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Bike EXIF Honda CB550F Project Bike
Like most things in life, building a custom motorcycle is certainly a process. It starts with a vision, and (hopefully) ends with a functional expression of speed and style—but you’ll have to get your hands dirty to get there. Lacing wheels, trimming tabs and building an electrical system are just a few of the less glamorous tasks you’ll need to tackle yourself if you want to build a custom motorcycle at home.

While we won’t liken ourselves to the talented full-time builders we regularly feature on Bike EXIF, we know what it takes to build a fun custom motorcycle. And we figured there couldn’t be a better excuse to build bikes than to do it on company time. In the spirit of passing on some busted-knuckle knowledge, I’ll introduce our latest How-To series—a full bike build from start to finish, with all the heavy lifting covered.

Bike EXIF Honda CB550F Project Bike

With the management duped and a few key sponsors on board, we were ready to kick this thing off, but first, we needed a bike. I was foolishly left with the company’s checkbook and I had plenty of ideas, but I needed to keep this cheap if they’d ever let me get away with it again. ‘Please just buy something that runs,’ my coworkers urged me, but I just couldn’t abide.

I reasoned that buying a clunker would leave us more budget for mods, but really, I had already spied a 1975 Honda CB550F locally that was just begging for a new lease on life. And what could make a better story than that?

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Working-Class Hero: Our everyman Honda CB550 Tracker Build, Pt. 1
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cb550f-tracker-build-pt-1
Published Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2023 17:01:41 +0000

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Speed Read: A custom Kawasaki ER-6N from the future and more

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The latest motorcycle news, customs and classics
The first two bikes on our list this week prove that there’s customization potential in every motorcycle. A custom Kawasaki ER-6N from Indonesia leads the charge, followed by a custom Buell XB12X Ulysses from Italy. Moto Borgotaro teases us with a stunning 1983 Ducati 600 TT2, and Tamarit proves their mastery of Triumph motorcycles with a menacing Triumph Bobber.

Custom Kawasaki ER-6N by Katros Garage
Kawasaki ER-6N by Katros Garage A quick scroll through Katros Garage’s social media channels yields impressive results. Andi Akbar, the workshop’s founder and proprietor, and his team have been pumping out all manner of custom bikes for some years. From choppers to café racers and everything in between, the Indonesian outfit is one of Southeast Asia’s best.

For this custom Kawasaki ER-6N project, Katros Garage teamed up with Ziko, a fellow Indonesian and professional drift racer. Ziko is partial to a nice motorcycle, but this is his first custom bike, so he wanted it to be as easy to ride as possible. With the brief calling for upright ergonomics, chunky rubber, and futuristic style, the group decided on a street tracker build.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Speed Read: A custom Kawasaki ER-6N from the future and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-december-10-2023
Published Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2023 18:04:24 +0000

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Master Stroke: Purpose Built Moto’s svelte Yamaha XS650 chopper

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Yamaha XS650 chopper by Purpose Built Moto
They say that perfect is the enemy of good. But when it comes to high-end custom motorcycles, shouldn’t perfection be the goal? Having never built a custom motorcycle in this style before, that’s the standard that Purpose Built Moto set for themselves with this Yamaha XS650 chopper.

Delays with parts and other builds meant this project took the Australian workshop more than 18 months to complete. The silver lining was that this extensive time frame meant they could pore over every detail in the pursuit of perfection.

Yamaha XS650 chopper by Purpose Built Moto

“There are plenty of Yamaha XS650 chopper builds out there,” says the workshop’s founder, Tom Gilroy, “but there are very few that look well laid out and finished right. Generally, kit frames make the bike look too long and punch the steering angle out too much. We wanted a fast-handling, performance chopper.”

Purpose Built Moto started by stripping the bike down, lopping the rear half of the frame off, and setting the headstock in a jig with a rake of 27 degrees. Then the real work began.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Master Stroke: Purpose Built Moto’s svelte Yamaha XS650 chopper
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-xs650-chopper
Published Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2023 17:19:56 +0000

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EXIF Picks: Favorites from Bonhams December 2023 Sale

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Bonhams December Sale 2023

Bonhams certainly knows how to pick ’em, and there’s some exceptional iron hiding in the 2023 December Sale. It’s an online-only auction with lots closing as soon as December 11th, boasting exceptional classics, landmark sportbikes, parts and memorabilia. The apple of our eye has to be Lot 128, a sweetheart of a 1974 Ducati 750 GT, but we’ll let you be the judge.

Bonhams December Sale 2023
1990 Norton 588 cc F1 Amid tough financial times in the 1980s, Norton was clinging to utilitarian rotary-powered roadsters like the Interpol 2, the Classic and the Commander to weather the coming years. There was a surprising amount of potential hidden in the humble 588 cc twin-rotor Wankel, though, and the engine would eventually form the basis of the British F1-winning RCW588. Never one to waste an opportunity, Norton debuted a street-legal version of RCW in 1989 dubbed the F1.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: EXIF Picks: Favorites from Bonhams December 2023 Sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-december-2023-sale
Published Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2023 19:32:15 +0000

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