vendredi 22 avril 2016
CUSTOM BIKES OF THE WEEK
An insanely fast Honda CB1300, a Ural sidecar that holds no less than four people, and a sneak peek at the latest Wrenchmonkees bike. Meet the machines the revved our engines this week.
Yamaha Yard Built XSR900 by Wrenchmonkees When Wes reported back to us onYamaha’s new XSR900 he called it a “Brute in a suit—a well balanced machine that was bucket loads of fun.” Wes did have some aesthetic niggles though, namely a pair of plastic warts—electronic module boxes—festooned to the XSR’s minimalist frame.
Honda CB1300 by Yamamoto Racing If you call Canada or the United States home, chances are your only exposure to a Honda CB1300 has been on the internet. If you’re lucky, you may have a friend who knew a guy whose cousin imported one through the grey market—but Honda’s Super Four has never been sold in North America.
Ural Tourist by Kevil’s Speed Shop If you’ve ever had the pleasure’ of riding a Ural, you’ll know they can be an extremely quirky machine to handle. These Siberian sidecar sleds buck to the right under acceleration, and yaw to the left the moment the twistgrip is rolled back. There’s never a dull moment, but the upside is transportation for three. Or four, in the case of the 2007-spec Tourist 750 here.
Kawasaki KZ650 by Magnum Opus Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Magnum Opus Custom Bikes is helmed by Ezio Covelli—a man with a growing resumé of impressive builds. His latest custom work is this turbocharged Kawasaki KZ650, which made its debut at the Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas last week. Its period-correct alterations have me all kinds of impressed.
Honda CB350F by Kinesis Moto The worst thing that can happen to a custom build is to over-do things. Function becomes stymied, and the soul of the motorcycle—its rideability—is lost to superfluous frippery. This is a lesson Jeff Gittleson, the man behind New York’s Kinesis Moto, takes very seriously.