custom KTM 450 EXC

Supermoto dreaming :: Jan R's KTM 450 EXC

We could stop drooling when we stumbled across Jan R's KTM 450 EXC Supermotard online. This thing looks hot, and it looks like trouble! Wishing we could get our hands on it and take it down to SoCal Supermoto to do some hooning. Anyone else in?
custom KTM 450 EXC
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Triumph, Bonneville, custom triumph

Custom Triumph Bonneville by Perfekt Speed Shop


Dario Callegher, owner of a Miami-based Perfekt Speed Shop, recently sent us photos of his latest creation; a rather striking Triumph Bonneville turned custom Scrambler. Starting it's life as a 2005 Bonnie, Callegher stripped it down, and transformed it based on a friend's direction, who was inspired by the “Bonneville Heuer" a TAG Heuer Special Edition Bonneville from 2009.

One of the first mods you'll likely notice is the bold orange wheels, spokes and hubs too mind you, wrapped in knobbies. Stock gauges and controls were replaced with much sleeker Motogadget units. The original Bonneville exhaust was replaced with Triumph's Scrambler headers with a black heat shield. 

The stock headlight was replaced with a number plate and dual stacked mini spotlights. Interestingly, Callegher opted to use the underside of the leather giving it a suede-like finish. Sump guard, stubbie front fender, and MX-style bars and grips complete the off-road aesthetic for the build. And while this bike isn't insanely chopped or customized, that never really was the point. Still looks like fun for a good fire trail rip, don't you agree?

Dario also shared a little about himself:

"Born in Milan Italy, I started following my father's footstep into the world of racing at 6 years old (he was Technical director at Ferrari first, and Alfa Romeo after, Formula One teams). For years in my summer vacations, I travelled all over Europe to see the best Formula 1 Races, I was attracted to the mechanical, performances and design aspect of those cars… till it was time to start racing myself at age of 9. After 10 years of successful racing I didn't have the drive to do what most of my ex-colleagues did, to become a professional race car driver, so I turned my attention to the fashion industry, where I learned more about style and design.

After many years working with the biggest brands in fashion in Milan first and then in New York, I decided to move in Miami, where I could combine my work and my hobby.

My passion for engines, cars and motorcycles led me to start Perfekt Speed Shop in late 2013, a place to realize my dreams and that of others. I’ve always been interested and attracted to the aesthetics of classic bikes, good taste, and refinement of brands like Triumph, Ducati and BMW among others. 

Influenced by the retro look, when building a new bike I try to combine style and performance, keeping in mind that each new creation has to be unique and exclusive. I care for detail and seek harmony in curves and forms, in the spirit of the original bike. Therefore, working with the client on the design is fundamental for me, so that their needs along with our particular style meet their expectations."

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The Race of Gentlemen :: Pismo Beach, CA

The Race of Gentlemen :: Pismo Beach, CA

You might look at this photo set and think what you're seeing is some old 'beach racing' shots from the 1940's and 50's, but you'd be wrong. What you see here was recently shot, by photographer Erik Jutras, taken in Pismo Beach, CA at The Race of Gentlemen (aka TROG). The Race of Gentlemen is hosted by the Oiler's Car Club and has increased in popularity since it's inaugural run in 2012 with this year being the first year to see a west coast event. TROG is an invitational event and they are very strict about everything being "period correct", and it shows. 

The racers push their vintage Harleys through thick sand towards the starting line. The wetter, hard-packed sand was much easier to deal with than the rest of the deep, soupy sand that seized many other racers in their tracks in the pit staging area.
The Race of Gentlemen :: Pismo Beach, CA
TROG racer Josh Kohn makes his way back from the finish line after a race
The Race of Gentlemen :: Pismo Beach, CA
@ratherbeagypsy looks on as two racers speed off into the distance.
The Race of Gentlemen :: Pismo Beach, CA
Two TROG riders on their way to compete on the sandy proving grounds.
The Race of Gentlemen :: Pismo Beach, CA
"Sushi" Atsushi Yasui and Steve Caballero wait amongst many for their turn at the starting line.

Photos & subtitles by Erik Jutras: Web | Instagram

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Go fast, turn left

Just wanted to share a killer shot from our bud Ross over at Supacustom for a little Tracker Tuesday inspiration.

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