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AFT Metric Custom’s newest motorcycle "Kemosabe" built by the AFT Motorsports Models will be premiering at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show
Sunday July 18th 2010 at the The Queen Mary Park, Long Beach CA.

AFT Custom bikes garnered Best of Show and 1st Place Metric Custom the last 2 years and went on to be featured in the FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars. Official video and press release are well worth checking out after the jump.

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Italian customizing specialists Gallimoto have recently presented three new Triumph Bonneville specials that they’ve put together. Called Bonneville Six Days, Goldenboy and Bullitt, the English bikes with an Italian feel are pretty much the same, but oh so very different.

The Italian way to Triumph

The Bonneville Six Days is based on the current Bonnie and stand out thanks to a khaki green paint job, black wire wheels, biturbo twin shocks and new indicators. The bike pays tribute to Steve McQueen who competed in the International Six Days Trial in 1964 on a Triumph and costs approximately $16.5K.

The Goldenboy started as a stock Bonneville SE, but now features black finished mag wheels, low fitted handlebars, an aluminum front mudguard and seat unit and megaton exhausts, but also Dunlop sportsmax-tires, sintered pads and adjustable twin shocks. Finished in red and gold, this special one also costs around $16.5K.

The Bullit gets mag wheels and Biturbo twin shocks as well as an alloy fuel cap and control levers and pressed aluminum chainguard, sprocket cover and front and rear mudguards. It is finished in silver and with a cost of approximately $16.8K it is the most expensive of them all although the difference is inconsiderable when you’re paying that much for a Bonneville.

Although these bikes don’t seem to have undergone radical customizing processes, they’re whole different stories than their standard siblings and we’re glad to see that café racer influences still catch on to the European motorcyclist today.

Source: MCN
Posted on by Maxx Biker 1

You take a look at this bike and already have troubles recognizing the brand and we’re sure that mentioning how it is called – Sun of Mule that is – won’t help much. But here’s the story. This is actually a 2006 Triumph Bonneville which Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles bought from eBay in order to satisfy a customer’s request of a special bike for little money.

Bonneville Street Tracker by Mule Motorcycles

Although the bike isn’t highly modified as the accent was put on styling and ride quality, while the only engine upgrade consists in a British Customs exhaust, it is hard not to spot this as a unique build. Click past the break to see what Richard Pollock, owner of Mule Motorcycles and builder of the Sun of Mule has to say about his latest custom after the jump.

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There was nothing wrong with this 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King Custom before California-based Chris from Fox Custom Paint and Ric Greene from Southeast Custom Cycles began working at it and now it looks like everything’s wrong with the American bagger. That is because our guys decided to get the bike rid of its shiny paint and chrome only to create the distress look that they think fits this H-D model very well.

Indeed, after noticing how much attention rat rods were getting at custom shows, the Californian boys uncovered the clean metal underneath Harley’s impeccable paintjob only to then start applying their own sky blue paintjob (actually several layers of basecoats and different color primers), which also had to be partially sanded off.

But it is the finishing touch that gives the bike its rusty look. A spray bottle of different color base was used to squirt paint on the thing and obtain the rust-like spots that are actually eye-catching.

This is definitely something we don’t see every day, although we could start living with this. While most custom builders aim towards Harley’s quality finishing, these guys have just tipped the scale in the complete opposite direction.

Source: MCN
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The guy on this bike clearly hasn’t been riding for long, but now that he just joined the club he may at least look cool (or make an attempt to) while riding. This is his pretty much lame attempt to feed an obsessive Easy Rider dream for as little as $50.

It seems our custom bike fan got it all wrong from the start as his bike is nothing more than a moped, while the customizing bits consist in a Pegas bicycle handlebar, an extra headlight (the original didn’t worked anyway), more lights and leathers.

The result may be laugh worthy for those who have taken the picture, but this rider is actually living the dream.

We added a second picture after the jump just for comparison.

Source: motoblog
Posted on by Maxx Biker 3

Honda’s Shadow line of cruisers was kind of falling behind the competition both in terms of performance and looks, so urgent measures were required to refresh the famous name and even add more salt and pepper to it. The solution comes with the all new 2010 Honda VT750C2A Shadow Phantom, a veritable midnight cruiser that not only brings a fresh new style next to Honda’s Shadow Aero and Shadow Spirit 750 , but plenty more torque for very little money.

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If someone had taken a look at KTM’s RC8 superbike and tried to build one in his own garage couldn’t have done a better job than the one done by Ian McElroy when, inspiring from the Austrian firm’s race-spec bike, has turned a 1987 Honda CBR 1000F into the nasty looking thing pictured above.

The custom bike features angular lines and aluminum hand-crafted fenders as well as a new subframe. In fact, welded sheets of aluminum form the bodywork, while the original 998cc, DOHC 16 valve inline-four was given a tune up using K&N filters and a custom-made exhaust system allowing the engine to breath much better and develop 130 horsepower. That’s worth of the Veypor gauges, which even records G-force, 0-60, quarter mile time and lap time apart from rpm and speed.

It is enough to take a look at the bike to realize that it required a great deal of work and dedication and the fact that it transmits that makes it even nicer. If we could only hear it go down the street…

Source: bikeexif
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Although the Yamaha XS650 is a decades-old bike, custom builders still spot potential in the middleweight parallel-twin, SOHC motor powering it and still going strong today. For instance, the guys from a small shop called An-Bu in Nagoya, Japan have managed to transform it into a stripped-back custom that would make even Brad Pitt proud when sitting behind its short bars.

The bike was stripped off its unnecessary parts and while the frame was modified for a lower and more aggressive stance, the original engine and wheels were kept. We like the new exhaust and entirely black painted wheels, but there’s actually much more to this custom. Take a look at the custom-made gas tank, seat and modified rear fender, but don’t go looking for a front fender because they’ve removed that entirely. Performance wheels do come in handy despite the fact that this looks like a very light bike and they don’t mention anything about engine performance being increased.

Looking at the Yamaha XS650 by An-Bu, it is easy to see what the Japanese idea for a custom is.

Source: bikeexif
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Ducati has just introduced their 2010 Monster 796 and together with it a second episode of the Monster Art project . Called “Logomania”, this episode pays tribute to famous Ducati logos and colour schemes from the brand’s early days.

Ducati seems to know just how important it is for Monster owners to make a bike really theirs, so while last year they offered the posibility for riders to totally change the visual of their bikes with clip-on tanks, tail-pieces, fenders and bikini fairings, the Bologna company now makes sure everybody enjoys a factory customized model just like they would have ordered it to a custom painter themselves.

The whole idea behind the all-new Ducati Monster 796 is to increase the profit of the Monster lineup and the second Monster Art episode is just another way to help themselves achieve that. What’s best, owners love it. Click past the break for the Ducati Monster Logomania video as well as the list of color schemes available.

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Want to have the new kind of café racer? Do like Larry Houghton: take a 1983 6-cylinder Honda CBX and build an origami-like frame for it from a one-inch thick aluminum sheet and then bring in a pair of 17-inch Marchesini wheels from a Ducati 916. Create a radical front end, but retain the Ducati’s single-sided swingarm and the thing can go off the stand.

The engine and gearbox is pretty much all that remains from the Honda CBX and because the powerplant makes it look so wide it’s called ‘Wide Boy’. But it’s no Harley, just a custom bike trying to make it in this business. It actually came third in the Freestyle class at the latest London Ace Cafe Motorcycle & Custom Show, so it rides on the good track.

Source: bikeexif

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