Yamaha – Bike Shed Paris

Hey all! I hope all you custom motorcycle lovers are doing well. It’s been a great week for custom bikes – we’ve got some amazing Yamaha XJR1300s, There’s also Bike Shed Paris 2015 to look forward to in the coming months. It’s an exciting time for custom motorcycle enthusiasts and builders, so let’s check out some of the rides.

I’d say the brand of the week is Yamaha, as we have quite a few awesome ones coming out. pipeburn.com reports on this Yamaha XVS650 Dragster that is just beautiufl and mean. Bold yellow and black and a really aggressive design, the Danish workshop Made Men really made this custom bike stand out. Check out more about the dragster at pipburn.com (http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2015/03/04/yamaha-xvs650-dragster.html#.VPfGGvmUcUc), and you can see Made Men’s work here (http://mademenbikes.com/garagelife/).

We’ve got more Yamaha going around though. The revised Yamaha XJR1300s have become popular custom builds lately, and bikeexif.com reports on their top 5 favorites. The new XJR1300 is easy to customize and is being built with bike custom makers in mind. It’s great when a company embraces the DIY community around their project, and we’d like to take our hats off to Yamaha for making these awesome builds easier to manage. Some of the highlights of the new customs are Wrenchmonkees ‘Monkeefist’ which is an amazing, sleek build with custom-built spoked wheels and a leather old school look. Check out Monkeefist here [http://www.wrenchmonkees.com/blog/monkeefist-3/]

It roCKS!bikes ‘Stealth’ is another really cool, understated bike. It’s been designed to save as much weight as possible, and with the black titanium exhaust this bike looks as badass as it is functional. You can see more at https://www.facebook.com/itrocksbikes, or check out the full top picks from bikeexif.com at their website http://www.bikeexif.com/top-yamaha-xjr1300

Another Yamaha worth checking out is the DT250 by One Down Four Up which won the People’s Choice Award at Portland, Oregon’s One Motorcycle Show. It’s a trimmed down bike that looks somehow light and breezy, it’s anything but intimidating. Looks like a bike that would be a joy to ride down California’s coast, or just to take for a spin in the sun. It’s definitely a people pleaser, and it can be nice to see friendly,retro looking bikes when the custom scene is swamped with plenty of baddass looking black futuristic monsters. Check out the writeup on the bike here [http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-dt250]

In other news there is The Bike Shed Paris exhibition on the 11th and 12th of April 2015, which you can read more info on here [http://thebikeshed.cc/2014/11/08/bsmc-iii-london-2014/]. Also, if you’re looking to buy or sell custom bikes, then you might check out The Bike Shed’s new classified system which has been going on for a few months. You can list your bike for a nominal fee, although not every bike gets accepted. This is great for buyers as you can be sure you’re getting quality, vetted bikes. You can explore the classifieds here [http://thebikeshed.cc/bikes/]

That’s it for this week, stay tuned up for next week when we see what else is rolling out in the world of custom bikes!

CSC Cyclone RX-3 – First “small” new adventure bike on the market?

It’s going to be awesome, folks.  It’s the perfect motorcycle, and it’s coming to you from CSC!

These bikes will be available as soon as we finish the US certification process, and that should be before the end of the year.   We’re certifying them for all 50 states, and when we’re done, the only questions are what color do you want your new CSC Cyclone to be, and where are you going to ride to?   Alaska?   Canada?   Baja?  Tierra del Fuego?

but how about Europe?

via CSC Cyclone RX-3.

New Honda Africa Twin Finally Revealed at EICMA? » ADV Pulse

It would seem with the unveiling of a new Africa Twin, Honda has been listening to a growing throng of Adventure Riders unhappy with the trend toward over-sized Adventure Bikes unsuitable for serious off-road use. According to Honda, their new light weight, off-road capable Adventure Bike was developed to withstand the harshest conditions of a round-the-world tour.

Finally a bike that can still go offroad?

via New Honda Africa Twin Finally Revealed at EICMA? » ADV Pulse.

250cc Superhero: Not-So-Secret Identity And Backstory

In March of 2012, a year into my motorcycle license and 2 starter bikes in, I test drove a brand new 2009 Vespa GTS 250. An hour later, the title was mine. Since then, I’ve taken it on groceries runs, day trips, and then longer trips. I attended rallies, and visited 2 of North America’s capitals on scooter. I drove it through all seasons, and took it camping. I had it painted blue, after a run-in with the asphalt on a rainy Boston day.Rain gear, FTW.This year, I plan to take my scooter on its greatest journey yet: across America, to all four corners of the United States okay, maybe I’ll skim the northern most, we’ll see. Whatever doesn’t fit into a local storage unit will be sold to help fund travel or donated, and I ride without a home to return. All I know is I’m going coast to coast — everything between remains to be decided. Follow me across America on my 250cc scooter!

via 250cc Superhero: Not-So-Secret Identity And Backstory.