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A Virago 1100 Street Tracker!

From the “you don’t see that every day” department! Very well executed!  Tanks Russ!

Hi there I came across your site whilst browsing for bike build ideas. I thought you might like to see a couple of pics of my 1996 yamaha Virago 1100 street tracker which I’ve just finished. It has a custom built rear subframe to supper a hand made seat on a fibreglass seat base, Benelli Mojave tank, flat tracker bars, custom grips, led rear light, custom indicators, metalflake paint, lots of chrome, custom built air filter, fabricated rear number plate and light mount, harley headlamp cowl, reshaped mirrors.

I hope you like it, I have subscribed to your blog, keep up,the good work.

Best regards,


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Wwwwwow! Serious Garage builds!

Thanks to Jim Wiley for sending these in!You sir have some skills! Jim if you read this I’m sure folks might have some questions as to the builds. If you get a chance could you go through some of the bigger mods.


1971 Honda CB450K4 and a 1975 Honda/Harley CB750F both bikes built in my garage by myself.

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Budget Yamaha Cafe build pics from Brazil! You build what you can with what you have!

Thanks Rossi! Cool build! Further proof that you do NOT need big money to build a cool ride.

In Brazil we have a Yamaha RX 180 custom 2 stroke modified to café racer. I access your blog every day. Very good, congratulations.

Rossi Fernando








A great submittal from the Moscow motorcycle scene!

I’m jut posting this one up as-is! Great stuff!

Hello from Moscow !
You post “reader rides” from time to time, so here it is:

That’s me and my 1987 honda gb250 clubman bike:

Also we have just closed the 2012 riding season with our motorcycle
club, so maybe you will find it interesting too:

and a little movie:


Best regards,

Gorgeous 1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans series 1.

Jordan sends in this stunner of a Guzzi.

This is a 1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans series 1 that has had extensive work done by Rennsport.The engine has all the upgrades popular for the day.Dual plug heads ,rods,pistons,cam etc.Chromed BUB axhaust ,aftermarket mufflers.obviously custom paint reminscent of the 750S3 and 1000S.


A Fantastic Kawasaki Zephyr 1100 from the UK

Thanks much to Mark Gibson for some nice shots of one of my all time favorite bikes. I wish there were more of them around over here so I could get my hands on one!

Thought you might like a shot of my ZEP !? Blue sky,dry roads,full tank of gas,what more could any biker want! I’m an aging biker these days, but your website just keeps on bringing back the good times, fantastic, keep it going! I will send a couple more shots, regards mark.

Sounds like a perfect day! Thanks Much!

Another Chanderjeet Royal Enfield miracle build…

When I look at builds like this it humbles me. I realize that comparatively, I’m lazy slob who spends too much time thinking and not enough doing. Off to the shop with me to make amends to the gods of the mods..

And for crying out loud head over to the ADV rider build thread and check out the full history on this bike.

Hey there,

As you read in the title, the project was to fix an old beaten up 1965 Royal Enfield to a Scrambler. I live in New Delhi, India and this Enfield was originally imported from UK. All pics from start till today are updated on my advrider thread. Here’s the link ::

Also a little history on the project, this was my second project (you also featured my other project on your website. It was a Royal Enfield Cafe Racer). This has been named after my wife too (Richa + Enfield = Richenfield). Also, no fancy machines were involved in making of this bike as you will see in the pics, all custom work was done by hand and all body work was done the same way.

From this:

To this:

And finally arriving here:

Sweet CB500TT “Double Overhead Cam”

Sorry… had to mis a few days of posting… Got trapped at work on a big project.  36 out of 48 gets a bit rough…  Anyway I did find some nice surprises in my inbox starting with this beauty.  You know, if Honda were to build another modern retro they could do a lot worse than looking to their own past for inspiration.

Thanks Much to Shannon Hayes for these great shots.