Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nicely Done Quad Cam!

P120 Combat fighter, Its the new Pink!!!

There really aint much more you can say about these pictures that havent' been said for themselves! Its a beautifully engineered motorcycle! I love it!

These eventually will have to stop.

Found this Buell chop at Hot rodz in Fayetteville NC. Eventually, we will run out of the Buell power plant to build these one off creations.

This buell has really grabbed my attention!

Cause I want to do this......

With This.......

Moto Guzzi café racer

Moto Guzzi café racer
Italian Motor Magazine is carving a name for itself as a chronicler of very classy vintage and custom machinery. This Moto Guzzi is the star of issue #2, which has just been released.
The owner is mysteriously referred to only as ‘John W’. “I got my first Guzzi, a twin front disc V7 Sport in the early 90s,” John says. “And all of the Guzzis I’ve owned since, plus a couple of boxer BMWs, have been in a café racer style. When I decided to build one more a couple of years ago, I wanted to do it right—a more finished feel with some subtle touches, and I feel I’ve achieved that.”
Moto Guzzi café racer
The aluminum tank and seat are made by John Williams, and the frame is a Mk 2 Le Mans—with the rear rails removed and a seat support put in place. “The swinging arm has a small scallop (but not really big enough) to allow for a wider rear tyre,” says John, “and the wheels are anodised black 2.50 and 3.50 x 18 inch rims with black powdercoated hubs. The disc/bearing carriers were made to accept the later smaller discs.” The 41mm Paioli forks and yokes are from a Zane Laverda, as is the rear brake setup. “Steve at Bike Revival advised me and supplied a set of multi-adjustable YSS shocks. The stainless steel mudguard stays and headlamp brackets were specially fabricated. I’ve retained the linked brakes, as I really like them, but I have moved the splitter to under the seat to help keep the lines of the frame clean. (What a pain to bleed that was!). All of the electrics are hidden under the tank: coils, mini relays, fuse box, Dyna ignition and horn.”
Moto Guzzi café racer
“The engine is a fairly standard Le Mans V/1000S unit with lighter ringgear, alloy timing gears and re-angled, nearly straight carb inlet manifolds—it was one of those ‘phew!’ moments, as I wouldn’t have got the battery in otherwise! I rounded off the fins of the barrels slightly, and painted the whole lot black with spraycan engine enamel paint. It seems to work and last quite well, as my other two bikes are done with the same stuff.”
Moto Guzzi café racer
“The alloy clip-ons are Spondon. I worked out the throttle cable length and got Venhill to make them up—1 into 2, but using a twin pull alloy throttle housing that I happened to have. The downpipes are lengthened big bore Keihan items with a slight kick-up on them, and the silencers are cheap chrome shorty reverse cones. I did have to repack them as they were very loud… in fact, I can’t say they are quiet now but it did take a few decibels out of them.”
Italian Motor rode John’s Guzzi, and loved it. “It’s light, handles like no other Guzzi we’ve ridden, and is plain stunning. People stare at it because it has presence—it’s loud, handsome and embodies the finest ideals of cafe racer spirit and practice. John may be reticent about his skills but you need many of them, and a certain vision to create such a motorcycle.”

The 2013 Bike EXIF Top Ten

Vincent Black Shadow: Falcon Motorcycles' Black Falcon
Every six months we profile the greatest hits of Bike EXIF. It’s the definitive guide to current custom motorcycle trends: these are the bikes that sent traffic through the roof, struck a chord with our readers, and often triggered the most comments.
1. The Black Falcon (above). The clear winner this time round is the Black Falcon, the eagerly-awaited masterpiece from Ian Barry’s workshop in LA. The Vincent badge always goes down well with our readers, and this incredible machine clocked up over a thousand Facebook likes in a matter of days.
Triumph TR6 Tiger custom motorcycle
2. Triumph Tiger Custom (above). Our runner-up also has a strong old-school influence. This lovely 1967 Triumph Tiger was built by New Yorker Eric Henderson with a little help from his friends at TT Cycles. There’s nothing radical about this machine: just a clean and simple hardtail with perfect proportions and a beautiful finish.
Custom BSA motorcycle 'Son Of A Gun'
3. Son of A Gun BSA (above). Larry Houghton has a knack of building show winners, and Son of A Gun wowed the judges at the most recent Custom Chrome European Bike Show. It’s based on a BSA Gold Star, although you’d be hard pressed to tell. Truly original and surprisingly inexpensive—many of the parts came from eBay.
Triumph Bonneville
4. Atom Bomb Velvet Underground (above). Clay Rathburn is an old-school builder, doing most of the work himself—right down to building frames in-house. His ‘Doctor Who’ bike is one of my all-time favorites, so I’m glad to see his latest creation make the grade.
BMW R75/5 custom
5. Revival Cycles BMW R75/5 (above). It was a real mission to get images of this machine. And I half expected the reaction to be terrible. But it proved that originality is always a winner, and our servers almost melted down. Top marks to Bill Twitchel and his partners at Revival Cycles for producing a one-of-a-kind.
6. Untitled Motorcycles BMW R80 (above). It’s always gratifying to see a new workshop hit a home run. London-based Untitled takes old bikes and ‘recycles’ them into practical daily conveyances, perfect for blasting around the streets of Camden Town. The ‘Scrambler UM-2’ triggered uproar in the comments section, but most folks hit the ‘Like’ button. New releases from Untitled are on the way—stay tuned for details.
Harley-Davidson Sportster custom
7. Shaw Speed & Custom XLST3 (above). Just when I thought I’d seen every possible permutation of Sportster customizing, this one dropped into my inbox. It’s from a British Harley-Davidson dealer, and there’s nothing else quite like it. The dirt track influence is obvious, but there’s a lot of clever thinking in this machine and it’s not an XR750 clone. As one commenter said, “I am not the biggest Harley fan, but I would ride anything Harley that these guys could build.”
Honda CX500
8. Wrenchmonkees CX500 (above). No Bike EXIF Top Ten would be complete without an entrant from the mighty Wrenchmonkees of Denmark. And sure enough, their take on Honda’s lowly CX500 was a massive hit. According to the Copenhagen boys, the style is ‘chopper-racer’, and strangely enough, it works. Even more impressive is being able to pull off a paintjob in … brown.
Yamaha XJ900
9. Yamaha XJ900 custom (above). If I had to pick a theme for the first half of this year, it’d be ‘understatement’. Muted tones are the most popular, and amateur builders are showing just as much restraint as the pros. This delicious XJ900 is a case in point: it came from Australian builder Carlo Romanin, who has now set up shop as Halfway There Motorcycles. This bike is an iron fist in a velvet glove: it’s packing a 100 hp powerhouse motor, but speaks softly with warm gray paint and just a splash of color from the grips and instruments.
Kawasaki Z750B
10. Wrenchmonkees #18 (above). Another hit from the Wrenchmonkees, and one of my personal favorites. The ‘Monkees went to town on the Kawasaki Z750B motor, machining out the cylinders, fitting custom-made pistons, and giving the heads a port and polish. It’s reasonable to assume that #18 has got the ‘go’ to match the show.
All the bikes in this Top 10 were featured in the first six months of 2011. But honorable mentions should go to several bikes from 2010 that are still generating huge interest. At the top of this pile is the blacked-out BMW R60/2 from Blitz Motorcycles of France—one of the most controversial bikes we’ve ever featured. Another is the Ducati Diavel: our web exclusive is still going strong and attracting comments. (Was it really only launched eight months ago?)
Fitting within the 2011 timeframe but just missing the cut was John Pellow’s magnificent Taimoshan Super Café Racer—an Aprilia RSV-powered beast that’s probably one of the fastest road bikes we’ve ever featured.
So that’s the state of the custom motorcycle world today—or should I say, our readers’ visions of that world. Are there any machines you’re surprised not to see here?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ducati Information

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. is a motorcycle manufacturer in Bologna, Italy. It produces motorcycles for both road use and motorcycle racing.

Ducati 916
Ducati 916
In 1926, three brothers, Adriano, Marcello and Bruno Ducati, founded Societa Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna to produce vacuum tubes, condensers and other radio components, becoming successful enough by 1935 to construct a new factory in the Borgo Panigale area of the city. Production was maintained during World War II, despite the Ducati factory being a repeated target for Allied bombing.

Meanwhile, at the small Turinese firm SIATA (Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie), Aldo Farinelli began developing a small pushrod engine for mounting on bicycles. Barely a month after the official liberation of Italy in 1944, SIATA announced its intention to sell this engine, called the "Cucciolo" (Italian for "puppy," in reference to the distinctive exhaust sound) to the public. The first Cucciolos were available alone, to be mounted on standard bicycles, by the buyer; however, businessmen soon bought the little engines in quantity, and offered complete motorized-bicycle units for sale.

In 1950, after more than 200,000 Cucciolos had been sold, in collaboration with SIATA, the Ducati firm finally offered its own Cucciolo-based motorcycle. This first Ducati motorcycle was a 60 cc bike weighing 98 lb (44 kg) with a top speed of 40 mph (64 km/h) had a 15 mm carburetor giving just under 200 mpg (85 km/L). Ducati soon dropped the Cucciolo name in favor of "55M" and "65TL".

Ducati Wallpaper
Ducati Wallpaper
When the market moved toward larger motorcycles, Ducati management decided to respond, making an impression at an early-1952 Milan show, introducing their 65TS cycle and Cruiser (a four-stroke motor scooter). Despite being described as the most interesting new machine at the 1952 show, the Cruiser was not a great success, and only a few thousand were made over a two-year period before the model ceased production.

In 1953, management split the company into two separate entities, Ducati Meccanica SpA and Ducati Elettronica, in acknowledgment of its diverging motorcycle and electronics product lines. Ducati Elettronica became Ducati Energia SpA in the eighties. Dr. Giuseppe Montano took over as head of Ducati Meccanica SpA and the Borgo Panigale factory was modernized with government assistance. By 1954, Ducati Meccanica SpA had increased production to 120 bikes a day.
In the 1960s, Ducati earned its place in motorcycling history by producing the then fastest 250 cc road bike available, the Mach 1. In the 1970s Ducati began producing large-displacement L-twin (that is, a 90° V-twin) motorcycles and in 1973, released an L-twin with the trademarked desmodromic valve design. In 1985, Cagiva bought Ducati and planned to rebadge Ducati motorcycles with the lesser-known Cagiva name (at least outside of Italy). By the time the purchase was completed, Cagiva kept the "Ducati" name on its motorcycles. In 1996, Texas Pacific Group bought a 51% stake in the company for US$325 million; then, in 1998, bought most of the remaining 49% to become the sole owner of Ducati. In 1999, TPG issued an IPO of Ducati stock and renamed the company Ducati Motor Holding SpA. TPG sold over 65% of its shares in Ducati, leaving TPG the majority shareholder. In December 2005, Ducati returned to Italian ownership with the sale of Texas Pacific's stake (minus one share) to Investindustrial Holdings, the investment fund of Carlo and Andrea Bonomi.

From the 1960s to the 1990s, the Spanish company MotoTrans licensed Ducati engines and produced motorcycles that, although they incorporated subtle differences, were clearly Ducati-derived. MotoTrans's most notable machine was the 250 cc 24 Horas (Spanish for 24 hours).

Current lineup

Ducati Monster
Ducati Monster


The 2013 Ducati Monster 796 will be slotted into the calendar amid the 696 and 1100 models, both of which will still be produced. The new Monster is powered by an air-cooled Desmodue 796 engine, which aboriginal debuted in the Hypermotard 796 in backward 2009.


( 2013 ) DUCATI MONSTER 796

According to Ducati, the Monster 796 produces 87 hp at 8,250 rpm and has 58 ft-lb. of torque at 6,250 rpm, compared to the Hypermotard 796’s 81 hp at 8,000 rpm and 55.7 ft-lb. at 6,250 rpm.Like its beyond sibling, the M1100, the Monster 796 has a single-sided swingarm. The Ducati Monster 796 will be accessible in backward April as an aboriginal 2011 model.

The Ducati Monster 796 will be available in June at a price of $9,995. The Logomania Monster Art accessories are available for $599.99, but Ducati North America is offering a free kit with the purchase of a new 2009 or 2010 Monster 1100 or 1100S at participating dealers until June 30.