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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 10 December, 2017

The best cafe racers, scramblers and bobbers of the week
Got wood? Yamaha’s latest Yard Built custom has plenty of it, and looks amazing. We’ve also got a super-tough Honda CBX1000 streetfighter, a Mobylette cafe racer (yes, really) and a Harley-Davidson Softail Springer with a salt flat drag bike vibe. Enjoy.

Honda CBX1000 by Tony’s Toy Custom Motorcycles
Honda CBX1000 by Tony’s Toy Custom Motorcycles The man behind TTCM is the former Italian and international race champion Tony Calasso. Not surprisingly, there’s a definite performance focus to the builds that rollout of the Milan shop.

But when a 1982-spec Pro-Link CBX1000 found its way onto Tony’s bench, he laid off the engine work. That stonking-six Honda mill was never lacking for power, so Tony turned his attention to making the rest of the bike live up to its potential. This CBX now rides on the front-end from a late-model Benelli, complete with twin radial-mount Brembos. And out back, the swingarm has been swapped out for a modern unit, too. (To my eyes it looks like one from a 2012 Honda CBR1000RR, but don’t quote me on that.)

Honda CBX1000 by Tony’s Toy Custom Motorcycles
The tank and frame may be original units, but the seat and tail are all-new and snag some serious style points. If it were headed to my garage, I’d probably spec out a symmetrical approach to the exhaust, but it’s not. And I’m in no position to argue with a champion racer. [More]

Yamaha XSR700 Yard Built by George Woodman
Yamaha XSR700 Yard Built by George Woodman We’re seeing more builders using wood these days. And when it’s applied tastefully, it can soften a rugged look in just the right way. George Woodman is one of the pioneers of this trend, and his new Yard Built XSR700 has us pining for more.

Dad jokes aside, the Biarritz-based Frenchman has truly elevated his game on this latest build. Combining elements from Yamaha’s musical and motorized arms, the wooden elements on ‘Hanko’ are inspired by the Revstar range of electric guitars. The entire rear end has been carved from a solid block, and Macassar Ebony has been shaped to form the front fairing, radiator and chain covers.

Yamaha XSR700 Yard Built by George Woodman
To change things up a bit, Woodman turned to DuPont’s Corian material—most commonly found on kitchen benchtops—to form the tank cover, fender and belly-pan.

This XSR’s tweaks are more than just an aesthetic sprucing up though. Öhlins suspenders now reside both front and rear, and super sticky Pirelli tires have been spooned on. The airbox is long gone, replaced with a set of K&Ns, and the exhaust is a free-flowing Ixrace Z8 underbelly unit. [More]

Mobylette cafe racer by XTR Pepo
Mobylette by XTR Pepo If you grew up in France in the seventies this latest XTR Pepo project will undoubtedly strike a chord. It pays homage to les factuers—the French postal workers who made their deliveries riding yellow Mobylette mopeds. Called ‘PTT,’ this is Pepo’s ‘GP’ version.

To match the endurance racer looks that Rossell is famed for, the Mobylette SP90 motor has been boosted to five times its original oomph. A 70cc overbore kit was fitted, along with a balanced and lightened crankshaft. Then expert hands tuned the Amal carb to crank out ten horses at every crack of the Domino quick-throttle. Of course, with such a high-speed machine, a racer’s tuck is a must. So Pepo swapped the bars for clip-ons, and a bikini fairing was bolted up.

Mobylette cafe racer by XTR Pepo

Some of the parts are poached from other mopeds: a Motobécane Cady supplied the forks, wheels and swingarm. But the tank is an SP90 original, lightly customised. This little Mobylette is not going to give your Panigale a run for its money, but it’s probably just as much fun. [More]

Benelli BN600R by White Collar Bikes
Benelli BN600R by White Collar Bikes Indonesia’s White Collar Bikes have dazzled us in the past with their electrifying craftsmanship and attention to detail. Ram Ram Januar and his tiny crew in Bandung have now turned their attention to a 2014 Benelli 600, and the results are exemplary.

With the engine and frame left virtually untouched, Ram focused his attentions to crafting one of the smoothest monocoques we’ve ever seen. He took his time, refining the design via a clay model over the course of a month, and then hand-forming the aluminum. Another two months of manipulating the malleable metal would take place before it was finally welded and fitted on the Benelli. With no paint to hide any mistakes, the raw finish was a ballsy choice—but it’s paid off.

Benelli BN600R by White Collar Bikes
To match the Benelli’s new bodywork, Ram also stripped the paint off just about everything else. The swingarm is now cleaner than a surgeon’s scalpel, and the once red Brembo binders are now bare metal too. To finish the transformation, Ram fitted a custom set of slash-cut WCB cans that expertly mirror the rear cowl profile. [More]

Custom Harley-Davidson Softail Springer by EMD Workers
Harley-Davidson Softail Springer by EMD Workers EMD Workers is a new name for us, but it looks like we’ll be hearing more about the workshop from Hossegor, France. Co-founders Baptiste and Edouard have taken a brief break from their parts manufacturing business to build this sleek aluminum-clad Softail—part café racer and part salt flat racer.

It’s a showcase for EMD’s fabrication skills, and les gars have those skills by the bucket load. There’s a complete new frame, for starters, with a GSX-R swingarm grafted on and hooked up to the stock Softail rear suspension links. The forks are a modified set from a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R, with a new 6-piston caliper and Triumph disc.

Custom Harley-Davidson Softail Springer by EMD Workers

The 1340 engine has been upgraded to match, with an S&S carb, a Revtek hot cam, a punchy new ignition system and a snaking custom exhaust. Power hits the back wheel via a three-inch drag-style open belt primary from Ultima.

The fairing of ‘Expresso’ was crafted over hours spent at the English wheel, but the tank and seat unit are fashioned from steel. And the result is fabulous. It’s one of those bikes that looks fast even when standing still—even though it’s probably capable of reducing the Metzeler Marathon rubber to a hot, molten mess. [More]

Custom Harley-Davidson Softail Springer by EMD Workers

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