Month: October 2011

A Chang Jiang 750 built by Bandit9. Fantastic build from a new custom builder based in China.

Daryl Villanueva writes in with some information on his new venture. I really like this bike. Nice balanced lines and I bet it’s an excellent rider. Very well done.

I’m Daryl Villanueva, an advertising creative director and motorcycle designer. I’ve just moved to Beijing and opened up my own motorcycle design company – Bandit9. Anyway, I wanted to share my very first build, Bandit #1: Loki, with your readers. Feel free to use the pics attached. Loki is a customized Chang Jiang 750, an old chinese military model that usually comes as a sidecar.

This was the guinea pig of the company just to see how far I can stretch my ideas in China. The language barrier makes it tough to create the perfect parts…but I’m learning to work within the box. I expect the next Bandit9 bike to kick some ass.

You can check out my temporary website and blog:


A random sampling of some fantastic Trans America Trail (aka:TAT) photo’s.

There is a great thread over on ADV rider posting Trans America Trail photos and this post by Patrice Ninaud of fame really caught my eye. This is one of those rides that I think about a lot. When my daughter gets a bit older I think I might have to at least bite off a piece of this ride. Maybe the east coast portion for a start and see what happens.

Looking at these photos I realize just how much of this country I’m yet to see. Like I said, these are just a random sampling of his trip. Great Stuff Patrice! Thanks much!

Another outstanding Bonhams Brough Superior.

Another excellent High resolution of a soon to be auctioned Brough Superior.

Thank you to Katherine Boyle as always for the great photo and background information on such a timeless machine.


Bonhams are returning to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on 16th November 2011 with another exceptional line up at their auction of Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles. Highlights include a 1928 Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle which is estimated to sell for £165,000-185,000.

This interesting early SS100 was re-commissioned for road use in the 1990s having previously been used for sprinting and other speed events by racing motorcyclist and Brough Superior Club President, Dick Knight. It would appear that Dick purchased the Brough in the 1970s and it proved to be a capable and exciting machine in speed events.

Other exceptional motorcycles that are expected to attract interest include a 1955 Vincent Series-D Black Shadow (£34,000-38,000), a 1950 Norton 500cc International (£17,000-20,000) and a 1939 Ariel Square Four (£12,000-16,000) as well as a collection of exciting ‘barn finds’ including a 1956 BSA CB32 Gold Star (£300-500) and c.1956 Triumph 5T (£200-400).

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, comments, “Harrogate always provides an excellent environment in which to offer a collectable motorcycle. The results and percentage sold are consistently high and it always attracts an international audience.”

The top lots in the Motor Car section of the sale include a remarkable 1953 Bentley R-Type Special Roadster (£35,000-45,000), which was created by renowned engineer and long standing RREC member the late Alan Archer.

Another highlight is a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupé (£20,000-25,000). Significantly, the 280SE 3.5 was to be the final Mercedes-Benz model to feature this long-established and much admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning Mercedes-Benz collectors.

A 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon (£22,000-25,000) is also expected to prove popular with bidders.

John Polson, Specialist in Bonhams Motoring Dept, comments, “Bonhams are delighted to be returning to Harrogate, one of our best attended and most dynamic auctions, which offers the ideal opportunity to auction collectors motor cars in a user friendly and internationally renowned venue.”

Also to be offered at the Harrogate sale will be assorted lots of Automobilia including a rare and early double sided Chevrolet Sales & Service enamel forecourt sign, a collection of Touring and Racing bicycles, various glass petrol pump globes, garage equipment, mascots, motoring books and other motoring related memorabilia.

For further press information please contact Katherine Boyle on 0207 468 8363 or /

If I had a few hundred thousand dollars (or more) to spare this would be on my short list.

The German Karp collection!

Hi,I´m German Karp,from Argentina and I´ve built these beauties,if u want more info or more specs of the bikes just let me know.
Thanks for your time.
German Karp,Argentina.

PS:the Sportster 48 its a REPLICA of Rough Crafts bike,the IRON GUERRILLA,built by Winston Yeh.its not stolen ,the builder in taiwan let me built the clone here in Argentina.

Interesting collection. I like the Kawasaki twin and the Bonneville a lot.

Reader Ride. A sweet Honda Cl125.

Jason Moore sends in his sweet little CL125 “hybrid”

This is my CL125s “lil Frank” I picked it up to restore and ride around town but it ended up needing a full motor rebuild, new exhaust, and the forks were bent. Its basically a combination of the CL125 and a CB100 that was full of bullet holes and laying on its side in a field for 20+ years. This was my first 125s but now I have 5. Some for parts and some to put back on the road. Ill send you some nice ones of my CB125 cafe as soon as I get some good pictures of it. I love riding these little bikes because it brings back so many good memories for people. i always get stopped wherever i go by somebody who has a story about when they had a little honda just like it. Anyway here are some shoots i took recently.