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Tord Rosenvang from Sweden shares pics of his hotrod Z900
Tord Rosenvang, owner of JMX Engineering out of Ljungby, Sweden recently contacted Classic-Japanese-Bikes to offer up this gorgeous Kawasaki z900 for our enjoyment. There's a table of specifications and descriptions of work done on this hotrod Kawasaki below. You can click on any image to visit the JMX Engineering facebook page.
Don't you just love the '70s vibe of the paintwork on that tank? Totally classic look. But what really gets me going is that amazing bike lift and work-shop. Holy shit that's nice!
Many thanks to Mr. Rosenvang for sharing his amazing z900 with classic-Japanese-Bikes. With this kind of engineering and workmanship, let's hope there's many more to come. Cheers Tord!
A quick YouTube look at David Silver's Vintage Honda Museum
Yamaha XSR900 - Retro Classic video review
Yamaha XSR900 and XSR700 series retro-classics have been a big success for Yamaha's motorsports division and here's why. This is a great recent video review of the XSR900 which hearkens back to the popular and stylish colours of the seventies.
Kawasaki History Video. By The Discovery Channel
The Story of Seventies Superbikes- A short video
Yamaha SCR950 modern retro classic
YAMAHA has revealed this new entry in its ‘Sport Heritage’ range, a 942cc air-cooled V-twin based on the XV950 but reimagined as a ‘street scrambler’.
Called the SCR950, it’s got wide handlebars, a wire-spoked 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear and a ‘high, flat seat to achieve an involved riding position’ according to Yamaha.
In line with other models in the XV and Sports Heritage range, it’s designed to be customised, the firm says.
It’s got a wrap-around two-into-one exhaust with an upswept silencer and ‘scrambler design features' including a flangeless teardrop 13.2-litre tank.
‘Heavy duty’ Bridgestone tyres are ‘built to handle the street and the dirt,’ Yamaha says, and the 830mm-high seat (140mm higher than the XV’s) means more ground clearance, at 145mm.
The 41mm conventional forks give 135mm of travel and feature gaiters, while the shocks at the back have piggyback reservoirs and offer 110mm of wheel movement.
The SCR950 has a 298mm wavey single front disc and an LCD speedometer with a smoked lens.
The ‘high-torque’ engine makes 52.1hp and 58.6lbft.
Complete Cafe Racer Ltd.
Got an email the other day from Tony. He informed me of this new enterprise he's embarked upon. I checked it out and thought this is a website you readers should know about. So here is an introduction and I'll let Tony tell the story...
"Who is Complete Cafe Racer Ltd?
I’m Tony Garnham-Parks and I’m the lucky bloke who get’s the posh title of Managing Director but actually gets to work with the love of my life (not the wife!), motorbikes! Ever since I was a small boy I can remember taking motorbikes to bits with my Dad and then putting them back together, tweaking the engine bits and doing the paint jobs to make them look amazing. My early career included a spell as a salesperson selling motorbike oils, clothing and the like before setting up my own businesses including a spell as a show florist at one point (yes really!) before getting back to motor bikes and everything round them.
What are we?"
Click below to learn more...
Chinthaka's fathers beloved Suzuki GP100
Chinthaka from Sri Lanka recently asked me to post his father's cherished and pristine Suzuki GP100 with a few words describing the reasons and a link to his blog, giving many details and specifications about the bike.
Says Chinthaka; "Hello, my dad owns a Suzuki GP 100 that is more than 30 years old. But oh boy, it still is a beauty! Gleaming, looks like just out of the show room. Dad is near seventy but he still cares for that bike like it is his own child. Literally dotes on it."
Here's the bike blog and some nice pictures of this superbly kept vintage Suzuki...
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Japanese Vintage Motor Cycle Suzuki GP 100 dimensions explained!
This blog provides kind of insight into my earlier blog post on the dimensions of my dad’s Suzuki GP 100. Readers came up with interesting technical questions and I would try my best to answer them, in a simple way.
Overall length, width and height of a motor cycle are not that hard to understand. Imagine the GP 100 as a wooden bench in your room. There is an overall length, width and height for that too. Got the point? Apply the same to GP 100 and you are okay.
Now, the wheelbase. Yeah. Take a look at the front and rear wheels of a motor bike. There are center points on each wheel. At each center point, there is an axle. Good. The distance between those front and rear axles is called the wheelbase. It is a sort of length...
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Mellowmotorcycles Cafe Racer Suzuki GS1000
I was contacted by Mellowmotorcycles and they graciously asked if I could report on two of their recent builds. After having a long look I thought "Hell yes!". I was linked to one of my favourite websites aptly named Return Of The Cafe Racers and was very highly impressed...
Mellowmotorcycles Suzuki Gs550
`Roaring machines to escape from the madness`
"This is the mantra of newly formed 'Mellow Motorcycles' in the south of Germany. After running their own separate companies for several years workshop co-founders Flo Hubert and Amir Brajan combined their skills to form Mellow, taking a more relaxed approach to business than in their previous pursuits. Mellow aims to focus on the production of cafe racer styled custom motorcycles and their first build, a '79 Suzuki GS550 paints a good picture of what the pairs capablities are.
Flo's experience in the custom scene began in the 4 wheeled world building custom cars that adorned the covers of custom mags around Europe. His next venture saw his producing aftermarket wheels for luxury vehicles and race cars. Meanwhile Amir is a seasoned motorcycle mechanic with advanced skills in fabrication. He's also a seasoned racer, running his own race team and building his own race bikes that won him some prestigious trophies from the European race circuit.
Get Mellow by clicking on the bike pics.
THE BUILD: HOW THE MASTERS DESIGN CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES
In The Build, Robert Hoekman Jr compiles insights from today's best builders to help you plot out your own beautiful beast. Loaded with photos, The Build features firsthand advice from the masters of moto design, including John Ryland (Classified Moto), Alan Stulberg (Revival Cycles), Jared Johnson (Holiday Customs), Jarrod DelPrado (DP Customs), and the legendary Max Hazan (Hazan Motorworks).
The Build is as much a 192-page motorcycle art book as it is a blueprint to building the perfect custom bike. The book is the bible of custom motorcycle design, starting with an explanation of all the different bike styles, and then moving into a concise, easy-to-read guide that takes from finding a donor bike to figuring out how to alter the lines to your liking. The book also covers selecting and building parts, painting and finishing, and what kind of performance modifications might be appropriate.
It's time to do it yourself. Get The Build.
Mike Carpenter from California wrote recently with a request to share his memories of his childhood best friend Guy Lindenberger and their common enthusiasm for motorbikes of all sorts.
And above all, their great friendship. It's a touching ode to a long lost friend and their shared experience, and Mikes' quest to get this legendary model 1970 Kawasaki H1 500 back to pristine condition. I'll let Mike tell the story...
Here's CafeRacerKits again with a couple samples of their superb ummm...cafe racer kits. Perfect. I nailed it!
The history of the W1 can be traced back to 1960 and the early K1, a motorcycle developed by the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Meguro. Meguro had first started producing motorcycles back in 1909 and had modeled the K1 on the English BSA A7 as a replacement for their single cylinder Meguro Z7.
I found this great site while tooling aimlessly around the web. Needless to say I was delighted to see a fellow enthusiast who appreciates owning stellar examples of the milestone Japanese classics of the 1970s. Below are some great pics of Paul Braces'...
I also found this website while browsing around the ol' web. It's primarily about classic Japanese OFF-ROAD motorcycles and it's entertaining as well as informative...
Everything you need to know to restore or customize your classic Japanese motorcycle.
Whether you want to correctly restore a classic Japanese motorcycle or create a modified, custom build, you need the right information about how to perform the mechanical and cosmetic tasks required to get an old, frequently neglected, and often long-unridden machine back in working order. How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Japanese Motorcycles is...