I'm a sucker for retro fairings. I'm obsessed with Honda's legendary CR750 and the TT race bikes of the seventies so I'm always on the lookout for modern customs that take styling cues from that era. One of the latest such builds to pop up on my radar while trawling through my instagram feed was this striking sage green beast. It's the work of Mike Sadler of Division Motorworks in Canada and the bikes owner, Patrick McGregor. Sporting a Dunstall style fairing and an intriguing colour scheme this is one Triumph Thruxton that most certainly stands out from the rest.
After 3 years working for motorcycle manufacturers in Shanghai, Marc and his wife Marta returned to their home in Barcelona, Spain to pursue a dream. Leveraging their knowledge of the motorcycle industry and their contacts in the east the two launched their own motorcycle brand under the name of Born Motor Co. Now 2 years later, using donor bikes imported from Chinese manufacturers, Born Motor Co. produces a series of over-the-counter custom builds that in their own words are "high quality deconstructed, limited edition motorcycles for everyday use and unlimited fun!".
Honda's mighty CB750 four paved the way for modern motorcycle design and has been heralded as one of the "Greatest Motorcycles Ever Made". With such a colourful history it's easy to see why they've become so popular as a base for customisation. With their classic retro looks and seemingly unlimited potential for custom modification the K series CB's have been getting a lot of attention from builders around the world. With popularity comes price increase so the K's are becoming rather hard to acquire, but if you jump a few years ahead in the CB750 model range to the F series you'll find a much more affordable alternative with improved technology and reliability.
Just when I thought I'd see as many custom Honda CX500's as I could stomach, along comes a build so beautifully executed that it has me asking for more! From the award winning studio of furniture, interior and automotive designer, Sacha Lakic come this incredible build that transforms Honda's early 80's 'plastic maggot' of the into a sleek, modern Cafe Racer. Named the CX500 GTS after the team involved in the project (Georges, Theirry and Sacha) the CX celebrates everything Sacha loves about Honda's original design and his attention to detail is impeccable.
Sometimes just having a go at something is all it takes. You might not be the best in your field, or perhaps it's just that you don't have what it takes to compete with the pros, but at least you'll be able to say you were there, you had a go and you have a lasting memory to savour. Lorenzo Buratti is a big believer in giving things a go and he's off to the 2015 Bonneville Speed Week to show the nesayers and procrastinators what they're missing out on...