Laverda 750 Cafe by Wrenchmonkees

We've been big fans of The Wrenchmonkees since day 1 and have been anxiously waiting to see some new builds to come out of the Danish shop. It's safe to say that they're back and by the looks of this frame-up build of this '72 Laverda 750 SF1, they're back with a vengeance.

They left the bike raw, in classic Monkee fashion, keeping it simple and clean. The rear was modified to take a Yamaha R6 monoshock while the stock front end was fitted with progressive springs and lowered 30mm. The stunning tank and seat are hand-made by them and as far as we're concerned, steal the show. 
There's a lot of love for the old Italian Laverda's and many would never attempt such a radical rebuild yet once again, the Wrenchmonkees don't disappoint.

Pure simplicity is accomplished up front with a Motogadget Tiny guage.
The custom headers and Spark muffler surely look the business. Keep up the good work boys. We're already looking forward to your next one!
Images via BikeEXIF


LOTUS C-01

There's been a lot of buzz going around the web over these photos of the Lotus C-01. An interesting design with some quality materials - aero tech steel construction, 6-gear jaw-type shift transmission, hydraulic anti-hopping clutch, twin suspension struts and an upside down fork and draped in carbon fiber. The motor is said to have 200 horses coming out of its V-twin engine. Superbike components but it doesn't look nimble like a typical superbike. Is it just me?


Bullitt CB - Almost there

The Bullitt CB was on a tear a few months but took a short winter hibernation. We introduced a baby Bullitt into the family, moved shop and are working tirelessly to get set back up again. That being said, we did make a lot of headway that we are happy to share. 
The Bullitt CB, affectionally known as 'Kira' around here, was completely broken down as you can see in the image below. We coated, painted, lubed or upgraded everything we could and put her back together, new and improved.
We detabbed the frame and swingarm and shortened Kira's rear end, opting for a semi-gloss black powder coat. The swingarm was clear coated and provides a nice balance with the raw metal from the tank. New Mikuni VM30 carbs and UNI cone filters help her push a full breath through the newly coated CL headers and mini reverse cones. 
The tail has been tidied up with a little homemade battery tray. Just the bare necessities are going back in, along with a small Lithium battery.
The seat pan was shortened and coated. The kickstand was lengthened to accommodate the taller Hagon shocks and the lower triple was cleaned up and detabbed.
We repainted the rim of the stock speedo but wanted to leave the vintage patina in the cracked gauge. We're toying with a smaller tach but still aren't sure we're gonna keep it. 

The garage should be back up and running soon and we can't wait to finish her and get her out on the road!


Supermoto Cafe Racer 'Dakdaak' by Dues Ex Machina

We've always been big fans of supermoto/cafe racer combinations. Basically any bike that is lightweight, quick and fun to ride works for us. Strip off some unnecessary plastic and loud colors, add some classic styling and you yourself a winner. That's exactly what chief wrench for Deus Ex Machina in the US, Michael  'Woolie' Woolaway has done here with the 'Dakdaak'.

The bike runs a Honda CRF450X stage two motor prepped by Jim Wood at Southland racing with two-millimeter oversize stainless steel valves for longevity. The forks, also from the donor CRF450X, were re-valved, shortened and adjusted by Ed Sorbo at Lindeman Engineering.

Its tank shape is almost identical to big brother Boodaak and also features a chromoly frame and swingarm but the low slung exhaust and angular radiator scoops give Dakdaak a more aggressive appearance. The seat design was inspired by Porsche Speedster-style humps. 
The speedo/tach mount replicates a 1940’s style execution by using leather to put the gauge in a soft suspended state. As always much care is given to use as many American made parts as possible. 
The Dakdaak looks like a blast to build and Woolie himself says, “Dakdaak is the pinnacle of all street bikes I’ve built. The way that it handles and rides is just amazing”. What do you think?  Is this a bike you'd like to own?