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Speed Read, 18 April 2021 The latest motorcycle news, customs and videos
This week we’ve got a racy SuperHawk from Australia, a sleek Sportster from Jakarta, news of Go Takamine’s hookup with Indian, and a seriously weird little ATV from Russia…

Custom Honda VTR1000F by Francis Von Tuto
Honda VTR1000F by Francis Von Tuto Australian-based builder Francis Von Tuto is heading back to his Italian homeland. We loved his CBR600RR a couple of months ago, and he’s now signing off with this VTR1000F Firestorm sportbike—a model better known to riders in the US as the SuperHawk. It’s a 1998 spec bike, which arrived with 90,000 kilometers on the clock, and a few ‘issues.’

“They couldn’t work out why it wasn’t running properly,” says Francis. “While checking the valve clearances, I realized that the timing was absolutely off. The engine was firing at 90 degrees rather than 270!”

Custom Honda VTR1000F by Francis Von Tuto
Given that the VTR1000F has a bulletproof V-twin pumping out around 100 hp, plus decent wheels and suspension, it’s an excellent donor for a modern, racy custom.

But the prominent side radiators bugged him, so he shaped up foam and fiberglass to create a one-piece solution. Local specialist Paul Borowinski then built a full mold and produced the finished bodywork, with oblong holes near the radiators helping with air extraction.

Custom Honda VTR1000F by Francis Von Tuto
The dual headlights are attached to an easily removable lightbar unit that also holds tiny indicators. The original instruments bolt onto the mount for the lightbar.

For better lines, Francis has shortened the front fender and installed a custom made seat with comfortable dual density foam. Underneath, the electronics and the main wiring loom are secured to an aluminum tray and the battery is cradled in a steel cage. The sides are covered by hand-shaped 2mm aluminum plates, which contrast with the new green paint—a close match to the CB500 Four ‘Candy Jade Green.’

Custom Honda VTR1000F by Francis Von Tuto
With a fresh Barnett clutch kit installed, vapor-blasted cases and a handmade 2-into-1 exhaust system with an Arrow muffler, this VTR is ready to hit the twisties. Tempted? $10,000 and it’s yours, with pickup in Brisbane. [More]

Harley XL1200 custom by Thrive Motorcycle for sale
For sale: Thrive’s ‘Kuzuri’ Sportster One of the best ever Sportster customs we’ve featured on EXIF has just popped up for sale. It was built by Jakarata-based Thrive Motorcycle four years ago, and still looks as fresh as a cucumber.

Harley XL1200 custom by Thrive Motorcycle of Jakarta
Builders Indra Pratama and Barata Dwiputra have long been at the forefront of the Indonesian scene and are now fixtures on the global stage. ‘Kuzuri’ is one of their finest works, and is based on an Evo motor lifted from a 2000-spec Harley XL1200.

The frame was built by Brodonolo Custom Garage of Central Java, and the sleek sheet metal is 100% custom.

Harley XL1200 custom by Thrive Motorcycle of Jakarta
The design is timless and the workmanship top-notch, from the elegant paint to the vapor-blasted engine. If you’re partial to custom Harleys with a hint of Japanese chopper styling, drop Thrive a line.

An Indian Chief from Go Takamine of BratStyle
Incoming: An Indian Chief from Go Takamine Amidst the barrage of daily press releases we receive, one stood out this week: Indian Motorcycle has hired Go Takamine, the creator of BratStyle, to customize the recently unveiled 2022 Chief.

Go Takamine's custom Yamaha SCR950
As well as being one of the defining icons of Japanese custom culture, Takamine has history with OEM projects. He delivered a brilliant SCR950 for Yamaha [above], and turned up with the goods for BMW when they commissioned an R nineT [below].

R Nine T customized by Brat Style
Ola Stenegärd, Indian’s current Director of Design, is is ex-BMW and knows Takamine well. We also detect Stenegärd’s hand in making the new Chief smaller and lighter than the outgoing model, so it’s now a closer competitor to the Harley Softail. The Chief comes with a new steel (rather than aluminum) frame, which will make life easier for Takamine when he whips out the grinder.

2022 Indian Chief Bobber
Takamine is no stranger to Indians, and has worked on many examples in the past. “The new Chief is ideal for customization, with its classic steel tube frame and air-cooled motor,” he notes. “I’m excited by the possibilities.”

We’re curious to see what he comes up with too. Also on board to deliver Chief customs soon are US-based Paul Cox and Keinosuke “Keino” Sasaki, working as a duo, plus Carey Hart, an offroad truck racer and former freestyle motocrosser.

Hamyak Russian mini ATV
Hamyak ATV by Eduard Luzyanin Okay, it’s not strictly a motorcycle. But it’s equipped with a 150cc Chinese motorcycle engine and damn, we need one of these in the EXIF garage.

The Russian Hamyak ATV is small enough to fit inside the trunk of virtually any car, like the famed Honda Motocompo folding scooter of the early 80s. It can reach 40 kph (27 mph), weighs just 85 kilos (187 lbs), and technically it’s a snowmobile, given the track it runs on. But it can tackle any terrain—subject to rider bravery, or foolishness.

Hamyak Russian mini ATV
Hamyak means hamster in Russian, and Luzyanin gave the name to his fantastic design because it’s small and extremely mobile. If you can’t turn it fast enough by shifting your bodyweight, or you’re on hard ground, you simply jump off and give it a twirl to change direction.

Hamyak Russian mini ATV
Storage compartments hold a collection of survival tools such as a small hatchet, a compact saw, a torch, and a thermos flask. A 15-meter (49 feet) rope is attached to the side, and there’s a five-liter auxillary gas can at the back. The main tank holds ten liters and the motor burns through about a liter an hour.

Hamyak Russian mini ATV
With no suspension to speak of—aside from the tiny shock absorbers in the monotrack—the hamster is likely to be an entertaining ride over rough terrain. That doesn’t diminish our enthusiasm for this vehicle in any way. Za Zdarovje! [Via, in Russian]

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ABBA Superbike stand...

 A few years ago Matt was selling one of his ABBA superbike stand's, I had seen these in use in different videos online and to save a space in my garage I thought I would buy it. 

What a great bit of kit they are, much easier to use than the old paddock stand I had and can be attached when the bikes on its side stand. The bike feels steady and safe when in use.
 The stand comes with 2 main leg pieces, a threaded T bar and thumb screw, you also need to buy the adapters that fit your bike.

   First the L shaped leg is put under the bike ( the left side on the picture), then the second leg is attached to the L shape and tighten the thimb screw.
 Next attach to the hole in the frame where the swing arm pivot bolt runs through and lock in place( on the right in the picture). 
   Once its properly attached pull the handle up and the bike lifts up!
These go for about £75 in the UK.  It makes working on the bike easier and does not fowl either of the wheels.
When we use the van to take the bikes abroad we take the ABBA stand along for a ride, just incase we need it as its not heavy and doesnt take up much space.

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Chasing the Horizon Podcast: Episode 110 Featuring Rob Buydos Chasing the Horizon is a podcast put on by and for motorcycle enthusiasts all over the world. In one of its recent podcasts, host Wes Fleming covers the latest news in the motorcycle industry and also welcomes a special guest to Episode 110. 

According to Wes Fleming’s bio, he spent 25 years as a rock star before taking up motorcycles. He developed an obsession with BMWs and has been riding them since 2001. Wes did spend some time riding a KTM 990 Adventure but ultimately splits his saddle time between BMWs and his most recent purchase – a 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S – also referred to as his “mid-life crisis” bike. 

Wes starts off the podcast covering Royal Enfield’s Meteor 350 that is set to make its debut in  America this May. Then moves on to talk about some exciting safety technology making its way into motorcycle helmets. He spends a few minutes talking about some other awesome industry news given to him from the team here at WebBikeWorld before welcoming a special guest from the world of Bagger Racing.

Wes welcomes Rob Buydos, Founder of the Bagger Racing League, based out of Utah, US. Together, they discuss the evolution of the BRL and how Rob got his start in the industry. Rob takes great pride in trying to “keep motorcycling at the forefront of peoples’ imagination”. The interesting stories that come from these awesome enthusiasts are best heard directly from them. To listen to more episodes of Chasing the Horizon, head over to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America website .

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Rally Retro: A Himalayan with a Group B vibe from Thrive Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
Today’s adventure bike market is a little like the superbike market in the 80s; to quote Fall Out Boy, “It ain’t a scene, it’s an arms race.” ADV bikes are pushing north of 150 hp and 500 lbs, with eye-watering levels of tech packed in. If that doesn’t butter your toast, perhaps the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the answer.

Royal Enfield designed the Himalayan to be simple and affordable, with an air-cooled 411 cc single, and little more than ABS on the tech side. So it’s basically the antithesis of the modern-day dual sport. And it’s ripe for customization too—as Thrive Motorcycle has just proved with this rally-inspired rendition of the Himalayan.

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
The commission came from an Indonesian YouTube sensation called Den Dimas. He’d previously reported on a KTM build from Thrive, to great effect.

So Thrive saw it as an opportunity for market research, by getting feedback from Den’s young audience on what sort of products they should develop. The relationship stuck, and eventually Den was in the Jakarta workshop to talk about a custom bike of his own.

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
“After getting solid permission from his wife,” says Putra, “he sat down with us to discuss modifying one of his motorcycles—without any cutting of the main frame. He wanted his new 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan to be able to go back to original condition in the future, without huge effort.”

Thrive figured that a Dakar-inspired build would play nicely with the Himalayan’s inherent lines. The guys are adept metal-shapers—but this time they decided to 3D print molds to shape fiberglass parts that could bolt on easily.

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
“We wanted to learn how fast we could go, and how much production time we could reduce by trying this kind of approach,” says Putra. “And it might be useful for any other Himalayan owners who want to apply this kind of approach.”

“Den immediately agreed with the idea of duplication, so parts could be made multiple times for those who need an enhanced appearance with minimal effort. It’s one of his dreams to be able to contribute ideas, to develop local products that can go overseas.”

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
The new bodywork is fiendishly simple, but has a big impact. Up front is a pair of side fairings, designed to tie the Himalayan’s fuel tank and windscreen together. Out back is a one-piece unit that incorporates side panels, a seat pan and a rear fender.

There are practical considerations everywhere—like a 3D-printed seat release mechanism, and mounting points to attach a Kriega dry bag.

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
Thrive also designed and 3D-printed new headlight mounts, and added a pair of PIAA spots. There’s also a hidden cover at the rear, to keep debris out of the under-seat area, and a custom-made aluminum license plate bracket.

The crew also threw a bunch of their own T/H/R/V catalog parts at the build. The LED turn signals, handlebars, foot pegs and stainless steel exhaust muffler are all proprietary. “The only things we had to buy from the store were a pair of Pirelli Scorpion MT60 tires, the fog lights, and an Öhlins RE907 rear shock,” says Putra.

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
Thrive knocked the Royal Enfield’s paint out the park too, with a livery inspired by a very special Group B rally car. “37 years ago,” says Putra, “Porsche made a special car for the Rothmans Rally Team to compete the 1984 season—a 911SC RS driven by ProDrive chairman David Richards. It caught our eye.”

Thrive splashed Rothmans blue graphics onto the bike, flanked by gold and red pin stripes. Then they finished bits like the rims, top yoke and handlebar risers in gold, giving the bike a proper throwback rally vibe.

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle
Dubbed ‘Gemini,’ it’s a fantastic rework that plays to the Himalayan’s strengths. And since Thrive have effectively blueprinted the design, it leaves room for more interesting twists on this theme.

Thrive Motorcycle | Facebook | Instagram | Images by Ghifara Prayudha, with lighting by Hubertus Panji

Custom Royal Enfield Himalayan by Thrive Motorcycle

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Yamaha Builds 475 Horsepower Electric Motor – Could This Be the Beginning Of a Yamaha EE Future? This week, Yamaha pulled the covers on their newly developed (in-house) electric motor that produces a stunning 475 horsepower. For context, the brand new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette produces around the same power figures (490), but this mighty little electric engine is quite literally a fraction the size of the 6.2L V8 found cramming the engine bay of that new budget supercar.

Although 475 horsepower is about four times too much power for your everyday motorcycle, this could spell amazing news for the motorcycle industry since Yamaha was at the forefront of the project. Yamaha has been pretty quiet when it comes to electrifying their motorcycle lineup (or at least providing the industry with a single EV model), so this came as a serious surprise nonetheless.

Yamaha electric motor-01

Back in July of 2020, Yamaha revealed their series of EV crate motors ranging from 47 horsepower to 268. Although this confirmed that Yamaha was deep into the development of EV tech, nothing spells “We’re serious about electrification” quite like a motor pushing close to 500 horsepower.

Yamaha themselves don’t have plans to build anything with this motor as of yet, but it still reveals that at the end of the day, The Iwata-based factory is moving into EV tech at an accelerated pace. Yamaha will be taking orders for this EV motor in hopes that other vehicle manufacturers will take the technology and include it in their own vehicle (most likely car) builds.

Yamaha electric motor-01

As curious as we are about what monstrosities the car industry will be able to come up with thanks to this new mighty motor, I still cannot stop myself from focusing on the fact that Yamaha has taken their second baby-step into EV R&D. It’s safe to assume that a Yamaha electric motorcycle model could possibly be right around the corner (finally).

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Triumph Partners With McQueen Family For Steve McQueen Edition Scrambler 1200 XE After having to make some updates for recent Euro 5 regulations, Triumph took it upon themselves to provide the world with a limited-edition Steve McQueen model Scrambler 1200; dedicated to one of the most famous stunt riders in Holywood history.


Interestingly enough, this isn’t purely a ‘Triumph solo project’. The British OEM actually brought this bike to life with the help of the McQueen family with inspiration taken from the Triumph TR6 seen in the film ‘Great Escape’.

It’s no secret that Triumph has been leaning heavily on their hand-painted pinstriping as of recent. This new Scrambler 1200 XE comes with a Competition Green fuel tank decorated in their signature gold striping, brushed aluminum features (kneepads, tank strap), and a McQueen logo emblazoned on the tank. Furthermore, some parts from Triumph’s accessory catalog also make their way to this special edition such as the engine bars, rad guard, and brown seat.

This bike will be limited to 1000 total units, and each bike will come complete with a unit number etched into the handlebar clamp in addition to the COA sighed by Triumph’s very own Nick Bloor and the McQueen family’s Chad McQueen. The bike will arrive in dealers in June of 2021 at the cost of £13,600 (~$18,795 USD).

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Travis Pastrana Steps Into Ring To Join Progressive AFT Race If you’ve ever heard of Nitro Circus, X Games, or Gymkhana, then I’m sure you’re more than familiar with motocross legend Travis Pastrana. From hillclimbing to rally car, there is no adrenaline-fueled sport that Pastrana hasn’t partaken in. In a strange turn of events, Travis Pastrana has decided to go after an American Flat Track race win to add to his resume and will be present on the grid for the Atlanta Super TT.

Although his accomplishments stretch far across the motorsport world, Pastrana’s bread and butter will always be found on two wheels. The AMA Motocross champion has secured championships in 2001 and 2017 and holds 11 X Games gold medals (9 for motocross). He’s even given tribute to the amazing Evel Knievel through replicating three of his jumps (on an Indian FRT750, for that matter).

Travis Pastrana Bike

What could possibly push this highly decorated super-athlete into Progressive’s American Flat Track Racing series? Nothing is enough for Pastrana. I’m convinced he will be chasing wins and titles until the day he dies or is put into a retirement home.

Travis will be sporting a Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F at the event, adorned with his special #199 for good luck. The Atlanta Super TT isnt your typical run-of-the-mill flat track race, however. This race features a jump, right-hand turn, and even a paved straight section.

“The Atlanta Super TT at Atlanta Motor Speedway takes Progressive AFT to the next level,” stated Michael Lock, CEO of Progressive AFT. “Having Travis Pastrana, one of the all-time greats, come and test his mettle against our Progressive AFT athletes creates a mouthwatering spectacle for the fans. We can’t wait!”

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The Survivor: Team Obsolete’s 150 mph Benelli 350 Four Team Obsolete Benelli 350 ridden by Dave Roper
As well as having the best name of any vintage racing outfit, Team Obsolete has an eye-watering collection of bikes. And they’re all ready to line up on the grid, including a 1964 Honda 250/6 that revs to 18,000 rpm and a flotilla of MV Agusta works racers.

You could fill a book with stories and pictures of T.O. machines, and we love racing eye candy as much as anyone. This extremely quick Benelli 350/4 is one of our favorites: It’s the machine that Renzo Pasolini piloted to second place in the 1968 Isle of Man Junior TT.

Team Obsolete Benelli 350 ridden by Dave Roper
Team Obsolete was set up over 30 years ago by Rob Iannucci, with a mission to get exotic GP machines out of museums and onto racetracks. And he’s succeeded: restored and expertly tuned, T.O. bikes have won over 400 races worldwide.

This 350/4 can trace its lineage back to a Benelli 250 that made its racing debut in 1962 and pumped out an incredible 52 hp at 16,000 rpm. By 1966, in the spec we see here, the engine had become a 345cc with four valves per cylinder.

Team Obsolete Benelli 350 ridden by Dave Roper
This mini-marvel has two separate heads, with a train of gears from the center of the crank driving double overhead cams. Ignition is via a Mercury outboard magneto, the gearbox has seven speeds, and the chassis uses 35mm Ceriani forks.

Even the brakes are beautiful: stopping duties are handled by a 230mm four-leading-shoe front drum, with a 200mm 2LS at the back.

Team Obsolete Benelli 350 ridden by Dave Roper
“This bike was acquired by Team Obsolete in the early 80s,” Rob tells us. “It was a basket case, and came from a German racer who had gotten it from the factory.” It’s one of only two 350/4s built, and it wasn’t until 1993 that Team Obsolete restored it.

It made its debut at Daytona that year—when industry icon Dave Roper won the 350GP race on it before crashing in the 500 Premiere event.

Team Obsolete Benelli 350 ridden by Dave Roper
Despite this, Roper [above] has always been the ideal pilot for the bike: those with long memories may remember him as the first American to win at the Isle of Man, when he nabbed the Historic TT trophy on Team Obsolete’s 1959 Matchless G50.

Roper returned to the Isle of Man in 1993, on board the Benelli for the Classic Manx. But late in the day, his race crew realized that the fuel tank was too small to do the four-lap race nonstop, and they would also have to add oil during a pit stop.

Team Obsolete Benelli 350 ridden by Dave Roper
Roper knew he would have to get a big lead early on, to get a decent finishing position. Going hell for leather, he crashed at the bumpy Kerrowmoar section on the first lap, while holding a promising 30-second lead. He escaped with a dislocated right hip and a fractured left fibula, but a helicopter ride to hospital was required.

Team Obsolete rebuilt the Benelli again, and happier news followed: at Road Atlanta the next year, it won both 350GP events.

Team Obsolete Benelli 350 ridden by Dave Roper
More recently, in 2018 the Benelli completed the Classic TT Lap of Honour at the Isle of Man—25 years after Roper’s crash, and 50 years after Pasolini finished behind Giacomo Agostini on a MV. The little Benelli was timed at a heady 152.5 mph [245 kph].

The 350/4 never won a GP in its day, but that was largely due to the dominance of Agostini and MV. Thank goodness for outfits like Team Obsolete, who are keeping the magic alive. (And doesn’t that bodywork still look incredible, half a century on?)

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As always, Team Obsolete thanks its sponsors: Vanson Leathers, Avon Tyres and Red Line Synthetic Oils.

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Triumph’s New SOS App Could Save Your Life Using the internal accelerometers and sensors located in your smartphone’s internals, Triumph’s new “SOS” mobile app states that it will sense if you have been involved in a collision, and will send an ambulance to your GPS location.

If the phone is triggered by a quick jostle resulting in a false alarm, the user will have 30 seconds to open their phone to the app and cancel the alert.

Triumph has ensured that this app has been refined to reduce false alarms, and as a result, even features an auto-pause feature so you’re not dialing 911 when you drop your phone in the bathroom. According to Triumph, false alarms are rare.

The app is available as of today on both Android and iOS. Nothing this great comes free of cost, however… This app features a free three-month trial, and after your trial has expired it will run you £3.99 monthly. 

Although a monthly fee is still a pain in the behind, if the app proves itself to be a true life-saving device in practice then it will still be a very cost-effective option when compared to other emergency contact safety gear.

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Tour in Luxury With MV Agusta’s New 2021 Turismo Veloce No OEM motorcycle lineup is complete without a motorcycle geared towards long-distance touring. MV Agusta has the Turismo Veloce range of bikes to fill this void, and the 2021 edition comes particularly jam-packed with updates and features.

At first glance, the 2021 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce comes off as a beautiful motorcycle. When put next to something like the Kawasaki Versys, there’s no question that this is an Italian luxury motorcycle built for going the distance. The single-sided swingarm, triple-stacked exhaust, exposed frame and aggressive body paneling are what really set this bike apart from the touring pack when it comes to visual appearance.


Diving further into the motorcycle (further than the sheer aesthetics… Pffft, shallow) is where we really find what makes this bike special. The motorcycle is powered by a revised version of MV Agusta’s 798cc inline-three engine. This block produces an apt 109 horsepower but gains a heavy torque boost (12%) as a result of new intake trumpets.

An important asset to find in a bike when shopping for a touring motorcycle is fuel efficiency; you never know when the next gas station will come when ducking between small towns. This bike is Euro 5 compliant, and the gears have been revised to put less stress on the engine in high-rev scenarios.

Thanks to Euro 5, the exhaust also sees an update in addition to the updated clutch, gearbox, seat, forks, display, and electronics. A brand new IMU and ECU have been integrated into this bike resulting in smoother throttle response and more adaptive TC and ABS.

The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce comes in a large handful of versions: Rosso, Lusso, Lusso SCS, and RC SCS; each bringing more premium features to the motorcycle as you go up the ladder. Pricing starts at €21,600 ($25,874 USD).



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Vance & Hines Unveils New V-twin for NHRA Racing At the tail end of 2020, Harley-Davidson cut ties with Vance & Hines. Throughout 18 seasons, the duo was able to rack up 107 wins and 10 championships with the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team. After the split, HD jumped back into the racing scene with the Screamin’ Eagle King of the Baggers team. Vance & Hines appears to be moving on as well. 

Vance & Hines has just released their 160ci or 2,622cc V-twin for the NHRA season and it just so happens that it was made to fit into the Buell 1190RX race bike. The relations between Erik Buell and Harley-Davidson have been written about for quite some time, so it’s quite timely that Vance & Hines developed an engine to snug into the frame of a Buell not long after the split with Harley-Davidson.

Buell Motorcycle’s 1190RX The new engine was dubbed the “VH160VT” – a pushrod-activated 60-degree V-twin featuring a 10,000+ rpm redline. Teams can now buy the complete engine from Vance & Hines alongside additional performance components. V&H will also sell a builder’s bundle that will include aftermarket cams and ported cylinder heads.

“This is a natural extension of our company’s involvement in motorcycle drag racing,” said Mike Kennedy, president of Vance & Hines. “Terry Vance and Byron Hines became legends in the NHRA with their history of winning. As we have for the past 40 years, we continue to support teams by providing great vehicles, great engines, and great components.”

Available for purchase on June 1, 2021, the VH160VT can be purchased through the Vance & Hines Racing Development Center. The new engine likely won’t be seen in action until the 2022 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series season begins. Only time will tell if the pair will come out victorious, and we can’t wait.

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Return to form: Workhorse revives a Speed Triple 1050 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop
Before Brice Hennebert started building race-inspired machines as Workhorse Speed Shop, he ran another workshop with a friend, called Kruz Company. The two Belgian builders split amicably a while ago, but there was one notable casualty in the divorce: this Triumph Speed Triple.

Brice and his former partner Olivier first took on the Speed Triple 1050 seven years ago. They set out to build it with a monocoque carbon fiber body, but that’s as far as they got. And when they went their separate ways, Olivier got a full time job and Brice got busy on new projects as Workhorse.

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop
The Speed Triple was boxed and almost forgotten. Then, last summer, the original client called up Brice, and asked him if he had time to slot in the build. Luckily, Brice had a gap in his schedule—so he dusted off the 2009-spec Triumph and got back into it.

Despite being shaped seven years ago, the design of the Triumph’s custom bodywork hasn’t dated. And that’s a good thing, because it took a considerable effort to produce it in the first place. “It was such a challenge,” says Brice.

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop
“I shaped a half bike from pieces of insulation foam, then we decided to 3D scan the shape. At this time, 3D scans were quite prehistoric—super massive, and super tricky. So that was an epic adventure, and eventually didn’t work.”

“Finally it was my friend Christophe from Formae Design who created a CAD model from the foam block. After this first endless step, we asked another guy to build the molds and the carbon fiber piece. At this stage, the project had taken more than a year already.”

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop
The entire structure weighs about two kilos, and sits on a new chromoly subframe (Brice turfed the subframe that they originally built). Underneath it is a custom-built, 13-liter aluminum fuel cell. The bike’s been rewired around a Motogadget mo.unit control box, and all the components are tucked away under the tail and fuel cell.

The cover that rounds out the back of the tail section is a 3D-printed part, with a taillight and turn signals from Highsider embedded into it. Up top is a custom seat from one of Europe’s most prolific upholsterers: Silver Machine in Amsterdam.

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop
Brice left the Speed Triple’s wheels and Brembo brakes alone, but upgraded the suspension with fork cartridges and a rear shock from Nitron.

The yokes are CNC-machined items from Vinco Racing, built to Brice’s design, which includes space for a Motogadget speedo. The cockpit also features new clip-ons, Motogadget mini-switches, and Brembo brake and Harris Performance clutch controls.

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop
There’s a carbon fiber fender up front, an LSL chain guard out back, and a fuel cap, fluid reservoirs and rear sets from Rizoma. The exhaust is a full titanium system from Zard, but it’s the only shiny part on the bike—Brice has finished most of the other parts in Cerakote black.

Brice reckons the Speed Triple’s shed about 35 kg during the build, while taking on a way more aggressive riding position. And now that it’s finally done, he’s looking to offer it as a kit, with extra parts like a belly pan and a fairing.

Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop
“The target is to keep the basic version of the kit under €12,000,” he says, “including the donor bike. It’s a good, powerful and popular bike that you can find for around €4,000 across the world, with a hell of an engine that’s really fun to ride in all conditions.”

We’re not the only ones digging this design, because Brice is already talking to potential customers—one of which wants this style applied to the Street Triple. Watch this space.

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Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Workhorse Speed Shop

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Reimagine Your Indian Scout With Roland Sands Design New Street Tracker Kit Since selling this kit to professional racers since 2015, Roland Sands Design has finally decided to open the gates to the public and provide the world with their Street Tracker Kit for the Indian Scout.

Prior to Indian building their FTR race bike, the American OEM was stuck sliding a modified Scout around the track. These flat track Scouts typically took the kit that Roland Sands Design had to offer and slapped it onto their motorcycle. Six years (and an Indian FTR or two) later, RSD has decided to bring the flat track Scout’s looks to the street with this new bolt-on kit.

This kit is designed to be directly bolted onto your existing Scout or Scout Sixty (it must be a 2015 model or newer), and highly modifies the look, breathing a new level of aggression to the refined look of the traditional Scout.

The main difference between this kit and the one that flat track racers were using in 2015 is the inclusion of signals and a taillight. The only thing missing from this kit to complete the look is an upgraded rear suspension kit to lift the rear of the motorcycle, but beyond that it has you covered. All the body panels you need, subframe, tail section, seat and the likes are included in the kit.

This kit retails for $1300 USD, and RSD also has some other parts that can be bundled into the kit such as bar risers and updated foot controls.

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Indian Has Three New Special Edition Motorcycles To Celebrate Their Chief Custom Program Indian’s newly unveiled 2022 Chief is truly a sight to behold. After the first Chief rolled off of the production line in 1922, Indian has been hard at work over the century updating the motorcycle to give us the bike we have today. Not only has Indian brought a new accessory line to the Chief family, but have also commissioned three very special motorcycle models to showcase the unlimited potential for customization through their new program.

The new accessory line for the 2022 Chief brings a lot of options to the platform. This line is split into three separate collections, and they will all be included in Indian’s accessory configurator on their website when customizing your own bike online. All three of these accessory collections include some performance, ergonomic, and style upgrades.

The Rogue Collection features some ergonomic add-ons (such as passenger pegs and a sissy bar) in addition to hefty performance upgrades like their Thunderstroke Stage 2 Performance Kit.

Believe it or not, Indian’s new Authentic Collection is exactly as it sounds. These are parts to be used on your Chief Bobber as a callback to bring some “post-war era” swagger to your thick-tire’d beast through the use of solo rider saddles, mini-ape handlebars, and other upgrades.

The Tour Collection is the final stage of this new lineup. These parts are all geared for taking the long way home thanks to a windshield, saddlebags, heated grips, passenger backrest, highway bar, and everything you might need to make your long-distance rides a little more comfortable.

To prove to the public how customizable these new Chiefs really are, Indian Motorcycles has enlisted a group of highly renowned V-twin motorcycle builders to take the first step into the new Chief future. These customizers include Go Takamine, Paul Cox, Keino Sasaki, and Carey Hart.

Paul Cox Keino Sasaki Go Takamine Carey Hart

These builders will use their cumulated decades of skill to take the 2022 Indian Chief to the next level. Indian claims that these special motorcycles will be “totally unique interpretations of the iconic motorcycle”.

“Keino and I have stayed in touch over the years, continuing to work in our own individual styles, but when Indian Motorcycle approached us about this collaboration, the timing seemed right. We both bring unique skills to this project, and it will be interesting to collaborate again,” said Cox.  “ Initially, I found the new Chief platform to be beautifully designed and thoughtfully engineered in its stock form. It’s tough and clean but possesses a modern elegance at the same time. These are all qualities that I try to combine in my own work, for a well-balanced custom.”

Click this link for more information about Indian’s Chief customs program.

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Marc Márquez Will Be Present For Portugal MotoGP Race After Nearly a Year Absence After a long road to recovery following his (hard to watch) high-side at Jerez circuit back in July of last year, the six-time champion Marc Marques is looking to return to compete in Moto GP events with his first race being in Portugal between the 16th and 18th of April.

The Champion broke his right humerus after being violently bucked off of his Honda going into turn three at Jerez. It took up until January of this year for his medical team to clear Marques for basic physical activities to begin building strength back into his right arm.


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“I’M VERY HAPPY! Yesterday I visited the doctors and they gave me the green light to return to competition. They have been 9 difficult months, with moments of uncertainties and ups and downs, and now, finally, I will be able to enjoy my passion again! See you next week in Portimao!!” he detailed in his most recent Instagram post.

Unfortunately, since Marc will just be beginning his MotoGP season, he will be two races behind the rest of the grid in points, but I’m sure that won’t be too much of an issue for the six-time champion. I’m personally a major Marc Marquez fan, and I don’t doubt he’ll make a strong comeback in this 2021 season.

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MV Agusta Releases 1 Of 1 Motorcycle To Celebrate Grand Opening of London Store How do you make an already expensive motorcycle even more expensive? MV Agusta knows the answer to this question better than anyone; they have a knack for making super-rare editions of their standard motorcycles for the world to view in amazement. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer just opened its store in London dubbed “Sloan Avenue Store 3.0”, and in celebration of this accomplishment commissioned a 1 of 1 Dragster.

This special ‘Dragster London Special’ comes fitted with a very special livery to celebrate the occasion. The motorcycle’s completely decorated head-to-toe in the UK’s very own Union Jack colours, with many small details to account for. The red frame pops off of the shadow of the engine, being contrasted with the brilliant silver and blue tank and tied together with the Union Jack emblazoned on the side panels of the motorcycle.

The fuel tank is inscribed with the text “LONDON SPECIAL”, and a silhouette of the city can be found tucked behind one of the Union Jack inspired stripes. On the crest of the tank sits a full-fledged Union Jack. The Alcantara seat sees red stitching to match the theme of the motorcycle, and even the rims see a blue and red treatment.

The rest of the motorcycle remains mostly the same from the looks of it. Although this is a special 1 of 1 project, it’s safe to assume that most of the mechanical components remain the same.

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2021 TT2000 - Coming home Part 1 [Author: Andrew Thomson]

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Arcimoto FUVs a NASDAQ Addition Arcimoto, makers of fun, utility vehicles for commuters and fleets, announced NASDAQ’s approval today. The company can now list its shares of common stock on The NASDAQ Global Market, a positive growth sign. A Eugene, Oregon manufacturer of affordable three-wheeled electric vehicles (EVs), Arcimoto looks to change the world. Their Fun Utility Vehicles (FUVs) can […]

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Smol wonder: A Honda CT125 inspired by Mad Max Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
There’s something irresistible about tiny motorcycles. According to scientists, we’re drawn to objects that are smaller than usual because they pose less danger, they remind us of toys, and they give us a feeling of control.

That would explain the cultural appeal of mini marvels like Japanese Kei trucks, and the Honda Grom. And classics like the Piaggio Ape three-wheeler, originally adapted from the Vespa scooter. Plus the Super Cub, the Australian CT110 ‘Postie Bike’ … and this Honda CT125 from Motolord in Thailand.

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
Motolord is run by Chayakrit ‘Win’ Kaewwongwan, who designs and fabricates aftermarket parts for popular local models such as the Honda Rebel. He also occasionally customizes bikes, and this CT125 ‘MadMax’ is his latest project.

“The design concept was to customize parts while keeping the original structure,” he tells us. “We replaced components without harming the frame, so the bike can go back to its original state at any time.”

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
It’s a clever transformation that made us smile the instant we first saw it. Honda calls the color ‘Matte Fresco Brown’ and that’s what got Chayakrit thinking.

“When I saw the new CT125 for the first time in this desert color, it reminded me of the movie Mad Max,” he says. “I like the style of those vehicles, and used some of them as inspiration.”

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
The CT125 would be at home in the Australian outback: like its CT110 predecessor, it’s a simple but capable workhorse. It’s related to the iconic Super Cub and the specs are basic, with a 125cc single-cylinder engine and a four-speed semi-automatic ‘box. But you also get modern fripperies like electric start, ABS, LED lighting and digital instumentation.

Chayakrit has added dual LED headlights mounted in a robust bracket that’s effectively a bolt-on replacement part for the stock single bowl. The bracket assembly is big enough to do double duty as a small rack, and it’s flanked by daytime running lights mounted to custom bars.

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
The tough look is mostly cosmetic at the front, but there are now crash bars to provide more practical protection. The engine gets ribbed covers, and there’s a stylish custom air filter cover right under the seat, giving the CT a bit of a ‘tactical’ vibe.

The central spine of the underbone frame gets a matching cover too, which acts as a mounting point for luggage.

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
Luggage is the focus here, so there’s a huge custom rack at the back, which can also act as a mounting point for a box, and there’s a side rack on the left for a soft bag.

It may seem like overloading, but the CT125 is a pretty sturdy for such a compact machine: it weighs just under 260 pounds wet in the showroom, but has a 522-pound GVWR.

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
If the rider has stayed off the cheeseburgers, that leaves enough spare capacity for a decent camping trip. And just to be sure, Chayakrit has upgraded the rear shock to a ‘Diablo’ unit from K-Speed.

‘MadMax’ isn’t going to win any drag races, but it’s unlikely to leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere, either. Or break your leg if you fall off it. It’s small but mighty, with go-anywhere capabilities that would shame many conventional ADV bikes.

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike
If you’re inspired by Chayakrit’s approach and live in the US, grab yourself a Honda Trail 125 and get creative. It’ll cost just $3,900 to ride one off the showroom floor, so you might have a little left in the bank for a light custom job …

Motolord web shop

Custom Honda CT125 adventure bike

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MV Agusta Reveals 2021 Superveloce Range With New S Model Included Euro 5 regulations haven’t hampered MV Agusta’s 2021 Superveloce, in fact, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has taken the opportunity to bring some notable updates to the Superveloce line, including a new S version that has never been seen before.

Both the engine and chassis for the 2021 Superveolce have seen some great updates. The 798cc inline-three engine hasn’t lost any power due to Euro 5 regulations. The Superveloce will produce the same 147 horsepower thanks to the new titanium DLC valve guide, and MV Agusta’s iconic triple exhaust makes its way to this lightweight mid-displacement monster.

2021 MV Agusta Superveloce

The brand tried its hand at managing chassis flex through the use of new frame plating to enhance the rigidity of the bike when taking hard corners. At the moment, there’s no way to tell how much of an impact this has made when compared to the outgoing model, but I’m sure that reviewers will have a lot to say on this topic when the motorcycle makes its way into their hands.

Although nothing beats the experience of a raw motorcycle without any electronic assistance, when you’re pushing close to 150 horsepower out of a lightweight inline-three engine, computers are your friend. MV Agusta has included a new IMU system to monitor the ABS, launch and lift control, and even lean-sensitive traction control to keep this beast safely planted to the pavement. MV Agusta’s newly updated quick shifter also makes its way to the new model.

2021 MV Agusta Superveloce

Looking for some added luxury on your Italian stallion? The new S model is sure to please those obsessed with MV Agusta’s iconic luxury and styling. The new Superveloce S model comes complete with the same triple spoked wheels found on the Dragster RR, and a sporty Alcantara seat in addition to the special livery featured.

Pricing and release date are still to be determined.

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Red Bull KTM’s Factory Team Just Acquired 2021 Dakar Winner Kevin Benavides The 2021 Dakar Rally Champion – Kevin Benavides – just signed on with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the rest of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, and will continue into 2022 as one of their primary riders for the upcoming Dakar Rally next year.

Red Bull KTM looks to secure their dominance to a further degree after securing 18 wins in a 19 year period. The team has slowed down in the last few years since their last win, which is why it’s a perfect opportunity for Benavides and Red Bull KTM to build a superteam for the future. What’s a 1991 Chicago Bulls Championship roster without Michael Jordan?

kevin_benavides_2021_dakar_rally_winner Benavides winning the 2021 Dakar Rally – Image from

Needless to say, Benavides is excited to jump back on a KTM machine after a long history with them. He expressed his excitement in a recent press statement:

I feel so excited to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, it’s a big, big change for me. As Dakar champion the move is an important new chapter in my racing career. I have always been a fan of KTM bikes, of Red Bull, and of how the team is organized – I truly believe that it’s the best choice for me to further my racing and to be able to challenge for more Dakar wins and the World Championship title. I have always enjoyed taking on new challenges in my life and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the team, the bike, and pushing myself even harder.”

“Looking ahead to next year, the ultimate goal would be to win back-to-back Dakars.” he continued.

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The New KTM 1290 Super Duke RR Sells Out in 48 Minutes In just 48 minutes after going public, the new (and limited) KTM 1290 Super Duke RR completely sold out online. 

The 2021 Super Duke RR is quite an astonishing motorcycle to behold, so it’s no wonder every single bike sold off the shelves in such a short amount of time. Everything about this motorcycle is stunning. If you happen to live in a country that prefers kilograms to pounds, you’ll be surprised to find that this new bike has a 1:1 power to weight ratio. That’s correct; 180kg, and 180 lb-ft of torque. That’s uncomfortably impressive. Even if you do count your pennies in pounds; to have so much power in a motorcycle that weighs in under 400 lbs (397 lbs to be exact) is awesome.

Although the motorcycles that sold out arent your run-of-the-mill standard KTM’s, it’s still an impressive feat all the same. KTM’s online store is “used solely for its ultra-exclusive special edition models”, and this new KTM 1290 Super Duke RR was limited to just 500 unite for the first go-around.

During the checkout process, buyers had the option to add on a full titanium Akrapovic EVO exhaust system, and according to KTM, it was a hot seller.

If you were eyeing the new 2021 Super Duke RR and managed to miss this limited online purchasing opportunity, KTM has started an online waiting list so you can make sure you secure your new Super Duke RR on the next go-around.

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Patent Files Reveal Harley-Davidson Is Working On Automated Braking System With so many many motorcycle OEM’s bringing to market such as front and rear radaring, it was only a matter of time before Harley-Davidson threw their chips into the pile as well. Patent filings reveal that the sword and shield are hard at work developing an automated braking system that works much like the adaptive cruise control (thanks to front and rear radaring) I mentioned earlier.

Although this system will use similar technology to the adaptive cruise control found on newer motorcycles, H-D is aiming for this system to be used solely for crash avoidance in an emergency situation.

Harley-Davidson patent filings 2021

The sensors in the front and rear will be present, but from the looks of it; the adaptive cruise control will not. A big addition to this system is a camera located on the dash that actually monitors the rider themselves in addition to the surroundings that have been processed by the front and rear sensors.

That’s a lot of tech, but why stop there? The filings also reveal a rider-facing camera built within a helmet that utilizes/records motion-tracking data of the rider’s eyes.

As great as life-saving technology such as this is, it’s also important to keep human control in the forefront, so when danger is imminent and the motorcycle senses something incoming, a series of alerts will notify the rider. If the rider does not act upon this alert, the bike will then decide to take matters into its own hands and begin the braking process on its own.


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Speed Read, 11 April 2021 The latest motorcycle news, customs and videos
MV Agusta updates the Superveloce, while Ironwood Custom Motorcycles partners with a US-based shop. Plus we’ve got a handsome Yamaha SR400 from Vietnam, and two videos to end your weekend with: a Honda Hawk build, and an interview with Pierre Terblanche.

Yamaha SR400 by DOTi Motorcycle
Yamaha SR400 by DOTi Motorcycle We’ve seen almost every iteration of the venerable Yamaha SR possible, but this SR400 stands out. It’s from Nguyen Dinh Trung at DOTi Motorcycle in Vietnam, and it manages to look amazing without conforming to any particular style. Plus it’s loaded with performance upgrades too.

Yamaha SR400 by DOTi Motorcycle
Nguyen grew up in a small town in Vietnam and built his first custom bike, a Honda CL50, at the age of 15. Going into university with $100 to his name, he started making and selling cheap motorcycle accessories—then used that money to buy, modify and sell progressively bigger motorcycles.

Nguyen opened DOTi Motorcycles six months ago, and runs the workshop as a solo operation. He built this 2000-model SR400 as a sort of rolling portfolio, picking the Yamaha for its simplicity.

Yamaha SR400 by DOTi Motorcycle
Much of the donor bike has gone, save for the engine, frame and forks. The bodywork is a mix of flat track and UJM styling, with a fiberglass tank matched to a chrome-trimmed saddle and ducktail rear fender. The tank, and the battery box under the seat, both came from WM Prod Team Co. Ltd in Japan.

The SR now rolls on Öhlins rear shocks, and the wheels have been relaced, with Takasago rims from a Suzuki ST400.

Yamaha SR400 by DOTi Motorcycle
There’s also a WP Suspension steering damper, new handlebars, grips and switches, a Daytona fork brace, and a full complement of titanium fasteners. The exhaust system is new too, and bluing nicely so far.

Finished off with a classy blue throwback paint scheme, it’s clear that Nguyen has a sharp eye—and the know-how to execute his vision. We’ll be keeping an eye on him. [ ]

New MV Agusta Superveloce and Superveloce S If you’re a fan of both MV Agusta’s modern and historical designs, the Superveloce is quite alluring. Based on the triple-cylinder F3 800 sportbike, it features hints of classic 1970s race bike styling, carbon fiber bodywork and top spec components.

Now MV Agusta have updated the Superveloce—and released a new ‘S’ version along with it. Both bikes share a host of engine and chassis upgrades, but the S adds a couple of distinct styling tweaks.

MV Agusta have now made the Superveloce’s motor Euro5 compliant, without culling its 147 hp output. The updated motor uses a DLC treatment (diamond-like coating) on the new tappets, new titanium valve guides, and a completely redesigned exhaust system. The injectors and oil radiator are new too, and the ECU’s been reprogrammed.

The Superveloce also has an updated clutch, and a new electronics package that now includes an inertial measurement unit. MV Agusta have fettled the frame too, with reworked frame plates to increase stiffness.

The Superveloce S [above] adds a unique white livery, with Alcantara trim and a pair of drool-worthy spoked wheels. There’s a racing kit for it too, which includes a race seat and rear hump, an Arrow exhaust and an ECU with special mapping. [MV Agusta Superveloce | Superveloce S]

Custom BMW R100 by Ironwood and WYLD
BMW R100 by IRON & WYLD Arjan van den Boom is one of those savvy custom builders that’s actually managed to turn his passion into a profitable business; Ironwood Custom Motorcycles. The shop has a distinct style and there’s a demand for their work, even outside of their home base in the Netherlands. So Arjan’s now partnered with Nathan Shew, founder of the Arizon-based custom shop WYLD Garage Co., to offer Ironwood’s signature builds across the pond.

Dubbed ‘Born in Amsterdam, Built in Scottsdale,’ the IRON & WYLD collaboration means that US customers can order an Ironwood-style custom build, without having to factor in the cost and logistics of importing a motorcycle.

Custom BMW R100 by Ironwood and WYLD
Their latest project should look familiar to Bike EXIF readers—it’s a fresh take on the ‘Mutant‘ boxer design that Ironwood first released four years ago. This one started as a 1988 BMW R100RT that came to WYLD’s shop in stock form, but in pretty bad shape. So the first step was to tear the whole thing down to just an engine block, rebuild the motor, and completely redo the wiring.

Just like the original Mutant, this bike’s sporting an aggressive, almost unnatural stance. WYLD lowered the front suspension and inserted Racetech springs, and added a Racetech G-Series shock out back.

Custom BMW R100 by Ironwood and WYLD
The bodywork consists of a Zundapp moped fuel tank, imported from Germany, and a stubby solo seat. WYLD picked a silver from Porsche’s catalog for the paint on the fuel tank and headlight. A local shop, Unique Upholstery, handled the red leatherwork, which extends to the seat, tank strap and battery box.

The cockpit features Tommaselli clip-ons, a Domino throttle and a Grimeca brake master cylinder, with Motogadget grips and bar-end turn signals, and a Motogadget dash sunken into a Cognito Moto top yoke.

Custom BMW R100 by Ironwood and WYLD
Another signature Mutant touch is the snaking exhaust system. It was pieced together from sections of stainless steel, and exits in an Akrapovič muffler under the seat, with a titanium heat shield to protect the rider’s leg.

The fact that this is unmistakably an Ironwood build is a testament to how well the IRON & WYLD partnership works. [WYLD Garage Co. | Ironwood Custom Motorcycles | Images by Justin Wade Orton]

Honda Hawk RC31 by Aaron Colton Stunt rider Aaron Colton knows how to defy physics on a motorcycle, but he’s more than just a rider—he loves building and restoring bikes too. His latest project is a Honda Hawk 650, picked up as an unfinished project with a number of hidden issues.

Aaron does all the work in his home garage, taking the Hawk from ragged donor to sharp canyon carver in just three weeks. The process is neatly documented in this 25-minute video [above], culminating with an epic test ride in the Malibu canyons. [Via]

Ducati Supermono
Pierre Terblanche speaks about the Ducati Supermono The Supermono is as fascinating as it is rare. Designed as a single-cylinder machine, and named for the Supermono class it was designed to compete in, only 65 were ever made. If you can find one, it’ll cost you.

The Ducati Supermono owes its looks to the renowned South African designer, Pierre Terblanche, and was one of his earliest projects. In this video, he sits down with the Barber Museum’s Brian Case to talk about the Supermono’s development. Highlights include insight into how the motor used a ‘ghost’ second cylinder to help balance it, and what it was like designing bikes before CAD was a thing.

At 45 minutes long, the video [below] is more of a relaxed conversation than a sizzle reel. But if you’re even remotely interested in the Supermono or Pierre’s career, it’s worth a watch. [Via]

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Goodbye Bob Peek, R.I.P.  Wednesday this week, I learned of the passing of a fellow sidecar rider and friend: Bob Peek, of Wasilla, Alaska.

He leaves behind his lovely wife Sharon, who rode with him in the sidecar of a BMW GS rig called The Raven.

I first met Bob and Sharon during my ride to Alaska back in 2013, they'd generously offered me a place to stay while I rode south from RichardM's place in Fairbanks, headed eventually to Homer, AK.  It was the 5th of May and the first time we saw each other was in the dusk of a rainy evening.  It had taken two attempts to get to Wasilla, but it would prove a worthy endeavour.

Bob and Sharon saw me, a stranger who they'd communicated with online, knowing me only from my blog activity, sitting on my rig in the pouring rain and still took me in and made me welcome in their home.  LINK

Bob and Sharon, consumate hosts that they were, would take me on a car ride the next day to see the local sights near Wasilla: LINK

Bob and Sharon at Hatcher Pass

Bob's Rig

Here's a link of the ride Bob and I did to check out Hatcher Pass: LINK, check out the videos to see Bob's rig in motion.
Bob and our rigs at Hatcher Pass
Then there was another ride to Steven's Point, following Bob and his rig in this continuing exploration of the Wasilla area:  LINK.  I was spending some time at their home you see, as I waited once again on parts and repairs to be done on Valencia, my 2011 Ural Patrol.
Near Steven's Point with Bob and the loaner rig from Mickey the Ural dealer in Anchorage
Here's a picture of Bob and Sharon, as I said goodbye to them on my way to Valdez, AK....

The last ride I did with Bob was going to the Sidecar Meet in Talkeetna, Alaska....RichardM would join us there with his rig:  LINK
Talkeetna Sidecar Meet
Though we stayed in touch of course, Bob and I wouldn't meet up again until a bit over five years later, as Martha and I traveled by train (mostly) from Seward to Fairbanks.  We met up with Bob and Sharon at some hotel we were staying at and caught each other up on our lives.  LINK

I was sad to hear of Bob's passing and Martha and I send our deepest condolences to his lovely wife Sharon.  Another fellow rider has ridden off into the sunset....
Note: Bob tried his hand at blogging:  AlaskaPeeks, though he didn't get into it as I did (and saved him a whole bunch of time I am sure), I invite you to peruse it to get to know the man in the pictures.
The etymology of Goodbye: God be with Ye....
Goodbye Bob....

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Check Out Benelli’s New 302R Entry-Level Sportbike Chinese manufacturer Benelli has been hard at work since being reborn in the early 2000’s after a long absence from the motorcycle world. Although the design work is mainly done in Italy, the bikes have been exclusively manufactured in China. Qianjiang Group (the owner of Benelli), began the brand’s invasion into American markets last year, and now they have a replacement for the older 302R that will hopefully make its way to American shores shortly.

The updated 302R brings the model into 2021 with the technological advancement you would expect from a high-end low-displacement motorcycle. Benelli has opted to keep up with the time’s thanks to the new LED lighting, and digital TFT display.

Beyond the tech upgrades and slight updating to the motorcycle design itself, Benelli has included new inverted 41mm preload-adjustable forks in addition to an adjustable mono-shock located in the rear. A four-piston caliper brake upgrade is warmly welcomed to assist this 302cc twin in coming to a stop.

Speaking of 302cc engines, the drivetrain for this bike cranks out around 34 horsepower despite recent Euro 5 regulations, but to combat this change Benelli has also shaved a massive amount of weight off of the chassis making this bike 50 pounds lighter than the outgoing version. You read that correctly; fifty pounds have been removed from this bike bringing the total weight to around 400 pounds.

The Benelli 302R will be in showrooms with a sticker price of CNY 29,800 ($4,550 USD).


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Triple Threat: Kiyo’s three-engined land speed racer Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
Land speed racing has a way of inspiring outrageous engineering. The most common motivation is a relentless pursuit of outright speed. Other times, it’s driven by a desire to build something that’s truly out of this world. Shoving three bored-out Honda CB750 motors into one land speed racer is probably a little bit of both.

This, in all of its 12-cylinder, 2,508cc glory, is The Galaxy. It’s the creation of California-based custom motorcycle builder and mad genius, Mitsuhiro “Kiyo” Kiyonaga, and his childhood dream brought to life..

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
Kiyonaga-san opened Kiyo’s Garage in Los Angeles in 2013. Around the same time, he built ‘Cherry Blossom,’ a stretched land speed racer with a turbocharged Honda CB750 motor in a scratch-built frame. A few years later ‘Gekko’ followed—another 1970s top fuel-style bike, except this one had two CB motors.

The Galaxy continues Kiyo’s obsession with this theme. “The concept common to all three is a land speed racer with the beauty of a show bike, which can actually run,” he explains.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
“There is a culture called ‘Kacho Fugetsu’ in Japan, which translates literally as flower, bird, wind, moon. But its meaning is the traditional beauty of nature in Japanese aesthetics, and the rhyme of nature. Some write poetry, some sing songs, and some express it in pictures. I want to express Kacho Fugetsu in our machines.”

Kiyo had dreamt of building The Galaxy for a long time, but the project only materialized when he visited the Haas Moto Museum to discuss their acquisition of Cherry Blossom and Gekko. While there, Kiyo also presented owner Bobby Haas and director Stacey Mayfield with sketches of his three-engined concept. Bobby was hesitant at first, but eventually reached across the table, shook Kiyo’s hand and commissioned the project.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
Even though Kiyo already had a twin-engined bike under his belt, the step up to three was daunting. “I was skeptical about whether it was possible or not,” he confesses. “However, when I started making it, that anxiety disappeared, and I was able to complete a mechanism that was surprisingly efficient, simple, and fully functional.”

The Galaxy’s four-cylinder power plants are all 1978 Honda CB750 units with F2 large port heads. Each motor has been bored out to 836 cc, and fully rebuilt with lightened and balanced crankshafts, heavy-duty connecting rods, performance cams and oversized stainless steel valves. Extra care was taken to make sure each motor’s internals conformed to the exact same spec.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
The motors are each fed by four Keihin FCR 35 mm carbs, with significant work to the intake manifolds to help them run optimally. All three carb sets are linked via a rod-and-heim joint setup, to make it easier to synchronize the throttle slider. But rejetting is still a chore, given that there are 12 carbs to fettle. The entire setup breathes out through twelve custom-made exhausts.

One big challenge was splitting the number one and two engines’ transmissions—a process Kiyo nonchalantly refers to as “simply cutting off unnecessary transmission parts.” The rebuild included fabricating new covers, relocating the oil pumps to sit externally, and working out a custom-built system to circulate oil through all three motors sufficiently.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
Even harder was constructing a primary system that would connect all three mills. What’s more, Kiyo was adamant that the system be easy to maintain under race conditions, so he limited himself to using easily obtainable parts.

The resulting setup looks dead simple from the outside, since Kiyo removed the starter motor and built a ‘flat’ primary cover. But inside, there’s a complex system of pulleys, mounts and adjusters that will melt your brain, with the role of every part—and how it relates to the next part—considered in painstaking detail.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
A three-piece chassis holds the trio of motors together: a tubular upper frame, and two large engine mounting plates that double up as a rigid ‘swingarm.’ Together with the extensive drillium on the rear plates, it’s part of the design language that defines Kiyo’s trilogy of land speeders.

The front half of The Galaxy’s bodywork is integrated with the frame, and hides the fuel tank and pump, battery, and everything else it needs to run. The tailpiece is a hand-hammered aluminum piece, which also carries the 2.5 gallons of oil that the three Honda engines require. The tiny port sticking out at the back is actually an outlet for the engine breather hose.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
Aluminum spun wheels bookend the machine, with holes cut into the front to reduce the effect of crosswinds at speed. The influence of 70s top fuel dragsters is unmistakable in the silhouette, and in the stretched-out ergonomics. The ‘rider triangle’ was carefully judged, offering massive control and knee grip when pinning it across salt flats.

Everything on The Galaxy was handmade, without the aid of CAD software or CNC machines—just the way Kiyo likes it.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
“I am more attracted to the warmth unique to handmade products,” he says, “such as roughness, unevenness, and left-right asymmetry, which is finished by hitting, bending, and shaving, rather than an accurate and unrivaled mechanical finish. That is the big joy of creating one with my own hands.”

When it came to the paint job though, Kiyo took his hands off, giving total creative freedom to the same artist that painted the previous two bikes: Gen Katsuragawa at Love Ear Art. The overall effect is surprisingly whimsical, belying just how potent this machine actually is.

Three-engined Honda CB750 land speed racer by Kiyo's Garage
The Galaxy has now taken up residence in the Haas Moto Museum alongside its siblings, but Kiyo doesn’t consider it complete. Before he ticks that box, he has one more challenge to face: racing it at Bonneville.

Kiyo’s Garage | Facebook | Images by Shaik Ridzwan | Article adapted from issue 43 of Iron & Air magazine, available now.

Iron & Air Magazine issue 43, featuring Kiyo's Garage
Kiyo would like to thank Kat, Youichi Sakamoto, Bobby Haas and Stacey Mayfield, Shaik Ridzwan, Max Hazan, Gerek at Kelly’s Block Welding, Rick O’Conner at Power Flow Porting, Walter at Custom Metal Spinning, Iwano at Blue Thunder, Megacycle Cams, Cycle X, APE Racing, JD at Flying Monkey Fabrication, Hitoshi Paint, Sonny Boy Studios, Johnny at Graybill Metal Polishing, Ed at Geometric Machining, Mooneyes USA and Mooneyes Japan.

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Why Today Should be the Day You Get a Dashcam Many vehicles on the roads in 2021 are equipped with dashcams either from the factory or aftermarket. A dashcam is a camera that is mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard to capture video and audio of any event – big or small – on your travels. Should an accident occur, a dashcam can mean the difference between a terrible “he said, she said” situation and provide the facts surrounding the event.

As you know, motorcycles do not have dashboards per se, but in recent years, technology has evolved to give motorcyclists the ability to install dash cams on their bikes. This proves especially useful whether you are running a quick errand on the bike or going on a cross-country journey.

Dashcams have a much more useful purpose than providing the masses with funny “Fail” videos on YouTube. Today we will cover some of the differences of dashcams on the market and how they can benefit you.

What are Motorcycle Dashcams & How do they Compare to Car Dashcams?

VIOFO dashcam component layout

Similar to an in-car dashcam, a motorcycle dashcam aims to provide video and audio footage while riding your motorcycle. This footage can be used for a variety of purposes in case you need a “silent witness” on your travels.

Right now dashcams come in two different forms. They come in single-channel or dual-channel, the “channel” refers to the number of cameras that come with the dashcam system. A dual-channel dashcam includes a forward-facing camera in addition to a rear-facing camera. They are the best option as they provide footage in the case of a rear-end accident, whereas a single-channel front-facing camera won’t capture that footage.

Motorcycle dashcams have evolved over the years to be waterproof fit for all motorcycles in addition to providing 1080P footage saved to an on-board memory card. Settings on motorcycle dash cameras can be adjusted to auto loop recorded footage so you never have to worry about downloading and emptying footage off of your memory card.

Motorcycle dashcams also have an “auto-on” function that turns the unit on when the ignition is engaged. This saves you from having to fiddle with the unit before and after each ride.

These units are made to be durable and provide motorcyclists with their very own “black-box” – similar to those found on airplanes to provide accident information after the fact.

What about Action Cams or Streamlined Riding Cams?

Action cameras have become very popular among motorcycle enthusiasts as these cams are becoming more advanced and in some cases voice-activated. While they are great for catching your journey on and off-road, they won’t be as convenient when compared to a motorcycle dashcam unit.

Popular action cams like the Sena Prism Tube or even GoPro’s new Hero 9 can provide you with incredible stabilization and 5K footage of your motorcycle trip. They also give you the ability to mount them just about anywhere – depending on the local helmet laws. But mounting location and 5K footage quality won’t stack up to the convenience offered by a dashcam unit.

Sena Prism mounted on helmet

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Unlike an action cam, a motorcycle dashcam unit is hardwired to your bike and gets its power from the motorcycle. Though you can also run a power cord to your action cam, there will still be convenience lost in comparison. Some dashcams even come with GPS tracking and Wifi connectivity like the VIOFO MT1 Camera System.

“But my GoPro can turn on using voice activation!” Yes, but motorcycle accidents happen when you least expect and dashcams have been developed with convenience and ease-of-use in mind. Rigging up an action cam to work as a dashcam is often more work and in most cases, more money than it’s worth.

What are the Legal Implications of Taking Video While Riding?

When riding a motorcycle, the unfortunate risk of being involved in an accident is high. Having a dashcam installed on your bike can provide you with crucial evidence should you be involved in an accident. Not only do can they provide you with great footage of your road trips but they can provide you with crucial information that can make or break your case in traffic court.

Riding with a dashcam is completely safe and legal – of course if you’re following all government laws surrounding where you are recording – but I doubt you’ll be riding down halls of Area 51.

How Can a Dashcam Help in the Case of an Accident, Injury, Speeding Ticket?

As motorcyclists, we’ve all had non-riders tell us how dangerous riding is and how “it’s not you guys, it’s the other drivers on the road” – dashcams help prove exactly that.

Riding with a dashcam not only benefits you when out on the bike, but it could help someone else should you witness an accident or hit and run.

When we spoke to accident lawyers at Hasbrook & Hasbrook law firm, they confirmed that most of the cases that are won in traffic court or injury cases stem from riders or drivers that have a dashcam on their vehicle. The evidence dashcam footage provides can recount exactly what happened in mild speeding situations, extreme accident events, and everything in-between.

Yamaha R6 head on crash

Photo Credit: xSupaD on Youtube

What Motorcycle Dashcams Do We Recommend for 2021?

Check out our top three picks of dual-channel motorcycle dashcams that we have reviewed:

Stay tuned for more future product reviews and our top gear recommendations.

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Kaspeed gives the Ducati Supersport 750 a second wind Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed
Some would say the 750 SS was not Ducati’s finest hour. The podgy, plasticky styling has always been divisive, and the engine is rated at a somewhat underwhelming 65 hp.

But this Duc is light—a mere 403 pounds (183 kg) dry—and the handling is good on smooth asphalt. The trellis frame is a work of art, the Brembo brakes are well up to the job, and the Supersport is easy to ride compared to most Ducatis of its era. Best of all, you can now pick up a mint 750 for less than $5,000 in the US if luck is on your side.

Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed
This fuel-injected 750 i.e. from the German shop Kaspeed trades the heavy plastic vibe for something much fresher and lighter. It’s still obviously a ‘classic,’ but we get to see the iconic 90-degree Desmo V-twin and tubular frame completely unencumbered.

Kaspeed always seem to get the right ‘look’ for their bikes, and it’s probably down to the great mix of talent in this family shop.

Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed
Karsten Dressel casts a fatherly eye over his sons Jimmy and Mick, whose skills complement each other: one has a degree in mechanical engineering, and the other is an automotive modeling specialist.

Despite the current lockdown in Germany, Jimmy says they’re still finding ways to build bikes. The CAD apps and metalworking machines are humming, along with more prosaic servicing jobs. “Everyone wants his or her bike ready for the European spring!” Jimmy says.

Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed
This 2000-spec Supersport was given a complete strip-down and refurbishment, as befits a machine more than two decades old. It’s Kaspeed’s second 750 SS with a cafe racer vibe, and the Dressel guys have used their previous experience to refine the formula.

They’ve made subtle tweaks to the Moto Guzzi Le Mans-style front fairing, with flushed-in LED lighting. “This time, it’s a more minimal unit, but it still holds all the OEM electronics,” says Jimmy.

Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed
The fairing is mounted to the triples, so it moves with the steering, and protects a pair of Daytona Velona 60 gauges. The bars have been upgraded too, with Motogadget bar-end indicators and mirrors, and the levers are from Probrake.

The frame has been detabbed, looped at the back with a simple tube, and repainted. The tank has been slightly remodeled, with the stock padding removed for a cleaner look, and part of the wiring loom is now hidden behind the black aluminum covers just below the tank. The ignition coils are exposed though: “We like the mechanical look of that, rather than hiding it,” says Jimmy.

Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed
For their second crack at the 750, Kaspeed have added front and rear fenders printed out of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic. A compact belly pan has been designed to fit around the exhaust pipework, which is now terminated with a pair of Arrow Pro-Race mufflers. “I think it adds to the feeling of a ‘retro superbike’,” says Jimmy.

The seat and rear cowl are completely custom, crafted from a mix of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. “We used the mold for the rear cowl that we still had from the previous bike,” says Jimmy. “A huge time saver.” The seat pad was handmade by a local upholsterer, using leather and Alcantara.

Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed
The paint job was a tougher nut to crack. “It took a real effort with all the lines, shapes and logos. But we think doing more than just one flat color was worth it, for a dynamic retro look.”

The paint took around 30 hours to complete, and uses a Volkswagen silver/white with a touch of gray, plus a dark metallic red for contrast (“and that classic Ducati feeling”). The wheels are equally neatly refinished too, with black paint and contrasting polished rims.

Ducati 750 Supersport cafe racer by Kaspeed

Kaspeed’s newest creation is fully road-legal and TÜV approved, and looks perfect for weekend blasts around the twisty backroads of Saxony. We bet it was hella fun to punt around the historic Sachsenring MotoGP circuit too, where these shots were taken.

Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles | Facebook | Instagram | Images by Jimmy Dressel

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