Ugly Motorbikes have a habit of making their name pleasantly ironic, they invariably turn out motorcycles like this Yamaha cafe racer, that are so beautiful they almost seem to pop out at you through the screen.
This Kawasaki Z1000 ST by The Wrenchmonkees is actually a great example of the style of their work, their bikes tend to have a gritty, dark, urban feel to them – almost like 2-wheeled versions of an ’80s Springsteen song.
The 1965 Ducati 250 Mach 1 was a major motorcycle for the Italian marque, the performance of the single cylinder 250cc engine quickly made it a popular choice across Europe and it wasn’t long till Mike Rogers used one to win the 250cc production-class at the Isle of Man TT.
This beautiful Triumph cafe racer/dirt tracker is the most recent creation from Vintage Racers, a Paris based motorcycle club, blog and garage. The first impression the bike gives you is that it’s ready to cross the Maginot Line…
This Custom Kawasaki Zephyr 750 is, sadly, not real. It’s the work of talented art director and designer Joao Alves of somosEstudio, and I have to say, I like it a lot.
The stock model Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is actually a rather good motorcycle, it weighs in at a fairly light 179kgs and that v-twin produces 50hp and 42.7 ft lbs of torque.
This Honda CB750 cafe racer by Steel Bent Customs is a fantastic example of minimalist custom motorcycle building, there’s nothing on the bike that doesn’t need to be there from a purely functional perspective and I kind of think that this is how it should be.
The Yamaha RD 400 is a noisy, polluting, unreliable motorcycle. It’s also wonderful. I know that 2-strokes are frowned upon in the modern age of melting ice caps, vanishing glaciers, super-sized hurricanes and acid rain but if we put all of that aside for a moment, we all know that 2-strokes represent a high water mark on the amount of fun it’s possible to have on two wheels.
Classified Moto is a custom motorcycle garage based in Richmond, Virginia and run by talented bike builder, John Ryland. They have a signature style and most of the bikes that roll out of their workshop are instantly recognisable as Classified Moto customs, the gold anodised forks are usually a dead giveaway as is the bare metal…
This photograph beautifully captures the sense of speed of these two motorcycle racers, they appear to be racing the same model of motorcycle although I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is.
I was happy to learn last week that Norton Motorcycles have begun customer deliveries of the new Norton Commando 961 model. There had been some concern that the bikes weren’t ever going to ship due to financial issues but it now appears that, in true British style, they’ve hunkered down through the tough times and made it through. With a cup of tea in one hand and a biscuit in the other.
We’ve featured the gloriously heretical work of Super Rat Motorcycles in the past and so it was with great interest that I learned they’d built a new motorcycle, doubly so when I was told it was a Triumph Trident cafe racer.