When someone describes a bike as a clean build you usually expect it to be something pretty special and I can tell you this is one of the cleanest I've seen. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Irv Seaver Motorcycles in Orange, California, this K1200RS powered Cafe Racer is the work of BMW K expert Larry Romestant. While many BMW fans write the K series bikes off as "flying bricks" Larry spends his time to re-engineering them into unique, expertly built custom creations. With a background in mechanical and manufacturing engineering and component design Larry has an enviable set of skills up his sleeve and he's put them into great use with his latest project, the "KAgusta" Cafe Racer.
If you were given the opportunity to customise a brand new bike with the support of a major motorcycle manufacturer what would you do? This was exactly what happened to myself and the team at the Kustom Kommune back in April of this year when Harley-Davidson offered our communal workshop a brand new Harley-Davidson Forty Eight Sportster and the freedom to do with it whatever we wanted. What we decided to do was to completely transform the Sportster and turn it into a bike that could be maintained and serviced using the modest facilities at the Kommune workshop. The result is the Kommune 'K1', a Cafe Racer styled, sleek and unique Sportster that showcases the skills of a talented team of "backyard builders".
And here I was thinking the best thing to come out of Belgium was chocolates and Jean Claude Van Damme! Straight out of Kruz Co. Cycles in Brussels comes this unique 1000cc Triumph Daytona purchased for peanuts and modified for even less. You'd never guess this was a build done on a tight budget though. Kruz workshop team Brice and "The Admiral" pulled out all the stops to get their KC#2 Daytona build completed for a minuscule budget and they've applied some clever concepts to create it's unique look.
The next instalment of Yamaha's awesome 'Yardbuilt' series of custom motorcycles using models from their current range is here! This time they've collaborated with Japanese born, Brooklyn based builder Keinosuke Sasaki and his workshop Keino Cycles. Based on another Yamaha XJR1300 Keino's 'Rhapsody in Blue' now joins the ranks of the Wrenchmonkees 'Monkeefist' and the Deus ex Machina 'Eau Rouge' as some of the coolest modern XJR custom conversions around.
Busch and Busch build beautiful bikes, there's no denying it. In fact I was so in love with their Bultaco Matador that I almost bought it! Their most recent build however, is much more than just a visual feast, despite being jaw droppingly sexy. The Busch and Busch Harley Davidson XLCH is a purpose built land speed racer. It's bodywork required epic design, fabricating and finishing hours and what they have planned for its engine will turn it into one helluva mean machine. Like many builds getting it to the stage you see here has been full of trials and tribulations and there's still more tasks to complete to achieve their original vision for the bike. For now though the bike is ready for its first run down the salt...but even getting that done has been a challenge. I caught up with Lance Busch to get the low down on the bike he and brother Danny built over the past 2 years, here's the story as he explained it...