Custom motorcycle maker Confederate Motorcycles has unveiled its latest limited-edition model, the R131 Fighter. Built strong but light from aircraft-grade aluminum, the bike weighs only about 460 lbs, and combined with its sleek black and silver finish, lives up to its aircraft namesake. Equipped with a larger than average for its class 2146 CC engine, the motorcycle features a fuel capacity of 3.5 gallons, a 5-speed transmission, and carbon fiber wheels with 4-piston Brembo brakes. Limited to a production of only 10 model.
Price Tag: $100,000
Not every custom bike has to be glitzy or overly rugged. The Bandit9 Hephaestus Motorcycle makes its mark by being simple yet sleek. Sitting on standard tires and alloy rims, Hephaestus features a custom handcrafted stainless steel tank, cowl and fender, a custom gas cap, upgraded front and rear disc brakes and suspension, a custom hand-stitched leather seat, custom side covers, a custom exhaust and muffler, and custom turn signals. All the rest of it is a stock Honda Bros 400 although admittedly, that’s not very much.
Shwood eyewear has been releasing profiles of independent artisans via their MAKERS series, with the latest covering the exploits of Jared Johnson. Johnson owns and operates Holiday Customs, a custom motorcycle shop in Portland, completely by himself. With an obsession with motor parts and assembly dating back to the “go-kart” years, as it were, Johnson has made a career out of hand-crafting motorbikes for people with expendable, though limited, incomes. His aesthetic is greasy, rugged and strong, preferring to leave weld evidence to lend his work a hand-crafted feel, which seems all the more fitting for Shwood’s MAKERS.
It’s a fact: Ural makes beautiful, hardy, inventive motorcycles. The last time we mentioned them, they were introducing a bike with an integrated paddle; the time before that, we drove a beautiful sidecar bike through the snow of Seattle. This time, they’ve teamed up with Icon 1000, a company renowned for its armored motorcycle gear, and the resulting one-off Quartermaster is just as spectacular as past fare. The Quartermaster looks like a lean WWI Russian gunship that Mad Max would be proud to helm. Based on the Ural Solo sT, everything about this bike is Enduro tough. An oversized main spar and a high-clearance sub-frame give it a tall, heavy stance; an oversized fuel tank dwarfs the rest of the bike, and hand-formed fenders sneer from high above the Continental tires. There’s a full skid plate to take a beating from logs or whatever random road debris you crash through haphazardly.
Price Tag: $8,000
The stripped-down body of a BMW K75 lies underneath the exterior of Moto Sumisura’s so-called Tatanka 75 motorcycle. At the time of its introduction in 1985, the K75 model was the cheapest motorcycle in production from the German manufacturer. A far cry from its origins, the Tatanka 75 boasts a chopped rear frame, new exhaust system and adjusted saddle support with brown leather detailing. Powder coated wheels and fork, custom aluminum rear and front fenders and retro handlebars with gum grips are among the other finer adjustments made, resulting in a minimal and sleek final product.
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As with all great things, there’s something to be said for hand craftsmanship. When an expert takes the time to infuse his hopes and passions into a product, to make sure that everything is in its right place, it’s a beautiful physical extension of the imagination. When two experts come together to hand craft, let’s say, a motorcycle–excellence is near guaranteed. Such is the case with Rough Crafts and Roland Sands Design‘s new collaborative endeavour: the Shadow Rocket. Aptly titled for its all-black composition, as well as its slew of turbo-churning aftermarket parts, it’s the details that make this bike a rider’s greasy dream.
Indiana-based Janus Motorcycles pays tribute to the bikes of the 20s with the stunning Halycon 50. Hand-made by local Amish workers in Goshen, Indiana, the Halcyon sits on a liquid-cooled 50cc twin-stroke engine and can hit a top speed of 55mph and is good for 60MPG for a total range of 180 miles.
Price Tag: $3,900 ($5,300 w/ delivery),
The Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Motorcycle is a recreation of the original model, it features a bronze-colored frame, a chromium-plated finish, a gold-finished Brembo braking system, and a vintage Ducati ‘86 logo on the tank, and current-generation technology that makes it a near-perfect marriage of old and new.
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The Classified Moto KT-600 Motorcycle is a glorious Frankenstein of a bike. Built on a 1987 Honda XL600R dual sport frame with matching motor, it also features parts from a 2006 Triumph Sprint 1050 ST single-sided swingarm and a 2005 Kawasaki ZX6-R, as well as plenty of custom details thrown in.
Price Tag: $16,000
Billed as the DUCATI Monster 1100 EVO Bulgari, inspirations for the new bike came as two perspectives – the praying mantis and kung fu. The outcome was a shortened frame with a streamlined headlight, front addition in aluminum, a brand-new seat, and an exclusive pearl white decor. Aside from tweaks on appearance, new two-tone wheels and a 10-horsepower increase were added, which brings the total output to 109 horsepower. VILNER will be making the DUCATI Monster 1100 EVO Bulgari Custom as a general release in upgrade kit form. 100 units will be available with no pricing set at this time.
The Bandit9 Nero Motorcycle redefines the term by offering a completely matte black build, leaving only the headlamp and taillight unaffected by the darkness. It’s based on the Chang Jiang 750, and features a rebuilt engine and transmission, 19-inch wheels spoke in the front, alloy in the rear and a host of custom parts, including the exhaust, gas tank, handlebar, rear fender, and seat.
Price Tag: ($TBA)
Hammarhead Ninety-Two Motorcycle, black bike is based on an ‘07-‘08 Triumph Bonneville, powered by an 865cc Twin engine, and sports custom intakes, Keihin FCR carbs, a Zard exhaust, an aggressive suspension, spoke wheels, marine-grade materials for the fenders and seat, and plenty of similarly rugged matte black paint.
Price Tag: $16,500
The Shaw F1-XLR Harley Nightster Motorcycle (Inspired by Harley Davidson’s board racers of the 1920s) also takes some design cues from an unlikely place high-end racing. Decked out in the same smoke grey paintwork as the McLaren Formula One team, this Nightster features a 1200 V-twin engine with a ram-air intake, a custom set of exhaust pipes, upside-down forks taken from a VRSCF V-Rod Muscle matched to clip-on bars, a small, race-style rear fender complete with number marking and 21-inch Performance Machine wheels.
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Bike Exif gives us a look at one impressive piece of two-wheeled machinery, the Classified Moto XV1100. Based on the 1989 Yamaha Virago XV1100, the bike is raw, industrial perfection with imposing looks, sharp lines, and a low-slung profile.