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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 13 January, 2019

The best cafe racers, scramblers and classic motorcycles of the week
Ever heard of the Suzuki XF650 Freewind before? Neither had we, but we love this custom scrambler from the Netherlands. We’ve also got a Buell M2 Cyclone that actually looks attractive, and a Honda CR750 racer priced at a quarter of a million dollars—and worth every cent.

Buell M2 Cyclone by Officine Urgani
Buell M2 Cyclone by Officine Urgani Even the most ardent Buell fanboy would have to admit that the M2 Cyclone is an ugly bike, even by Buell’s admittedly variable standards. The M2 wasn’t a bad bike though, and with 91 hp on tap from its 1200cc Harley V-twin, it had a fair turn of speed.

That makes the Cyclone the ideal platform for a café racer job, and Raffaele Gallo of Officine Urgani has delivered, big time. In his workshop in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, he modified around 80% of the frame, and then installed completely new aluminum bodywork.

Buell M2 Cyclone by Officine Urgani
The tank design is especially inspired, with a glass insert for monitoring the fuel level. And that deliciously curved front fairing, fashioned from four separate pieces, also hides the oil tank. All the wiring and mounting points on this Buell are now hidden, and no bolts are visible to break up the smooth surfaces.

It’s not all about the looks, though— the front suspension has been upgraded to Marzocchi, the swingarm has been modified to accommodate a wide 240/40 rear wheel, and there’s a completely new Brembo brake system. [More]

Suzuki XF650 Freewind scrambler
Suzuki Scrambler by Martin Schuurmans Schuurmans is a product designer based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, with a background in furniture design. He’s also just built a sharp-looking scrambler that doesn’t compromise practicality too much in the name of aesthetics.

It’s based on the 2001 Suzuki XF650 Freewind, an ‘all-rounder’ that probably had the BMW F650 in its sights.

Suzuki XF650 Freewind scrambler
After overhauling the engine, Martin fabricated a new subframe, seat, fenders and battery box, and modified a Honda CB350 tank to fit. He’s also added new stainless steel exhaust headers, a SuperTrapp muffler, and a custom oil cooling system. The paint job is inspired by classic Suzuki dirt bikes from the 80s—with the yellow matching the color of Dutch license plates.

Tight looks, great stance and very neat detailing—let’s hope Martin keeps building. [More]

Harley-Davidson electric concept bike
Harley-Davidson electric concept bike Milwaukee appears to be going all-out on the electric front at the moment, and not just with the LiveWire: at the huge CES tech show in Las Vegas last week, it showed a pair of electric concept bikes.

They’re hard to categorize, but the one shown here resembles a beefed-up mountain bike, while the other is closer in form to a motorized scooter.

Harley-Davidson electric concept bike
Information about the concepts is practically non-existent, but the bigger one looks especially interesting. According to our PR contact at Harley, Joe Gustafson, it’s designed to “make off-road experiences accessible” and it’s aimed at people who don’t yet have a motorcycle license. The battery is removable and can be carried back to an apartment or office space to charge using a 120V charging dock.

Joe’s at pains to point out that “the lightweight electric concept bikes are just that—concepts.” Still, it’s another sign that Harley is focusing on the future, and not just regurgitating its past. Which can only be a good thing, right?

Honda CR750 racing motorcycle
Honda CR750 Factory Racer Mecum’s upcoming auction in Las Vegas on Jan 22-26 includes some mouthwatering machinery. For us, this incredibly rare Honda is the pick of the crop.

The estimate is a jaw dropping $200,000-250,000, but that simply reflects the impeccable provenance of this racing motorcycle. It was delivered from the Honda race shop in Japan to its Swedish importer Autohansa in 1971, but due to a broken connecting rod, hardly ever raced.

Honda CR750 racing motorcycle
Every component on the well-documented bike is original, aside from the seat— which was stolen at a race meet and has since been replaced by an accurate replica.

The CR750 was not available for privateers to buy, which only increases the value of this model. If you have deep pockets and you’re fascinated by the story of the 1970 Daytona 200, won by Dick Mann on another CR750, prepare to place your bid … [Via]

Honda CB750 Four by Thracian Custom Bikes
Honda CB750 Four by Thracian Custom Bikes Our pockets aren’t deep enough to shell out for the CR750 but we love 1970s Hondas, so this classic café racer from the Bulgarian shop Thracian would suit us just fine.

We haven’t come across builders Miroslav Vulkov and Plamen Nikolov before, but we’re going to be keeping an eye on them. They spent 600 man-hours revamping this 1983 CB750 Four after importing it from Germany, and it shows.

Honda CB750 Four by Thracian Custom Bikes
The wheelbase is extended, the frame is shortened and the forks are slammed. Some 25 kilos have been trimmed from the weight, with every component stripped down and renewed, right down to every last nut and bolt.

There’s a new seat, exhaust system, wiring loom, and lighting all round—and new electronics courtesy of Motogadget. The tank, which usually looks like a poor cousin of the 1970s CB750s, has suddenly become a perfect fit. These guys obviously have the ‘eye.’ [More]

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