Leading the charge this week is a custom Suzuki SV650 that has no business looking as good as it does, courtesy of Australia’s Purpose Built Moto. In hot pursuit are a carbon-clad Ducati XDiavel, a Manga-inspired Honda CB750 Hornet, and a wild BMW R1250RS drag bike.
Suzuki SV650 by Purpose Built Moto In production since 1999, the Suzuki SV650 is a do-it-all bike that mostly flies under the radar. But that cannot be said for Purpose Built Moto’s latest creation. Tom Gilroy and the Gold Coast-based team have turned the nondescript SV650 into a stunning retro racer.
Tom started by going over their customer’s list of requirements to wrap his head around the brief. “While he didn’t have a completed picture, the list of items on his brief screamed retro racer to me,” he explains. “After a conversation and a few ideas from my end, we got to work on creating a track-worthy Suzuki SV650 retro racer, but with all the modern necessities needed for the street.”
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Speed Read: A Suzuki SV650 retro racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-october-1-2023
Published Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2023 17:20:31 +0000
Special Report: 42 photos from the 2023 Mooneyes show
Each year, on the first Sunday of December, scores of custom motorcycles and hot rods pack out the Pacifico Yokohama exhibition center, for the incomparable Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. Or, if you prefer, the Mooneyes show.
Mooneyes is a cornucopia of visual delights. Like the Japanese custom scene itself, it operates on another level, with no regard for convention. Although choppers usually dominate the floor space, myriad other styles are represented too—from café racers to flat trackers, scramblers, bobbers, and other oddities that defy definition.
Our good friends and powerhouse photography duo, Marc Holstein and Christine Gabler, have become regular visitors to the show. They’ve just wrapped up their third Mooneyes experience, and have come away as wide-eyed as they did the first time. “Experiencing the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is always a special moment, and something I look forward to at the end of the year,” Marc tells us.
As usual, Marc and Christine came away with full hearts and even fuller memory cards. And if you’re wondering why many of their photos are devoid of any people, it’s because they bagged a coveted invitation to the Saturday setup session.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Special Report: 42 photos from the 2023 Mooneyes show
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/mooneyes-hrcs-2023
Published Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2023 21:02:37 +0000
Lime green dream: A zesty custom KTM 690 Duke by 46Works
There’s something special about Shiro Nakajima’s work, and it’s painted all over the elegant lines of this custom KTM 690 Duke. Nakajima-san’s creations show a clear affinity to vintage race bikes but look like they’d be more at home on twisty B-roads. They are brutally mechanical yet graceful; retro and modern at the same time.
Shiro’s signature style is a byproduct of his considerable experience. He trained as an engineer, before rising to prominence as the boss of the legendary Japanese restomod house, Ritmo Sereno. He operates as 46Works now, working on furniture, motorcycles, and cars from his beautiful wooden home at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains.
Most of the Shiro’s custom builds are big twins, but he has a soft spot for thumpers. “In the late 1990s, the first motorcycle I acquired was a Yamaha SR400,” he explains. “It was the heyday of race replicas—but here I was, riding around on that SR400, fully banked on the mountain passes.”
“It was popular in Japan at the time for some enthusiasts to race single-cylinder bikes. The majority raced tuned Yamaha SR and SRXes, and the Suzuki Goose also participated in later years. So a big single is not a mere object of nostalgia to me, but a sportbike.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Lime green dream: A zesty custom KTM 690 Duke by 46Works
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/ktm-690-duke-46works
Published Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2023 18:52:28 +0000
Two custom Vyatka scooters, fresh from the Butcher’s block
Butcher Garage is known for two things: they build wild custom scooters and they have zero regard for purists. It’s right there in their name.
“The etymology of the name of our workshop is quite simple,” explains Butcher Garage co-founder, Alex Mazan. “We love to cut the donor into pieces, for which the Vespa community dislikes us a little. They believe that everything must be kept original.”
Butcher Garage has several hard-hitting Vespa customs under its belt. But the custom scooters you’re looking at here are Vyatkas—Vespa clones that were built in Russia during the Soviet era. The unpainted one is a 1959-model Vyatka VP-150 (a copy of the Vespa 150 GS), while the blue one is a 1970s Vyatka Elektron.
These two custom scooters also mark a significant milestone for Butcher Garage, because they’re the last two builds to roll out of their Saint Petersburg workshop. Alex, his co-conspirators Arseniy Chekar and Vlad Zaki, their staff, and their families have all relocated to Belgrade, Serbia. Some of them made the trip by plane, but the rest trekked over 4,000 miles across Russia and through Georgia, Turkey, and Bulgaria to get there.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Two custom Vyatka scooters, fresh from the Butcher’s block
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-vyatka-scooters-butcher-garage
Published Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023 19:43:14 +0000
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