Friday, April 23, 2010

Royal Enfield custom

Royal Enfields are a modern classic in plentiful supply, and no doubt we'll see more of these bikes used as a platform for all sorts of custom ideas.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BSA M20 - a true workhorse

BSA M20 (& Norton 16H toi a lesser extent) was the archetype WW2 dispatch bike. Its single cylinder 500cc side valve engine and frame originally designed for sidecars kept it simple and bulletproof. I'd love to rumble on down the coast on one........Here's a link to the M20 website:

Big D - Texas Triumph building and racing institution

'38 OK Supreme JAP
Ariel Square 4 600

From the blog: "The official blog of Big D cycle in Dallas, Texas. Here you can find information on projects we are working on, racing results and info, and whatever else we decide is internet worthy. Big D Cycle has been building the best Triumph competition bikes, emaculate British motorcycle restorations, and world speed record holding bikes since 1963"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Matchless G3LC by Ted Bunday

From the UK Vintagebike website, this neat as a pin 1957 Matchless G3Ls rebuilt in the style of a G3LC from Ted Bunday.

"I had a frame, at set of crank cases and a Green log book, all the rest came off ebay from one source or another including the wheels and tyres, rear "Jampots" refurbished as were the "Teledraulic" forks using parts obtained from AJS club. I made many bits in my garage including all stainless steel fasteners, seat etc"

Is that horn strictly 'period' though ?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The ex-Steve Mcqueen, Bud Ekins modified, Von Dutch painted 1963 Triumph Bonneville Desert Sled

Bud Ekins built this bike for Steve McQueen primarily for desert racing. Serial numbers indicate it was built up from a 1963 Triumph Bonneville. Steve and Bud’s friend, Kenny Howard, better known as Von Dutch, painted the bike. Because of the motorcycle’s intended use, it was given a plain paint job, devoid of Dutch’s trademark pin stripes. No sense having beautiful striping sandblasted by full throttle desert runs, or scraped off in a fall. The bike comes with a 1971 title to Solar Productions, McQueen’s production company that made among other movies, the racing classic, Le Mans. The title bears Steve McQueen’s signature.
Sold at Bonhams (2009 US) for $85K

1929 Douglas 500cc dirt track bike !

Australian motor racing celebrity & car dealer Reg Hunt purchased the 500cc ‘Cinders’ dirt track bike on the understanding that it had once belonged to the American showman & racer Sprouts Elders himself, distinctive by its silver frame a Signature of Sprouts’ bikes. It is highly original and in its dirt track form.
Selling at Sothebys next week in Melbourne AUD$ 15- 20K

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

AJS and the Ballarat Stunt Team 1966

Mick Smith - Member of the Ballarat Stunt Team (and bloody Legend) on his AJS from 1966, care of his brothers website

BSA scramblers and VMX

Thanks to James Metovik's Flickr site for most of these wonderful images