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Trust Me, You Will Want This Pristine 80s Honda ATC 70 Three-Wheeler

Regardless of your argument on whether a three-wheeler is a motorcycle or not, you can’t deny that the 1984 Honda ATC 70 Three-Wheeler was probably one of the greatest thing the Japanese marque has rolled out in the 80s. While the performance offered by the ATC 70’s 72 cc, four-stroke engine is definitely not something to shout about, it is by no means a toy ride. On contrary, it is a full-fledged three-wheel motorcycle that comes complete with an automatic clutch, adjustable throttle, an upper design that was a familiar sight of the 80s Honda motorcycle, and also, fat, knobby tires that makes this the ideal beginner ride that to take on the beaten trails. Continue reading Trust Me, You Will Want This Pristine 80s Honda ATC 70 Three-Wheeler

1930 Henderson-inspired Custom Honda Shadow Is Absolutely Fabulous

Some custom motorcycles are like superheroes. They are all guts and glory, but at the same time, they are as mysterious and elusive as the fictional cape/mask mankind saviours. The 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline-inspired Custom Honda Shadow 600 you see here is one of those awesome, heart-grabbing custom two wheelers. Inspired by the not-so-practical but highly revered 1930 Henderson motorcycle, this replica is apparently the masterpiece of a workshop in Vietnam. Now, that’s the thing. When it comes spectacular customs, Vietnam is probably the last place you expect to find one, but here we are, witnessing this majestic work of art and salivating over it. Continue reading 1930 Henderson-inspired Custom Honda Shadow Is Absolutely Fabulous

66′ Honda P25 Scooter Turned into a Surveillance System

what does surveillance system has in common with a scooter? to be honest, we can’t think of any relation between the two. aircraft, maybe, but a scooter or even a motorcycle is way off the relationship chart. anyhow, that doesn’t stop renowned Japanese motorcycle builder Chicara Nagata from collaborating with Japan Security System to create a rather unusual security camera system by converting a 1966 Honda P25 scooter into a 360-degree surveillance system. information is scant, but my take is, it is probably part art, part surveillance system that’s supposed to be inconspicuous to whatever it is overlooking at (though at a rather strange waist level height). inconspicuous it is probably not cos’ the scooter looks so awesome that we can’t help but to take a second and third look. in another words, it basically begs for our attention. Continue reading 66′ Honda P25 Scooter Turned into a Surveillance System

Harley Panhead by Noise Cycles

i don’t profess to know all about motorcycles, even though at one time, i used to repair reccee motorcycles in the service, but i do know a two-wheel beauty when i see one, such as this Harley Panhead as custom by California-based custom motorcycle builder, Noise Cycles. the fact that this 1952 Harley Panhead has been crowned the ‘Best of Show’ at the top custom bike event in the United States, Born Free 5, says a lot about this custom two-wheeler (and to certain extend, my taste, if i may say so myself). nested within the Panhead swingarm frame is a 88ci 1962 EL Panhead motor, paired to an S&S dual throat carb, while power transfer is by the way of a Barnetts high performance clutch. Continue reading Harley Panhead by Noise Cycles

Steve McQueen’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross

Steve McQueen's 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross
Steve McQueen’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross | US$auction | www.bonhams.com

whether you are a huge fan of Steve McQueen or simply has the penchant for kick-ass two-wheel rides, you wouldn’t want to miss out this sweet ride once own and ridden by the King of Cool himself, the 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross. star-owned track record aside, this particular example here was also a star of its own right, having graced the Sports Illustrated and On Any Sunday, a feature documentary directed by Bruce Brown, alongside with his then owner, silver screen icon Steve McQueen. Continue reading Steve McQueen’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross

Triumph Tridays Rumbler

Triumph Tridays Rumbler
Triumph Tridays Rumbler | US$tba | www.tridays.com

still can’t forget the lovely Triumph Scrambler? well, i guess we all have to move on and let go of the past, so instead of staring at the washed out photo of your Triumph Scrambler, why not own a modern rendition of it? and the bike that will fill that void in your life is the Triumph Tridays Rumbler. put together by the folks at Tridays, this one-off classic two-wheeler sports Öhlins spring elements, thick Pirelli studded rubbers, a Magura-Super-Moto braking system, Roadster handlebars, and a beautiful metallic brown paint job on its gas tank. Continue reading Triumph Tridays Rumbler

1972 Harley-Davidson “Conquistador” Surf Bike

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(image: RM Auctions) 1972 Harley-Davidson “Conquistador” Surf Bike | US$auction | www.rmauctions.com

this caught my eyes because it says it was built in year 1972 but it doesn’t look a bit like a 70s issue Harley-Davidson. so this isn’t just any Harley. it is said that this wicked bike was commissioned by and custom-built for Edd “Kookie” Byrnes of 77 Sunset Strip TV fame back in 1975 by custom bike builder, Bad Boys California and named “Conquistador” after the Spanish conquerors of the 1500s. after the completion, body molds linked to this bike were destroyed and thus making this unit a one-of-the-kind motorcycle. but that was then. the bike was subsequently restored with redesigned custom-built ridge frame with a surfboard design (hence the name ‘Surf Bike’) and equipped with a new ‘heart’ – a rebuilt Harley-Davidson V-twin engine with a slight overbore and flat-top pistons that gives it a 1,100-cc capacity. other features include a rebuilt transmission, S&S carburetors and a Big Block high-torque starter. Continue reading 1972 Harley-Davidson “Conquistador” Surf Bike

Lossa Engineering 1978 Yamaha SR 500 motorcycle

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(credit: Lossa) 1978 Yamaha SR 500 motorcycle | US$tba | www.lossaengineering.com

there is something magical about giving old things a new lease of life. this is especially true when it comes to vehicle – just any vehicle but for today, i saw something that had my heart fluttering with excitement and that something is this 1978 Yamaha SR 500 motorcycle as custom by Lossa Engineering. maybe its the white that caught my eyes or perhaps, it was the familiar silhouette that i once had a glimpse as a child. whatever it is, you can’t agree it this two wheelers is a looker. though it looks like it has came to the future from 1978 but under the hood (and outside), it is bless with lots of custom work such as relocated battery, a GSXR front end and rearsets, Brembo brakes front and rear, custom sprocket carrier, custom intake manifold and handmade steel tail section, just to list a few. above all, the white paint job with a dash (or two) of red and polished metal make it totally wicked. so how much is it? i have no idea, but as the rule of thumb in buying: always contact the person in question and enquire. in the event, they don’t sell it, i suggest you use your persuasion skill to beg for one. really. it is that beautiful. hit past the jump and check out a few more stunning images of this awesome classic. Continue reading Lossa Engineering 1978 Yamaha SR 500 motorcycle