Let me show you Michael’s ’87 KLR650 cafe racer. Michael has been following my blog for quite some time yet all the while has been building up his own sweet dual-sport-come-cafe-racer that I would argue puts mine to shame.
Michael’s mods would be considered conservative by almost everyone in the custom bike scene, yet I bet only those that could spot a KLR650 motor from 100 yards would have any inkling as to what it was, such is the factory appearance of the execution.
Mods of note include an 18″ front wheel mounted to the stock forks that have been lowered internally. The rear shock also getting an internal spacer to drop the height. The tank is a Z400 item and the rear subframe has been modified to fit the new solo seat. The motor has received a rebore and a new high compression piston. New battery, chain, tyres, clutch, give the bike a freshen up and everything else that hasn’t been replaced has been rebuilt, resealed or reoiled. This has got to be one fun bike to ride through the hinterlands.
Thanks Michael for the photos and for following along. If anyone is interested, this bike is also currently for sale.
As you’ll no doubt note, things are pretty slow on the blog. That’s because I’ve mostly put custom bikes behind me for the foreseeable future. This post is perhaps fitting though as I’ve sold both my XR600 and my daily VTR250 and bought a 2009 KLR650 for all forms of motorcycling duties.
This one comes via the Sydney Desert Sleds Facebook page, which was originally a local classified ad. Pretty well executed scrambler conversion on a Gen I KLR650.
Off the back of my last post I received this email from Jon of his work in progress. Jon’s a local to Sydney and he has been slowly working on this machine for a few years now. I look forward to seeing this finished one day! Thanks Jon for the email.
If you don’t think the custom motorcycle world is a small one, here is a perfect example of why it is.
Starting from the end, this photo came up on my Instagram feed by smithconcepts. Smith does some of the best paint and pinstriping I’ve ever seen, and he’s painted a new set of tins for this Bobber. It’s quite evident though this is a Honda single.
Rewinding nearly a year, when I took my XR up to the local bike shop to get rego (which they refused to do), one of the sales guys there was telling me a story about the a local tattoo guy who had a XR motor in a hardtail frame. A quick check of davovoodoo on Instagram tells me it’s the same guy.
Rewinding another three years, this bike looks way too much like the hardtail XR that was at the 2010 Deus Bike Build Off, which I was also at and where it scored a second place.
Same bike, three completely separate sets of circumstances. Small world.
And for completeness, here’s a few more pics from davovoodoo’s account.
Not sure how he starts it though, mine is nowhere near as low to the ground as that and I can get my foot to touch the ground when I kick it.
This Saturday just past saw some of the Sydney Cafe Racer guys head to Eastern Creek for a track day. One of the photos to come out of it was this which I thought I’d share. In case you can’t quite tell what’s going on, we have an unknown punter on a BMW S1000 getting passed on the outside by one of the SCR guys riding a chook chaser (KTM 520 EXC-R). Apparently he did this a couple of times, and to an R1 also.
A perfect example of if you want to go faster, hold the throttle on longer. And in my opinion, possibly also points to how irrelevant litre-bikes have become to all but the top-level racers.
Photo: Mike King
As it turns out this is a bit of a necropost, but I spotted this bike last night and thought it was very much worth sharing. Very nicely executed, and the result looks almost factory.
From Scooter4t and Dogsville, via Reddit via Holdfastmotors