Sunday, August 24, 2014

The last of the Bosozoku ? - mid-weight custom gallery at BURST CITY, Japan

Another custom house in Japan, but one still doing the older Bosozoku style rides, usually on 400cc bikes - here's the link: (click on 'album' for images)

Honda CRM250 Mk.1 (R) - Early '90's Enduro

A popular custom model in Japan, the Honda CRM250's are hard to find and are a great fun light weight 2 stroke hooligan bike.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Suzuki T500 Vintage Speedway Sidecar on eBay

An old Beauty well restored - there's a crazy bloke around here with a Kwaka 750 Mach 3 sidecar, but that's another story...
Here's the link:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Yamaha SR250 "Type 4" by Auto Fabrica, via Bike Shed

Another SR, but this 250 conjures up mini trials bikes from Europe on the 70's and is detailed nicely (apart from the usual 'no front guard' criticisms, which I agree with - a white plastic mini VMX guard on the front would look perfect). Made by Auto Fabrica:
via the comprehensive Bike Shed website:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Honda RC250M - 1981, from the "" VMX website

An amazing collection of works and title winning vintage motocross bikes from the era when every season bought radical changes, and the the makes were radically different from each other.
The RC250 shows well how the manufacturers were grappling with new design, and air cooled engines were still dominant.
This extraordinary collection belongs to Terry Good of Chicago - Tons of pics and great informaton including current 'historics' events. Put aside a lazy hour before you visit.....
Here's the link:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Husqvarna post classic road racing ! Husky 400 MX coversion to road racer - Take that Suzuki Titan.

Don't know much about this 2 stroke MX conversion to road racing, other than it would give the Suzuki Titans a run for their money....
here's where I found it:Husky road racer

Friday, May 2, 2014

Suzuki TS250K Savage1973 - the pioneers bike

 A beaut colour scheme for the 73 model - a true woodsmans workhorse
The US brochure
 the 74 model
the 76 model - sportier design elements creeping in

 1977 - the last of the pre-plastics

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boldor Yamaha XS1100 Endurance Racer

Found this on a few different pages featuring the Sonauto sponsored bikes of the day. Here's the blurb from the XS1100 UK  forum:

Yamaha delivers the latest design from Guy Fior. A machine built according to avant-garde design for a team committed to having a motor bike this year to compete in the World Championship . The biggest difference here is the exchange of the Honda RS engine for a Yamaha 1100. Directly prepared in Japan, and provided by Yamaha Amsterdam with the assistance of Sonauto  (Conk having particular influence with the cycle parts)  This engine delivers approximately 130 hp @ 9500 rpm, and has had it's original shaft final drive system replaced with a more traditional chain.

Good fuelling is ensured by two twin-choke carburettors with horizontal bodies, manufactured by Mikuni under Solex licence. Dual ignition utilises two original electronic systems in parallel. A wet sump lubrication system is retained. However, not all is original: The clutch has a hydraulic control and the gearbox box is of racing type. The original double cradle frame has been replaced for more rigidity, the engine is suspended from the framework by its cylinder head. Side suspension, one finds the original achievements of Conk, with single Koni shock absorber and drives out adjustable by eccentric with the front one. Koni adjustable shock absorber in relaxation and compression also for the back system cantilever. In full race trim with fuel & oil on board, the Conk special tips the scales at 195 kg.

Here's the XS1100 UK forum: