Yesterday, on a bit of an impulse, I dove into a world I know NOTHING about. The 70s and 80s UJM restoration / customization / coolalization world. On a bit of whim (read: I'm ridiculously impulsive), I sold my beloved 2005 Suzuki Boulevard M50. It simply wasn't seeing enough highway miles, and in the city, my KYMCO Venox 250 trumps all other motorcycles. Still, wanting something affordable, with a little more horsepower, and perhaps a little caught up in the Toronto cafe racer scene and the kustom kraze, I decided to jump on the opportunity to pick up a 1979 Honda CB650 for $800 with dreams of restoring her to her former greatness... or at least having one sweet ride!Read More »
If this era of motorcycling will be remembered for anything, it's the revival of old school. We've seen the Flake and Flames boys bringing back the Kustom Kulture. We've see Vespa Choppers. Finally, we're featuring something from an OEM. Royal Enfield is getting in on the craze with their very own Chrome Cafe Racer. You know, for those of us who can't invest a whole lot of time, or talent, into the return of retro. See the pics you can't find anywhere else on the web!Read More »
KYMCO's new flagship scooter, a 700cc fuel-injected, parallel twin road monster is set to land on North American shores in the next few months. The MyRoad 700i has been long awaited in the United States in Canada. We've been hearing about it for almost three years, and there's good reason for the all of the hype.Read More »
I put my motorcycles through hell, so every now and then I treat them to some little treasure. It's my way of saying "I know I abuse you, but I really do love you." Little upgrades like performance tires, exhaust systems, make the difference in a healthy moto-man relationship. Some people like to pack on the chrome, I settle for practical mods.
Of course, as someone without a life outside of motorcycles, girlfriends, buddies, and family, have no clue what to buy me. I'm sure there are many motorcycle rider spouses out there who find themselves wondering "What should I buy a motorcycle rider?". Here's one great suggestion.
At first thought, Vespas and choppers seem to have little in common. Choppers are ludicrous, oversized, exagerated monstrosities. Scooters are cute, fuzzy, small displacement and lightweight little machines. Despite their differences, both scooters and choppers rose to popularity following World War II. The history of war vets having returned home and began stripping and customizing their motorcycles is well documented. Likewise, today's pop culture image of the scooter is the evolution of a 1940s Cushman design.
It wouldn't be long before counter culture and popular culture flirted. Did good corrupt evil, or did evil see the light? Have a look at these rare Vespa Choppers from an era gone by and decide.
I once learned the hard way that if a motorcycle has been too molested, that is, if it’s been too modified by the wrong hands, it should be avoided. Last night, whether out of stupidity, forgetfulness, or a stroke of genius, I decided to ignore this lesson.
I bought a heavily modified 1990 Honda Hawk NT650 GT, with various Honda and Buell pieces on the front, Ducati parts on the back, and some aftermarket parts thrown in for good measure. I’m diggin’ it.
The Diavel is Ducati’s coup de gras, something the company has never done before. It’s a courageous and audacious move that has split motorcyclists in two: those who absolutely love it, and those who find it absurd. Not a custom, ...Read More »
Akrapovic is a Slovenian manufacturer known for their proven exhausts from Moto GP to Enduro and Motocross, Akrapovic is now dabbing into custom motorcycles. Their latest, the Morsus, is a chopperesque beauty with sportbike like ergonomics and suspension. From Dream Machine Customs, she's a beauty.Read More »
Neither sportbike, nor cruiser. Neither Harley, nor Porsche. The Street Rod is a conundrum of a motorcycle. Original V-Rod owners and fans wailed about the suspension, both front and rear, and the V-Rod's unsporting handling, particularly in corners. Say what you well about Harley-Davidson's creative and marketing departments but these guys know exactly what they're doing and they know how to take a hint.Read More »
The secret is out! KYMCO has announced their new 2012 models. They will be offering four new scooters to us, with the new models ranging from 50cc to 200cc. The new models feature some great tech specs and these scooters shouldn't be overlooked by any current or future motorcycle rider.Read More »