Month: January 2011

Reader Ride. Bitchen CL350

Always loved these bikes. And sorry to Donnie Watson for getting his e-mail buried in the clutter. I’m getting caught up on a LOT of things lately.

He wrote in:
Here are a few pics of my CL I built a couple years ago.
New site looks good!

Crazy Doc

Thank You Doc!



Reader Ride. A Seriously Cool Adventure Streetfighter… with an unfortunate ending.

I’m not usually a tail high streetfighter kind of guy but his bike has totally MAD credibility.   Ben writes in with the following post… please read it!:

Hey there. Great site, read it every day.

My name is Ben and I’m a bicycle courier in Vancouver BC. I also build bikes in a little DIY shop with a few friends of mine. This is my CBR900RR street fighter that I built while in a wheel chair from crashing a previous bike. It’s got a 1000rr front end and VFR single sided swingarm. The rest was cooked up my me.

When it was done and I could walk again, I rode it from Vancouver to La Paz mexico following the pacific coast the entire time! The trip was phenomenal, an experience of a life time. After going through a few sets of tires and having the best time, the bike was stolen right before my eyes! Snatched into a van in downtown La Paz never to be seen again! All in all it was worth it but I sure miss her! The last two pics are of my beach side off road adventure and camping spot that was part of the Baja 1000 coarse. The other is a fantastic restaurant, great crab burrito.

P.s. If this makes it up on your site an any other readers have seen it since october 2009 let me know!

Man this is among THE COOLEST bikes I’ve ever posted. Great build. Great adventure. But a crappy ending. If anyone’s seen the bike PLEASE LET ME KNOW! It totally Sucks that it was lost that way.   And if you’re involved with the theft… then you’re a piece of shit who has a chance to   do your karma or your soul (or whatever you believe in)  some good and get this guy his bike back.

Ben my hat’s off to you.  Monster thumbs up!  Sound like a fantastic trip.  And hey I’d love to see anything else you’ve got coming out of your shop.

Thanks Very Much!

Death of a salvage yard…

Stopped by my local salvage yard yesterday and was confronted with this…. They’re not all the way closed but 70 percent of the old stuff is now gone… There were about 6 total basket case triples in there. Mostly H1’s. Not much usable on any of them but it still hurt to watch. Owner said that he’s had that stuff out there 30 years and noting had moved off that side of the yard in a decade so it was better off as scrap. I guess he had a point but it still sucked to watch. I got there too late to grab any of it. He’s said he’s probably moving and sticking to newer plastic bikes that he can make a few dollars off of. I felt like throwing up a little.

Reader Ride. 1980 DUCATI GTV 350 Cafe Racer

Bibu Writes in:

Hi ! … First of all i want to congratulate you for your site ,it’s great .
I’m Bibu from Romania and I’m 100% DUCATISTA … I own a little garage called desmoBIBU “Custom Cycles” …….
This is my 1980 DUCATI GTV 350 (desmo parallel twin) that i’ve modified into a caferacer … It’s a very rare bike ,only 958 built … It took me 11 months to complete .
This is a little movie i’ve maked with the build thread :
Hope you like it .

Check out my blog for my other bikes and other cool stuff :
Good luck !

Reader Ride. A Norton Fastback/Interstate hybrid.. of sorts.

Tyler Hammond sends in this excellent Norton.

He writes in:

I just recently completed a complete restoration on my Norton. Its a
1971 with a ’72 front end (for the disc brake) I have put a fastback
rear tail with a interstate tank. The factory never sold them this
way, but i love the fastbacks and now i can carry 5 gallons of gas for
my trips. i bought this bike from the original owner, it had been
sitting since 1979.

here is a link to a picture of the bike the day i brought it home

Love your site keep it going, its a daily visit for me

San fran Bay area

Honda VLX 400 Chopper/Bobber. A Totally Awesome Budget Build.

You guys know how much i love a well executed budget custom. Simon Tay of Singapore sends in another fine example of why imagination and creativity is always necessary no matter how much money you have… or in this case DON’T have. Congratulations on such a nice bike!

Simon wtites in:

Hi there,
Here’s a Honda Steed VLX 400 I had customized. Did it on a super low budget of S$450. I used an old front fender and widen it to make the rear fender. Found an old leather chair by the dumpster and turned it into a leather seat. Paint was rattled can sprayed but I had the paint shop to do a 2K clear over it for durability. Custom made bars with internal wiring and flushed fork caps. I hope you like it! I’m working on another bike now, hope it’ll turn out better than this!
Simon Tay


Thanks again Simon!  I Love it!




Reader Ride. An Interesting Buell.

Ricardo Alcivar sends in some pics of his stealthy and unusual Buell. He writes in:

These are pics of my 1996 Buell S1 Lightning. It is my first motorcycle, purchased in 2001, and still the only. We have a lot of history together. On first glance, it may simply look like a stripped-down Buell, but it’s been upgraded everywhere with a mix of aftermarket, Buell, and even some Harley parts. It’s a pretty polarizing bike; I hear a mix of comments ranging from, “awesome,” to “crazy,” to “what happened to it,” and my favorite, “does somebody actually ride that bike?!” It is still the funnest bike I’ve rode to date as well as one of the best handling despite having time riding everything currently out there that I have an interest in.

I have to say it does look a bit harsh on the back. Nice ride though. Thanks!

Maybe the nicest YZ Resto-mod I’ve sver seen.

I mean DAMM that’s nice.  Oh and if you keep looking you’ll see a really pretty girl in there too!  I can’t imagine how cool it would be blasting out of the blocks on this thing for the first time.

Don over at Metro Racing writes in:

Thanks for the spot on MPOTD!! The new site is very nice. Any time is a good time for a free plug. Here’s another pic of a pretty girl with a 1978 Yamaha YZ 250 that I just finished for a good friend, Jeff Hackett. No kudos necissary, just a girl and bike.

Enjoy, Don

No worries Don WELL worth a plug!  (Again if you like these old bikes do yourself a favor folks and pay him a visit)