The bike has been pretty much finished, save for some pin striping, for a few weeks now. But along with that my motivation is pretty much finished also. So I’ve called it a day on this bike, and last weekend I took it out and got a few photos of it. I’m not totally happy with the photos, but after a little tuning didn’t turn out too bad.
Every since the Husqvarna 701 was unveiled at EICMA last year, I caught myself a number of times perving on it. It has the usual Husky weirdness, but I find it awesome and would love to see it become a reality now that the Nuda is no longer. I’m particularly in love with the seat incorporating with the shrouds, and the texture of said item. If you haven’t noticed already by the watermark, these photos are from and taken by Derestricted, where there are also more to ogle at.
Check out the full build thread below for all the details.
A very clean vintage motard build based on a ’78 Honda XL500. KX125 front end and a DR500 swingarm both equipped with Suzuki Bandit wheels.
Source: Jesse Rooke Customs
I’ve got a heap of cool stuff banked up, so I’m going to try and do a bit of a dump of it over the next few days. This one from Motorcycle Photo of the Day, I think defies category but the end result is excellent in its own right.
Stock 17″ wheel in the back, new 18″ rim in the front and suspension lowered 3″ front and rear. The seat pan is stock, but the tank is a Harley unit, which fits in very nicely with the rest of bike. Oil cooler is relocated and Mike (the builder) says he built the exhaust, side panels and headlight bracket himself.
Source: Motorcycle Photo of the Day
Stumbled across this little gem. A relatively local build too, just an hour up the road. Hit up the source link to check out more details, loads of work has gone into it.
Source: Yamaha SR500 Forum
I remember this bike. Released in 2001, it was a fixture on my themeboard in the latter year of my university degree and was an inspiration for at least one of my projects. I stumbled across these pictures again only the other day. Not a dirt bike, nor a modification of one, this is just a straight out concept that in over a decade has not made it to production. Even being quite an old concept it still looks fresh, unlike many other decade-old concepts. I’d put that down to the minimalist design aesthetic, stressed-member engine, and general good looks.
The engine in this prototype is a Swedish Folen unit, and is quite a tale in itself. Despite having all the right credentials, it was also a short-lived project. The motor was developed as a V-twin version of the 450cc Husaberg motor of the time, which was also a beast unto itself if you’ve ever ridden one. The V260 was a 60° twin of 950cc and weighed a very impressive 45kg (and a reported 62kW). Following development, the rights to the motor were sold to another Swedish motorcycle manufacturer, Highland Group, who built the motor and slotted it into their Outback concept in 1997 and a year later in production (below).
They also built motard and street tracker versions from 2006, the tracker would be mental. From what I understand, the U.S. subsidiary of Highland later bought the Swedish parent. By all accounts the Outback became called the Desert Storm, and is still available along with the Motard and Street Tracker.