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2021 Kawasaki Z650 [Model Overview]

The 2021 Kawasaki Z650: Riding Naked! Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Kawasaki Z650 fills the middleweight role in the naked bike battle for Team Green. The naked segment is rapidly growing, and this Japanese-made 649cc parallel-twin offers a well-sorted combination of styling, handling, and power. The Z650 benefits from shared components used across the 2021 Kawasaki lineup. The 67 HP engine is perfectly suited to this Z format. The rider tr...
Tags: Sport, Motorcycles, Honda, Eco, Yamaha, Kawasaki, DFI, Keihin, 2021, Fuel Tank Capacity, Notfp, Parallel Twin, 600 - 1000cc, WARRANTY Warranty, Uni Trak, Smartphone Connectivity Clever


Thruxton Gullwing X: A twist on classic café racer style

Every car enthusiast of a certain age knows the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. It made roof-hinged ‘gullwing’ doors famous—despite being a design trick first seen on the Bugatti Type 64. And it’s one of the most iconic sportscars of the last century. The 300 SL has inspired the Alicante workshop Tamarit to create a limited edition series of customs, and the latest version is ‘Gullwing X.’ The link to the Mercedes design is the new bodywork on the bike, which is a monocoque arrangement with a front-mou...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Mercedes Benz, Alicante, Jose Antonio, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Kineo, Motogadget, Hagon, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Thruxton, Tamarit, Beringer, Kustom Tech, Triumph cafe racer


The 2021 KTM Lineup + Our Take On Each Model

Table of Contents Supersport Naked Bike Travel Supermoto Electric Enduro – 4 Stroke Enduro – 2 Stroke MX – 4 Stroke MX – 2 Stroke Austrian brand KTM has put together an impressive line-up for 2021. 2020 was a trying year for most manufacturers, with trade shows cancelled, grand unveilings put on hold, and release schedules thrown out of the window. Fortunately, KTM is on the ball, with an updated website and a comprehensive list of what we can expect for 2021. There are a few brand new models,...
Tags: Motorcycles, North America, Duke, EMS, Brembo, CNC, KTM, Hinson, FMF, TPI, Keihin, 2021, Model lineups, BLDC, Selle Dalla Valle, Super Duke


Svelte AF: The Auto Fabrica Type 20 custom Bonneville

Triumph’s current modern classics are wonderfully designed machines that recall the marque’s history, while offering contemporary performance. But their complex electronics and liquid-cooled, fuel injected motors make them notoriously hard to customize. Superficial changes are a walk in the park, but going deep requires a master’s degree in engineering. The thing is, Triumph’s retro range has actually been around for almost two decades—and when it first launched, the bikes were far simpler. T...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bonnie, Bonneville, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Keihin, Motogadget, Maxton, Auto Fabrica, Bujar, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Scrambler, Gazmend Muharremi, Scramblers, The Auto Fabrica Type, Muharremi


Speed Read, 13 December 2020

It’s all about Honda this week, with a Gundam-inspired limited edition Monkey from Thailand, a murdered-out Dommie from Sweden, and a crisp XR650 supermotard from Italy. The outlier is a modern BMW GS sidecar rig that could transport two in comfort from one end of a continent to another. Honda Dominator by Gorm Taube The evergreen Dommie is a brilliant bike for modification: it’s tough, has excellent parts support, and is relatively cheap and easy to find. This stealthy custom is one of th...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Usa, England, Sweden, US, Thailand, Motorcycles, Italy, Netherlands, Bmw, Honda, Washington State, Volvo, Pacific Northwest, Gothenburg


Black Swan: A hot-rodded Honda CB900 with Ducati parts

The Honda CB900F was respectable forty years ago, but today it’s outgunned by sportbikes that are lighter, quicker and better equipped. But what if you gave the venerable CB new running gear and a bored out motor? NCT Motorcycles have just done that—and modernized its looks, too. This 1980 model Honda CB900F arrived at the Austrian shop with a concept from its owner. He named it ‘Black Swan’ after the black swan theory: a metaphor for something unexpected that has a big impact. NCT took th...
Tags: David, Motorcycles, Ducati, Slovenia, Honda, Salzburg, Exif, Pirelli, Brembo, NCT, Black Swan, Honda Motorcycles, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, NCT Motorcycles


CB XXX: A top-spec Honda CBX1000 from dB Customs

The Honda CBX1000 is not only iconic—it’s massive. The six-cylinder, 24-valve behemoth was a beast in every sense of the word: an unapologetic sport bike that was blindingly quick for its time. It was also designed way before stubby tail sections were en vogue. Old CBXs look unbalanced by today’s standards—but to purists, they hark back to a time where function trumped form. If that’s your vibe, rejoice: this CBX1000 restomod from dB Customs still wears all of its original bodywork… and paint...
Tags: New York, Motorcycles, Honda, Customs, Darren, Brembo, CNC, Honda Motorcycles, Suzuki GSX, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Dyna, Restomod, Honda CBX, Darren Begg, Xtreme Motorsports


Speed Read: 4 October, 2020

In this week’s weekend roundup, we’re looking at a new CB350 from Honda, farewelling the Harley-Davidson Sportster, and casting an eye over a couple of slick new Yamaha customs. And did you know that Indian has just launched an electric bike? A new Honda CB350! A famous name is back, with classic styling and affordable pricing. But all is not quite what it seems, because this isn’t an update of the iconic parallel twin with Keihin carbs: it’s a model for the Indian market with a fuel-injec...
Tags: Europe, Milwaukee, India, Motorcycles, Ducati, Brian, Honda, Aston Martin, Rhode Island, Caribbean, Harley Davidson, Harley, Yamaha, TX, Pete, Ontario Canada


Done right: Rick Hannah’s Kawasaki W650 desert sled

My father was fond of the saying, “If you want a job done right, do it yourself.” And that’s the first thought that popped into my head when I saw this sublime Kawasaki W650 desert sled from England. It comes from London-based Rick Hannah, who builds under the amusing moniker of Dirty Dick’s Motos. Rick is the perfect example of a self-taught man. He used to live in Johannesburg, South Africa, and hang out with Marnitz Venter—whose lovely vintage Triumph bobber we featured a year ago. But...
Tags: UK, England, London, Motorcycles, Cornwall, Customs, Aston Martin, Dick, Continental, Harley, Kawasaki, Rick, Harrison, Joburg, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Custom Motorcycles


Bullenbeisser: A 150 hp Harris Magnum streetfighter

The streetfighter scene is marked by outrageous performance and unapologetic aesthetics. In the battle of function and form, fast wins pretty much every time. But sometimes we come across a streetfighter that crams silly power into a package that’s both stylish and cohesive—and that’s when we really take notice. This streetfighter blends an output of 150 hp with a seriously tasty parts spec, all with a super-sano cafe racer vibe. If you couldn’t pinpoint the donor right away, that’s because i...
Tags: Motorcycles, Magnum, HARRIS, Brembo, Wolfgang, Suzuki, Wolfi, Benelli, Rau, TIMO, Kellermann, Yoshimura, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Nissin, Suzuki Motorcycles


Super Six: A Honda CBX 1000 from France

Despite the fact that motorcycles seem to keep getting bigger, the six-cylinder engine layout has never really caught on. Only a handful of bikes have employed it, and these days it’s reserved for mammoth tourers. That gives the Honda CBX 1000 a touch of the mythical. Even though it was eventually outsold by the CB900F, the CBX 1000 was Honda’s flagship sportbike at the time. These days, it’s fast approaching cult status—which is why Dimitri at Lys Motorcycles picked one to customize. Bas...
Tags: Facebook, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Brembo, Dimitri, Monza, FCR, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Motogadget, Restomod, Honda CBX


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


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 26 April, 2020

A Yamaha Virago with Ducati superbike suspension from the US, a stripped down Ducati 1198S Corse from France, a Norton Commando from Japan, and a very sporty Sportster Roadster from Spain. Ducati 1198S Corse by Radical Ducati Originally founded by Pepo Rosell (before he went off to run XTR Pepo), Radical Ducati has resurfaced under Frenchman Yann Thomas. And by the look of this Ducati 1198S Corse, he’s doing a great job of carrying the torch. The 1198S Corse was a special edition with a un...
Tags: Japan, France, US, Toronto, Spain, Barcelona, Motorcycles, Ducati, Tokyo, NICK, Harley Davidson, Norton, Yamaha, Robinson, Tokyo Japan, Brembo


The Sabbatical: Taking a break to build a CB750 cafe racer

When Brent Becker planned a 45-day sabbatical from his high-stress CEO position, he had no clue it would end up stretching out to six months. And he had even less of an idea that he’d spend that time building a custom motorcycle: a Honda CB750 cafe racer. Brent originally bought his 1973 CB750K, already partially modified, from Flying Tiger Motorcycles in Maplewood, Missouri. His career prevented him from investing the necessary time to keep a vintage bike running smoothly, so he became a reg...
Tags: Motorcycles, Brent, Honda, Moto, Eric, Teresa, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Motogadget, Suzuki GSX R, Honda CB750, Cognito Moto, CB750 cafe racer, Honda cafe racer, Cafe racers


BADASS BEEMER: BMW K100 ‘Project K’ by Spitfire Speed Shop

Written by Martin Hodgson No matter where in the world you are, the likelihood is that you’re currently socially isolating and doing your part to help stop the spread of the lethal Coronavirus that is devastating countries around the globe. So although the UK’s Spitfire Speed Shop was hoping to debut this stunning bike at the now cancelled 2020 Bike Shed Show as one of the invited Pro Builds, we’re instead beaming it into your homes for your safe viewing pleasure. From a big and boxy BMW K100 ...
Tags: UK, Porsche, Motorcycles, Kaiser, Michelin, Bmw, Classic, SSS, Tommo, Beemer, Dav, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Keihin, Motogadget, Tokico


Daily Driver: A KTM Duke II street tracker from Dubstyle

Twenty years ago, street-legal supermotos weren’t really ‘a thing.’ But in Europe, change was in the air—and the KTM Duke II was one of the catalysts. The rough-and-ready 625 cc single was huge fun on short trips, and helped set the template for future supermotos. Over the past couple of years, custom supermotos have become more common, delivered by builders who value performance as much as aesthetics. And one of those builders is Garett Wilson of Dubstyle Designs in Colorado, USA. “These ...
Tags: Europe, Colorado, Motorcycles, Duke, Yamaha, Cam, Buchanan, KTM, Colorado USA, Garett, Custom Motorcycles, KTM Duke, Keihin, Street Tracker, Durelle Racing, Dubstyle


2020 Royal Enfield Classic 500 [Model Overview]

Post-War Design For The Modern Age: 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 500 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 500 range takes the very best of early- to mid-20th century motorcycling and updates it for the modern age. For years, Royal Enfield hasn’t drastically changed the powertrains of their core models, but slowly modified them and brought them up to date, without compromising their heritage. The 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 500 i...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Abs, Standard, Keihin, Royal Enfield, Motorcycle Models, Notfp, New For 2020, 250 - 499cc, Single-Cylinder, Naked Bike, 2020 Motorcycle Models, Royal Enfield ENGINE Engine 499cc Single, Fuel System Starter Electric, 58V Fuel Tank Capacity


Chopper Rescue: A CB900 revived by Purpose Built Moto

We don’t usually go in for choppers around here—but we do appreciate the skill and effort that goes into building a truly stellar chop job. And Tom Gilroy at Purpose Built Moto on Australia’s Gold Coast gets it too. The PBM portfolio is stacked with cafe racers and scramblers, but that didn’t stop them from tackling a chopper…and knocking it out the park. “The skills are the same,” says Tom, “and I love the style just as much—it’s just a different thought process.” Purpose Built Moto worke...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Motorcycles, Honda, Gold Coast, Moto, Sunshine Coast, Tom, Justin, CNC, CB, PBM, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Ceriani


Chopper Rescue: A Honda CB900 revived by Purpose Built

We don’t usually go in for choppers around here—but we do appreciate the skill and effort that goes into building a truly stellar chop job. And Tom Gilroy at Purpose Built Moto on Australia’s Gold Coast gets it too. The PBM portfolio is stacked with cafe racers and scramblers, but that didn’t stop them from tackling a chopper…and knocking it out the park. “The skills are the same,” says Tom, “and I love the style just as much—it’s just a different thought process.” Purpose Built worked wit...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Motorcycles, Honda, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Tom, Justin, CNC, CB, PBM, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Ceriani, Honda CB900


Built Under Pressure: HardNine’s Harley XLCR tracker

Building a custom bike is often beset with difficulties: there can be unreasonable client demands, unforeseen technical issues, cashflow problems, and in some countries, strict regulations to circumvent. We tend to dwell on these in our reports, but sometimes the build story is only half the real story. The other half is life outside the workshop, and on occasion, life ‘gets in the way.’ Swiss builder Danny Schneider of HardNine Choppers has had a lot on his plate recently. But that didn’t...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Harley, Bern, Verona Italy, Danny, Custom Motorcycles, Danny Schneider, Keihin, Roland Sands Design, Christine Gabler, Street Tracker, Flat Track, Harley-Davidson Customs, HardNine


Extreme Green: A Kawasaki ZRX1200R by deBolex

After a while , a lot of custom designs tend to blend into a homogenous soup: variations on a standard recipe, slightly tweaked by the individual chefs. A handful of top builders specialize in less mainstream flavors though. One of them is Calum Pryce-Tidd of the south London workshop deBolex Engineering, who often starts with unconventional ingredients—such as an Energica Eva or a Yamaha MT-10. The latest build from Calum and his offsider Des Francis is based on the mighty Kawasaki ZRX120...
Tags: London, Motorcycles, Alex, Ama, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Calum, Daytona, CNC, Des, WSBK, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Keihin, Rizoma, Motogadget


Super Scooter: A NOS-fuelled Piaggio NRG drag racer

The words ‘drag racing’ and ‘scooter’ shouldn’t belong in the same sentence. But if you ask us, the idea of boosting micro-sized machines to race instead of commute sounds like buckets of fun. Especially when your race bike makes five times its original power, runs nitrous, and weighs next to nothing. This plucky little sprinter started out as a Piaggio NRG—a 50 cc scooter from the mid-2000s—but it’s come a long way. Power is up from the stock 4 PS to a heady 20 PS, and the curb weight is jus...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Florida, France, Germany, PS, Cologne, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, NRG, NICK, Scooter, Kawasaki, Piaggio, Jens


GENTLEMAN RACER: Honda CB350F Board Tracker by Smith Brother’s

Written by Martin Hodgson With almost any style of motorcycle there are different stages of customisation you can go to while still accomplishing a complete build. A race replica doesn’t need a 200hp engine and the very beauty of a cafe racer is only a handful of changes can get the job done. But building a board tracker is the exception, you have to go all-in or not at all. So when Chris Kent and the team at Iowa’s Smith Brother’s Classic Cycles & Customs decided to push their chips to the mi...
Tags: Facebook, Austin, Motorcycles, Iowa, ALEC, Honda, Firestone, Smith, Chris, Joe, Coker, National Motorcycle Museum, Martin Hodgson, Keihin, Motogadget, Smith Brothers


BALKIN BOL d’OR: 1982 Honda CB900F2

Written by Martin Hodgson There can be a simple price to pay when you choose to roll with the pack and conform to what the current culture demands; everyone else is happy but yourself! For Victor Dikanchev obeying the rules was never going to be an option, he’d build his bike the way he wanted no matter the reaction. Living in Bulgaria where there is almost no bike scene anyway, his motorcycle would become an extension of himself. So help him bring it all together he enlisted KKKBikes and toge...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bulgaria, Honda, Victor, Sofia, Rick, CBR, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Keihin, Nissin, Balkin, Continental TKC, CB900F, Victor Dikanchev, Kamen Harizanov


Birthday bobber: A Kawasaki W650 from 2LOUD Custom

What does the guy that has everything buy himself for his birthday? For one enthusiast, the answer is something he’s wanted since his youth; a really cool motorcycle. And Taiwanese shop 2LOUD Custom has delivered just that, in the form of this bobber-style Kawasaki W650. “It’s an interesting story,” says shop owner Ma ‘Max’ Yicheng. “The owner devoted most of his time to his career—then thought maybe it’s time to fulfill the dream he had when he was young. Even though he’s owned supercars, he...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Honda, Max, Yamaha, Kawasaki, CNC, Lu, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Motogadget, Kawasaki motorcycles, Shinko, Kawasaki W650, Shorai Lithium, 2LOUD Custom


The limits of endurance: A BMW R80 with Ducati flair

The Japanese custom scene continues to amaze us. Even though the internet shrinks the world, there are still gems in the East waiting to be discovered—often by word of mouth. Switch Stance Riding is a small custom shop in Amakusa—a series of small, little-known islands off the coast of Kyushu, Japan’s most southwesterly island. This part of Japan is well off the beaten track but the photographer Marc Holstein recently paid a visit, and told us he was the only Westerner for miles. Marc’s de...
Tags: Japan, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, NCR, Yamaha, Pirelli, East, Alcantara, Marc, Kyushu Japan, Moto Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 May, 2019

From one extreme to the other: this week we take a look at a tiny Honda land speed record holder and the ginormous new Triumph Rocket 3 TFC. Plus a slick BMW from sunny Lisbon, a classic Norton living in France, and a Mash cafe racer from Spain. Triumph Rocket 3 TFC We hear a lot of talk about ‘factory customs.’ It’s obviously a contradiction in terms, but the new Rocket 3 isn’t quite as cynical as most. Simply because only 750 will be built, so it’s unlikely that owners will bump into ea...
Tags: Europe, Usa, California, France, Spain, Motorcycles, Portugal, Honda, Lisbon, Norton, Tim, Daytona, Brembo, TFC, Lille France, Honda Motorcycles


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 24 March, 2019

This week’s all about Yamaha, with a veritable squadron of cool customs from every genre—including a new SR500 from Shinya Kimura. There’s also a very cool Guzzi Le Mans sneaking in from Italy. Let us know which one you’d ride home, because we can’t decide. Moto Guzzi Le Mans III by Ruote Fiere Chris is far more of a Guzzista than I am, but even I can’t resist the charms of this peculiar—yet alluring—Le Mans. It’s the work of Davide Caforio over at Ruote Fiere in Italy, who’s masterfully ...
Tags: Japan, California, Motorcycles, Italy, Dell, Honda, Scrambler, Yamaha, Daytona, Brembo, Jerome, Oram, Davide, Moto Guzzi, EPM, Custom Motorcycles


BIRD OF PRAY. Hookie’s Evil ‘Crow’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson In just about every ancient culture that spans the globe exists a mythology around the crow, and it almost always leads to death and destruction. So imagine yourself sitting alone in the middle of the night, stopped at a red light in the bad part of town, when as if from nowhere this blacked out harbinger of death rolls up beside you. Lean, mean and snarling through its pipes, comes this blacked-out beast from Dresden’s Hookie Co. A ’91 Honda CB750 that’ll drag you d...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Porsche, Motorcycles, Starbucks, Bmw, Salvador Dalí, Honda, Dresden, Classic, Nico, Crow, Café Racer, CB750, Martin Hodgson, Keihin


MIRTH, WIND AND FIRE. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘C4’ Kawasaki Zephyr Neo-Cafe

Written by Martin Hodgson There is something incredibly satisfying about being right, and if you’re part of the cafe racer revival, then by default you are. Let me explain; in the 1990s some Japanese manufacturers were already selling retro remakes and industry experts thought this to be insane. One major magazine opined forcefully that on the release of the 1994 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 the company would have been better building a Harley cruiser clone. Now more than twenty years on Germany’s Mel...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, FLO, Kawasaki, Alcantara, Zephyr, Southern Germany, Akra, LSL, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Keihin, Neo Cafe, Motogadget, Shinko



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