Reader Submittal

UPDATE: An Exquisite Reader CB550 Gulf Racing Tthemed Cafe Racer

Update: Chris had actually sent me links to a a pair of photo albums and he actually pointed me to the better of the two… which I promptly forgot about and posted the lesser quality of the finished pics. So I thought I’d update this oversight by sorting it out now. These are much better and more representative shots of the finished product. Someone really does has a nice touch with the lens Chris. Thanks and orry for any confusion..

Chris Trotter send in this very special build. I absolutely love the Gulf Racing colors. Oh and these are just a very small taste. Be sure to check out the slideshow folks. SLIDESHOw OF THE FULL BUILD

Hey Steve,
So I bought the original bike a 1975 Honda CB550K in October of 2010, which was stock except for the exhaust. With the exception of the engine, which was in great shape, everything on the bike was replaced, refurbished or built anew. The subframe was built to match up to the tail, which was built to echo the tank. Both tank and seat/tail are constructed from a mix of fiberglass and Kevlar. That was an eye-opener for me; due to Kevlar’s uncooperative nature, I have to say the next build will exclude it entirely! All of the 36 year old bearings and bushings were replaced for peace of mind. Many members of the forum Do The Ton contributed to this build whether by encouragement or hooking me up with parts. For instance, the rear sets and top triple clamp were machined by a forum member, and the logos were airbrushed on by a friend and fellow forum member, with the stencils being made by another! The paint scheme and name are in honor of Gulf Racing’s efforts at the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Thanks Steve! Let me know if you need anything more.

Really special bike. Well done.

Here’s a progress pic…

And the before pic…

1952 Panhead restoration. The kind of class project that I’m sure I’d enjoy!

Charles Lathe from North Carolina writes in:
I’m attaching a photo of the 1952 Panhead our community college night class is just finishing up. This project started in September and we had the bike purring like a kitten and roaring like a beast tonight. There are two more classes to go, but I’ll be away on my modern Bonneville.

I enjoy your posts and appreciate the effort it takes on your part.

Thanks Charles! What a cool class that must have been! Just curious but I wonder who gets the bike?

Reader Rides. Some sweet custom built “earth shakers”!

I know that folks can be very particular about their preferences and such but whatever your tastes you can’t deny the monster skills that went into building these wicked machines. That Triumph in particular is pretty freaking sweet.

Michael Yamen writes in: Here are a couple of my hand built Bikes. First one has a 540CI big block Merlin Engine. 2nd one is my home made Triumph Rocket sidecar rig

Reader Ride. Sweet 1973 BMW R75/5

Vince Anderson Sends in this beauty of a BMW:

1973 BMW R75/5 (Long Wheel Base).
33,000 miles from new (unrestored, original).
Matching numbers.

Parts and accessories for vintage British motorcycles
Dealer/collector of antique, American-made, mechanical pocket watches

Reader Ride! 1979 CX500 Cafe Racer.

Don Shores sends in his latest:
Just finished the Cafe project, 1979 CX500, epoxy primer, 2 into one exhaust, a few billet pieces, equaled a fun winter project.

Had to clean up the garage a little, while they were out I took a picture of the “BOYS” all together Have a great evening, I check out your site daily and enjoy all of the different rides.
Thx Don

Nice bike and great stable. Thanks Don!

Reader Ride. A slightly unscrambled scrambler?

Wow I like this bike. I’ve always preferred the higher stance of the scrambler and thought it would work well on a standard Bonnie. And I think this bike proves the point.

Ian from Suffolk, England writes in:
Hi Steve,
Glad the site is still going strong!
I sent you a pic of my Scrambler last year, in it’s second guise…..
Today, I attach pics of the latest incarnation, and for interest include a photo of the bike when I bought it new in 2006, plus one of the bike in 08.
I hope you approve of the changes!
Best regards,

Indeed I do Ian! I really need to just buy one of these. I sure stare at them enough..

the before pic…