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Godden GR500 speedway restomod by Unikat
Speedway bikes are the very definition of purpose-built. They’re brakeless, single-gear machines with bizarre proportions, designed to do one thing—go around a dirt track at angles that defy physics. But, like all racing motorcycles, they’ve evolved over the years.

Early speedway racers would simply modify existing bikes to perform as best they could. It was only by the late 1950s that legends like Alf Hagon had start fabricating speedway-specific chassis. And today’s race bikes sure don’t look like they did back then.

Godden GR500 speedway restomod by Unikat

This particular bike is a 1970s Godden GR500, immaculately restored and ever-so-slightly modded by Grzegorz Korczak, and his team at Unikat Motorworks in Poland. Back in 1969, Don Godden bagged the world long-track championship aboard a Hagon-framed bike with a JAP engine. By the 70s, he’d formed Godden Engineering—first building his own frames, then, eventually, engines and complete bikes.

The Godden GR500 featured a 493.8 cc single cylinder mill, good for 64 horses. It was built in an era when the engines were mounted upright in the frame—unlike on today’s machines, where the engines are pitched forward. [There’s a great Godden GR500 history lesson here.]

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Slick Slider: A Godden GR500 speedway restomod from Unikat
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/godden-gr500-speedway-bike
Published Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 17:16:33 +0000

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Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler

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Suzuki DR650 scrambler by HB-Custom
If we had to use one word to describe the bikes that roll out of Holger Breuer’s workshop, it would be ‘crisp.’ Whether he’s building a bobber or a scrambler, the man behind HB-Custom has an eye for perfect proportions and liveries that pop. Even when he’s working with a tired old Suzuki dual-sport as a donor, Holger manages to make magic.

This 1994 Suzuki DR650 came to the HB-Custom workshop in Husum, Germany, all the way from Berlin. Holger’s client actually booked two bikes in at once; an old BMW boxer to turn into a bobber for solo rides, and the Suzuki, which was destined for around-town duties and the occasional two-up jaunt.

Suzuki DR650 scrambler by HB-Custom

The bike arrived as a rolling chassis with a very loose brief, so Holger envisioned a svelte scrambler for whipping through Berlin’s city streets. He’s built a number of handsome custom Honda Dominators, and figured that he could apply the same formula to the Suzuki DR650. And he was right.

But first, the Suzuki’s well-worn motor needed attention. Holger tore it down and rebuilt it, complete with new seals and gaskets and a fresh coat of paint. This engine might be almost three decades old, but it’s clean enough to eat off of.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/suzuki-dr650-scrambler
Published Date: Wed, 24 May 2023 17:01:22 +0000

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Custom à la carte: A BMW R nineT streetfighter from France

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Custom BMW R nineT streetfighter by Duke Motorcycles
Lionel Duke builds a little bit of everything. His Nice, France-based custom shop, Duke Motorcycles, has transformed Honda Goldwings, Kawasaki ER6s, and Ducati Scramblers into unique one-off creations in recent years. But the most interesting thing to come from his garage actually isn’t a bike at all—it’s a box full of parts.

More specifically, a box full of parts to convert any stock BMW R NineT into a radical-looking plug-and-play custom streetfighter. It was this very kit that caught the eye of Duke’s latest client, who saw a picture of Lionel’s prototype build online and decided he wanted one for himself.

Custom BMW R nineT streetfighter by Duke Motorcycles

The client loved the original kit’s supercar-inspired design, but wanted a few unique touches of their own to truly make it theirs. And Lionel was more than happy to oblige.

“He had been asking around Parisian workshops that offered their own R nineT kits,” he says, “but none of them were willing to modify their standard parts to suit his tastes. I told him that it wasn’t a problem for me, as I actually prefer to do different things on each project.”

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By: Kurt Spurlock
Title: Custom à la carte: A BMW R nineT streetfighter from France
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-r-ninet-streetfighter
Published Date: Mon, 22 May 2023 17:01:16 +0000

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Speed Read, May 21, 2023

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The latest motorcycle news and customs.
We’re feeling both retro and futuristic this week, so we’ve rounded up bikes that cover the full spectrum. Leading the charge is Verge’s new Mika Häkkinen edition electric bike, followed by the new Fantic Caballero 700 scrambler. We then profile a Yamaha SR400 from Australia, before coming in to land with a fetching Triton from France.

Verge Mika Häkkinen Signature Edition electric bike
Verge Mika Häkkinen Signature Edition With an impressive 51 Formula One podiums and two championships to his credit with Lotus and McLaren, the Flying Finn knows mechanical excellence. So when Mika Häkkinen partnered with electric superbike manufacturer Verge Motorcycles, you knew it was something worth paying attention to.

Häkkinen joined forces with Verge early in 2023, and instead of just a plain endorsement, Verge announced that Häkkinen is now part of the company’s advisory board and has personally designed his own limited-edition bike. Capped at 100 units, each Häkkinen Signature Edition Verge comes with a numbered plaque with Mika’s signature, unique cosmetics and will sell for around $87,000.

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By: Alfonso Paca
Title: Speed Read, May 21, 2023
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/motorcycle-news-may-21-2023
Published Date: Sun, 21 May 2023 16:34:50 +0000

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