A bit of “pimpin” for “Red Star Garage” and their latest build.

I don’t do this often so please don’t start flooding me with announcement requests of each and every completed build but I do like this one. To my eye anyway it hits just the right notes. Nice build Marty!

Marty Towers

And the hits keep coming from China… Another one from 444 design.

Things are picking up over there…


I was fu…in proud when i found the pics of my silver Boxer-Bobber “El Diablo” on your homepage October 29th.

Pics and your comment were pretty cool.
“El Diablo” was my project No. 4
I gathered some pics of my 1st chinese custom bike “Black Widow”.
It is again a more “old scoolish” bike like “El Diablo” also. This bike was the very first which i customized and was finished in February 2009.
Following the philosophie: “A bikers work is never done” i added some more odd’s and end’s since then until i got to this final stage.
All overall i did the following modifications:
– frame sandblasted and rewelded
– Harley Footboards
– handmade handlebar
– imported frontlight
– FORD A taillight
– license plate moved to left
– custom turn indicators
– custom cockpit/gauges
– custom leather framebag
– custom exhaust
– imported carbs
– 16 inch rims
– tailor made spokes
– imported tyres
– handmade seat
– imported seatsprings
– handmade tailfender (was made out of a old plain fender with added sideskirts)
“Black Widow” ain’t one of those “Show and Shiny” rides but my daily driver which i use to get to the office almost each day.
She runs with a standard chinese 24hp Boxer Engine which is pretty reliable and already has several thousand kilometers on the clock.
With this bike i built up the first Chang in whole China running on 16inch rims which – in my opinion – gives better handling as well as a much better look than with those 19″ wheels usually used on the bikes.
Meanwhile i work on project No. 07 and No. 08.

If you are interested i will keep you updated.
Greetz from China!


Maybe you can mention my facebook account somewhere – actually i’m too stupid to set up a link.
My facebook alias is “Thomas Chang Jiang”

Thanks and heck Yeah I’m interested. Keep em coming!

Another Bandit 9 Home Run all the way from China!

It takes a lot of confidence to start building customs in a place like China and Daryl Villanueva, of Bandit 9 motorcycles has his second sweet build with the Magnus. As regular readers may recall we were introduced to Daryl with his first build, a Chang Jiang 750 called Loki in another recent post. And it looks like he’s continuing his theme of original and great looking customs that really do look like you could spend on them. By the way I love your paint “technique” on this one and I REALLY like the small touches like that gascap!

Another stunner Daryl. And please keep them coming!

A lot of people have taken notice of our first project, Loki. We received very positive and constructive feedback. Now with more experience here in China, we wanted to reinvent the Chang Jiang. We’re happy to present our second bike, Magnus, the second bike to roll out of Bandit9.

One of the coolest things about Magnus is it’s colour. We couldn’t go with a regular paint job since the bike’s personality needed something special. I wanted to get an appearance no other shop could replicate, which is especially important in China. I took a blowtorch and lit the tank, frame and fork on fire. After clearing the burnt outer layer, what was left was this organic pattern on the metal. The tank has a really unusual stone-like look.

The form of the bike is very different from the usual Chang Jiang. I wanted Magnus to look and to feel much lighter than the bulky style the CJ750’s often have. By taking off the back fender the bike is more sleek and agile. The seat position flows with the lines of the bike, so you can’t even see it when you’re riding it.

I’m always looking for ways to simplify and my bikes. Most CJ750’s have so many extra pieces that really don’t need to be there. I want to keep only the essentials and throw out the rest. The smaller custom air filter gives the bike’s profile a nice void. I used the same short style exhausts from Loki, this time with a chrome finish. The exposed chrome suspension gives the bike a nice finish. I’ve never seen twin headlights on a CJ, so its definitely a new touch for the bike. I took the speedometer from the original CJ headlight and used the dial by itself. The rough edges of it add to the rawness of the bike.

I had to get creative to make every inch of Magnus special, since resources are very limited here in China. I used an old crank shaft to redesign the gas cap. It’s really unique and gives it a steampunk look. It’s probably my favorite aspect of Magnus.

We hope Magnus will bring Bandit9 beyond the motorcycle world and into the realm of art. Our new site is up – – a special thanks to Niamh Daly for taking care of the site. Loki and Magnus are now officially for sale; details on the site. Bandit #3 is on the way.

“Ugly” Ironhead.

I have buddy who is practically trying to give me one of these in running but rough shape. Even though it’s not really my “thing”, I may have to take him up on it. Thanks to Ugly Motorbikes. They have a nice CB650 build in their video’s that’s well worth a look.

Time Lapse of HD Ironhead Assembly from Ugly Motor Bikes on Vimeo.

The CB650’s (not yet completed here) is nice too.

Beautiful old school Moto Guzzi bobber with some “Von Dutch” roots.

And it’s for sale!

From the Add:

One of a kind Falcone bob job that was once owned by the legendary Von Dutch. This bike was originally built by Von Dutch in the 1960’s and later sold to a Hollywood movie company. The bike was used in some biker exploitation film and eventually ended up with another legend, Mike Parti. Mike had the bike dissembled for years and in the early 1990’s decided to restore it. Mike kept the classic bobber look and added a few touches of his own.

1948 Triumph T Bird. A transformation from old school Chopper to SoCal bobber

Thanks to Lee Thiessen for the pics!

I like that you left it a bit “gritty”. Nice build.

The before pic. Yeah I know that there’s some old school chopper fanatics out there who’d have left it alone but I think the Bobber look is a big improvement. Not to mention much more “rideable”. 2 cents..