1996 Customs Triumph Tracker

A Taiwanese Tracker

No doubt we're huge fans of modified Hinkley Triumphs, and have seen our share of cool builds but we recently stumbled across another one worth sharing here. The killer street tracker here is from Taiwanese builders 1996 Customs. Just about all the details on the 1996 Customs Triumph Tracker are dialed and it looks like one hell of a time. Oh, and the build is made by a 23 year old...pretty impressive!

1996 Customs Triumph Tracker

The slim sprint-style tank, custom headers, and number plate certainly look the part. The fork gaiters and fork protectors might be a little overkill but that's a minor detail.

1996 Customs Triumph Tracker

Loving the old school Triumph logo and "fuel gauge".

Nice details on the rear number plate and a very positive message to anyone getting passed.

1996 Customs Triumph Tracker

1996 Customs Triumph Tracker

Curious everyone's thoughts on the side mounted gauges. They definitely allow to keep front end clean but I wonder if a tall person's knees might get in the way.

Contrasting suede and leather work together for a handsome saddle.

Not sure how bright that light is and could surely be upgraded to a bight-as-hell LED if needed.

As we're sitting here, pulling together a parts list and mock up of our new Triumph build (affectionately know as our Bullitt OG2) we can't help but admire 1996 Customs Triumph Tracker and will definitely keep this up on our mood board going forward.

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After doing a little more digging on the builder, we've come to discover that Alex from 1996 Customs is only 23. Check the HYPEBEAST interview with Alex here, and see their video below.


Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled

Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion'

Scorpions love the desert

We're big fans of German tuners, Hookie Co and have been watching them closely over the past few years.  Everything they put out is simple and super clean. One thing we particularly dig about them is that they are making kits for other people to be able to emulate their look, without needing an angle grinder and a welder. It's a little bit out of the British Custom's playbook, which has also been a huge assets to weekend builders. Allowing shed builders the tools they need to be able to crank out a killer build is a good thing in our opinion. A fine example of this is their "Grey Chameleon Kit", build for modern BMW RnineT's. And while most of Hookie Co's builds employ a minimalist aesthetic, their latest build based on a 2020 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled stretches away from their signature subdued look, but not too far. And for those who'd like to emulate this look, the Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion' kit is coming your way!

Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion'

THE ‘SCORPION’ IS MAINLY A MOTORCYCLE FOR EVERYDAY USE. RELIABLE, SPORTY AND CONFIDENT.

Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion'

Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion' fender

Words below from Hookie Co on their new kit:

The inspiration and template for this conversion is a sports shoe. For us the perfect symbol of a daily companion that is ready for any situation, whether in the mountains for hiking, leisurely at work or sporty for jogging. With a sports shoe you are prepared for any situation. The perfect template for the Ducati Desert Sled. In our view, it combines all the properties of a sports shoe, whether daily driver or light enduro tour. This bike is ready to go. With the add-on kit and the entire conversion, the bike should now look even sportier and make the Desert Sled much more present in its overall look. The designs and typography from the design ‘Confident purple’ are thereby an inspiration from science fiction movies, Akira and the 90’s.

Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion' color options

The core of the conversion are the side panels with integrated additional lighting. Here we designed brackets that can be mounted on the original tank bracket as we already use it at all our conversion kits. Everything is bolt-on, reusable and without any modifications on the original bike. This is always one of the biggest and most important challenges for us. To change the design without touching the bike too much in its original state. Unlike at the beginning of Hookie, when we sawed away every piece at the original main frame.

The newly developed panels are all made from AE12, a CO2 friendly 3D printing process. They were reinforced from the inside with an aluminum frame and attached to the tank. When developing and selecting the material for the conversion, we paid special attention to one thing in addition to environmentally friendly manufacturing – durability. The AE12 offers tremendous flexibility and for us, it represents a perfect material property for fairings. Because when you play hookie, it always can happen that you lie down with your bike. Of course, that shouldn’t happen, but if you challenge the bike, you should expect it. We know what we’re talking about!

The Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion' design concept shows the variety of design possibilities and with the panels it offers the perfect opportunity. The first design is ‘Confident purple’. In total there will be 10 different designs, which we offer as single pieces.

The drop with the add-on kit, as well as individual add-on parts will soon be available in limited editions.

 

Hookie Co Ducati Desert Sled 'Scorpion' Modifications & Parts:
– Custom fuel panels with LED lights
– Custom number plates
– Custom Alcantara Seat
– Highsider Proton Rear lights
– RAPID° Front Indicators
– FROZEN° Dark Grips
– FROZEN° Valve Caps
– 7″ Koso LED Headlight
– Custom Painjob by Chiko
– Pirelli Scorpion STR tires front and rear
– Highsider rear mirrors
– Hand guards
– Blacked out details

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NYC Norton Seeley Commando

For the street and the track

Along with Triumphs, Nortons are some of the most quintessential cafe racers ever. The Norton Motorcycle Company, based in Birmingham, England, started making motorcycles way back in 1902 (though they had French and Swiss engines in the early years). In 1907 a Norton with Peugot engine, ridden by Rem Fowler, won the twin-cylinder class in the first Isle of Man TT race, beginning a sporting tradition that went on until the 1960s. Winning the first ever IOMTT is kind of a big deal if you ask us. Not to mention, the Norton Manx racers of the 1950's were so stylish, so fast, and just so damn cool. Their legacy and racing pedigree make vintage Nortons still so highly sought after and respected.

If you're looking for a custom Norton these days, there is one place to look; NYC Norton. Whether you’re looking for a full Commando restoration, a one-of-a-kind Special, a world-class race bike blueprinted from the crank up, a Grand Prix chassis, or a top spec motor or gearbox rebuild, NYC Norton corners the market. NYC Norton not your standard roll-in service shop but a high-end dedicated workspace, streamlined for the sole purpose of producing and restoring our beloved bikes and assembling their associated components, which are either built in-house or sourced from the best suppliers in the world.

NYC Norton Seeley Commando cafe racer

The NYC Norton Seeley Commando is an absolute wolf in wolf’s clothing, built around a Titchmarsh Seeley MK2 Chassis with a Norton twin motor punched out to 1007cc. Initially conceptualized and commissioned by our good friend John Magyar, the original NYC Norton 1007cc was designed with the sole purpose of becoming the most feared machine on the big city streets. The bike twirled the dyno up to 90s at the rear wheel, and spun up quicker than any Commando we’ve had in our hands. With a total weight of just under 300lbs, careful use of the throttle was necessary.

NYC Norton Seeley Commando

Later, an NYC Norton 1007 caught the eye and became the muse for world-renowned artist Sebastian Errazuriz’s own unique vision on function vs. form. A new bike was built, adorned in Sebastian’s alloy trim (known as “Time Lapse”), was featured at the legendary Art Basel Miami show in December, 2013, and sold within 20 minutes of the VIP preview, before the doors even opened to the public; a testament to the desirability of both form and function. The Time Lapse bike is now on display at The Carnegie Museum of Art.

NYC Norton Seeley Commando exhaust

Now with more in production, the 1007 platform (pictured here) has proven to be more than a one-off pipe dream, combining the highest-performance AND reliability of a road-going Seeley Norton to date.

 

These bikes are available in 750cc, 850cc, 920cc, and 1007cc all in street-legal trim. NYC Norton Seeleys have won numerous championships and races the world over, but the Grand Prix chassis is a very rideable platform for custom street-bike specials. Their Seeley builds have been featured on TV and in print, displayed in museums and international design shows, and the centerpieces of some of the most exclusive motorcycle events around the world. These bikes are a highly technical, exclusive special, built around a replica of the famous Colin Seeley chassis, with subtle additions of modern componentry that make this exotic beauty as surprisingly tractable on the city streets as it is on the racing circuit. And, form following function, it is probably one of the most magnificent machines you’ll ever see.

NYC Norton Seeley Commando Cafe Racer

Photos: Douglas MacRae
Contact NYC Norton for pricing and availability

 

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RSD MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR

A modern-retro masterpiece

The crew at Roland Sands Design build some dream-worthy bikes. We've had a blown up poster of their RSD Desmo Tracker in the Bullitt garage for nearly a decade now. RSD does an amazing job on any of their builds but taking some fast Italian bikes and making them look even cooler, seems to be something they nail every time. Enter the RSD MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR. They taken an already quick and sexy bike, and turned it into something truly lust-worthy.

RSD MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR

Words below from Roland Sands Designs

Commissioned builds are always fun and challenging. It's a subtle dance amalgamating styles, input, design, and vision. Ultimately it boils down to communication and trust. Depending on the client's style and or level of care, you can lean on one harder than the other. Luckily RSD has collaborated with this client on previous projects, and they've all been positive, so we felt confident to take liberties with the overall look and design.

This build started life as a 2015 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800RR and straight from the Varese factory the Brutale is designed to shred. 800cc of howling triple-cylinder goodness jammed in a compact GP like chassis. As with all our performance builds, maintaining a fully functional machine, and improving that performance are paramount in our process. With the MV Dragster, our goal was to bring a classic aesthetic to the platform while maintaining the MV's racer spirit.

"The RSD MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR was made to eat asphalt and look good doing it." - RSD

We began by replacing the top triple clamp and standard upright handlebars with a set of clip-ons more apt to manage canyon carver duties. The subframe was hand fabricated with Chromoly-tapered tubing, the same tubing used to construct BMX bikes. The one-off subframe also set the stage for the rest of the bodywork. We set a beautiful straight line through the bike, which maintained the new aesthetic from front to back. The shape of the entirely handmade aluminum gas tank was built in the spirit of championed MV racers of the past. However, we added a modern twist by replacing the typical twist off gas cap with a modern, quick fill style endurance racing fuel filler.

The front light was ditched in favor of a modern minimalist café style light and complimented with a handbuilt aluminum shroud following the lines of the tank and tail and capturing that racer essence. The radiator shrouds were also fabricated out of aluminum and then re-popped in carbon. A custom set of Roland Sands Design forged racing wheels were machined from blank billet aluminum using the standard MV hub design.

RSD MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR

The wheels were then covered in a Cerakote “Blue Titanium H-185” finish by Specialized Coatings. Specialized also coated MV’s trellis frame and custom subframe in the same “Blue Titanium” to match. Using MV's hub design allowed us to take advantage of the beautiful architecture of the stock single-sided swingarm showcasing the intricate design details of the wheel while giving the bike an un-obscured splash of color.

RSD MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR
Performance details are continued with the Brembo nickel GP racing calipers front and back coupled with RSD radial masters on the controls. Bitchin Rich stitched up a custom grippier suede Café seat. GP suspension rebuilt the forks and coated them in a slick black finish replacing the stock red fork tubes, which no longer matched the bikes' more subtle color pallet. The custom Aquamarine RSD wheels are wrapped in sticky Dunlop Sportmax Q4's. At the moment, no one makes a full system for the Brutale, so our friends Zard fabricated the unique custom header and exhaust in full titanium, ensuring the MV would scream when commanded.

The paint process and color scheme presented its own set of challenges. Getting the design perfect and ensuring the lines were straight required an extra trip to Chris Woods shop in Santa Barbara. Chris applied the precise taped linework on the freshly painted base job. The team at Airtrix did a brilliant job with the detailing, somehow color matching the Cerakote “Blue Titanium” used on the stripes which were meticulously laid over eggshell white, giving the bike a sort of Lux-Race feel. They got us the bodywork back just in time to complete the project and make our deadline for the One Moto Show in Portland.

RSD MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR

The final product is an ultra-modern and performance-based take on a classic café racer and is as fun to ride as it is beautiful to look at. Unfortunately, this one of one masterpiece has already found its home and is being thoroughly flogged and enjoyed by its new owner. However, RSD is giving you a chance to own a bit of the same build quality and design superiority found in all of our hard parts and custom build projects with the limited edition RSD MV Dragster T-shirt.

 

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Deus X Zero

Zero x Deus - A Custom Zero SR/S

An electric custom from Woolie

Deus Ex Machina and their iconic custom fabricator, Michael “Woolie” Woolaway have been longtime favorites here at The Bullitt. Zero Motorcycles recently joined forces with Deus ex Machina to create the first fully customized Zero Motorcycles SR/S. The SR/S was introduced in February and immediately garnered accolades for its elevated design and extended range over its naked street bike sibling, the Zero SR/F. This build marks a significant landmark as Deus’ first electric motorcycle and last Deus build from Woolie.

Zero x Deus - Custom Zero SR/S

Words below from Zero Motorcycles.

Woolaway, who had first encountered the Zero Motorcycles Race Team engineers at the 98th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition in Colorado Springs last summer, was immediately enamored with the platform and began to plan a custom build using a Zero electric motorcycle.

Zero x Deus - Custom Zero SR/S by Woolie

“When I met the guys out at Pike's Peak and really got a good look at the bike I thought, that bike is the perfect platform to build something with because there's no gas tank and there's this trellis frame that's beautiful and everything else comes off and there's nothing there,” Woolaway said. “So in my mind quietly, I was thinking, I'd love to do something with that bike because it's a blank sheet of paper.”

Zero x Deus - Custom Zero SR/S by Woolie

The master builder was sent a stock SR/S shortly before the vehicle’s public launch in early 2020 and immediately set out to design and build a truly unique, one of a kind electric motorcycle. Working through constantly shifting conditions as facilities began to become less accessible due to the coronavirus lockdown protocols, Woolaway used all of his decades of industry connections to keep the build moving forward. The design was inspired by some of the builder’s earliest influences while still elevating the platform’s award-winning and proprietary technology.

“I wanted to do something kind of old and new, old shapes that I grew up with and new technology, no computer work, just foam, plastic, shaping and measuring tools, transfer tools and kind of the old school way,” Woolaway added.

Zero x Deus - Custom Zero SR/S by Woolie

Despite the artisanal craftsmanship that went into the fabrication of the build, there was nothing short of the latest technology available for the build itself. Constructed entirely out of a single mold of carbon fiber composites, Woolaway enlisted aerospace engineers from Lockheed Martin to assist in the completion of the monocoque assembly. The custom body work also still wraps around Zero Motorcycle’s advanced powertrain comprised of a motor capable of producing 114 hp and a top speed of 124 mph.

Zero x Deus - Custom Zero SR/S by Woolie

“We’re thankful to Deus and to Woolie for choosing to work with us on this custom SR/S,” said Chris Metcalfe, VP of Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “They are each such iconic and influential forces in the motorcycle industry and they’ve been the perfect partners for this one of a kind build and powerful collaboration,” Metcalfe added.

Zero Motorcycles plans to include the collaborative project as a central fixture in their remaining 2020/2021 exhibition schedule. To learn more about the Zero Motorcycles x Deus ex Machina build, the Zero Motorcycles SR/S, or to schedule a test ride, head here.

For information about Deus ex Machina customs, merchandise, or locations, visit www.deuscustoms.com


Icon Motorcycles Modern Triton Cafe Racer

A Dutch-built Triton

A Triton cafe racer is the quintessential cafe racer. Back in the 60's and 70's, taking the superior Triumph motor and mating it into a Norton featherbed frame was a recipe for an amazing machine. To this day, this is a distinguished combination and when Dutch builders, Icon Motorcycles, set out to tackle a modern Triton cafe racer they stepped up to the plate ready to knock it out of the park.

Icon Motorcycles Modern Triton Cafe Racer

Words below from Icon Motorcycles

The cafe racer history built in 1938 the Ace Cafe developed in to one of the most iconic landmarks in motorcycling history. Beginning life as a humble roadside cafe Ace’s two standout features were it’s location, right alongside of one of Britain’s fastest major road networks and it’s opening times, 24 hours a day. As it’s popularity grew among motorcyclists and the Cafe Racer trend developed the Ace Cafe became the place to go for any enthusiast. Teams of riders would gather and listen to Rock and Roll music with their girls before screaming off in to the night to race around a course and return before a song on the jukebox could end.

Icon Motorcycles Modern Triton Cafe Racer

In 1969 the Ace Cafe closed it’s doors after the development of the motorway network. Motorcycle manufacturers were struggling with the increased price of production while the market for cars boomed. With the iconic Ace Cafe closed the spirit of the Cafe Racers lived on even though other popular cultures had stolen the Rockers lime light. Icon Motorcycles honors the motorcycles from that time and lets them revive. We return to the sentiment of then. We keep a history alive that must not be lost. We create rare motorcycles for the owner. Icon Motorcycles “The best of two worlds” Icon motorcycles goes back to the origins of the cafe racers. Cafe racers as they were originally intended.

Icon Motorcycles Modern Triton Cafe Racer

By combining the best of two motorcycles into one, the ultimate café racer emerged. The famous Norton Featherbed frame bears a reputation that cannot be equaled. The featherbed frame, a double cradle frame with a wasps waist, the roadholder fork and swing rear suspension, built by the Irish McCandless is the legend of the British motor industry.

Icon Motorcycles Modern Triton Cafe Racer

At the time, the amazing features of this frame were responded with amazement. From the top in the ball head, two parallel Reynolds 531 tubes in chrome molybdenum steel, walked toward the front bottom of the block to deflect behind the gearbox, where they made a wide 90 degree arc upwards. The two loops of the frame were connected to cross joints on several panels. For the straight-ahead stability of the assembly, the top of the ball head with the upper cross link of the frame and the cylinder head by means of a solid steel plate was secured together.

Triumph Cafe Racer

Icon Motorcycles has created a replica of the original "wideline" version based on an original factory drawing, creating a modern Triton cafe racer. These types of British frames with sublime properties form the basis of every “Icon" motorcycle. The engine heart of the Icon Motorcycle is formed by a Triumph 900cc air-cooled engine. Last real British standing twin with a 360 degree crankshaft guarantees a unique engine character. The main features that a real British café racer had to possess at that time must not be lost and guarantee the sentiment of yesteryear.

Quality and exclusivity is the look and feel of every part of the bike. These two characteristics run through the design as a thread. One of the last motorcycles in the world built by hand, each icon motorcycle is assembled by hand to meet the highest standards. In each part you feel that the British industry is represented. The components colored in the “British racing green", the two-tone color scheme, the short aluminum circuit tank and the curves from the swept back exhaust make you want the British era of yesteryear. The new Triton. The icon of the British cafe racer era.

Triton Cafe Racer

This cafe racer is both man and machine. The human side of the cafe-racer was a perfect match for this type of motorcycle. The riders were young and speed was a requirement. With its spartan look and aggressive feel, the “Triton" is one of the most distinctive and respected motorcycles in the world. “Triton" is the combination of the abbreviations of Triumph (engine) and Norton (frame). Without the emergence of the “Triton" manufacturers might never have developed the modern sports motorcycle. There was also a flow that demanded that their machines be driven even faster and that the appearance be similar to the machines of British racing heroes such as Mike Hailwood and Geoff Duke. Reaching "the Ton", often achieving the top speed of 100 miles per hour, became a goal in itself. The motorcycle had to be tuned to accomplish this. This meant the birth of “The Legend".

Icon Motorcycles Modern Triton Cafe Racer

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Hugo Eccle's Moto Guzzi Supernaturale

Moto Guzzi Supernaturale - Motorcycle Art by Hugo Eccles

Moto Guzzi excellence

We featured Untitled Motorcycles award-winning custom back in 2017. One benefit of being personal friends with builders and photographers is that we sometimes get access to special projects or collaborations. In this particular case, I am friends with both the builder and photographer. I had been sitting on these stunning photos from Erik Jutras, aka @mrpixelhead, for some time now. Typically we wouldn't feature the same bike twice, but the photos are killer and Hugo Eccles' 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T ‘Supernaturale’ warrants a second look.

Moto Guzzi Supernaturale cafe racer

UMC-023 SUPERNATURALE
1975 Moto Guzzi 850T

A minimalist café racer, the Supernaturale is 23% lighter than its original 1975 donor and the same dry weight as a Suzuki GSX-R750 superbike. The hand-formed aluminum fuel tank is a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic LeMans and encloses a state-of-the-art electrical system. Custom-engineered brackets and controls house an internal throttle system, integrated master cylinders and hidden switches.

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles

Bodywork
Custom handmade aluminum tank, designed by UMC
Laser-cut aluminum tank badges, gold anodized, hand-finished
Vintage Enots ‘Monza’ alloy flip-top gas cap
Paioli vintage-style petcocks
Custom seat, upholstered in raw leather
1960s Cibie 45-Iode rally lamp, customized by UMC
Custom front fender and bracket

cafe racer Moto Guzzi Supernaturale

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles cafe racer

Electrics
Custom top bracket with integrated LEDs: left blinker (amber); neutral light (green); oil temp (red), hi-beam (blue); program button; right blinker (amber)
Custom wiring loom, designed by UMC
Custom bar-end turn signals, designed and engineered by UMC
Custom Dynamics LED tail light and turn signals
Fuzeblocks fusebox
Motogadget m-Lock RFID keyless ignition
Antigravity AG-801 lithium polymer battery, hidden under gas tank
Twin Dyna coils, hidden under gas tank
Dyna III electronic ignition
Magnum Shielding custom braided spark leads

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles cafe racer

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles

Frame & Suspension
Original Moto Guzzi Tonti frame, modified by UMC
Ohlins SD001 steering damper, custom brackets
Original Moto Guzzi rear drive shaft, modified by UMC
Custom rear hoop with LED channel, LED plate light
Custom seat rail
Integrated rear fender
Fournales ‘Air Twin Vintage’ rear gas struts, imported from France
Moto Guzzi Lemans 4 centre-mount side stand, modified by UMC
Showa 53mm BPF forks, stripped and re-anodized
Original 1975 Moto Guzzi hubs
17″ aluminum Takasago Excel rims, stainless steel spokes
Brembo monobloc brake calipers
Custom 310mm EBC semi-floating brake discs
Dunlop Sportmax Mutant tires (120/70-17 front, 150/60-17 rear)

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles

Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles

Drivetrain
844cc V-twin motor, stripped and overhauled: polished and balanced crankshaft
New main bearings, new conrods, conrod bearings
Nikasil-lined cylinders (nickel silicon carbide coating)
5-speed gearbox with upgraded clutch plates
Lightened flywheel
Dellorto PHF-36 carbs with CNC’d caps
Malossi spun aluminum carb trumpets with mesh guards
Custom stainless steel inlet manifolds, designed by UMC
Dyna III electronic ignition
Stainless steel exhaust header, wrapped with tan insulation
Internal removable drag baffles
Custom exhaust tips, nickel-plated
Braided stainless steel oil lines
Stein Dinse internal oil filter upgrade kit
Custom crankcase breather with K&N filter, designed by UMC
Custom CNC’d engine guards, designed by UMC
Custom CNC’d aluminum engine braces, designed by UMC

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale side view

Controls
Custom top bracket with engraved markings: SIN (left); FOLLE (neutral); OLIO (oil); LUCE (hi-beam); DIGI(digital); DES (right)
Motogadget Motoscope Mini (speed, revs, trip, odometer)
Custom hand controls with knurled grips, designed and engineered by UMC
GripAce hidden fingertip-activated buttons
Custom internal throttle mechanism, modified by UMC
Custom Venhill braided stainless steel throttle cables
Vintage alloy-body throttle cable splitter
Magura 190 Series 16mm radial brake master, modified
Custom Galfer braided stainless steel brake and clutch hoses
Magura 190 Series 13mm radial clutch master, modified
Hydraulic clutch slave
Minimal reservoirs with custom-fabricated breather caps
Motocicliveloce rearsets and foot controls, modified by UMC

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Supernaturale by Untitled Motorcycles

At first glance, Hugo's Supernaturale might look "stripped down" or minimalistic but if you peruse the specs above, it's clear that there's an insane amount of detail, cleverly tucked away in there. If the devil is in the details, it appears that Hugo Eccles has kicked the devil's ass, and tidied up his room along the way. We can't get enough of this Guzzi masterpiece and hope you enjoyed these stunning images as well.

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Photography by Erik Jutras: Web | Instagram


Moto Guzzi Scrambler

Moto Guzzi V9 Scrambler by Moto Studio

Moto Sutdio's V9 Pro Build

Moto Studio’s Bruce McQuiston is normally a café racer type of guy. But his hometown of Miami is not really built for café racer living; the roads are less than perfect, and the traffic is dense. In that type of urban environment, a café racer simply doesn’t appeal to comfortable riding needs.

Regardless of what type of bike is perfect to take on Miami in comfort, McQuiston still believes in embracing style - especially styling taken from the architecture around Miami. What better way to do so than with a custom Moto Guzzi V9 Scrambler?

Moto Studio was selected as one of four builders for the Moto Guzzi V9 Pro Build series, and the Kutztown University graduate of Fine Arts and race car driver went to work on a bike that reflected the Sunshine State. When finished with the V9 Roamer, his creation and subsequent solution was dubbed the “Braapster.” And for good reason.

Moto Guzzi V9 Scrambler by Moto Studio

This urban scrambler is not just knobbies and handlebars with some custom paint. Rather, the entire bike was overhauled for a truly custom scrambler, and includes a swing arm fabricated at Moto Studio, Dellorto PHF carbs, and a front end borrowed from a KTM. McQuiston’s mission was to embrace the look of a Moto Guzzi, but the feel of a Moto Studio motorcycle, saying “where the Moto Guzzi design ends, the Moto Studio design begins.”

The Moto Guzzi V9 Scrambler was designed to handle well, and has some very unique suspension and a cushy 8 inches of suspension travel from the upside-down front fork. But it’s out back where things get interesting; the Braapster is equipped with a Sachs Formula Matrix 4 way damper designed for a race car. It was re-fabricated to use with the Braapster’s mono shock setup and fabricated rear swingarm.

Moto Guzzi V9 Scrambler

The 853cc engine was next for customization. First, it was stripped of any modern electronics, including fuel injection. The transverse twin now breaths through a set of Dellorto PHF 36 carbs mounted on a gorgeous Moto Studio intake, the induction system providing a classic 1960’s feel. The exhaust is equally as gorgeous as the swingarm, McQuiston hand-building the 2-into-1 setup. Taking care of the firing is a Radical Guzzi ignition box.

This clean engine simplicity transitions to the bodywork, which was fabricated in house at Moto Studios. Noticeable is the tank’s wideness, a tail piece that perfectly blends into the air, and the custom black-leather seat with metal accents. Other highlights include an LED combo rear tail light, a flush-mount headlight with a grille built out of machined Guzzi parts, and Renthal bars dressed with a Motogadget tach and Domino parts.

Moto Guzzi V9 Scrambler custom tail

And you can’t forget about the gorgeous gas cap, or equally gorgeous black wheels that are shod in Allstate Dirtman tires.

This is one Guzzi that will remain at the forefront of the custom urban motorcycle scene for some time. Great work on this one Moto Studio!

Moto Guzzi V9 Scrambler with Bruce McQuiston

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Moto Guzzi V9 Fat Tracker

V9 Pro Build: Untitled Motorcycles Fat Tracker

Standing out from the crowd

Individuality and uniqueness are two core values of the Moto Guzzi brand, and these values shape the motorcycles that provide the perfect platform for custom builders. With this sentiment in mind, in 2017 Moto Guzzi USA launched their V9 Pro Build Project, which invited some of the world's most renowned custom motorcycle builders that have a love for the brand to create their own V9s.

While we shared Craig Rodsmith's V9 Pro Build already, the first to be unveiled was actually Untitled Motorcycles' "Fat Tracker." Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles began with a base stock V9 Bobber, and let his creativity take over. The finished piece, now know as the Fat Tracker, is a slim-bodied fat-wheeled street tracker powered by Moto Guzzi's torquey V9 motor with a high-mounted straight-through 2-into-2 exhaust system. But getting to that point was no easy task.

V9 Fat Tracker cafe racer

Eccles spent endless nights on the V9 Fat Tracker, first stripping it down to the bare necessities and building it up Untitled style. Eccles removed all plastic parts and panels, the stock air box, the ABS system, and the air injectors, and cut away the top of the stock fuel tank while retaining the OEM tank’s base and fuel pump. The initial chassis modifications were next, with the mounting the first things to go.

V9 Pro Build - Fat Tracker by Untitled Motorcycles

"High pipes" are an understatement here, with the exhaust routing above the cylinder heads. Perforated aluminum heatshields are attached to a custom unibody painted in a stunning metallic green referencing the 'Verde Legnano' color of the iconic 1971 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

Up front, shortened forks hold an illuminated number plate with integrated hi/lo spotlights.

After spending a considerable amount of time debating rubber, Eccles opted for a set of interchangeable Heidenau K66 140/70-16 tires for the front and rear. The stock front and rear wheels and Brembo brake calipers will be retained.

V9 Fat Tracker

Next steps included removal of exhaust system mounts and tabs, and the rear frame tubes. Modification of the lower frame rail, removal of the stock footpeg mounts, modification of ECU mapping and revamping the side stand for the new configuration were also completed.

Finally, the bike’s character was finished with the addition of a custom rear frame hoop, shorter forks, a fork brace, longer rear shocks, custom handlebars, custom controls, custom tank and seat unit, custom seat, custom metallic green, new bespoke graphics, custom two-into-two exhaust system, custom triple clamps, and custom head and taillight with integrated turn signals.

The end result of the UMC-052 Fat Tracker is a striking and undeniably unique Moto Guzzi. Being so paired down, the motor appropriately get's its time in the limelight and with that 'Verde Legnano' paint, it's is sure to turn some heads.

And the gorilla graphic on the tank? Eccles was inspired by Magilla Gorilla; the fictional gorilla and the star of The Magilla Gorilla Show by Hanna-Barbera that aired in the mid-sixties due to his broad upper body and tiny lower body.

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SPECIFICATIONS
Length: 80” / 203cm
Width: 28” / 71cm
Height: 41” / 104cm
Seat: 31” / 78cm
Weight: 349lbs / 158kg (86lbs/39kg lighter than stock)
Fuel: 2.6 gallons / 9.8 litres (estimated)

BODYWORK
Custom-designed, hand-fabricated steel monobody
OEM fuel pump
Custom seat, upholstered in grip vinyl, UMC tag
Dry break racing fuel filler cap
Kustom Kolor “Verde Legnano” candy paint, custom graphics

FRAME & SUSPENSION
Moto Guzzi V9 frame, modified and braced
Hagon 420-80STR Boxer shocks, 80mm travel
Moto Guzzi V7 Marzocchi forks, 130mm travel
Moto Guzzi 4.00 x 16” cast aluminum rear wheel, shaft drive
single 320mm floating front disc with Brembo 4-pot caliper
Moto Guzzi 3.50 x 16” cast aluminum front wheel
260mm rear disc and Brembo 2-pot caliper
140/70-16 Heidenau K66 tires front and rear

DRIVETRAIN
853cc air-cooled 90º transverse V-twin motor, shaft drive
Custom 16GA stainless steel exhaust system, perforated tips
Titanium exhaust wrap
Custom-fabricated brushed aluminium heat shields

CONTROLS
Moto Guzzi V9 top bracket, modified
Suzuki GSXR clip-on bars, modified
Oury grips
Posh Factory switches, internal wiring
Magura HC1 brake and clutch radial masters
Goodridge Sniper brake and clutch lines
Race start button, integrated into top bracket
Motogadget Motoscope Mini LED display, machined into top bracket
Agostini rearsets, anodised to match frame

ELECTRICS
Motogadget m-Unit
Motogadget m-Button
Motogadget m-Lock keyless RFID ignition, integrated into seat
Antigravity XPS SC-1 lithium ion battery
Magneti MarelliMIU-G3 single-body EFI unit with filter pod
ABS removed
O2 sensors removed
Motobox custom-built LED tail light array with integrated turn signals
Motobox custom-built illuminated headlight panel with integrated turn signals
Twin Vision X Mini-Solo 500 lumen hi/lo spotlights

THANKS TO
Patrick Flynn, Piaggio USA | Jessica Raya | Nate, Diepenbroek Fabrications | Simon Waterfall | Emil Lindstrom, E’SE Engineering | Peter, Magura USA | Jay Abate, motojrefinish | Josh Alvarez, Motobox | Turk, Turk’s Shop | Sean & John, Goodridge USA | Dan Acker, Acker Leatherworks | Victor Wilkens | Felicia, Heidenau USA | Chad, Sudco Int’l | Stefan, Radical Guzzi | Dana, SPD Exhausts | Hagon Suspension | Elliot, Champion Powdercoaters


The Framer FZ-07 Tracker by Deus

Woolie does it again

There's no doubt we're huge fans of Michael “Woolie” Woolaway. As the Motorcycle Design Director of Deus Ex Machina USA, he has built some stunning custom bikes for celebrities and a few lucky regular Joes too. Not only is Woolie soft-spoken and incredibly modest, the dude is fast as hell on two wheels himself. We were in love when Woolie released a CR500 tracker for MotoGP legend Dani Pedrosa. His latest build, The Framer, appears to be the big brother to that Dani's tracker. One capable to tearing down an American Flat Track full-mile oval...and kicking some ass along the way!

The Framer by Woolie

Words below from Deus Ex Machina

For Woolie and Deus’s latest build, they set out to create a proper American Flat Track mile racer for the street. A motorcycle capable of winning the Springfield or Sacramento mile that just so happens to have a headlight turn signals and a license plate. Affectionately nicknamed, “The Framer.”

The Framer custom flat track FZ-07

The Framer by Deus Ex Machina

Woolie chose a 2017 Yamaha FZ-07 power plant to start. A power plant similar to Yamaha’s current factory AFT MT-07 DT platform. The Stock FZ-07 was disassembled entirely, including the engine, which was upgraded with the Factory Yamaha racing kit, which includes oversized pistons, factory spec ported cylinder head, superior race valves, cam’s and electronics package for custom engine tuning. Every internal moving part of the engine was then treated with an advanced micro shot-peening anti-friction process by WPC, which promotes performance and, more importantly, combats wear and failure.

Legendary Flat Track chassis designer Jeff Cole assisted with the layout and geometry, his last official frame layout before retiring. Built from high-grade .60 Chromoly the frame for the Framer was meticulously designed around a custom fuel tank, where special considerations had to be made to ensure a fuel capacity that was street bike worthy without compromising the machines race derivation. 1100-0 aluminum was used to hand fabricated custom body pieces that give the bike its overall Flat Track Race aesthetic while hiding the wringing and electronics, including the fuel tank, front fender, and tail section topped by a handcrafted Saddleman seat.

The Framer tank - FZ-07 tracker

The Framer by Woolie of Deus

A set of race-proven 19” Roland Sands Traction wheels wrapped in Mitas DOT approved rubber ensure performance and grip. A four-piston full-floating quick-release Brembo brake setup in the rear and a 320 mm full-floating stainless-steel rotor with an M50 caliper up front efficiently gets the stopping done.

The bodywork was painted in “Black Candy” is a secret blend of paint that absorbs even in the harshest light giving the faintest reflection, giving the bike a personality that exudes style, performance, and hint of wickedness.

“The bike resembles a “big brother version of the Honda CR500 Street Tracker built for Dani Pedrosa, where his was a Short Track racer, this is a proper mile bike with third gear wheelies all day” – Woolie.

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Huge Moto custom Zero FXS

Silent Supermoto

As we get excited for another iteration of the One Show in Portland, OR we took a minute to reflect on some of last year's favorites and one in particular came to mind; Huge Moto's custom Zero FXS. The One Show is known for their inclusiveness of all makes and styles, yet it still predominately consists of petrol-burning machines, making Huge Moto's electric supermoto stand out even further from the crowd.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto

The Zero FXS is a fun, lightweight electric supermoto-styled bike from the Scotts Valley, CA manufacturer. In stock form, styling is already pretty clean and straight forward but even solid stock designs can be improved upon with the right minds at work.

Last year the custom FXS garnered a lot of interest and our friends at Bike EXIF immediately reached out for a feature. While much of the background and details can be seen on EXIF, we feel the build certainly deserves another moment in the spotlight here and Zero Motorcycles graciously shared these killer photos from Aaron Brimhall with us.

Custom Zero FXS supermoto

electric supermoto - custom Zero FXS

While Huge Moto agreed to not hack up the frame, the team at Huge Moto turned their design plans towards an improved aesthetic. The main plan was to create a flow across the top of the bike, drawing eyes away from the electric components and frame, and focusing more attention and ‘visual weight’ on the front end.

For an improved ride, the Zero FXS was fitted with a high-end Fox Racing shock in the rear and new wheels all round: 17-inch Sun rims custom laced onto off-road hubs from the Zero FX.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto frontend

The dirtbike look and feel of a typical supermoto was retained with a long flat seat and tail along with a visually similar front beak. The headlight with halo LED adds a modern touch to the overall feel.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto tail

We love the subdued color palatte chosen for the bike and while the bodywork is not handformed metal - it's CNC machined out of ABS thermoplastic polymer - it still has that raw look to us. The little touches of red along with the modern head and tail lights complete the look giving us a clean and simple feel on a undoubtedly high-tech machine.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto headlight

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto - right side

And after building our very own Ducati Hypermotard "Bullitt SP", we've been in love with the supermoto styled bikes and have been looking for our next bike in the category. And after pining over these photos of Huge Moto's creation, it has us taking a hard look at Zero's FXS.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto

What are your thoughts on the build, or even electric bikes in general? Is this is bike you'd like to have in your garage? Let us know in the comments below.

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Hookie Co Grey Chameleon

Hookie Co BMW Scrambler - Grey Chameleon & Moto-Kit

Life is a one way street

Dresden, Germany based Hookie Co. is a custom motorcycle shop that has a passion for building unique motorcycles. As previously noted, they have a paired-down aesthetic that we here at The Bullitt love. And while they have built customs based off a number of different marquees, it's become clear that BMWs are a favorite at the Hookie Co camp. They've actually built "moto kits" that you can purchase, and with no cutting or welding, can build your very own custom BMW R nineT. And if building your own isn't your thing - you can purchase the fully baked version dubbed the Grey Chameleon.

Hookie CO BMW Scrambler overhead

The Hookie Co Moto-Kit has numerous options, allowing you to choose your favorite cover design and change it the way you want it. It's "plug and ride", so in just seconds can have a fresh new design. The kits comes with a custom tank, subframe, seat, filters and more. The kits range from €6,100.00 – €6,450.00 depending on options. Not cheap for sure, but damn do they look good!

The subframe and seat combo is one of the big changes to the Beamer, physically and aesthetically, and one that you're likely to not want to do yourself. The frame practically stretches the length of the bike, and the upswept tail is a nice touch with a convenient cargo strap incorporated.

Hookie CO BMW Scrambler tail detail

Arrow exhaust - Hookie CO BMW Scrambler

Arrow exhaust sold separately, but a much needed addition!

The Grey Chameleon and the Moto Kit utilize 2 DNA air filters and a single DNA engine breather filter.

For the Hookie Co Moto Kit, the quickly exchangeable tank covers come in 4 different colorways sure that each has it's very own look and feel. Kits are compatible with all new BWM R nineT models.

Hookie Co Moto-Kit2 Color Options
Hookie Co Moto-Kit2 Color Options

While we don't have a R nineT in the garage ourselves, but ogling these kits has made us want to get one. Everything is handmade in Germany and is clearly high quality and well thought out. If you have a R nineT yourself, we recommend putting the Hookie Co Moto-Kit on your short list of mods to add in 2020.

Hookie CO BMW Scrambler stealth

Grey Chameleon Specs

Donor Bike: 2019 BMW R NineT Scrambler
Hookie Co Moto-Kit, including:
- Custom subframe
- Modified passenger frame
- Aluminum fuel tank
- "URBAN” carbon-fiber gas tank cover
- Alcantara seat
- Aluminum E-Tray (black)
Exhaust: Arrow Pro-Racing Titanium
Tires/Wheels: Front 19″ Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, Rear 17″ Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
Electronics: Antigravity 12-cell lithium ion battery, Kellermann Atto front, Kellermann Atto DF rear
Other Modifications: DNA Air Filter, Motogadget m.view Spy mirrors

PRICE: €27,900.00 (INCL. VAT)

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Get your Black Friday on with Schott

Weekend long savings!

Black Friday Savings from Schott NYC

Schott NYC is best known for their amazing leather goods - like this killer vintage cafe racer jacket - but aside from jackets, they have tons of other moto-inspired apparel and accessories.

Instead of shopping for a new TV, why not get something that can be passed down to future generations? This weekend, Schott is offering an exclusive discount, which we are happy to share with you. From Friday, November 29th through Monday, December 2nd receive 15% OFF your purchase*. Make sure to enter the coupon code STUFFED2019 at checkout to apply your discount. For those of you shopping today it looks like the code is already live so get on it!

Hand Vintaged Cowhide Café Racer Jacket

Head over to Schott NYC and start shopping.

 

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Custom Alta Redshift by Walt Siegl

As told by Walt himself

Mike Mayberry contacted me several years ago to order my Bol d’Or model. Soon after, he placed an order for a Leggero, and since I involve my clients in the decision making about their builds, I got a chance to get to know him via phone. Once we met personally, we realized we have a lot in common. Mike is the founder of Ronin Motorcycles, which in my opinion represents the quintessential all American performance bike.

Walt Siegl custom electric Alta motorcycle

During a visit to his workshop in Denver, I had the chance to ride several electric motorcycles he owns. I was so impressed by the sensation, I decided that my next design challenge was an electric bike. I had already been thinking about building something smaller, something that represents the future, something with two wheels that many people have access to, even without a motorcycle license; maybe a moped or a scooter, something relatively affordable. Even before I test road Mike’s electric bikes, I had been interested in the e-motorcycle challenge: to create a machine that is devoid of all the familiar components that make up a combustion engine motorcycle.

Walt Siegl custom electric supermoto

Mike Mayberry is an industrial designer and I greatly admire his talent. I’ve enjoyed many conversations with him about design in general, and how it effects people, about motorcycle design, the motorcycle industry, and the future of two wheel transportation. I recognized in him the same urge to search for the right answers for good design by getting out of your comfort zone, and then when you arrive at that edge, making a better informed decision about what is best for the project. He also happens to be an absolute wiz with mechanical computer programs. Since I wanted to embrace the most current technology in designing an electric motorcycle, I asked him if he’d be interested in collaborating with me.

We thought it might be smarter to start with a donor bike, since we’re both very opinionated as designers, and we needed to see if we could work together long term before diving headlong into a ground up project that would include the development of a battery pack and an electric motor.

Alta custom motorcycle - Walt Siegl

Both of us saw this as a possibility to design an electric bike that we would both want to own: An urban Enduro.

Using ALTA as the donor for its battery pack and sophisticated hardware/software was an obvious choice since ALTA achieved great success over the years as an electric bike company that was truly competitive against race bikes with combustion engines.

Walt Siegl custom electric Alta motorcycle - left side

The key design decision that we made was to fully embrace the battery pack as the power source for the bike, instead of hiding it. We wanted to celebrate the essentials of the electric motorcycle. Mike and I agreed that our design aesthetic would resist the impulse to create novelty, designing something honest, user-friendly and durable, while using as few components as possible. So there is no mis-understanding of what this machine has been designed for: pure business. From the get go I wanted to design a modern looking machine, that is visually understood as E-Powered.

Walt Siegl custom electric Alta motorcycle - rear

The key performance decisions: It had to be as light as possible, but stand up to rigorous use. It had to have precise handling and the correct ergonomics for optimum performance. We changed the dirt bike geometries by designing our own chrome moly frame, so Ohlins road bike forks could be used. We designed a structural carbon fiber subframe and carbon fiber bodywork. For the prototype standard woven carbon fiber sheets were used. For the remaining 8 bikes that are being built, the woven carbon fiber parts are being replaced with forged carbon components. This material not only lends the bike a modern feel, but it is also very strong.

Custom Alta electric motorcycle

In addition to the carbon fiber bodywork and frame, we also designed and produced triple trees, taillight, wheels, foot controls, and a new swing arm that helps achieve the geometries and handling that we were after. We had a tight deadline to finish the prototype for the Electric Revolution show at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA, so it still has the donor bike swing arm. We had only three months to design and build the bike. I started by sketching the principal Gestalt of the bike in pencil, and then sharing that design with Mike in front of his computer over a weekend to create a principal computer model to work with. Most of my evening hours were spent sketching various options to share with Mike via text and emails and several hundred hours of phone calls 😉 He was left with the tedious task of converting my paper sketches to computer models. My lead tech, Aran, and I were left with the task of finding mechanical solutions for all the design elements. Plugs for the carbon fiber molds were machined out of urethane. Some of the components were 3D printed to check fitment and then turned into useable parts.

I think that electric bikes have a strong future. Young people especially always embrace the romance and fun of traveling on two wheels. Newcomers to two wheels don’t have the reference to combustion engines, therefore they won’t miss them.

E-power distills the riding experience. There is no sound other than the wind, which kind of translates to “I’m moving.” It’s the next best thing to flying. I feel like I enjoy riding even more because it happens in the silence. You’re not preoccupied by anything else but forward motion. Because of that it feels awesome. I feel like it even has the potential to make me a better rider, because I can fully concentrate on what the bike does underneath me. I think all of us wool and dyed motorcycle riders should at least try an e-power bike once, to form our own opinion. I’m fully aware that electric powered technology is not the final answer to our planet’s pollution problems, but I see it at least as a step in the right direction. We should all be coming together to help support the advancement of clean technology in whatever way we can. — Walt Siegl

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Triumph Cafe Racer by Tamarit Motorcycles

Triumph Cafe Racer "Blimburn" by Tamarit Motorcycles

Who you calling a conehead?

Words and photos by Tamarit

One of the several uses that we could make off a hypothetical time machine would be probably to travel back in time in order to tell ourselves about future achievements so could we get pumped up and inspired. When you have been building motorcycles for many years and your finished and scheduled project list spans into more half the hundred, it would be always curious to imagine the face gestured if someone would state how far we would get, or the kind of motorcycles would came out from our garage over the time.

Triumph Cafe Racer “Blimburn” by Tamarit Motorcycles

Probably we would not believe a word, or maybe we would get even more excited and raise our expectations. Time paradox aside, BLIMBURN is a project that certainly collects several old wishes that we wanted to include on a project. Same way as motorcycles as RONIN or RUBY were bikes hard to imagine even some time prior to its conception, this showroom café racer arrived to the garage just as a healing potion, achieving many aesthetic milestones we had in mind as objectives. Sometimes we enter the office and say out loud how lucky we are!

When the month of February began, a man called Sergio contacted us, someone who had a Bonneville EFI model from the old air cooled generation. Sergio wanted to transform its Bonneville and coat it literally in a café racer classic style that Tamarit Motorcycles could provide. He liked it very much our former project called THE SON, but only taking it as an starting point, since he wanted it to take the project beyond and to include features and elements that were installed in more recent projects.

That boost and excitement that Sergio came with to make the project with us made us think about the long-awaited project that would become the ultimate Café Racer build. Therefore, the project was being shaped little by little just by adding parts and accessories until Blimburn got to be one of the finest and most complete works we’ve done so far. Sergio wanted to add some of the parts that were being included on the upcoming and current projects during that time: the side covers from this project, the wheels from the other one, that nose fairing we saw on a picture… etc. Tamarit’s norms toss a coin anytime we want to make an hybrid from various ideas, sometimes we get heads, sometimes tails.

Let’s begin from tail to nose, basically almost every Café Racer project based on an air cooled Triumph has to include our racing Café Racer cowl “Jarama”, which blended with the eliminator kit that gets rid of the bulky rear fender provides the usual look of the Tamarit Motorcycles’ Café Racer project. To the regular casted Boludos exhausts, on the rear part is added as well the stainless steel chaincover with the new design. As a reference for the recent projects such as Appalachia and Ruby, Sergio wanted to include as well the open side covers for old generation air cooled motorcycles, which provide an stunning look on the sides of the motorcycle.

Besides the regular Motogadget devices like the grip turning signals, it’s worth mentioning the Blimburn nose fairing, never set on a Tamarit Motorcycles before, something that it’s somehow pleasant to write on this stories, which sooner or later, due it’s amount, would end up telling the same at some fragments anyway. This nose fairing made by AVON was a part that we wanted to work with for a long time at one of our projects since we saw it installed at a breathtaking Thruxton from a french gentleman who is a good client of us. Finally, it was Sergio the chosen one that finally decided to put this part in one of out projects, part shaped as a bullet which result and influence on aesthetics has no need for words.

The classic look of the bike would be completed by an element also very frequent on the projects from this new era of Tamarit, the pure classic vintage style Victory tires, which turned out to be a very nice feature in projects such as RUBY or the one to be released soon, the almighty SPEEDSTER. These tires also were part of the Blimburn project, which as the previously mentioned, has became one of our finest projects so far. Regarding the paintwork, Sergio wanted, according with the rest of the motorcycles, a pure classic color and design. It’s true that Blimburn has been influenced regarding the parts by many other motorcycles which were made recently and The Son for the concept but, we should go back to our beloved COMEBACK SPECIAL to finally find the main reference used for paint and design, which resulted in a beautiful chrome color mixed with gloss black, which would be blended with a golden line which would run along every fiberglass part from cowl to nose fairing as well as the belly pan.

Another Triumph bike project made by Tamarit, on the verge of releasing the long awaited motorcycle number 50, which would open a new era full of sensation and surprises as the ones that provided this Blimburn. Thank you so much Sergio for giving us the chance to work together.

Blimburn Technical Specifications
Model: Bonneville
Year: 2008
Manufacturer: Triumph
Capacity: 800 cc
Exhausts: Boludos
Headlight: Faro origen
MiniSpeedometer: Original
Grips: Original
Seat: Jarama
Tires: Classic Victory
Triumph parts – Tamarit Motorcycles: Jarama seat, chaincover, The Son belly pan, front fender new little bastard, Ruby Side Covers.
Design and paintworks: Tamarit Motorcycles

Triumph Cafe Racer “Blimburn” by Tamarit Motorcycles

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Blacktrack BT-03 Harley Davidson cafe racer

The Blacktrack Motors BT-03 Harley Cafe

A Modern-day Harley Davidson Cafe Racer

Words and photos by Blacktrack

We are excited to present our boldest build yet: the Blacktrack BT-03. Built around a monstrous Harley-Davidson power plant, the BT-03 is a contemporary café racer with low weight, sharp handling and quality components.

INSPIRATION AND STYLE

With the Blacktrack BT-03, our founder and lead designer, Sacha Lakic, continues the fine tradition of looking to the past for inspiration. “The inception of the Blacktrack BT-03 style study came from a bike that marked my childhood,” he explains. “The Harley-Davidson XLCR.”

“Produced between 1977 and 1979, it was the only café racer in the history of Harley-Davidson, with only 3,133 units made. I was spellbound every time I saw one on the streets of Paris.”

The BT-03 isn't an exact replica of the XLCR. Instead, it simply seeks to capture the XLCR's design ethos. You'll notice hints of the XLCR's DNA in the BT-03's angular and elongated fuel tank and tail section, nose fairing and classic seven-spoke wheels.

Similarities aside, the BT-03's overall aesthetic is contemporary and fluid. It cuts a sharp line, with a stance and proportions that give it an unmistakable race vibe. This is further emphasized by the solo seat and radically committed ergonomics. The BT-03 is a pure café racer—designed and optimized for maximum riding pleasure.

BASE MODEL

We picked the new Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Bob 114 as the base motorcycle for the BT-03. Equipped with H-D's 114 ci (1 868 cc) Milwaukee-Eight power plant, it produces 155 Nm of torque in stock form, packaged in a stiff and responsive chassis. 

“The moment I saw the Fat Bob, I realized that this was the ideal platform,” says Lakic. “The Fat Bob is the most exciting Harley Series to ride. The wheelbase is certainly a bit long, but the geometry is well thought out, and allows you to roll turns faster than any other Harley so far.”

There's not much left of the original Fat Bob though. We kept only the motor, transmission and frame—replacing everything else with custom and upgraded components.

TECHNICAL CHANGES AND UPGRADES

The BT-03 features a number of bespoke aluminum and composite parts. These have been designed to not only look good, but to significantly reduce weight too—ultimately improving handling and acceleration.

Each and every aluminum part is designed in the Blacktrack Motors studio, before being CNC-machined by a trusted technical partner. Most crucial is the rear frame assembly—which acts as an interface between the Fat Bob's original frame and the BT-03's custom bodywork. Other parts include the upper and lower triple trees, rear set foot controls and front fender brackets. 

Composite parts include the front fairing, front fender, fuel tank, tail section and a cover plate for the rear shock absorber. The seat features premium leather upholstery, and the fairing's adorned with a low profile red windshield.

The Fat Bob's main frame and geometry remain unchanged. But the running gear has been upgraded with Öhlins suspension, Dymag forged aluminum wheels, and Beringer brakes. Blacktrack Motors have also installed a performance air filter and a custom-built stainless steel exhaust system, with a new fuel mapping to match.

WEIGHT SAVINGS

Replacing bulky OEM parts with Blacktrack items, has resulted in a 40 percent weight saving on parts alone. The complete rear assembly weighs a mere 8.5 kg (5.5 kg lighter than stock), while the front end totals 27 kg (18.5 kg lighter than stock). In addition, the BT-03's changes reduce the Fat Bob's unsprung mass by 13 kg.

That brings the BT-03's dry weight to 248 kg—a huge improvement over the original bike's 296 kg. The result is a custom build with an excellent power to weight ratio, and dynamic handling.

TECHNICAL PARTNERS

We would like to thank their technical partners for their talent, skill and support: Sacha Lakic Design, Acor, Allio Group, Beringer, Dymag, Gilles Tooling, Vision Machine, HEL Performance, Jekill & Hyde, Michelin, Öhlins and SQP Motors.

ACQUIRING A BT-03

The Blacktrack Motors BT-03 is now available on special order, with a manufacturing time of six months. True to our philosophy of creating limited edition motorcycles, only four BT-03's will be produced. Each will be unique, and can be adapted to the customer's personal tastes (within preset parameters).

Exclusive design, quality and rarity are Blacktrack's hallmarks. Like the BT-01 and BT-02 before it, the BT-03 is designed to run efficiently and reliably, with high levels of performance and safety. It will undoubtedly become a collector's item.

 

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Photos by Sébastian Nunes


Deus Milano SR500 Tracker

Deus SR 500 Milano Street Tracker

A Milanese street tracker from Deus

We're stoked to see flat track making a resurgence these days and while most trackers are purpose-built machines, street trackers are starting to pop up around town. We love the simplicity of a tracker - no frills, a solo seat and an upright riding position. Nothing you don't need. We also typically love most things "Deus" around here so when we heard that the boys at Deus Milano built a new street tracker, we had a hunch it was going to be right up our alley. The single-cylinder, air-cooled Yamaha SR500 is a great little bike and a solid platform for a tracker. The team didn't waste time tearing into the little single.

To quote Marco Renieri, a member of the Deus Milano family and happy owner of the bike:

“It’s all Marco Belli’s fault. Yes it really is. Even though he doesn’t know it. Years ago I saw a guy on a bike doing crazy things. I asked who it was and was told “Marco Belli, a flat track champion”. Well, I knew what it was though had never really been very interested in it. Years later I took part in a flat track course with, no less, Marco Belli as the instructor. It was a real revelation. At that moment I thought how I’d make a flat track bike for every day use. To roam around Milan – flat track style – as much as possible."

The basics of the SR500 are still there, with a modified subframe and new swingarm. Suspension has been upgraded all around with some lovely Ohlins bits and the bike now rides on traditional tracker Excel 19" wheels. Stopping power is provided by Italian brake masters Discacciati. The engine has been blacked out, letting the custom SC-Project exhaust stand out in stark contrast.

Deus Milano SR500 Tracker

Deus Milano SR500 Tracker

The subdued blue and black color palette works well and the color in the headers and the gold in the forks and looks classy AF. Personally, we would have painted the UFO headlight/number plate to match the rest of the bodywork, but that's no deal breaker for us. We'd still ask this hot little Italian out on a date. The Deus Milano tracker looks ready to tear up the streets of Milan in high fashion.

 

Specs:

· Modified rear subframe
· SDG Aluminum rear swing arm
· Ohlins rear shock absorber
· Discacciati CNC wheels plates
· 19′ Excel rims and flat track tires
· Discacciati brake system
· “Flat Bar” handlebar
· Custom CNC footpegs
· Flushed cylinder head and JE-HC piston
· Kehin FCR carburetor
· SC Project exhaust system
· Custom wiring with handlebar hidden wires
· Fast response throttle
· UFO headlamp

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Photos: Marco Renieri


Craig Rodsmith turb-charged Moto Guzzi V9

Craig Rodsmith's turbocharged Moto Guzzi V9 Pro Build

A stunning turbocharged Moto Guzzi

Craig Rodsmith is a man that needs to introduction these days. The Aussie native relocated to Chicago, IL (God knows why) and has been churning out stunning builds on American soil for years. We first got to know him when we were blown away by his 1969 Moto Guzzi Ambassador dustbin at the 2017 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. He came back in 2018 with another mind-blowing Moto Guzzi, this time utilizing Guzzi's modern V9 platform. He took the mild standard and cranked the volume up to 11.

Craig Rodsmith brings the "Punk Rock" attitude to the motorcycle industry. Rodsmith Handmade Customs motorcycles have been tearing up the roads of North America and around the globe for the past 25 years. Craig is a master builder, fabricator, painter, designer and owner of Rodsmith Motorcycles just north of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois. Craig was born in Melbourne, Australia. As a kid he customized anything he could get his hands on. He started with his ’57 BSA when he was 12 years old. Rodsmith has extensive, hands-on experience in bodywork, paint, fabrication, mechanical, electrical and has built all kinds of masterpieces from bikes to cars, traditional to radical. As of 2019 Craig now has three custom masterpieces at The Haas Moto Museum in Dallas, Texas.

For this particular build, Rodsmith was commissioned by Moto Guzzi Americas along with 3 other top builders in the country. Craig brought his usual raw aesthetics and left no part of the bike untouched. The handmade aluminum tank stands out and Craig managed to keep the visual lines of the V9, with the prominent sharp line running down the top of the tank.

Rodsmith stripped the stock black off the engine cases. It was  not a quick or easy process but the result was clearly worth the effort. It makes the engine look more classic...and more "Rodsmith" at the same time.

Inverted 50mm Marzocchi off a Ducati were utilized up front, adding performance and grit. Aluminum Excel rims with stainless spokes and Rodsmith-modified OEM hubs have the V9 rolling in classic style. Dual 320mm floating rotors, 4-piston Brembo calipers upfront provide stopping power and are joined with a single 260mm rotor, 2-piston Brembo caliper out back.

The black stock frame was detabbed and coated in a stunning red. Matching red pinstriping across the beautifully crafted aluminum bodywork tie it all together.

Moto Guzzi V9 Pro Build - Rodsmith

Moto Guzzi V9 Pro Build - Craig Rodsmith

Oh, by the way...did we mention that this baby is turbo charged? Well, duh! Rodsmith had the audacity to drop a Garrett T15 turbocharger into the unsuspecting 865cc air-cooled transverse V-twin. And bless him for doing so.

Moto Guzzi V9 by Rodsmith

Rodsmith Turbo Moto Guzzi V9 Custom Specs:
●       Model: 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer
●       Engine: 865cc air-cooled transverse V-twin with Garrett T15 turbocharger
●       Air Intake: Aluminum intake plenum by Rodsmith
●       Exhaust: Custom stainless steel system by Rodsmith
●       Transmission: OEM, six-speed
●       Fuel Tank: Hand-crafted aluminum by Rodsmith
●       Frame: OEM, detabbed and powdercoated
●       Front Fork: Inverted 50mm Marzocchi
●       Shocks: Custom by Supershox
●       Brakes (Front): Dual 320mm floating rotors, 4-piston Brembo calipers
●       Brakes (Rear): single 260mm rotor, 2-piston Brembo caliper
●       Wheels: Aluminum Excel rims with stainless spokes and Rodsmith-modified OEM hubs, 17 x 3.5 front; 17 x 5 rear
●       Tires: F/R: Pirelli Diablo Corsa, 120/70-R17 / 160/60-R17
●       Handgrips: Aluminum and leather
●       Headlight: OEM
●       Taillight: LED
●       Rear Sets: Slipstream Cycle Works
●       Turn Signals: Speed of Cheese Racing
●       Seat: Perforated leather upholstery stitched by JBseatz

Photo credit: Grant Schwingle

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Bullitt LE - Our Aprilia RSV4 RF Limited Edition custom

A limited-edition Italian track slayer

As if the RSV4 RF didn't already impress, Aprilia amped up the exclusivity and created a model only available in North America - the RSV4 RF Limited Edition. When we had the chance to snag one, we jumped at the opportunity!

Aprilia RSV4 RF LE - Bullitt LE

Donning graphics that celebrate Aprilia history and Italian passion, the RSV4 RF LE arrives with winglets - the first production superbike to do so - and the unit number laser inscribed on the top triple.


All else is pure RSV4 RF performance, which in its latest edition is a second faster than before, thanks to the new Öhlins suspension, a Brembo braking system, and the new APRc electronic controls package that includes cornering ABS and clutchless downshifts. The 201-horsepower V4 powerplant is paired with chassis architecture worthy of seven World Superbike titles, the RSV4 RF LE creating performance like no other.


This bike was purchased with the intensions of keeping her for a long time, but some family obligations beg to differ. This bike is essentially still brand new, aside from some key mods.

LE Features:
Carbon winglets (uninstalled)
Forged aluminum black wheels
Misano throwback livery/paint
Laser engraved serial number on the headstock

Aprilia RSV4 RF LE - Motobox blinkers
Mods:
Aprilia Race ECU - $650+
Competition Werkes GP race pipe - $690
Motobox fender eliminator with integrated blinkers - $215
Motobox mirror block offs with blinkers - $170 (stock mirrors included)
Motobox levers (uninstalled) - $70

Aprilia RSV4 RF LE left side
From the recent Motorcycle.com shootout against the new Ducati V4, editor Troy Siahaan states,

"The RSV4 is the scalpel to the Panigale V4's steak knife. Both are sharp, but one's clearly more of a precision tool...If you look at the scorecard, then the Ducati is technically the winner of this test. But ask Tom or myself which we'd rather have - for the track at least - and the choice tips in favor of that other Italian motorcycle."

 

This bike is amazing and I hope it goes to a new home where it can be fully enjoyed. Hit up pat@thebullitt.com for more.

Aprilia RSV4 RF LE front end


Ducati Monster 821 Pantah by XTR

A throwback take on a modern Monster

Pepo Rosell is a name you might not all recognize immediately, but if you're into custom motorcycles, you know his work. For 13 years, Pepo worked under the name of Radical Ducati. In 2014 he closed the doors to Radical Ducati and we were gutted. After a little soul searching Rosell determined that bikes were his life and started anew as XTR Pepo.

XTR Pepo Radical Ducati

Our previous post was of an original Ducati Pantah from he 80s, and when we saw Pepo's version of a modern Monster 821, I nearly spat my coffee all over the monitor. This is another spot-on job or Pepo doing what he does best; take a modern bike - typically a Ducati - and stripping it down, only o build it back into something more...Radical.

Ducati Monster 821 Pantah by XTR Pepo
Those are the same stunning Ducabike rearsets we had on our Bullitt 821

Tear it down, then make it better

That's just what XTR Pepo did. He stripped the M821 down to its bones, and tastefully added back some top-spec components and some beautiful retro-inspired bodywork and paint. In typical fashion, numerous parts are one-offs. From the front fender, to the rear subframe and seat, much of what you see is XTR. Clip-ons, fairings, windscreen, tank, solo seat and lighting...all done by the man himself.

An Ohlins rear shock upgrades the original, non-adjustable unit. Front forks were retained, but reworked with Andreani (adjustable) internals and anodized gold. Ducabike rearsets and clear clutch cover add some nice bling to the bike while the Spark 2-into-1 exhaust surely add some bark.

Sorry, we were just drooling for a minute there... Gobs of carbon, CNC parts, and loud exhaust makes us all kinds of happy.

XTR-Pepo_Ducati_Monster_821

The execution on the whole bike is stunning. The mix of old and new is pulled off better here than most can. We had high hopes for our Bullitt 821, even had sketches of a faired, throwback look but those were thoughts on paper. Pepo put his money where his mouth is, swung for the fences, and knocked it out of the park. God bless you sir, you're doing the Lord's work. Ok, ok...maybe we should wrap this up before the bourbon takes over. Cheers to another feather in Pepo's cap. We'll drink to that!

PANTAH by XTR (2019)

- Donor Bike : Ducati Monster 821 (2016)
- XTR front mudguard
- DISCACCIATI brake rotors
- SP CNC machined upper yoke
- XTR CNC clip ons
- XTR front bracket
- XTR regulable and foldable CNC machined clutch and brake levers
- Brembo clutch pump
- CNC RACING brake coolers
- Optimized OEM front suspension with Andreani internals
- Anodized fork tubes
- XTR front fairing
- XTR windshield
- XTR front lights
- XTR fuel tank
- CNC RACING quick open gas tap
- RC RADIATORS aluminum race radiator
- DNA Racing air filter
- SPARK 2-into-1 exhaust system
- SPARK megaphone
- LIPO Battery
- DUCABIKE regulable footrest and support CNC machined
- DUCABIKE hydraulic clutch conversión kit
- CNC RACING slave clutch
- XTR solo seat
- XTR rear light
- XTR rear subframe
- Ohlins rear schock
- Carbon4us carbon fiber reservoir cover
- Carbon4us carbon fiber exhaust cover
- Carbon4us carbon fiber coil covers
- Carbon4us carbon fiber rear mudguard
- CNC Racing pinion cover
- CNC Racing water pump protector
- PINTUMOTO painting
- Photos: Sergio Cardeña

• 24 Hours Project : The bodywork , front bracket, lights and rear subframe is a kit for mount plug and play in the Ducati Monster 821 /1200 and the new Supersport. Designed by Alberto Caimi.

• Special thanks to:
- SPARK for the exhaust
- CNC RACING for the nice CNC machined parts and brake rotors coolers.
- CARBON4US for the carbon fiber parts.
- NEUMATICOS RICHARD for the tires.
- RC RADIATORS for the astonishing handmade water radiator.
- SC FILMAKER/ CON OTRO ENFOQUE for the nice pictures and video.
- TRANSMISION GP for the LIPO Battery, Sprocket and chain.
- PINTUMOTO for the incredible painting.
- DNA for his performance air filter.

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