samedi 16 avril 2016
CUSTOM BIKES OF THE WEEK
A Moto Guzzi V7 inspired by Kill Bill, a Ducati 750 SS cafe racer with Monster S2R suspension, and a bike we’ve never heard of before: A Gilera Nordwest 600. It’s a bumper selection this week.
Custom Buell XB12R Firebolt Say what you will about Erik Buell’s business acumen—but there’s no denying his passion for motorcycles. Or creativity as an engineer. What he’s doing under the EBR banner is impressive, but it was the XB series bikes developed under Bar and Shield ownership that have always stood out for me. And apparently I’m not alone…
Custom Gilera Nordwest 600 When it was introduced in 1991, the Gilera Nordwest 600 was ahead of its time. One of the first supermotos to hit the streets, it was designed to help fill the coffers for the Italian firm’s racing efforts. The 558cc thumper was powerful enough at 53 hp, but it was the Nordwest’s lightness (140 kg) and flickability that endeared it to enthusiasts. Those specs would also make it an excellent choice for a stripped down cafe racer.
Ducati 750 by XTR Pepo I’m convinced that Pepo Rosell is the Stephan King of custom motorcycles. Since shuttering Radical Ducati and re-booting under the XTR banner, Rosell has cranked out thirteen builds in roughly one solar cycle. And every bike to roll out of his Madrid garage has been impressive and unique.
Yamaha Super Téneré by MotoRè MotoRè is based in Rome and bills itself as a ‘recycler’ of motorcycles. Rather than splurging on freshly crafted and engineered bolt-ons, friends Alessandro Bongiovanni and Mauro Relli focus on restoring vintage parts and searching out the right pieces for a build,
Moto Guzzi V7II by South Garage Lord of the Bikes is a televised contest put together for Italian viewers by Moto Guzzi and Sky One. Each episode features ten teams customizing a Moto Guzzi V7II, and subject to the whims of a judging panel. The finalists eventually move on to work their magic on a new V9.