We kick off this week’s compilation with a Honda Dominator from Australia, and end it off with two electrical scooters from Indonesia. Wedged in between are an obscure Japanese BMW lookalike, a two-stroke Yamaha bobber and the holy union of a Buell engine and a Voxan body.
Honda NX650 Dominator by Gasoline Motor Co. This black magnificence comes from Gasoline Motor Firm in Sydney, Australia. Constructed for a consumer in Melbourne, Gasoline sourced a pair of Honda Dominators from a farm in Albury Wodonga. That’s 5 and a half hours from Sydney—however by the appears to be like of it, it was a worthwhile journey.
Utilizing the very best bits of each bikes to create a superb place to begin, the group started working. Up entrance is a set of early mannequin Yamaha R6 forks, bolted to the body utilizing particular components from Cognito Moto within the US. There are additionally new rims, spokes and a elaborate twin brake disc equipment.
The engine was handled to a full rebuild, full with an outsized piston. Painted black with the fins and RFVC lettering skimmed for distinction, it appears to be like model new.
Boosting the 644 cc lump is a brand new flat-slide FCS carb with a DNA filter. All that scorching air exits from a recent stainless-steel exhaust, full with an Arrow muffler.
The electrics received an enormous improve as effectively. There are LEDs throughout with the brand new headlight mounted on customized brackets. A Motogadget management unit takes care of all of the pondering, with the bike fully rewired from scratch. Kellermann indicators and tail mild are barely seen.
The tank was donated by a Honda CG125, and after the gas cap was recessed, it was completed in black with a shocking gold flake stripe. There’s a brand new chocolate brown leather-based seat, sitting atop a customized subframe.
Followers of the outdated large crimson thumper may even discover that the mono-shock is gone; Gasoline changed it with a extra conventional twin shock setup.
From farm hack to metropolis scrambler, all of Gasoline’s onerous work has paid off. It’s 1/5 on this week’s Velocity Learn roster, however it scores a 5/5 from me. [Gasoline Motor Co. | Images by Adrian Veale]
1965 Marusho ST 500 You’d be forgiven for pondering this can be a classic BMW, however take a better look and also you’ll see that this isn’t a German machine. It is a Marusho ST 500, in-built 1965 in Hamamatsu, Japan.
After apprenticing to Soichiro Honda, Masashi Itō broke away from Honda and began the Marusho firm. It was a comparatively short-lived motorbike producer, beginning in 1948 and shutting in 1967. However they made just a few fashions of be aware—like this horizontally-opposed, shaft drive, 500 cc touring bike.
In what appears to be like like half Honda Dream, half BMW R50, the Marusho 500 ST is definitely a good-looking machine. The tall, large handlebars and lengthy seat make it good for giant days on the highway with the five hundred cc flat twin purring alongside beneath you.
The engine does bear a putting resemblance to an outdated BMW boxer. There isn’t a lot data on the market about these bikes, however I can solely assume that the design was based mostly on BMW’s for good cause. The attractive peanut-shaped rocker covers are simply eliminated for valve changes, and, actually, it seems that not a single piece of bodywork must be eliminated to service the bike.
Burn Up Firm Classic Bikes in Florida is presently providing this authentic instance on the market. Full with the unique key, toolbox and even exhaust, this may make an incredible addition to any traditional storage or assortment.
Please wait whereas I rush out and purchase this. [More]
Yamaha Y15ZR by Nasir Morni The Yamaha Y15ZR doesn’t get numerous consideration within the West. Nonetheless, elsewhere on the earth, the ‘underbone’ class of bikes is big. Not that the bike you’re right here resembles a manufacturing unit Y15ZR in any method, form or kind.
It is a customized creation by Nasir Morni, from the Malaysian facet of Borneo. Impressed by the stripped-down Harley-Davidson seashore and board monitor racers of the early Nineteen Thirties, Nasir made virtually every thing on this bobber by hand.
The body is all-new, and is predicated on the traditional Harley VL fashions. The tank was lifted from a Dyna and was initially one piece, however Nasir cut up it in twain and narrowed it right down to look slimmer. The cut up tank serves two functions: one half holds gas, and the opposite homes the bike’s electronics.
Together with the cut up tank is one other very distinctive characteristic: the brakes. Or, the dearth of any seen brakes. So how does it cease?
For those who look carefully on the left facet, you’ll discover an additional sprocket behind the engine, linked to a really cleverly-designed braking system that Nasir constructed from a small drum brake hub. Impressed by Max Hazan’s KTM construct from just a few years in the past, the brake sneakers apply braking power to the drum, which is linked to the sprocket. As a lot because it messes with my thoughts, I like it—and Nasir reviews that it really works very effectively.
There are such a lot of components to absorb it’s onerous to the touch on every thing in so few phrases. Taking 5 months to construct every thing across the Y15ZR engine and radiator, the bike was displayed at Artwork of Velocity 2022—Malaysia’s premier customized tradition present.
Buell ‘SR1’ by RD Kustom Typically you got down to full a job just for issues to not go in response to plan. This 1200 cc Buell-powered CNC-machined masterpiece has a narrative like that. What began out as a father and son mission became a one-of-a-kind machine, being awarded Finest in Present on the 2022 AMD Championship in Italy final month.
Constructed by Michael Messina and his son Jimmy, that is the primary construct from France’s RD Kustom—the ‘SR1.’ The unique plan was to take a Buell S1 engine and marry it to a Voxan body.
If Voxan isn’t acquainted to you, they’re a French motorbike producer that was purchased by the Monaco-based firm Venturi in 2010. They solely produce electrical bikes now, however earlier than the buyout they produced some relatively attention-grabbing petrol-powered bikes. Notable options on Voxan bikes are their spherical part, twin-spar body, and their V-twin engine that acts as a careworn member.
With all their similarities, changing the Voxan motor with a Buell mill needs to be simple, proper? It ought to have been, however after Jimmy was recognized with lung most cancers, the entire plan received turned the other way up. Jimmy is a mechanical engineer and an skilled racing mechanic, however as a consequence of his chemotherapy, he needed to depart his job. So the weekend mission grew to become a life mission.
Beginning with only a 3D scan of the engine, Jimmy modeled your entire bike digitally in Solidworks. What he did subsequent is nothing wanting unbelievable—he CNC machined each half he wanted out of aluminum, then assembled it like a Meccano set across the Voxan body.
The entrance ‘block’ is the place the front-end attaches, and homes the air inlet. The rear block serves as an oil tank, engine, swingarm and suspension mount. Every part, together with the single-sided swingarm, triple clamps, body tubes and the bodywork, was constructed from scratch.
For those who just like the look of this (and let’s be sincere, who wouldn’t?), Michael and Jimmy have plans to do a small run of those bikes and stay their very own American Dream. The place do I enroll? [RD Kustom Facebook]
NIU Gova by Smoked Storage Electrical bikes are taking off in an enormous method, however with costs the place they’re presently, I’m not prone to fork out my hard-earned simply but. Electrical scooters soften the blow considerably.
Considerably cheaper than full-fat electrical bikes, e-scoots make numerous sense. Although the bodywork and design enable ample room for batteries and the electrical motor, vary nervousness shouldn’t be a difficulty. In spite of everything, in case you’re an electrical scooter, it’s city adventures you’ve received in thoughts.
The group at Smoked Storage in Indonesia really feel the identical method about private electrical mobility, in order that they’ve teamed up with NIU to provide some relatively slick scoots. NIU is a Chinese language firm, making slick-looking scooters which are additionally obtainable in Europe and North America.
Primarily based on the NIU Gova mannequin, Smoked has provide you with two designs: one for ripping round downtown, and one for persevering with adventures as soon as the pavement ends.
The Gova ‘Journey’ mannequin boasts new grips, hand guards, and crash bars to guard the bike (and your limbs) from stray foliage. There are highly effective LED lights all spherical, together with some very ADV-looking fog lights up the entrance.
There’s additionally a brand new paint job and a brown leather-based seat. Knobbly tires, a brand new footbed and a skateboard/surfboard rack spherical out the journey package deal.
The Gova ‘C.Racer’ is a stripped-down, street-ready affair. The matte inexperienced paint with yellow accents is especially good, tying in with the brand new piggyback shock absorber within the again. It’s a tidier package deal than the Journey mannequin, with the one protrusions being the small, bar-end mirrors.
The seat is black and modeled within the café racer type everyone knows and love. I’m undecided if the Pirelli Diablo Superbike slicks are a meme, however I just like the look of them nonetheless.
Restricted to only 100 items every, in case you can see your self slipping silently by way of the streets (or forest) on certainly one of these, give Smoked a shout. [Smoked Garage]