BMW Motorrad turns 90 this year; the R 90 S turns 40. As a tribute to both, BMW, in cooperation with Roland Sands Design, presents the Concept Ninety, sprung at the very swank Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013. “This cooperative venture elevates both Roland Sands Design and BMW Motorrad Design to a new level,” says [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Photographer : David Zemla
The Vintagent Press Release: Lucky number 13 for the annual “Motorcycles as Art” exhibition at the legendary Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this summer is titled “Ton Up! – Speed, Style and Cafe Racer Culture,” focusing on the origins and continued popularity of the Café Racer movement worldwide. Co-curators Michael Lichter and Paul d’Orléans [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
DSR GP250R Café Racer Darrell Schneider’s first two-wheel custom is this Honda CRF250R-based café racer.
Photographer : James Wirth
Admit it: Riding dirtbikes on the street is fun. Problem is, it looks a bit awkward, like a dune buggy on asphalt. And there’s that whole no-license-plate thing. One solution? Convert your moto-cross bike into a chic café-style road-racer, which is precisely what Darrell Schneider, a well-known classic car restorer from Concord, California, has done [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Got the café itch? Royal Enfield is ready to scratch with the 2014 Café Racer. “Nothing about the bike is the same,” said Ron Greene, VP of sales and dealer development at Royal Enfield USA about the CR’s relationship to the rest of the 500cc line. The standard 84 x 90mm Single has been bored [...]Read Full Post | Comments(15)
EICMA 2012 – Wrenchmonkees Monkeefist No, it’s not a big knot tied to the end of a heaving line, it’s an XJR1300 commissioned by Yamaha.
Why build a bike like Monkeefist from a bunch of tired old parts, when you can start with a brand-new Yamaha XJR1300? That’s the big naked bike Yamaha never imported to the U.S. According to the guys at Wrenchmonkees, in Copenhagen, Yamaha approached them to transform an XJR into something interesting for EICMA, but not [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Barry Hathaway
One of my favorite things in life is to point a cool motorcycle toward an unknown destination and take pictures when I arrive. Not snapshots. Carefully composed images that are rewarding to make, and view. I’ve been a professional photographer all my adult life, and interest in photography and motorcycles came early. When I was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone, and Racer – First Look Guzzi upgrades its classic and cafe V-Twins.
In announcing the coming of the V7 lineup to the U.S., the marketing guys for the company said they were “incredibly pleased” to have the bikes here, claiming that the latest iterations of the now-iconic 90-degree V-Twin represent craftsmanship, Italian spirit, legendary heritage and technological progress. “Every V7,” they write, “is dashing to the eye [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The first Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Festival drew around 250 collector bikes to the nine-acre field adjoining the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, on August 25. Saturday’s concours was followed by a 110-mile ride to Mt. Rainier the next day. Summer Shakedown 2012 kickstarted a bike component to the museum, which opened June [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Okay, not your typical café bike. But how much more exhaust-pipe wrap can you take? And even the most die-hard ton-up boys would have to admit that Pangea Speed’s “SpeedMaster” is one of the more compelling, if a little strange, speed-inspired custom bikes ever. Builder Andy Carter began with a 2008 Triumph Bonneville powerplant and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Michael Lichter
It must be in the genes. Zach Ness is a third-generation customizer, following in the footsteps of his father, Cory, and family patriarch Arlen. Like the rest of the Ness clan, Zach builds customs based on Victory motorcycles. When Victory asked Zach if he wanted to be the first to customize its new Judge, he [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)