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Suzuki Katana 1400 special

Phil West, 23 June 2010 11:08

This 1400cc ‘Katana’ is the modern day version of the legendary, radically-styled ‘80s sportster that Suzuki should be building, according to its owner. Featuring smooth, grunty, fuel-injected GSX1400 power, modern suspension, brakes and tyres and a more comfortable semi-upright riding position, it has practicality in place of the original’s extremeness.  But despite the original Katana styling and factory-standard build quality, ...

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Moto Rumi Sport

Anonymous, 07 June 2010 20:54

As a teenager in the 60's I rode all over England and from Nottingham to Cornwall (where I now live) on my Italian Moto Rumi scooter a 125 twin twostroke which was rare even then. I regretfully parted with it a few years later when I married,and never rode again till 2003 when I discovered a newly formed Moto Rumi ...

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Saucy new LSL Triumph special

Phil West, 20 May 2010 12:55

This saucy Triumph Bonneville café racer is the latest from German accessories and customizing specialists LSL.       Dubbed the Bonneville ‘Tridays’ Limited edition, it’s been built to publicise the annual ‘Tridays’ three-day Triumph motorcycles festival (hence the name) in Neukirchen, Austria, which this year is held from June 25-27. In fact, British fever swamps the town so much that they even ...

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Roland Sands reveals finished Harley-Davidson XR1200 café racer

Chris Newbigging, 06 May 2010 15:50

Roland Sands’ latest project, a café racer, has been unveiled for the first time on his blog. Only the basics of Harley-Davidson’s weighty street-tracker remain – the rest has been thrown away and replaced with a selection of performance and cosmetic upgrades selected by the Californian former 250 racer. At the front is a set of Ohlins forks carrying radial ...

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£20,000 James Dean tribute Harley Fat Boy

Chris Newbigging, 30 April 2010 12:55

If you have enough money, you can have anything you want. If the object of your desires is a custom Harley styled like the Porsche Spyder that killed James Dean, star of iconic movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, then Shaw Speed and Custom is the place to spend your cash.  Everything on the Spyder is about the attitude – the riding ...

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Customs and modified: Rizoma Ducati Streetfighter

Ped Baker, 08 April 2010 09:31

US performance parts distributor Motivation Accessories have built this one-off Ducati Streetfighter to showcase the 2010 range of Rizoma performance parts. Motivation have literally thrown the entire Rizoma catalogue at the bike from rear sets to engine covers and while the complete bike is as tacky as a Vegas slot-machine the highlight has to be the see-through timing belt covers. ...

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Metalflake making a comeback

Ped Baker, 19 March 2010 15:53

It’s true that nothing is original and fashion is cyclic but when it comes to metalflake that’s no bad thing.  Invented in the 1930’s by painting innovator John Morton (who created the finish by adapting aluminium roof coating paint) Commercial Metalflake paints didn’t become widely available until the 1960’s. The outrageously OTT finish gained huge popularity in the custom car ...

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Triumph Thruxton JPS tribute

Ped Baker, 18 March 2010 17:20

Even if the black and gold paintscheme is a little confused (Norton are associated with JPS not Triumph) there’s no denying the quality of this modded Thruxton. Built by Austrian Triumph dealer Jurgen Schnaller and called the ‘Greymouth’ the bike features flat side Keihin carbs, Raask exhaust, high compression pistons, ported and polished head and high lift camshafts. Schnaller is ...

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Storz XR1200S for sale in the UK

Ped Baker, 12 March 2010 12:28

The only one of its kind in the UK, this Storz XR1200S has just been put up for sale on motorcyclenews.com.    Click here to view the ad Based on a 2000 1200cc Sportster, the XR is built from kit parts imported directly from US based XR specialists Storz components. Only the frame, swing-arm and engine remain from the donor ...

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BMW S1000RR: 210bhp with no tuning!

Emma Sulway, 10 March 2010 14:16

Dutch BMW specialist Van Harten Performance has built a 210bhop S1000RR – and they’ve not even tuned the engine. Van Harten maintain that the only tuning is the addition of a four-in-one Akrapovic exhaust system. MCN estimates that the power increase could push the top speed to more than 190mph on a still day, based on our test data for ...

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