Very Tastefully Updated 1982 GPZ

A very well updated GPZ.  This bike was my favorite all time motorcycle at the time.  Of course I was 20 so that makes it easy.

I frequent your page and like the custom bikes I see from time to time. My bike started out as a stock 1982 GPz1100 minus the windscreen and clocks and I transformed it to this. It runs around San Antonio Texas from time to time….

ZX11 Wheels
ZX 12R Front Suspension
GSXR 600 Swingarm
Hydraulic Clutch
Radial Clutch and brake master cylinders
Modded OEM fuel injection
Adjustable FPR
Aftermarket Fuel Pump
Custom Exhaust
Ballistic Battery

Shaun Carron-Damico, Retired, MSgt, USAF”

Thank You Master Sargent!

78 XS500 Cafe

A reader writes in with a request for info for his XS500 Cafe Build.


I am building a 78 XS500 Cafe but seek guidance from those who have gone before me. Specifically I would like to know what Dean’s Keihin carb jetting setup is on his TX500.
Your post, the one that led me here:
Is there a way to get in touch with Dean other than posting a comment on the blog?

Thanks and kind regards,

P.S. for kicks I included a picture of my nearly completed current project


Kent Pierce’s 1967 Triumph TT Special

Kent Pierce’s 1967 Triumph TT Special

I bought this from actor Robert Carradine in the early 80’s. When I got it it had a fresh engine from Jack Hateley ( not installed) ape hangers, 12″ extended forks and a rear tire that looked like it came off a car. The guy that found the bike for me knew Carradine set the deal and put it together for me unfortunately he wasn’t much of a mechanic. Then I had a shop called Supertwins on Laurel Cyn & Ventura (gone now) get it running right. Then it sat for 20 yrs. so I decided to re restore it my self with some help from my friend Jason DeLanoy in November 2015.image1image2image3image4image5image6

Update to a previous Reader Ride.

You featured my CB750 Cafe as ‘Bike pic of the day’ back in Sept 2012.
I have just completed a rehash on the same theme, but this time gone a bit made with the Ali and engine.
If you want any further info on spec etc please do let me know.
Love the site and open mindedness of the subscribers.
Dave Morgan


Maybe the Coolest 250 Virago on the Planet!

Special Thanks To Matt Fuller fr this really slick build. Looks like a lot of fun to ride!

It all started in 1989 when I was just 5 years of age and my father borrowed a yamaha y-zinger 50 from work for the weekend. I learned how to ride a motorcycle that weekend and learned to love motorcycles for the rest of my life. It wasn’t long before i would start taking things apart and seeing how they worked. Soon after that I was required to maintain my own motorcycle if I intended to ride it on the weekend. In 2008 I started riding on the street daily as a form of transportation. Soon after that I stopped using a motorcycle as daily transportation due to a accident and a severely broken leg and began Racing sup ermoto in the southeast. Currently I race Flattrack and occasionally a hare scranble to stay in shape. I have enjoyed painting, powder coating, and fab ricating some of my custom race bikes so much that I have decided to build a few custom bikes to see what they bring us. Whether it’s building for a living or for fun my passion for motorcycles will never fade away.

This bike started life as a 1997 Yamaha Xv250 Virago, the bike that many fall in lov e with at the riders safety training classes all over the world. The wheelbase was shortened 4″ and it was de-raked to 24.5 degrees. Subframe and swin garm are custom along with the exhaust. The sound this bike makes is incredible, breathing through a downdraft carb with a factory velocity stack and calculated air intake plenum. Then sucked in with some less than boring factory camshafts and two fairly high compression ratio cylinders. After all of that comes the pleasing part, exhaust gasses are forced out of equal leng th stainless steel head pipes and on out the under seat tail pipes. The paint gives it a retro Yamaha look that many like along with the 18″ aluminum mx wheels. For proper riding position, a set of aluminum rear sets were adapted from a road race bike on one end and a set of simple flat bars on the other end.

I Hope you enjoy!
-Matt Fuller
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