A shoutout to 57 Garage in Brazil

Sent me a link and I like their work a lot.  Check em out.  Nice shop with some creative builds!  Thanks guys!

57 Garage Cycles <>

Hi dude,

We are a custom shop in Brazil and I was wondering if you could feature on your site one of our motorcyles?

Phone> +55 11 4329-9773
Direct > +55 11 9.9511-8204
Direct > +55 11 9.7753-6774
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Av. Dr. Ricardo Jafet, 541
Sao Paulo, 04260-020

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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!

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!

Reader Ride. One of the cleanest (and most radical) XS650 hybrids I’ve ever seen.

Jeff Snell sent me pictures of this bike with very little explanation.  I had some of it figured out but most of it left me scratching my head so I had to press him for some info on this really excellent build.  He writes in:
Hi Steve, well it’s a Yamaha XS 650 engine in the cradle of an XS frame. I cut the front and rear off and made a new frame section to accomadate a Honda F4i swingarm and monoshock. Up front I made a new steering tube and used F4i forks. I wanted to keep with a retro theme and used a Kawi ZRX tank and seat. The tail is also ZRX but was chopped and condenced to work with the new proportions of the bike. Both are supported by a detachable aluminum subframe. The drive side case cover is divided to allow for an offset sprocket. This enabled the engne to be mounted in the center of the frame. The end result is light weight and balanced, and sounds great with a Scorpion exhaust can. I like that naked bike look.Of course there are a few more tweaks I’d like to do but I’m pretty stoked otherwise! Everything was done by yours truely except the electrical and dyno tuning. Hope your readers like it! ( I have a ton of pics for anyone interested)
Thanks for your interest,

Jeff Snell, Alameda CA

I’ve put a few unusual bikes together in my day (and I’m in the middle of another one) but it’s never approached this.  That’s a really at a great build.  Oh and I wasn’t even close on my guesses except on the bodywork.   Thanks Much!