Bob’s Badass Bonneville…

Basic Bonneville turned street tracker with Honda Wheels and seriously upgraded suspension.  I’ve seen Bob ride this bike and she goes as good as she looks.  The bike’s been on here before but this is a better and more recent picture from last May’s Riding Into History where he was volunteering. 

Reader Ride.. Beautiful converted Flat/Street Tracker

Ted Gail Sends in this beauty.   He Writes:

I stumbled across your page and thought you might like this bike.
It is my old race bike from 30 years ago. I had always wanted to make a street bike out of one of a flat tracker because they look so cool. I knew I needed a 4 stroke with an electric start and my first attempt was a KLR 650 engine and it just wasn’t going to fit in that frame. Then after much measuring I decided a 450WR would be perfect, good power (at least as much as the F11M it originally had) with a wide ratio gearbox and an electric start.
It is a Cycle Factory frame, Ceriani road race forks, Kosman wheels, 2007 Yamaha 450 WR engine, Champion Glass with a Greg Flowers paint job.

Hope you like it,
Ted Gail

Great Stuff Ted! Thanks!

Farily Radical CB100 Custom From My Favorite Indonesian Builder!

Gifny Richata from Indonesia sends in his latest custom build.  See his first submittable HERE This bike is further proof that you don’t need big CC engines to create something special. This may be the coolest CB100 on the planet. As an aside, you have a nice touch with the camera. Very well composed.

Gifny writes in:

How are you doing? I always enjoy your motorcycle blog everyday!! Keep up the good stuff! :D….. Just in case you want to put my latest work….It’s a 1976 Honda CB100. It’s a low-budgeted project, nothing fancy but looks pretty good to me 🙂 Only swapped the swing arm with a Honda GL200, added bigger tires, and a custom Commando-style tailpiece. Engine is bored up with a 200cc piston. And just put matt paints to get the raw look. Building process can be seen on our Facebook page!/pages/Hajarbroxx-Motorcycles/115078248506795?ref=ts  ….hope you like it!

Hajarbroxx motorcycles

I like it a LOT!  The lines are excellent!  Thanks much for sending it in!

Reader Ride. Possibly The Nicest XS650 Street Tracker I’ve Seen Yet.

Folks are making this really easy for me. I’m getting quite a flood of outstanding pics lately so if you’re bike isn’t getting on right away doesn’t mean that it won’t. I’m NOT complaining so please keep em coming.

Ken Fontenot of Cycle Sports Huston sent in this jewel of a build. As XS trackers go, I don’t believe I’ve seen it equaled.

Ken Writes:

I read that you were always looking for interesting bikes to post to your site. Here is a bike we built over the winter months. Several pics attached as well as a story about how it all happened.
Everyone knows things have slowed down a little in the motorcycle business lately as well as many other businesses so this past winter we decided to take on a project to occupy any down time we might have.
We have had an independent shop here in Houston Tx for the last 29 years and have worked on several Flat trackers and Street trackers in the past and everyone here liked that style so after looking around we pulled out a rusty 1975 Yamaha XS650 rolling chassis that had been outside for about 16 years.
We had a starting point. We tried to accomplish this by using as many parts as possible that we already had around the shop, simply refinishing, replating, repainting and restoring. Well after about 6 months this is what we came up with. Its a real conglomeration of parts from many different bikes that we made work.

* Frame is a 1975 Yamaha XS650, gusseted and modified
* Engine & carbs are from a ’77, Both left stock but painted polished & carbs rejetted
* Front suspension & fuel tank ’81, steering stem bearings,seals & progressive springs
* Swingarm ’86 Yamaha Radian with needle bearings
* Kaw ZRX 1200 Shocks, Repainted and re cadium plated
* Foot controls are Kawasaki Ninja 250
* Tailpiece XR750 Harley, seat recontoured , firmer foam inserted and recovered
* Tailpiece is also rubber mounted to the frame on viabration absorbing Iso mounts
* Headlight & Brow from a Harley Sportster, custom mounts made
* K&N Air Filters with custom adaptors made to mount to the carbs
* Pipes were built down the street from us by John Easton at Jemco Exhaust Systems
* Stock front caliper and rotor with Grimeca mastercyl & stainless lines
* Brembo Rear caliper with custom water jetted hanger and stabalizer bar, stainless lines
* Stock front brake rotors turned, drilled & painted
* For the wheels we used two stock front Xs650 hubs & Spokes
* Custom built billet sprocket adaptor made by James Moody at Leeco Springs
* The Rims are rear Honda CRF450 Excell 19″ take offs donated by Honda of Houston
* Paint scheme graphics were designed by Shane Davis at Graphtec Inc in Houston
* All paint was done here in our shop, the only powdercoated parts are rims and fuel cap
* Trailtech computer for speedo, tach, odometer, tripmeter, clock, temp, shift lights
* Trailtech also has an optional bezel with all the idiot lights needed, rubber mounted
* We custom built the turn signals and lic plate & taillight brkt.
* Hard to spot the front signals but they are there
* Custom built the electrical box and wiring harness.
* Hi performance YTZ10s sealed battery, electric start only.
* All lighting is LED except for H4 Quartz headlight.

This has been a very fun project and of course we ended up spending more time that we expected but we are very proud of the final result. Considering we have spent very little (under $1800) in actually parts & supplies, this bike runs, handles, stops, and rides exceptionally well and really turns heads where ever we park it.

Ken Fontenot, Jeff Wisenbaker & Ben Brooks
Cycle Sports Ltd of Houston
9802 Clay Rd
Houston, Texas 77080

Reader Ride. A rare 1971 T120RV, a 5 speed Bonneville.

This in from Dogtown Cycles.  They write:

A rare T120RV, a 5 speed Bonneville from 1971 with matching engine and frame numbers. The T120RV was released in the US in 1972, to permit Triumph to use them in American Motorcycle Association production-based racing.  But a few were imported in late model year 1971.  In order to race, all bikes had to be made and sold to the public in the same basic form as they would be raced. To meet this requirement Triumph had to produce and sell 200 of them before they qualified.

The Engine/Frame number, T120RV GE25619 is coded as follows:  The ‘T120R denotes this is a 650cc Bonneville, ‘R’ for a road bike, the ‘V’ five speed. The first ‘G’ in the engine and frame number represents June and the ‘E’ is for 1971 production.  As you can see it has the original and correct Triumph logo printed behind the engine serial number, for 1969 and later models.

With the exception of the stamping on the engine case, there were no external differences between the 4- and 5-speeds. They had the same final drive ratios and sprockets, and the 5-speeds were significantly quicker.

This bike has been completely rebuilt with less than 100 miles since. The engine was thoroughly gone through with a new valve job, guides, rings (std.), main & rod bearings (std.), gaskets, seals,etc. HPC coated TT pipes with removeable internal baffles. It was upgraded with a 1973 disc brake front end with resurfaced rotor, new seals/fluid and polished lower legs.  New Marzocchi shocks at the rear. It has like-new  4.00 x 19 Street Tracker tires front and rear on excellent original rims and spokes.