Return of the Cafe Racers - Boardtrackers are the new black

Boardtrackers are the new black

Although Board Tracker styling has influenced the custom motorcycle world for years it's seems 2010 has been the year of the Board Tracker. Although the sport died almost 80 years ago and the Board Tracker design isn't a practical one for a daily driver, the legend of the sport and it's fearless…

 

Although Board Tracker styling has influenced the custom motorcycle world for years it’s seems 2010 has been the year of the Board Tracker. Although the sport died almost 80 years ago and the Board Tracker design isn’t a practical one for a daily driver, the legend of the sport and it’s fearless riders lives on in these beautiful custom bikes.  Here’s a few of 2010’s best looking Board Tracker influenced bikes.



Falcon motorcycles Kestrel. Powered by a 1970 Triumph Bonneville unit engine the Board Tracker influence on the Kestrel’s design is obvious. It’s down swept bars, hunched riding position and skinny front and rear tires were all typical design traits of an average 1930’s Board Tracker. 

“Madame Guzzi” by Adam Nestor. Andrew over at Pipeburn came across this bike recently and discovered it’s been causing quite a stir in Europe at the 2010 Västervik bike show. Madame Guzzi is based on a 70 Moto Guzzi SP1000 which in it’s original appearance would hardly make some people even look twice. Adam hand crafted many of the parts on the Madame Guzzi which is impressive…his young age of only 20 years is even more impressive. Read more here.

And thirdly the “Much Much Go”. This bike was just awarded with first price at Deus Ex Motorcycles 2010 biker build off. Some will question why this bike was given the award when its practicality as a road rider is questionable but workmanship in this type of event is always going to come out on top. Deus will be posting more details on this bike during the week. Keep an eye on the Dues Ex Machina facebook page for more details.

 (photos by Hewey)
Here’s a couple other Board Tracker styled motorcycles from this years crop that raised a few eyebrows…
Royal Enfield “Lightfoot” from Rajputana Customs in India
Fong Bros XS650 based Board Tracker
2011 will be an interesting year as builders move away from more traditional custom motorcycle styles to try their hand at building bikes like these.Cafe Racers, Bobbers, Flat Trackers, Street Trackers…I can’t wait to see what’s in store. 

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