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Outstanding BMW R71 “Replica”…

I didn’t get a lot of info on this.  Can someone enlighten me?  I suspect it’s a “knock off” kitted out to look like an early BMW?  Or am I way off here.  Not my area of expertise… obviously.  This was sent to me as a for sale post way back in November so I would think it’s sold by now.  But all the same… Great looking scoot though!

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Some nice shots from the Barber Vintage Festival!

Thanks Kurt! Fantastic stuff! And I love your choice of “Sport Tourer” for the ride!

Hey Steve, I just got back from the BVF and I thought you might like some pics. My wife and I rode our 1982 Honda CB900F there 750 mi. round trip from Asheville,NC. The trip during the fall colors was awesome and as a bonus we got to meet Richard Backus from Motorcycle Classics magazine, he seems like a great guy and he had his Laverda RGS1000 there. Enjoy. Kurt

A nice video report from India on the new Royal Enfield Cafe Racer.

A huge thank you to Jonathan Garrish for the “field reporting” on this really nice ride. To be release in India for 2013. I’d be hugely surprised if it gets released with this level of components but it’s a hell of a pre-production / concept. No word if it will be coming to the us. Here’s a link to a decent report from January on Motorcycle USA

I thought you might like this vid of a beautiful new Enfield cafe racer. I don’t know anything about the bike, except that in’s not a concept, but is some kind of pre-production prototype that *may* turn into reality in 2013. Woot!

Some Really Cool Motorcycle Art/Sculpture and a Sweet XS650 tracker.

Thanks to Ted Brecheisen for these really interesting shots.

Hey Steve,

I went to Sheridan, IN last weekend to a very cool place that is like a museum but is also a shop. The XS 650 Yamaha was a stock bike he found in the weeds a couple of blocks from his house. It’s on the way to a great looking flat tracker.

Don Christy makes “cycle art” from junk parts and bicycle frames. Everything is miss-matched. On one piece the v-twin’s cylinders are made from plastic drain pipe. The crankcases on many are made from cake pans. Very creative. More pics are at

Thanks for a great blog,

Wow! That’s my kind of art! Talk about shopcraft as soulcraft! And a great way to make a living too! I really like that style and that XS is sweet! Thanks Much Ted!

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Reader submittal. Great Kodachrome historical racing shots.

Fantastic historical shots. I love old shots like this taken by the fans. I imagine there’s a TON of it out ther. hint hint… 🙂

Thanks to Tom Leeming who wrote in:

Hi Steve,

Found these over the weekend in my archives. Gary Nixon and Kenny Roberts at Loudon nationals 1973. 250 Class which Gary won. Interesting that while riding for Suzuki in the open class Gary rode a Yamaha (I assume as an independent) in the 250 class.
Tom Leeming

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.

A Chang Jiang 750 built by Bandit9. Fantastic build from a new custom builder based in China.

Daryl Villanueva writes in with some information on his new venture. I really like this bike. Nice balanced lines and I bet it’s an excellent rider. Very well done.

I’m Daryl Villanueva, an advertising creative director and motorcycle designer. I’ve just moved to Beijing and opened up my own motorcycle design company – Bandit9. Anyway, I wanted to share my very first build, Bandit #1: Loki, with your readers. Feel free to use the pics attached. Loki is a customized Chang Jiang 750, an old chinese military model that usually comes as a sidecar.

This was the guinea pig of the company just to see how far I can stretch my ideas in China. The language barrier makes it tough to create the perfect parts…but I’m learning to work within the box. I expect the next Bandit9 bike to kick some ass.

You can check out my temporary website and blog:


A Cafe’d Goldwing.

Regular contributor Chuck Lathe from North Carolina was kind enough to grab some shots of this modded Goldwing. I’ve always liked these builds. A lot of folks don’t know that the original Goldwings were intended as performance bikes and they only became tourers when folks started setting them up that way.

Just noticed the wwwwiiiide handlebars! Jebus!

Thanks again Chuck!