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A garage for special motorcycles and cafe racers.
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  • 06/25/17--01:49: Lost in translation

  • The Octane's CBF600: designed in Japan, made in Italy, custom built in Spain...


















    Photos by Mario Rodrigo Martin 


    Octane Motorcycles -Valencia, Spain

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  • 06/25/17--04:00: The ancestor

  • CB350 Twin by Untitled Motorcyles





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  • 06/26/17--14:51: 912

  • 1968 Porsche 912 by Benton Performance "Mein 12









    http://www.bentonperformance.com/
    Inazumized photos via
    http://www.stanceworks.com/

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    The 1993-2004 CB500 twin is a bike that has got a lot a qualities but, I'm afraid, among these, the look is missing... Francesco "Paura" Curci thought it was time to find a remedy...

    This 1996 Honda CB 500 was born from the idea of its owner: Francesco "Paura" Curci, a well known Italian rapper, passionate of cooking, who also works as graphic designer in the music industry. Francesco has signed the album covers for artists such as Mario Biondi, Giusy Ferreri, Rocco Hunt, Neffa and many more. But, as far as we are concerned here, Francesco is passionate of the two wheels. For a long time he has been working out the kind of motorcycle to customize and meet his needs. Fascinated by the scramblers from the 70s, however, he sought something more functional, reliable and agile than the classics. And the 90's motorcycle market, effectively, offers a lot for less. The CB500 caught him at the first lap. Simple, easy, fun and intuitive. From the project, Francesco went to the building, engaging a professional: his friend Angelo Caliendo of Low Special Parts Workshop. Although Angelo is a specialist in large-displacement American bikes, he enthusiastically accepted the engagement and built most of the modifications from scratch, with minimal use of aftermarket components. The front section of the seat is derived from the OEM, while the back has been made using metal sheet and fiberglass, and houses the taillight. The upholstery was custom made by a specialist. The flyscreen was shaped from a dibond slab (composite polyethylene aluminum), then folded, painted and bolted on the headlight. For the radiator cover, was used aluminium mesh. The side panels are still stock, but, thanks to the color scheme, they suddenly get a different style. Wheels, engine, forks and several details have been painted matt black. Only the tank is now glossy finished rifle grey. The upgrade of the original bike is really remarkable and IMHO the choice of the color scheme played a central role... Francesco and Angelo have turned the ugly duckling into... A rude, handsome Panzer tank!


    La CB500 degli anni dal 1993 al 2004 è una moto dai molteplici pregi... Tra i quali, tuttavia, è arduo annoverare la bellezza. Questa del 1996, nasce dall’idea del suo proprietario: Francesco “Paura” Curci, rapper apprezzato, appassionato di cucina e designer affermato nell’industria musicale. Francesco ha firmato copertine di artisti come Mario Biondi, Giusy Ferreri, Rocco Hunt, Neffa e molti altri. Ma, per quel che qui interessa, Francesco è un amante delle due ruote. Da tempo ragionava sul tipo di moto da personalizzare che potesse soddisfare le sue esigenze. Affascinato dalle scrambler anni 70, cercava però qualcosa di più funzionale, affidabile e agile delle classiche. E il mercato delle moto anni 90, in effetti, offre molto e spesso a poco. La CB500, lo ha conquistato al primo giro. Semplice, facile, divertente e intuitiva. Dal progetto, Francesco è passato alla realizzazione, rivolgendosi a un professionista: il suo amico Angelo Caliendo della Low Special Parts. Anche se Angelo è specializzato in americane di grossa cilindrata, ha accettato con entusiasmo l’incarico e ha realizzato sui disegni di Francesco gran parte delle modifiche in modo artigianale, con minimo ricorso a componenti aftermarket. La parte anteriore della sella è derivata dalla parte originale, mentre quella posteriore è stata realizzata in lamiera e plexiglass, e ospita il fanalino posteriore. La tappezzeria è stata realizzata da un artigiano. La mascherina porta numero anteriore è stata sagomata da una lastra di dibond per poi essere piegata, verniciata ed agganciata al faro. Per il copriradiatore invece è stata usata una rete di alluminio a maglia stretta e della lamiera. I fianchetti sono ancora quelli di serie, ma improvvisamente acquistano un certo stile. Cerchi, motore, forcella ed altri pezzi sono stati verniciati nero opaco. Solo il serbatoio è ora grigio canna di fucile con finitura lucida. L’upgrade rispetto alla moto originale è davvero notevole e un ruolo centrale lo giocano gli accostamenti cromatici… Va dato atto a Francesco e Angelo di aver trasformato il brutto anatroccolo in… Un bel Panzer ignorante!









    http://www.francescocurci.com/


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  • 06/29/17--02:42: The Whiskey Priest

  • Mark Sosa's 1979 CB400T
















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  • 06/29/17--07:40: Sanela and the G650X

  • Sanela Bozic and the G650X "Octavia" by Hyde Designs... How to make an ugly bike interesting...













    Cape Town - South Africa

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  • 06/30/17--11:22: Black Soul

  • MotoGuzzi Griso 1200 8V "Animanera" (Black Soul)

    "Many years ago I built a motorcycle called ANIMA,- Filippo Barbacane says -  it was one of the first extreme specials based on Moto Guzzi, with 1100 2v engine and a Ghezzi & Brian frame. I liked the idea of making a new ANIMA, a bike that had the colors exactly opposite my first one. Griso is a motorcycle that has been in production for several years now. I have built many specials on this basis. It is difficult to create something original on a motorcycle that is already very special, very special. The very difficult thing is to make a special bike that is already unique. For some time I had in mind a somewhat extreme project, a bad and aggressive bike, but at the same time elegant. This is a time when vintage specials make it a master, but the Griso is a black-soul motorcycle, with modern shapes...."

    "Molti anni fa ho costruito una moto che si chiamava Anima - racconta Filippo Barbacane - è stata un delle prime special estreme su base Moto Guzzi, con motore 1100 2v e un telaio Ghezzi&Brian. Mi piaceva l'idea di fare una nuova "Anima", una moto che avesse i colori esattamente opposti al mia prima. La Griso è una motocicletta oramai in produzione da diversi anni. Io ho costruito molte special su questa base. E' difficile creare qualcosa di originale su una motocicletta che è già molto particolare, molto speciale. La cosa molto difficile è rendere unica una moto che è già unica..."








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  • 07/01/17--02:08: EsSEnce of elegance

  • There must be a reason why Beemer cafe racers are so successful... In this case, there is a word: elegance

    R80 custom build by Sport Evolution: Displacement 1070cc; Double ignition; SE programmable ignition system; Reworked cyclinder heads; Dell'Orto carbs; Open intake pods; RS cardan drive; SE Performance monoshock absorber and fully adjustable fork damping system; clip on's; Motogadget integrate speedo...




















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  • 07/01/17--17:48: The racing bike

  • Mirko Tovazzi's special bicycle






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  • 07/02/17--17:30: Inazuma Scram... again

  • It wouldn't be the Inazuma Cafe without an Inazuma Scram... GSX750 by Yann Ciblé





    Inazumized colors


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  • 07/05/17--18:14: Buzz

  • Yamaha SR250"Buzz", the unfriendly mate by Trinta e Um Motorcycles










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  • 07/07/17--16:58: MT01 Lab made

  • MT stands for Mega Torque, 01 stands for the first of its series... 1,670 cc, 90 hp @4750 rpm, 150 nm @3750 rpm...
    by Lab Motorcycle













    Lab Motorcycle - Setubal, Portugal

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  • 07/08/17--15:14: F for Fast

  • CB1100 Bol d'Or by Tux Customs







    Tux Customs - Norway

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  • 07/09/17--00:10: XTR Tracker Mk2

  • Pepo Rosell's last miracle: 2004 Honda CBF250

    Specs: DNA air filter. Super Mario exhaust w/ Spark GP silencer. NG front brake rotor. Frentubo brake lines. Vicma conical handlebar w/ Goneli grips. LIPO battery. Modified frame with a new sub frame. Ergal CNC machined Puig footrests w/ modified Suzuki Bandit footrests supports. MASH 125 fuel tank w/Monza gas cap. Custom fiberglass solo seat and upholstery. Modified Ducati Monster front mudguard. XTR aluminum side panels. Pintumoto metal flake painting. MASH 125 front light. Aluminum licence plate support.







    Photos by Cesar Godoy



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  • 07/09/17--15:54: XR 600 LAB

  • Honda XR600 by Lab: simple, sweet, loud!








    Lab Motorcycle - Setubal, Portugal

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  • 07/11/17--16:06: Luis...

  • MotoGuzzi V35 "Luis" by Giuseppe de Stefano, a.k.a. Moto Design Customs


    Luis is the evolution of a series of ideas conceived by Giuseppe De Stefano upon Luigi's request, owner of a MotoGuzzi V35 with over 30 years behind. The bike got to Moto Design in critical conditions, mostly worn out and with the engine needing a complete overhaul. Effectively, it was exactly what Luigi was looking for, something ready for the junkyard but still able to be revitalized. Luigi gave Giuseppe full freedom to operate with the only condition of making something unique and breathtaking. The bike should have mixed several styles but the result had to be essential and no frills. The Agnano's customizer has spent long days designing different concepts, and finally, the taste and essence of the project really surprised the owner. It is the first of a new kind of Moto Design Customs that Giuseppe called UEB: Urban Essential Bike, based on courage and recklessness. The aggressive cut of the rear frame, with the innovative Sachs rear monoshock suspension that replaces the two side springs, increases the handling and gives a racing look to the bike. The aged look was obtained by carefully burning most of the details. Command optimization, minimized by using only four single switchs with the wiring hidden inside the handlebar. Fork, rims, manifolds, engine and swingarm, though not recognizable, are still OEM, while exhausts, seat, footpegs and indicators are custom built inventions by Giuseppe de Stefano. Not bad for a V35 ... 

    La Luis è l'evoluzione di una serie di idee concepite da Giuseppe De Stefano per conto di Luigi, proprietario di una Moto Guzzi V35 con più di 30 anni di vita. Una moto arrivata nelle officine di Moto Design Customs in condizioni critiche, in gran parte distrutta e con un motore da ripristinare. In realtà era proprio così che Luigi la cercava, pronta per lo sfascio ma ancora capace di essere riportata in vita. Luigi ha dato a Giuseppe piena libertà di azione con la sola condizione di realizzare una moto esclusiva che una volta finita lo avrebbe lasciato con il fiato sospeso. Avrebbe dovuto mescolare diversi stili, ma con un risultato sobrio e senza fronzoli. Il customizzatore di Agnano ha trascorso lunghe giornate a elaborare bozzetti, e, alla fine, il gusto e l'essenzialità del progetto hanno davvero sorpreso il proprietario. E’ la prima di un nuovo genere di special coniato da Moto Design Customs e denominato UEB: urban essential bike, a base di coraggio e sregolatezza. Il taglio aggressivo del telaio posteriore, con l’innovativa la soluzione della sospensione posteriore Sachs che sostituisce le due molle laterali, aumenta la guidabilità e dona un aspetto racing. Finiture invecchiate grazie alla brunitura dei particolari. Ottimizzazione dei comandi, ridotti al minimo utilizzando quattro soli commutatori e cablaggi nascosti all'interno del manubrio. Forcella, cerchi, collettori, motore e forcellone, sebbene poco riconoscibili, sono ancora quelli orginali, mentre scarichi, sella, portatarga, pedane e le frecce posteriori sono invenzioni artigianali di Giuseppe de Stefano. Non male per una V35…











    https://www.facebook.com/MotoDesignCustomsNapoli/

    Moto Design Customs - Agnano (Napoli), Italy

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  • 07/12/17--23:47: HF

  • 1972 Lancia Fulvia HF 1600











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  • 07/13/17--14:42: Yamasaki Scram

  • 1992 Yamaha XT600 Scrambler by North Wheels M.C.








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  • 07/14/17--03:30: XJ600 according to Pedro

  • The XJ600 by Lab Motorcycle, built by Pedro Bacalhau with a XJR1200 front end & Honda CB fuel tank.












    Lab Motorcycle - Setubal, Portugal

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  • 07/19/17--23:33: Competizione Maggiorata

  • 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV 

    The only Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV ever made will be shown for the very first time in the UK at Salon Privé during the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance on Thursday 31st August 2017. Famously picking up silverware with Juan Manuel Fangio driving the 1953 Mille Miglia, the Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Colli Coupe was a car built for endurance racing. Just eight Works examples were made in 1953, two of which were handed to specialist coachbuilders Boano (for Argentine President Juan Peron) and Pininfarina and both converted for road use. Regarded as the most famous of the pair, the vehicle on display is the 6C 3000 CM (chassis 00128) that went to Pininfarina. During its time at the Italian-based coachbuilder it was given four different design adaptations, culminating in its current guise, known as the Superflow IV. The first iteration, known as the Superflow, was launched at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. Plexiglass was a fundamental part of the car’s original design and overall appearance: the front wheels were covered in the material, doubling up as headlight covers, and the hinged ‘gullwing’ sections on the roof were also made from Plexiglass. Evolving to Superflow II and repainted from its original colour of white with a black stripe to striking red with a white stripe, Pininfarina’s styling evolved to include a sharper nose made from steel and all Plexiglass apart from the headlight covers, which were removed. In 1959 at the Geneva Motor Show, the third design was shown and dubbed the Spyder Super Sport or Superflow III. It featured an open roof, but without the original nose and the headlight covers, which were removed. Fast forward to 1960, the car’s fourth and final design was displayed at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show. The Coupe Super Sport Speciale or Superflow IV was an amalgamation of all the best features of its previous versions. Returning for the Superflow IV was the striking use of Plexiglass, this time on the domed roof as well as the headlight covers. The car could be used as a Coupe and a Spyder, thanks to the fact that the panels were not hinged but could slide down and back underneath the rear window. 








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  • 07/22/17--15:35: Black Storm

  • XJR1300 Cafe Racer made in Thailand















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  • 07/22/17--16:15: XS700 Racing

  • Yamaha XSR700 Yard Built by Cafe Racers SSpirit 

    These are the Yamaha Europe Official pictures of the recently customized Yamaha XSR700 by Cafe Racers Spirit, first displayed at the last Wheels&Waves in Biarritz. Named XS700 "R" to emphasize the racing attitude, the idea behind this build is that nowadays, people tend to customize bikes from the 60s-80s adding high quality accessories (Öhlins Forks, suspensions, engine tune-ups). At CRSS they thought the other way around. They took their inspiration from the racing bikes from the 70s and 80s, such as the Yamaha TZ 750, and reworked a modern motorcycle to make it look a vintage racer. 

















    https://www.facebook.com/CafeRacerSSpirit/

    Cafe Racer SSpirit
    San Sebastian (Donostia) - Basque Country

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  • 07/23/17--06:30: Hornet classic

  • Is the Hornet CB600 the new classic racer? It could be, according to Lab Motorcycle.









    Lab Motorcycle - Setubal, Portugal

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  • 07/23/17--12:00: Guzzi Nevada Racer

  • MotoGuzzi Nevada 750 rebuilt by Rua Machines












    Rua Machines - Esmoriz, Portugal