Deus Customs is a motorcycle tuning company based in Australia that specializes in building custom bikes for custom people. One of their recent creations is the French Connection, a custom-made bike that was built and designed specifically for Moto GP1 star, Randy De Puniet.
For this bike, De Puniet wanted something that could pass as a middleweight, 2-up, twin-type that is versatile enough to hit the city streets while having enough durability to last during those out-of-town trips.
To get the bike up-to-character, Deus painted the Kawasaki W650-based French Connection bike with an orange, white, and black paint finish. The tuning firm also dressed up the rims and hubs in a black satin film while fitting in a vintage style headlight that supports the tachometer.
Deus also tweaked the bike’s performance set-up, working around its 649cc engine and putting new K&N filters and a custom 2-into-2 system. The company also modified the forks before dressing up the front and rear guards in a pair of Firestone tires.
All in all, we think that Randy De Puniet enjoyed his new custom bike. As far as we’re concerned, the name by itself - the French Connection - is enough for us to notice it.
Few may have heard of the Tarantulas, a motorcycle custom garage based in the Portland, Oregon that specializes in bike restorations and custom builds. But with their skill and talent in building some pretty slick machines, due props have to be given out.
One of their creations that sparked some interest is called the Natural, a restored and modified 1976 Honda CB750F SS that drives home the classic touches mixed in with modern modifications.
According to the Tarantulas, the bike took a couple of years to make and started off as an abandoned bike that was eventually turned into a classic piece of steel and muscle. To give the bike the look of a neo-retro cruiser, the Tarantulas decided to give it a brushed metal treatment complemented by leather-looking vinyl, gum rubber, and Tarozzi rear seats that will be stripped down and powder-coated.
Other design details about the Natural include custom clip-ons, a new rear cowel with an oil tank and battery box, new headlight ears, levers and hard lines, all of which were built by James Crowe and his boys over at Crowe Customs.
The Suzuki Boulevard C50T differentiates itself from its brethren as a bike that offers luxurious levels of comfort and ergonomics while also boasting a powerfully tuned powertrain.
Comfortable seating has always been a trademark for Suzuki and the Boulevard C50T is no different. The wide, well-sculpted leather-textured spacious seat offers a low 27.6" seat height, and it comes with a matching touring-style backrest with unique pivoting backrest pad for increased comfort. Wide handlebars, forward-mounted floorboards, and foot controls provide a comfortable ride while large-capacity, textured-leather saddlebags with Boulevard emblems and convenient twist-lock fasteners offer plenty of storage capacity.
The Boulevard C50T is powered by a narrow 805cc, fuel injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder, 45-degree V-twin engine that has been tuned for exceptional low RPM power and torque. A 32-bit ECM also comes as part of the set-up, providing precise control of ignition timing and multi-hole-type injectors ensuring quick starts and excellent driveability under all conditions. Another important element to the Boulevard’s C50T is Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) electronic fuel-injection system. This allows the bike to maintain optimum air velocity in the intake tract for smooth low-to mid-RPM throttle response. Lastly, the Boulevard C50T comes with a wide-ratio five-speed transmission that features a high fifth gear ratio, enabling you to enjoy the cruiser’s unbridled power as you blast off into the open road.
As far as handling, the Boulevard C50T boasts of a cradle-type steel frame with telescopic forks that provide 5.5" of wheel travel. The forks also have polished aluminum sliders and polished stainless steel stanchion-tube covers for a distinct look. A link-type rear suspension is shaped to mimic the hard-tail lines of a traditional cruiser, connecting a truss-style swing arm and a single shock absorber with 7-way spring preload adjustability providing 4.1" of smooth and responsive suspension travel.
Find out more about the Suzuki Boulevard C50T after the jump.
French bike builder, Lazareth, has come out with their latest creation, which not only raises eyebrows for its design, but also because of the power train it carries.
The vehicle is called the Wazuma V8F, a quad vehicle that looks the part of a trike, except that it actually has four wheels. The standard three-wheel configuration makes it confusing but upon further inspection, you’ll notice that it actually has a pair of rear tires attached closely together.
The curious design of the Wazuma V8F is one of many things that are peculiar about this vehicle. For a bike of its size, Lazareth put a lot of attention in adding some expensive parts, including the extensive use of carbon fiber that can be found all over the machine. On top of that, the Wazuma V8F also has a new set of modified 18" MOMO wheels to go with Brembo caliper brakes, and four horizontal shock absorbers specifically designed for the vehicle.
And then here’s where it gets really interesting. The Wazuma V8F has quite a power train inside of it, one that comes courtesy of a famous Italian automaker you’re probably familiar with. Yep, inside this intriguing quad lies a 3.0-liter Ferrari V8 engine that produces in excess of 250 horsepower and mated to a BMW M3-sourced six-speed sequential gearbox.
A Ferrari engine mated with a BMW gearbox and encased in this design? Yeah, that’s what makes the Lazareth Wazuma V8F a quad like no other.
There’s a reason why novice street riders have had nothing but high praise for the Honda Rebel: it’s got the type of good looks that lasts the test of time and it’s light and comfortable enough to make for easy maneuverability. But the best part about the Rebel is that it’s one of the most durable street bikes on the market today.
The all-new Honda Rebel is no different. Dressed in delicious Matte Silver and Candy Red colors, the Honda Rebel is the kind of street bike that you’d want to be seen riding around town in. On top of that, the bike comes with a 27" seat height to keep both feet flat on the ground for better control at stops to the classic cruiser style. But the best thing about the Honda Rebel is that it has the performance to match whatever stunning good looks it exudes.
The Rebel is powered by a 234cc engine that starts with an electric push-button starter, mated to a five-speed transmission with a ridiculous 80 plus miles per gallon fuel capacity.
On the front, the Honda Rebel comes with a 33-mm fork suspension on the front and dual shocks with five-position spring pre-load adjustability on the rear. The brakes on the front features a single disc with twin-piston calipers.
Anytime you need an entry-level street rider on your garage, the only thing you need to do is get acquainted with the Rebel and you won’t have to look elsewhere for other options.
Honda’s vast knowledge in producing custom concept bikes is rivaled only by its propensity to actually build them. One of their latest projects - the Honda Fury Furious Hardtail Chopper Concept - certainly brings to light their immense talent in building concepts from inspiration.
The Fury Furious Hardtail Chopper Concept was inspired by the 2010 Fury and blends both old and new school flavor into one intoxicatingly beautiful concoction. The brainchild of Honda Americas’ Nick Renner, the concept chopper carries a VT1300cc engine with a 45-degree rake and a converted hard tail to create a clean, pure, and unbridled performance bike. Everything about the bike is custom-fitted to tailor to its needs, including a custom oversize drag bars, a custom straight pipe exhaust, a custom paint finish, and a custom diamond-stitched leather seat and rear hugger.
The front wheel measures 23" while the rear tapes in at 20," providing the performance and aesthetic look that’s tried-and-true for a Honda concept chopper.
Hey, Honda. Batman wants his Batbike back. We dare anyone to say that last sentence five times as quickly as possible. Tongue twisters notwithstanding, Honda Motorcycles has one again gone above and beyond with their new concept bike, the Stateline Slammer Bagger Concept.
The bike is based on the 2010 Stateline and was designed by Honda Americas’ Erik Dunshee. The bike is fueled by elegance and power with a fully-adjustable air-ride suspension and a stealthy design that carries an aura of invincibility.
In terms of design, the concept comes with a two-tone satin metallic black and pearl black paint with a fully custom bodywork, including a leather drop seat. There’s also a NAV/Multimedia with a GPS speed display, a 10" subwoofer, and 500 watts of power. The Bagger Concept also comes with a full front end conversion, including a lean 23" custom front wheel, without the designer making any changes to the frame or engine.
Likewise, the Slammer Bagger comes with a frame, swing arm, VT1300cc engine, and tank with a composite coated narrow track front rotor with a six-piston caliper and a custom-spec crossover twin pipe exhaust.
Looks and performance are two of the most important aspects of a bike, even if it’s of the concept variety. The Honda Stateline Slammer Bagger Concept doesn’t pull any punches; it looks loaded and performs like the machine it was penned up to be.
The Honda Sabre cruiser looks like a dastardly devious bike with plenty of bad intentions, just the type of bike that fits to the taste of street riders the whole world over.
So when you take the design of the Sabre and turn it into a concept with help from styling cues derived from Formula 1 and MotoGP, you get the motherload of all concept street bikes. That’s what you get with the Sabre Switchblade Pro Drag Concept. It comes with a full carbon fiber custom bodywork and spec seating, a VT1300cc engine, and a 3-way fully-adjustable sport suspension system with a single sided swing arm and a 535-chain conversion that optimizes the bike’s overall focus on design, speed, and sheer awesomeness.
In addition to the laundry list of fantastic features, the Sabre Switchblade Pro Drag Concept also gets racing spec calipers and rotors, carbon fiber wheels - 21" on the front and 18" on the rear - and an on-board GPS lap-timer with a data acquisition unit.
At some point, these concepts should make it past the production phase, right? We don’t know what the end-game is with the Switchblade Pro Drag Concept, but we sure wouldn’t mind seeing one of these bad boys on the Honda showroom floor.
We know its already the middle of the year, but then again, it’s never too early to change that calendar you have hanging on your wall. If you’re like any warm-blooded man with a penchant for high-powered bikes and bikini-clad vixens, then we suggest that you take a good look at what you can get with the new 2012 Iron & Lace Calendar.
Featuring a 16-month look at the world’s top American V-Twin and custom bikes together with sexy centerfold models in revealing lingerie, the 2012 Iron & Laces Calendar will give you all the visual eye candy you need on a month-to-month basis. The fact that it can tell you what day it is is just an added bonus.
The photos are the work of noted photographer, Jim Gianatsis, and it comes with some of the world’s finest customized bikes from the 2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Among the steel steeds included in the calendar include the "Beezerker" from Chris Flechtner and Speed Shop Design, the "Veon" from Freddie ’Krugger’ Bertrand and Krugger Motorcycles from Germany, and the Metric V-Twin winner "Kimosabe" built by Jim Guffaw.
There are plenty more award-winning bikes included in the calendar and all of them come with some of the most beautiful women on the planet, including Hustler’s Barley Legal centerfold and adult film star Bree Daniels, Playboy Playmate Tamara Witmer, Playboy Special Edition models Tiffany Toth and Laya Bella, and Hollywood movie starlets Jennifer Englund, Sara Balint and Candise Lakota.
The calendar’s 16-month spread begins in September 2011 all the way up to December 2012, making for one of the most eye-catching calendars you can ever have. They’re printed in full color on 15x15-inch dull coated heavy art board and wire spiral bound with a hang clip for easy wall display and page turning and sealed in a clear plastic envelope with cardboard stiffer for easy protection.
For the affordable price of just $16.95, you can have own this smoking hot calendar. All you have to do is head over to www.fastdates.com or call their toll-free number, 1-800 461-1226.
The Pagani Zonda has earned a reputation as one of the most exotic supercars on the planet, and with that designation, it has likewise given birth to some pretty amazing special edition models.
One Zonda model that has captured our attention in the past is the Zonda Cinque, a powerhouse of a supercar that comes with an AMG-sourced 7.3-iter V12 engine that produces north of 680 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a 0-124 mph time of just 9.6 seconds.
As it turns out, there’s plenty more about the Zonda Cinque than we previously thought. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is arguably one of the rarest motorcycles on the planet, a custom-built Pagani Zonda Cinque bike.
You read that right, the Zonda Cinque has a two-wheeled offspring. We don’t have details as to what kind of drivetrain this special edition bike has, but we do know that there are only five of these bad boys in existence, which adds to the exclusivity since there’s no word as to whether the other are still around.
Motorcycle fans are just about whetting their appetites now and we certainly can’t blame them. If e saw one of these babies out on the streets, we’d be reaching for some napkins too.