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Lightning & Thunder: An FTR flat tracker from Sweden

The flat track bug seems to have permeated all corners of the motorcycling world—including Sweden. We love this very sharp Indian FTR 1200, which comes from Blixt & Dunder, a parts and lifestyle shop in Malmö. Friends Jonathan Falkman and Mattias Malmgren opened the shop two years ago in Sweden’s third-biggest city. Their shelves are stocked with everything from custom components to clothing, plus a healthy selection of racing essentials. Racing is in Jonathan’s blood and his FTR 1200 is ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Sweden, Motorcycles, Malmo, Yamaha, Jonathan, Dunlop, Indian motorcycles, Mattias, Jonathan He, Racing Motorcycles, Bassani, Flat Track, Blixt Dunder, Jonathan Falkman

Cool Commuter: A Kawasaki ER-6n tracker from Jakarta

To most people, the mid-sized Kawasaki ER-6n is the quintessential no-frills commuter—it scores high on usability, but its looks don’t exactly set hearts ablaze. But to the crew at Studio Motor, it’s the perfect donor for a lively street tracker. ER-6n customs are rare, but the Indonesia shop has built several of them already, and even has a couple in their custom motorcycle rental fleet. As far as they’re concerned, the Kawasaki’s 649 cc parallel twin motor and surprisingly good chassis are ...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Indonesia, Motorcycles, Ducati, Jakarta, Bandung, West Java, Kawasaki, Brembo, SunStar, Custom Motorcycles, Nissin, Kawasaki motorcycles, Shinko, Street Tracker

Krugger adds street smarts to the Triumph Scrambler

We love show bikes for their cutting edge design concepts, wild engineering and straight-line performance—but they’re not much use in the real world. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are customs that aim for maximum usability, by cleverly blending form and function. Most builders stick to just one of those camps, but Fred ‘Krugger’ Bertrand plays at both ends of the field. The Belgian maestro has won multiple AMD World Championships, but he’s just as happy to build ‘practical’ bike...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Italy, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph motorcycles, Wild Hog, Beringer, Krugger, Fred Krugger Bertrand, Street Tracker, Triumph Scrambler, Scramblers, Kellermann Keen

Honda ‘Boycotts’ Facebook and Instagram

American Honda has joined a cadre of sizable brands opting to pause advertising on Facebook and Instagram in order to “stand with with people united against hate and racism.” It’s part of a broader campaign, called #StopHateforProfit, in which activists push brands to boycott social media giants until they enact stricter regulations about what constitutes […] The post Honda ‘Boycotts’ Facebook and Instagram appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Autos, Honda, American Honda, Honda Boycotts Facebook

Analog turns the Honda Hawk GT 650 into a flier

For some people , custom motorcycles are just a hobby. But for others, they put food on the table—and that’s when it pays to have a good measure of business savvy. Tony Prust gets it; he runs a tight ship at his shop, Analog Motorcycles. Every new customer gets directed to an online inquiry form, so that Tony knows exactly what he or she wants, and what they hope to spend. And since he prides himself on quality, he’s selective on what he takes on, too. That’s also why this project almost di...
Tags: Facebook, US, Motorcycles, Honda, Todd, Tony, CNC, Magura, CRG, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Analog Motorcycles, Tony Prust, Metzeler Racetec RR, Honda cafe racer

The Station: DoorDash snags $400M, Bolt Mobility deploys self-cleaning tech, and disappearing Jump bikes

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. Let’s get straight to it this week. Remember please reach out and email me at kirsten.koro...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Facebook, Lyft, Europe, Japan, UK, California, Southeast Asia, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Ford, House, Paris

Maxxed Out: Yamaha TMAX 500 by Unikat Motorworks

Folks who ride motorcycles today often started out on scooters, especially in Europe. But Maciej Bielawski of Poland did it the other way round. “I’ve been riding motorbikes since I was a child, starting in the 80s,” he tells us. “But then I switched to scooters. Why? Because they’re easy, especially in the city where I live.” We can see his point. Some modern maxi-scooters offer motorcycle levels of performance, but with tons of extra convenience—especially for touring or city commuting. ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Motorcycles, Poland, Bmw, Scooter, Yamaha, Greg, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Motogadget, Maciej, Grzegorz, TMAX, Malossi, Unikat Motorworks

Race prep: Secrets of the Fasthouse Ducati Desert Sleds

Today’s ‘modern classic’ scramblers are more show than go. Stylistically, they hark back to the golden years of Californian desert racing—but you wouldn’t want to actually race one across the desert. There are only a couple of motorcycles that buck this trend, and the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is one of them. Even though it’s not a full-blown enduro machine, it’s surprisingly good off-road. So much so, that most reviewers refer to it as “the Scrambler Ducati should have built in the first ...
Tags: Facebook, California, America, Motorcycles, Ducati, Graham, Las Vegas, Nevada, North America, Diaz, Jordan Graham, Ducati Scrambler, Ducati North America, Flexx, Ricky Diaz, Racing Motorcycles

Little Wonder: Another knockout Honda Cub from 2LOUD

They say you should never do business with friends. Yet the custom scene is full of builders whose friends who have become clients—and vice versa. And if star builder Ma ‘Max’ Yicheng at 2LOUD Custom happened to be your friend, wouldn’t you be tempted to commission something? Max and his partner Lu Yongyu have kicked out a solid stream of commercial hits already, but their most recent two builds were done for their nearest and dearest. This bodacious Honda Cub was built for a close friend (it...
Tags: Facebook, Taiwan, Motorcycles, Honda, Audi, Max, Wolf, Ma, Lu, Yicheng, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Nardo Grey, Honda Cub, 2LOUD Custom

French Bob: A dose of vintage flair for the Triumph Bobber

The success of the Triumph Bobber has not gone unnoticed by the more savvy custom shops. It’s the fastest-selling motorcycle in the history of the British brand, but unfortunately it’s tricky to customize—because Triumph largely ‘got it right’ at the design stage. The French outfit BAAK has just finished this 2020-spec Bonneville Bobber 1200, and it looks superb. But there’s a bigger story than just the bike. Rémi Reguin, boss of the Lyon-based workshop, will open new premises in the USA next...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, France, Motorcycles, Bob, Lyon, Julien, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Bobber, Biltwell, BAAK Motocyclettes, BAAK, Julien Demaugé Bost, Bobber Motorcycles, Avon Safety Mileage MkII

The Station: Bird spikes Circ in the Middle East, Kitty Hawk folds Flyer, Cruise attempts a hiring coup

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. In the past two weeks, demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest police brutality f...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Facebook, Europe, Elon Musk, Washington, Ipo, Singapore, Softbank, Cowboy, Tel Aviv, Tech, Tesla, Paypal

Nemesis: A Sol Invictus scrambler Built to tackle Tasmania

Factory-made modern classics are everywhere these days, but they’re usually premium motorcycles at the upper end of the engine size scale. If you’re looking for a low budget, small capacity bike with retro style, your options are fewer. Unless you live in Australia. Down under, you can get a Sol Invictus Nemesis 400 Scrambler for AU$5,999—less than half the price of a Triumph Street Twin. Granted, it’s a far more basic bike: an air-cooled, carbureted single that makes an honest 27 hp and is m...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, China, Motorcycles, Tasmania, Honda, Great Ocean Road, Tom, Jake, Alcantara, PBM, Custom Motorcycles, Tom Gilroy, Shineray, Purpose Built Moto, Scramblers

Dr. Skin: An S&S bobber built for a dermatologist

Like many accomplished customizers, Martin Becker has lived an eventful life. For almost twenty years he’s been building bikes in the beautiful ancient city of Heidelberg—and petrol has been coursing through his veins since he got his first moped at the age of 13. At 16, he started an apprenticeship as a motorbike mechanic, but his love affair with two wheels was interrupted by travels through India, Burma, Nepal and Thailand. Martin rode through south India for weeks on a rented 500cc Bul...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, India, Thailand, Motorcycles, States, Rajasthan, Heidelberg, Andy, Harley, Martin, Santee, NSU, Andreas, BDL, Moto Guzzi

The Station: Amazon eyes Zoox, Aurora goes back to school and Cabana hits the road

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. The mobility world got busy this week. Really. busy. This is gonna be a long one, buckle up. Take a look at the most r...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Facebook, Europe, Elon Musk, Youtube, China, Germany, Boston, India, Africa, Tech, Tesla

Gentleman’s Express: Revival’s ‘BMW R90Esq’ restomod

The custom scene is replete with R-series BMWs, but they still split opinion. Purists say they’re classics that should be kept original; others are happy to whip out a grinder and get to work. This tasteful BMW restomod from Revival Cycles should be enough to satisfy both camps. You’d be forgiven for thinking this airhead is the iconic R90S, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually a R90/6, the roadster cousin to the sportier S, given a hefty dose of S style. As BMW’s first ‘superbike,’ the R90S...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Dell, Bmw, Ama, Austin Texas, Rick, Lester, Brembo, Monza, Goodridge, EBC, Oberon, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles

Essence of a Motorcycle: Heiwa’s Suzuki ST250 scrambler

Kengo Kimura is one of the world’s most versatile bike builders. He can create high-end customs that win ‘Best In Show’ prizes at Mooneyes. He can also build wild concepts for the likes of BMW. And then he can take a humble commuter bike and make it look like a million dollars. This elegant little scrambler is based on Suzuki’s ST250, an anonymous but competent single launched in the mid 90s and sold around the world under several different names—including TU250 and Volty. In the US, the ...
Tags: Facebook, US, Motorcycles, Bmw, Bsa, Suzuki, Heiwa, Kimura, Custom Motorcycles, Kengo Kimura, Heiwa Motorcycle, Suzuki Motorcycles, Scramblers

Digital Trends Live: NASCAR returns, Facebook Messenger Rooms, and more

On this Digital Trends Live, we discuss the top tech stories, including Facebook’s Messenger Rooms, and more
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Facebook, Cars, Trends, Nascar, Dt Live, Digital Trends Live, Facebook Messenger Rooms

Gixxer Fix: A GSX-R1100 with Ducati superbike suspension

Arno Overweel builds pretty wild custom motorcycles. He’s not afraid of bolting a turbo onto a Honda CBX1000, for example. But he usually reserves those neck-turners for his customers: his own daily runner is a bone stock and somewhat anonymous Suzuki TL1000. A few years ago, the Dutchman built an eye-catching custom for himself, but made the mistake of taking it to a show—and someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. So he figured it was time for another personal project. Arno had a s...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Pirelli, Brembo, Arno, Suzuki, Harley V Rod, Goodridge, Suzuki GSX, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Showa, Suzuki Motorcycles, Ducati Panigale

Vagabund V13: The Honda NX 650 meets 3D printing

There are some builders who have a very ‘freestyle’ approach, grinding and hammering away at metal until things look right. And then there are the builders who plan everything meticulously beforehand, getting the look and the fit millimeter-perfect—and using technology to the max. Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl of Austria’s Vagabund Moto fall into the modernist camp. Their output is precise rather than prodigious, and they’ve just finished the sleekest Honda NX650 Dominator we’ve ever seen. ...
Tags: Facebook, Austria, Motorcycles, Honda, Husqvarna, PAUL, Alcantara, KTM, Kellermann, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Vagabund Moto, Vagabund, Paul Brauchart, Philipp Rabl

Confederate Motorcycles Releases 3 New Motorcycles

Now a Lineup of Six Motorcycles Confederate Motorcycles, alive and well for those who don’t know, has recently announced three new bikes, expanding its lineup to six motorcycles in total. Ernest Lee, the owner of the company emailed me about the new bikes. I’ve previously spoken with Ernest, and he hinted in that conversation of a new model coming, but I didn’t expect three new models. “We are currently building the next run of bikes that are each available with a number of customer-selectable ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Ernest, Confederate, Motorcycle News, New Motorcycles, Confederate Motorcycles, Ernest Lee, Confederate Motorcycles Releases, Confederate Motorcycles Confederate, Jay Etheridge Jason Reddick Andrew Reuther, Dave Hargreaves

Dirty Duo: Retro scramblers from North East Custom

North East Custom have never been bound to one style. We’ve already seen the Italian outfit build cafe racers and street trackers—but they seem to have the most fun when they’re building scramblers. That’s because brothers Diego and Riccardo ‘Riki’ Coppiello are passionate dirt bikers. When I met them at the Italian Wildays festival a few years ago, they spent more time riding the enduro course than they did manning their stand. So when they build out dirt bikes, they’re designed to be functi...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Honda, Yamaha, North East, Padua, Diego, Honda Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Yamaha motorcycles, Riki, North East Custom, Tommaselli, Restomod, Custom Motorcycle Shop, Yamaha XT 600

MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Serie Oro Enters Production

A Long Wait MV Agusta recently resumed production after the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. With the company back to work, production begins on the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro. The bike was confirmed for production roughly this time last year, and it has taken this long for MV Agusta to get around to making a production motorcycle happen. Little changed from the concept bike that first started the frenzy around this bike. The Superveloce 800 Serie Oro is a beautiful machine, and after so...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, AgustA, Motorcycle News, MV Agusta, Motociclismo, Energica, MV Agusta Superveloce 800, Coronavirus

The Arkitekt: A bold and brassy BMW R75/6 from Austria

Certain bikes tend to attract formulaic builds. And when it comes to customizing, BMW airheads in particular tread a well-worn path. But a handful of workshops like to stretch boxer builds into new directions, and one of those shops is Titan. You may remember Titan for their magnificent ‘Bavarian’ BMW R50/3 bobber from three years ago, which looked as good as any official BMW concept. And now they’re back with an R75/6 with a steampunk vibe, a beautiful bronzed frame, and girder-style forks. ...
Tags: Facebook, Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, Michael, Kellermann, Monaco Yacht Show, Graz Austria, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Blechmann, Michael Siebenhofer, Titan Motorcycles, Bobber Motorcycles, BMW R75

In Too Deep: A KTM Supermoto flat tracker by Hombrese

Customizing your own bike is a one-way ticket down a very deep rabbit hole. Make just one change, and soon you’ll have a head full of ideas and a project that’s snowballing fast. That’s what happened with this KTM 950 Supermoto—where a simple wheel and suspension swap turned into a full-blown hooligan flat tracker conversion. Uwe Kostrewa at Hombrese Bikes pushed the project over the finish line, but the initial work was actually done the KTM’s owner, Patrick. The two Germans are good friends...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Germany, Cologne, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Honda, Patrick, KTM, Dunlop, Uwe, Custom Motorcycles, Lelystad, Marc Holstein, Supermoto, KTM Super Duke

Korean style: An S&S shovelhead from Winterless Craft

We’ve never run a feature on a bike from South Korea before. The local custom scene is tiny, and builders are heavily restricted on the modifications they can make—with a legal system similar to the German TÜV. Frame mods are totally out, and it’s not even possible to register a new bike with a carburetor. So we have to give top marks to Tae Hyeong Ha, owner of Winterless Craft, for creating the road-legal custom shovelhead seen here. He’s also given us an interesting insight into the realiti...
Tags: Facebook, South Korea, Japan, Motorcycles, States, Seoul, Kellermann, Tae, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Shovelhead, Mooneyes, Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, Harley bobber, Bobber Motorcycles, S&S Cycle

Boxer Magic: A BMW airhead cafe racer from Lithuania

Like many things from the early 90s, the BMW R100R suffers from an identity crisis. BMW released it as a sort of classic roadster version of the mighty R100GS—combining the tank and seat of an adventure bike with smaller wheels, revised suspension, and a ‘retro’ chrome headlight and clocks. Despite its quirks, the R100R has a few things going for it. It came out with the most up to date version of BMW’s mono-shock drive shaft swing arm—the ‘Paralever.’ It also had state of the art tubeless sp...
Tags: Facebook, San Francisco, Motorcycles, Bmw, Lithuania, Brembo, Monza, Vilnius Lithuania, Beemer, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R100, Mille, BMW cafe racer, Cafe racers

Ducati 250 Mach 1: The forgotten TT winner

If you’d asked me yesterday when Ducati got its first Isle of Man TT win, I’d have scratched my head and then suggested Mike Hailwood in 1978, on the 900SS. I’d have been wrong. The first machine from Bologna to win a trophy at the TT was a 250 Mach 1, when Alistair Mike Rogers clinched the 250 Production class in 1969. I discovered this when digging into the background of Mach 1 after Ducati specialist Harné Heuvelman sent in details of his latest amazing restoration. In the mid 1960s, th...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Motorcycles, Ducati, Netherlands, Bologna, Mach, TT, Classic Motorcycles, Mike Hailwood, Motorcycle restoration, Back To Classics, Harné, Harné Heuvelman, Alistair Mike Rogers

Taking a break from Facebook

I've deactivated my facebook, instagram and fb messenger accounts.You'll still be able to reach me via email, and this blog.Thanks in advance for not asking why. See you on the road.... [Author: [email protected] (redlegsrides)]
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Filling the gap: The Zooz electric motorcycle concept

There’s a yawning gap in the electric market between bicycles and motorcycles. But this intriguing concept from Texas manufacturer Zooz proves that you don’t need the size and heft of an electric moto to get rapid performance. The Zooz Concept 01 has no pedals, can hit 60 mph (100 kph) and weighs just 85 lbs [39 kg]. The front and back ends resemble a motorcycle, but in the middle, there is … nothing. Folks who don’t like the ‘empty triangle’ under a custom motorcycle seat aren’t going to lik...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Samsung, Motorcycles, Chris, Exif, Harley, Kelly, Shimano, Mark Atkinson, Electric Motorcycle, ZooZ, Chris Zahner, Motorized Bicycle

Purpose Built Moto turns the Sportster into a dual sport

Custom motorcycles don’t always need to be practical… unless, of course, you need a purpose built machine that can handle a two week adventure ride across Australia. In that case, you’d want something like this tough Harley-Davidson Sportster. It’s the work of Tom Gilroy, at the aptly named Purpose Built Moto on Australia’s Gold Coast. Purpose Built teamed up with production company Electric Bubble to film an upcoming moto film, Wide of the Mark. Tom needed a ride—so he built this. With a ...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Motorcycles, Tasmania, Harley Davidson, Husqvarna, Harley, Mark, Great Ocean Road, Tom, PSI, Mitas, Custom Motorcycles, Sporty, Harley-Davidson Sportster, Tom Gilroy

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