The 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 model range takes the best from the world of cruisers and adjusts it to match the size, experience and demands of riders who are just starting out. Each of the three models, Classic, Classic LT and Custom are set to offer a different kind of riding experience and the new Special Edition version derived from the Custom model follows the trend towards Dark Custom motorcycles that Harley-Davidson started.
Harley-Davidson enthusiast and Johnny Cash fan Julian Grindall commissioned Shaw Speed and Custom Shop to build him what he calls the “Get Rhythm” motorcycle, which is actually a tribute to Johnny Cash.
Talking about his inspiration source, Grindall said: "For me & the creation of a Johnny Cash tribute bike was quiet simple, the love of motorcycles especially Harley-Davidson and the music of an iconic performer & song writer."
Dubbed the Johnny Cash bike, this custom is based on a 2004 Harley-Davidson Nightrain and it features a multitude of PM parts such as the wheels, Phatail kit and controls, just to mention a few. It also received an RSD Vintage seat and gas tank after being significantly lowered in a successful attempt to make it look sleeker.
The custom paintjob was signed by Image Design and although black is the dominating color this is surely one bike that won’t pass unnoticed, but we just can’t see what makes it a tribute to Johnny Cash apart from “the title of the bike “Get Rhythm” was an obvious choice. This great song of Johnnies describing the rhythm of the shoe shine boy betting the blues and the rhythm of the Harley V twin, perfect.”
Apart from providing motorcycle gear for speed junkies, Icon also like to get their hands dirty from time to time while customizing, obviously, Japanese motorcycles. One of their latest creations is actually called the Kawazuki, originally a 1979 Kawasaki KZ1000 with an ordinary destiny, but which ended up with a modified frame (mounts for rearsets included), a Suzuki SV1000 monoshock and front end as well as with a ’92 GSX-R750 swingarm and rear wheel.
The original engine was fitted with a 1075cc Wiseco big bore kit so that this classic would keep up with modern bikes, but it is a pleasure just to look at it.
Belarus isn’t precisely the destination of Hollywood stars passionate about riding, but it may very well be that soon as in a small shop, Yuri Shif Custom has created the DUster Streetfighter, a multiple award winning custom motorcycle.
Starting from a Ducati Monster engine and transmission, the Belarusian builder then fabricated the frame, bodywork and swingarm rear suspension and added a modified Showa fork only to obtain the bike’s unique stance. But as they say, it’s all in the details, so the all white finish with gold and Italian themes is, as strange as it might seem, this bike’s piece de resistance. To us, the clean profile of those big white wheels with custom perimeter brakes is just crazy.
The DUster holds the Best Streetfighter trophy from the latest Custombike show in Germany as well as the Best International Builder award, which it received at the Verona expo in Italy a couple of months back.
“Push it to the limit and beyond.” This should be the motto behind this amazing trike project that we recently came across while surfing the web. It is more like a limo trike built in the hot rod style and powered by a Volkswagen motor, but these are all car words. What makes it appear on the motorcycle page of this website is the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy front end. This last “detail” and the fancy limousine-like interior could easily turn this into the world’s most luxurious trike if an award will ever be given for this.
The MV Agusta Brutale was Italy’s best naked motorcycle so far, but it now has to make room for an improved version of itself, the Tamborini Corse T1. The custom bike wears the Massimo Tamburini fingerprint as his son Andrea is the man behind this project. That being mentioned, we can already start thinking at an infinite number of features making this motorcycle exquisite, but apart from the obvious carbon fiber and aluminum parts, there haven’t yet been mentioned the upgrades that make the Italian bike so great.
Bikers can either buy the custom Tamborini Corse T1 (the price hasn’t yet been mentioned) as a ready-to-ride motorcycle or transform the Brutale and F4 from MV Agusta as well as the Ducati 1198 superbike and naked Monster into what they see in the pictures using restyling kits and hop-up parts offered by Tamborini Corse. Click past the break for more pics.
Although Buell doesn’t build bikes any more, their 1125R half-faired superbike remains a machine with great tuning potential and we’ve seen some good ones ever since HD decided to kill Buell last year, but none is as good as the Magpul Ronin Buell 1125R with girder suspension.
Looking at it, it’s easy to think this bike actually suffered no modifications whatsoever as the girder front end looks similar to the original frame and swingarm, but it completely changes the whole look of the bike. There’s actually much more to it than just the girder suspension, but little information is available and we hear we can’t really hope for a production version as this is pretty much a demonstration of power right here and not quite THE way to go big on the highly competitive market of custom motorcycles.
Through this post, we’re trying to say that although the motorcycle industry is successfully trying to implement motorcycle airbags (see the Honda Goldwing ), some users just don’t need any whatsoever as they have their own to serve and protect them. For instance, this sexy chick may have very well found them in an accessories catalog and they say these things do their job beautifully even when the user is not riding. Great!
We rarely get to see an Italian fingerprint on a British bike, so when we heard about the Triumph Scrambler special recently launched by TPR, a Milan-based firm, we simply had to find out more about it. And we did. This Urban Scrambler, which is reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s, is actually built around the classic Bonneville chassis, but receives its juice from an 800cc twin cylinder engine. This should keep the company’s first production special more than interesting for customers a long time after being purchased.
While we may not know if the great majority of those customers will be from Italy or GB, we do know they’ll most likely be attracted by the high-level dual exhaust (one pipe on each side), polished number boards and detailed finish.
Like any self-respecting special, TPR’s Triumph Scrambler comes with a price tag that positions it right on the thin edge between decently-priced and expensive: €14,000 ($19,779).
More information and pictures on the official TPR website.
Harley-Davidson has today revealed their latest “all-new” motorcycle that they add to the 2010 Sportster 1200 lineup, the Forty-Eight. While the bike gets the consecrated H-D air-cooled Evolution 1200 engine and five-speed transmission, Sportster fans will most likely be attracted by the radical new stylistic approach, meaning low profile custom handlebar with under-mounted mirrors, a shorty-style front mudguard and a cut-down rear one, both being wrapped around 16” fat, 150-section tires. The solo seat is positioned at only 26 inches from the ground and we also like the fact that the ’48 features a multitude of blacked-out components. Starting at $10,499 in black, the latest Sportster 1200 qualifies as an entry-level H-D with high-end finishing touches. Also, there’s an abundance of options, including a pillion seat kit, but find out more in the press release after the jump.