Bullitt 821 : Paint Update

Bullitt Ducati Monster 821 Build: Paint Update

Our Bullitt 821 build stalled out for a little while over the summer but we're back on track and working hard to wrap it up soon. We had dropped our tins with painter buddy, Ronnie Simmons, and went back and forth for some time with the overall design.

The design concept was to take the gloss paint and raw aluminum combo from the Panigale R and apply it to the Monster's bodywork. Well, the true original plan was to take an actual Panigale tank and a Monster tank, saw them both in half horizontally and mate them back together.

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My thought was utilizing the base of the Monster tank so fitment and fuel delivery wouldn't be an issue and massaging the Pani tank to sit up top...seemed like a match made in heaven. 

After many conversations and a whiskey or three, I decided to keep the trademark Monster profile but still wanted to apply the Panigale R-inspired design. Raw steel was exposed and we wanted to confirm that the tank was in good enough shape to leave it exposed. It was.

The "DUCATI" letter was left in peekaboo steel and I decided to run the accent color in a bronze to match the engine case and swingarm.

Bullitt 821: Ducati Monster 821 Build rear tailpiece

The Monster 821 Dark comes in a matte finish and while I've done some many things matte in the past, I felt it was time to go gloss. We went high-gloss black, and did the raw steel in a matte finish for contrast. To keep consistency across the rear cowl and front fender, we laid down a silver to mimic the raw steel as close as possible.

Not being sure about the gloss decision until I saw the final product, getting it home and on the bench, the vision became clear.

Having the completed bodywork sitting in the shop was the fuel we needed to kick this build into high gear. After sending some bits out for ceramic and powder coating, we're ready to reassemble and get this baby back on the road. That day can't come soon enough.

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Custom Triumph Thruxton R :: Through the Lens

A fresh and clean Triumph Thruxton R

Buddy of The Bullitt, Steve West, recently shared a photo with us of a clean Triumph Thruxton R and had us drooling instantly. When we pressed him for more, he had plenty to share. After thumbing through the lot, we felt they were too good not to share here.

Steve West has already established himself as a popular jewelry designer, owning and operating the company Silver Piston. Recently, he's really taken to photography - and is clearly no slouch there either.

The 1200cc ‘high-power’ Thruxton R is the highest spec model in Triumph's current modern classic range. The up-spec brakes and "race bred", fully-adjustable Showa big piston forks and fully adjustable Öhlins twin rear shocks help differentiate the "R" model from is base model.

Sun flare, clip-ons, a bikini fairing, an unbranded tank...classic cafe racer greatness right there!

Yellow headlights are not always easy to pull off - kind of like bowtie - but when done right, can certainly look legit. We think with the gold Showa front forks, gold and yellow Ohlins out back, the yellow-tinted lens ties it all together.

Owner Sekou looks the business on his Thrux. We certainly wouldn't dare get in his way!

Damn, she sure does look nice in black & white too!

Silver Piston Photography: Web | Instagram

Vanguard V7 Anniversary Motorcycle

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer: Jean-Inspired Anniversary Bike

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer: Can we say SICK?

Vanguard is a lifestyle clothing brand for the "modern, sophisticated man." The brand targets men who appreciate beauty and outstanding design.

Where does Vanguard style derive? Classic motorcycles, stylish clothing and all things made with love and attention. Vanguard has a close relationship with Moto Guzzi, and uses the combination of Italian design and the American spirit of freedom as a source of inspiration. 

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Vanguard Moto Guzzi fairing

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moto Guzzi V7, Vanguard developed limited-edition V7 Rider jeans. The jeans, coined the V7 Anniversary Jeans, pay homage to the Moto Guzzi V7, which was introduced 50 years ago this year. 

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This machine formed the basis for the Vanguard V7 Custom. This unique custom was built in collaboration with Wrench Kings and features many details from the V7 Slim Rider Jeans.

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To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moto Guzzi V7, Vanguard is honoring the Italian brand by building the Vanguard Moto Guzzi V7 Custom.

This machine is designed by Gannet Design of Switzerland, the same studio that built last year the Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8, which was built by Numbnut Motorcycles.

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer: Vanguard V7 Anniversary Design

Wrench Kings Moto Guzzi V7 Build Specs
This time the design was brought to life by the Wrench Kings of the Dutch-based Bilthoven. The custom V7 features several references to Vanguard and the V7 Jeans, including the custom-painted tank with denim effect, the tail light with V-pattern and the embossed logo on the tank. 

Moto Guzzi V7 Jeans

Vanguard Moto Guzzi Custom-Made Seat

The handmade seat is the same color as the quilted back patch. The bolts on the bike are the same color as the jeans’ rivets, and the bar-end blinkers embrace the Vanguard logo on both sides.

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For the presentation of the V7 Custom, pinstripe artist Martijn Krabman designed a one-off custom helmet with a design theme identical to that of the jeans and the bike.  

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It's always fun to hear straight from the designer how things decisions were made and where inspiration came from. Here's a quote from Ulfert Janssen of Gannet Design:

"In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moto Guzzi V7 and new Vanguard jeans, we designed a one-off custom bike which bridges between the first V7 Guzzi model and the Guzzi bike from today. We changed the stance of the bike and created a slight forward leaning angle for more sexy proportions and racer look. The design is a bit retro fitted and some details throw you back a couple of decades.

"Yet the overall design keeps the connection to the contemporary donor bike, which gives a feeling of timeless mix. The custom cafe racer tail section and the "bikini fairing" underlines the racer style with a touch of vintage form language. Furthermore, we integrated key design elements of the new Vanguard V7 jeans into this exceptional bike, such as the special denim blue, quilted leather on the seat matching the leather patch on the jeans and V logo in the rear light, just to mention a few.

"As a special feature we designed a custom 2-into-1 exhaust system with solid roar and it announces the approach of the head turner even from a distance. The bike got built by the Wrench Kings with great attention to detail. In essence, the Vanguard Guzzi V7 has a super stylish and clean look with a mix of timeless classic and modern elements, and it fits perfectly to Vanguard Clothing."

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