runyon via Silodrome


Cafe Racers on the Track :: 'On Two Wheels' Video


After photographing and spending time in the pits with the Thruxton Cup crew, I thought for sure I was going to race that class myself.  I even got opportunity to race the BC Cafe Racer on Barber last year and it was insanely fun.

On this episode of 'On Two Wheels' the boys take Thruxton Cup racer, Paul Canale's bike our for a spin on the track.  How many of you got your Triumph out on a track, or any other bike for that matter?  What's your favorite track and why?

More Thruxton Cup pics I shot at Willow Springs here.


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Motorcycle Illustrations :: Fuel Motorcycles

What's better than vintage motorcycle illustrations?

Custom motorcycles and art go hand in hand, no question. Lots of artists and designers use their skills to create digital mock-ups of future builds, like our recent feature on Holographic Hammer's Triumph cafe racer mocks. While mock-ups can be fun, it's great to see artists mix it up and just have a good time with their work. Examples of such artists are Maxwell from Corpses From Hell, Lennard from Bubblevisor or the work here by Fuel Motorcycles.


High-quality prints of the Fuel's work is available here.

Do you have other motorcycle art that you love?  Who's your favorite artists? Post to comments and let us know!


1977 BMW R60/7 "Macchiato" by ER Motorcycles



A mix of cafe racer and off-road scrambler sure has been a popular mix these days and it doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.  While checking the always good site, Megadeluxe, we saw images of this stunning 1977 BMW R60/7 by ER Motorcycles and had to share.  Pure simplicity and class are served up with a taste of rebellion and attitude. 



ER Motorcycles is a Slovenian company that redesigns and rebuilds motorcycles. It was founded in 2009 by Blaž Šuštaršič.  We were able to find some info via their Facebook page have have a website 'coming soon'.  Outside of that, there was very little on the company outside of the info Megadeluxe share on their post here.


Specs:

• Year/Make/Model: 1977 BMW R60/7
• Build time: 2 months
• Engine: BMW R60/7 (599cc)
• Carburetor: stock Bing
• Exhaust: custom-made exhaust pipes & HP CORSE exhaust
• Air Cleaner: stock air cleaner
• Transmission: stock, 5 gear
• Frame: stock frame with modified rear end
• Forks: forks are from a model BMW R100 RT
• Shocks: progressive suspension
• Front wheel: 19” wheel (BMW R100 RT)
• Rear wheel: 18” wheel (BMW R100 RT)
• Front Tire: Continental TKC80 100/90×19”
• Rear Tire: Continental TKC80 4.50×18”
• Front Brake: dual disc brake from BMW R100 RT
• Rear Brake:  drum brake
• Fuel Tank: from BMW R50/5
• Handlebars: Renthal medium
• Headlight: Mini headlight
• Taillight: aluminium tail light
• Hand Controls: from BMW R100 RT
• Handgrips: Ariete
• Foot Controls: stock
• Footpegs: stock
• Electrical: custom electrical wiring
• Painter: Janez Žebalc
• Graphics: Janez Žebalc, Blaž Šuštaršič (ER team)
• Polishing: Janez Žebalc
• Seat Pan Aluminum: from aluminum
• Upholstery: custom made by ER, from leather
• Other: Motogadget tiny speedo

Special thanks: 
• Chief mechanic, Danilo Henigman
• Mechanic, Primož Vindišar
• Turner, Janko Rudolf
• Electrician, Konrad Miše
• Painter, Janez Žebalc
• Photographer, Jernej Konjajev