The Handbuilt Show 2016

The Handbuilt Show 2016

 2016 Handbuilt Show Photo Gallery

This year’s Handbuillt Show was definitely one for the record books. The crew at Revival Cycles pulled it off again with their 3rd annual show. As expected, over 100 bikes ranging from beautiful restorations, choppers, trackers, cafes, scramblers and full customs. On the lawn beside the show, the Wall of Death crew was doing shows on the hour. If you didn’t make it this year, it should be on your must see for next year.

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7½ Sportiva by Radical Ducati

7½ Sportiva by Radical Ducati

Sportbike attitude with a cafe racer soul

It's safe to say that Radical Ducati is, well, was a favorite builder around the Bullitt garage and I have to say I was shocked to find out that we had never featured the 7 ½ Sportiva by the Spanish garage. I went to look it up on the blog here to show to a buddy and couldn't believe we hadn't featured it. Sure, we shared a picture of it when Radical Ducati closed their doors but this one is deserves its own feature.

This to me is a modern cafe racer. Taking a (relatively) modern bike, in this case a 2004 Ducati 749R, and stripping it down to the bare essentials. Clip-ons, a fiberglass bum stop, 2-into-1 upswept exhaust and you've got yourself a recipe for a fun little café.

With performance always top of mind, Pepo and Reyes removed anything unnecessary and upgraded any component on the 7½ Sportiva to top notch materials. Öhlins suspension front and rear keeps the forged Marchesini wheels planted, and the upgraded Brembo braking system helps slow things down when need be.

As usual, lots of the components like the subframe, seat & front fairing, are all Radical Ducati bits.

A Wolfman 2-into-1 exhaust is finished off with a Spark megaphone. Aside from the magnesium head covers, the motor is the stock Ducati 749R unit.

I recall when I first saw the offset, endurance-style single front headlight it wasn't my favorite. Now I've come to really appreciate the uniqueness of it.

I've got a buddy thinking about getting rid of his 749 at the moment and have to say that the 7½ Sportiva has me thinking twice. Is this a bike you'd like to have in your arsenal?

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Images by delPerro


How to ride Bitches

How to ride...Bitches

Last year, we shared the video explanation of How to Ride Bitch, which was a complete guide to male-on-male riding. Now take a look at the image above and ask yourself, "How do you ride...Bitches?" Odds are, we're in for a girl-on-girl motorcycling treat, but I guess we'll just have to watch the video below to find out!


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Ducati GT 1000 for sale

New Bullitt build :: To hack or not to hack?

...that is the real question

So, I've wanted a Ducati SportClassic for years...well, since they first came out in 2006. The OG Bullitt is gone, as is the Bullitt SP. A little extra room in the garage and a little extra funds in the moto account and boom, a new GT1000 is sitting at my front door. I bought it across the country and had a reliable friend and mechanic give it his blessing before I pulled the trigger. It wasn't until it got here, that I realized just how clean and unmolested it was.

I've never been one to keep anything stock but this bike really does feel to clean to hack up. After taking a harder look at the list of planned mods, I can see this projects getting out of hand.

Similarly to my Triumph, where I wanted a Thruxton but got the Bonnie and turned it into a Thruxton over time...I'm feeling a real sense of déjà vu. First it was Thruxton bars, then a Thruxton seat cowl. Next it was the Thruxton shocks and rear sets... The more I think about it, the more I realize that I want the faired SportClassic like Lando Griffin rode in a recent post of ours. Turning my GT1000 into one is possible, just not sure it makes sense in the end.

I'm thinking I should just sell this in it's pristine condition and start a build a little closer to what the end result will be. And no, this isn't a matter of being scared of the task at hand, I'm just being (dare I say) slightly more practical than usual.

So internet - what do you think? Tear into her and build her into a track-ready cafe racer or sell her to someone who can appreciate her for what she is?
For now - she's available for sale. Shoot me a note here and take this off my hands before I do bad things to her!