Custom Bikes Of The Week: 3 February, 2019

The best cafe racers, classic and electric motorcycles of the week
Deus cracks the style code for a Sportster cafe racer. Plus a custom Ducati Paul Smart owned by the principal of a WSBK team, and a flotilla of jaw-dropping scale models from Thailand.

Ducati Paul Smart Special owned by the team principal of Althea Honda WSBK, Genesio Bevilacqua
Ducati Paul Smart Special Did you know that the principal of the Althea Honda WSBK team, Genesio Bevilacqua, has a private collection of rare and exotic race machines? We’ve just stumbled upon it, and we’re blown away.

The collection’s stacked with ultra-desirable bikes from Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Bimota and more. But right now, we’re crushing hard on Genesio’s Ducati Paul Smart Special.

Ducati Paul Smart Special owned by the team principal of Althea Honda WSBK, Genesio Bevilacqua
From what we’ve read, it’s been specced for racing—although it’s not clear who raced it, and in which series. It reportedly has a Bimota swing arm with an upgraded mono shock, and Marzocchi upside-down forks. The classic Paul Smart silhouette is still there, but the bodywork’s definitely been reworked to some extent.

Ducati Paul Smart Special owned by the team principal of Althea Honda WSBK, Genesio Bevilacqua
This Ducati’s also rocking a twin Arrow exhaust system, and an upgraded ECU. And a ton of other race-spec details that aren’t listed, but are clearly lurking. Power and weight are listed at 99 hp and 170 kg respectively; seven more horses and nine less kilos than stock. Who else wishes they could have a go? [More]

Sportster cafe racer by Deus ex Machina
Harley-Davidson Sportster by Deus Ex Machina The custom scene has had its fair share of Sportster café racers, but seldom have they looked as classy as this. Built by Frenchman Jeremy Tagand, at Deus in Australia, it’s an exercise in supremely good taste.

There’s no pipe wrap or vintage rubber here. Just a smorgasbord of stylish parts, that includes chromed wheels, Avon tires, and a stunning two-into-one exhaust from Bassani. (I’ve heard one of these systems on a Sportster before, and it’s wonderfully rowdy.) The fuel tank’s off a Yamaha SR, and the seat unit is from Tuffside.

Sportster cafe racer by Deus ex Machina
Jeremy also installed blinkers from Purpose Built Moto, an intake and brake fluid reservoir from Roland Sands, and a Motogadget speedo. And this Sporty now wears upgraded shocks, clip-ons with leather-wrapped grips, and new mid-mount foot controls.

Best of all, this one was a customer build—and both customer and builder saw eye-to-eye on the overall design direction. Which proves that good taste is alive and well, and living in Sydney. [More]

Classic desert sled: the 1967 BSA Hornet A65
BSA Hornet A65 Our friends at Silodrome are experts at curating the best vintage eye candy. This week, it was this stunning 1967 BSA Hornet A65 that caught our eye. And who could blame us?

The BSA Hornet was the quintessential California desert sled. BSA took their Lightning model, then adapted it to go head-to-head with the Triumph TR6C and the Norton P11. Differences from the Lightning included a high-performance race cam, and high-compression pistons. It also got different pipes, and new gear ratios that favored acceleration over top speed.

Classic desert sled: the 1967 BSA Hornet A65
This particular Hornet is a 1967 spec ex-racer. It’s been restored to close-to-factory spec, with a few key changes. The front fender, tacho and ignition key are gone, and the ignition’s been updated to a modern Boyer unit. If you’re a BSA expert, you’ll also notice that the tank decals aren’t quite OEM for the era.

Some lucky individual just snapped up this stunning sled for $3,220 from Bonhams. We’re secretly hoping it ends up being raced in classic events—and not relegated to display piece status. [More]

The Kalk& road legal electric bike
Cake Kalk& Cake is a Swedish electric bike manufacturer, that made waves at last year’s Paris Motor show with their Kalk OR dirt bike. Now they’re back with a street legal version: the Kalk& (pronounced ‘Kalk and’).

Visually the Kalk& looks similar to its dirt-loving sibling; both take heavy design cues from downhill and enduro mountain bikes. But there are a few changes beyond just a set of lights. For starters, the Kalk& has different gearing, and a higher top speed for highway use.

The Kalk& road legal electric bike
The Kalk OR weighs 69 kg with its battery, puts out 42 Nm of torque and has a range of 80 km. It remains to be seen how the Kalk&’s specs will differ, but we’re betting it’ll weigh a little more and go a bit further.

More importantly, it looks like it’ll be oodles of fun to hoon around on. And with a slicker aesthetic than some of the electric offerings currently out there, it’s high on our wish list. Full specs, final price and availability will be revealed when sales launch in late March 2019. [More]

TT Scale Model 1/12 Ducati model
TT Scale Model 1/12 models If you’d like something pretty to look at—but the real deal is just too expensive—here’s an alternative. TT Scale Model is a hobby shop in Thailand, specializing in custom scale model motorcycles. Yes, you read that right.

Shop owner Tew Tar-Ua explains that actual custom bikes in Thailand are extremely costly. So he scratches his itch by building 1/12 scale models of classic, custom and racing bikes. And the results are absolutely stunning.

TT Scale Model 1/12 Honda CX500 model
Tew constructs each bike using off-the-shelf scale model kits, which he then customizes. Some of the ‘custom’ parts are made by cutting and glueing existing bits, some are hand-molded, and others are borrowed from salvaged models. Then each bike is carefully finished off with an air-brushed paint job, and decals.

TT Scale Model’s bikes cost anything from $100 to $380, and can take from one to ten weeks to build, depending on their intricacy. I think I see an empty spot on my bookshelf… [More]

TT Scale Model 1/12 Honda CX500 model