This 1980 BMW R100RS Scrambler nicknamed “Sarge” was built by the talented BMW motorcycle custom house Kevil’s Speed Shop. Kevil’s is run by a friendly Brit named Kevin Hill, he founded the shop and has been an avid lover of motorcycles since his father took him to the Bristol Motorcycle Show in the late-70s.
I have a huge soft spot for Ural motorcycles, the classic styling and staggering toughness of the Ural bikes is legendary. The standard Ural is a sidecar motorcycle and both rear wheels are powered via a shaft drive and a 745cc boxer engine, this model is called the “Ural Solo sT” and it’s the company’s first big foray into 2-wheeled motorcycles.
This rather unique Honda Dominator NX650 represents a design direction that myself and many others wish companies like Honda would embrace for mainstream use.
The scrambler motorcycle genre just doesn’t get enough attention from custom bike builders, cafe racers, choppers and bobbers seem to be hugely popular but I’d love to see a custom shop building nothing but balls-to-the-wall scramblers just like this one.
This shot of McQueen with what appears to be the perfect Triumph Scrambler is one of my favourites as it doesn’t appear scripted or posed.
The Honda CL450 was originally designed to be the “scrambler” version of the much more famous CB450, the CL used the same 444cc DOHC parallel twin but had higher pipes, braced handlebars and slightly more aggressive styling.
This Honda Dominator NX is a new addition to the list, the 650cc single cylinder base model has a loyal fan-base around the world, the bike is famous for it’s reliability and it’s capability to quite literally climb mountains.
The 1973 MV Agusta Electronica Street Scrambler is an unusual model from MV, it was never sold outside Italy having been designed as a Street Scrambler for use in and around the tight, ancient lanes and alleyways of small towns across the country.
They say good things come in threes, so with that in mind, here’s our third BMW motorcycle this week. Dubbed the ‘Lucky 13’ this BMW R100/7 is the latest build out of the garages of Blitz Motorcycles, a France based custom motorcycle garage with a penchant for cafe racers, scramblers and very unusual paint jobs.
The Husqvarna Baja Concept was unveiled at the New York International Motorcycle Show last week, in some respects its the next step in development for their Moab concept, although the Baja does seem a little more suited to rolling around in the mud.
Old bikes like this BSA Spitfire Scramber always hold great appeal for me, given the choice of a modern, plastic-fairing covered dirt bike or this, I’d go BSA everytime. Sure, they might be heavier, less reliable, harder to start and harder to stop but bikes like this have a tangible personality. Some days they’ll be bastards and some days they’ll be saints, as far as I’m concerned, that’s half the fun.
There isn’t a red blooded male on the face of the Earth who doesn’t, in some small way, want to be like Steve McQueen. British motorcycle manufacturer Métisse Motorcycles has joined forces with Steve McQueen’s estate to produce a 300 unit production run of the bike you see pictured above and below.