It’s all about café racers this week, with a Harley Sportster from Thailand, a Triumph Thruxton from Hong Kong and the BMW boxer from the UK. Plus, a stock standard Ducati MH900E with one mile on the clock is up for sale.
Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight by FatBoy Design and Slayer House Last week, we reported that The Motor Co. had built their last Evo Sporty. This week, two Thai design studios are reminding us that will it’ll remain popular for years to come, with 1 of the most radical custom Sportsters we’ve seen.
The project was conceived by Chakkaphan ‘Mark’ Rungsukcharoen at FatBoy Design, who wanted the bike to display at the particular 2022 Bangkok Hot Rod Custom Show. Taking heavy inspiration through the Lamborghini Murcielago SV owned by his father, Mark wanted to partner along with a workshop that specialized in carbon fiber. So he roped in Nattapat Janyapanich at Slayer House.
The team experienced just 60 days to transform a bone stock Sportster Forty-Eight into the wild, automotive-influenced machine you’re looking at here. The particular idea was to build a modern café racer with a strong track performance vibe, while blending in the design language of hyper cars. Or, as Nattapat puts it, “to present Harley-Davidson in a new way, to reach a brand new generation along with a craze for speed. ”
Mark and Nattapat started simply by sketching out their ideas, before 3D scanning the stock bike and designing the whole project digitally. Nattapat then 3D-printed molds for the bodywork, over which the particular final carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer parts were vacuum formed. The list includes the Sportster’s sharp new fairing, a two-piece tank cover that sits over a steel reservoir, plus the flat track-esque tail section.
The bodywork’s complemented by a host of 3D-printed details, including grills, air intakes, and fins below and above the end. Instead of painting the bicycle, Mark opted to adorn the carbon fiber parts with a set of race-inspired decals.
Mark also treated the base bike to a laundry list of performance upgrades. Up front are a set of shortened Showa forks, held in place by CNC-machined yokes. A set of longer-than-stock Öhlins piggyback shocks prop up the rear.
The particular wheels are from Roland Sands Design, and the brake calipers sport yellow paint as a nod to Lamborghini. Other bits include Performance Machine brake discs, FatBoy Design clip-ons and rear-sets, Performance Machine levers plus switch housings, and the speedo relocation bracket and grips from RSD.
The engine wears a smorgasbord of goodies, including an Evolution Industries open primary, a chain conversion with FatBoy sprockets, and ‘transparent’ derby plus camshaft covers from Figure Machine. A Two Brothers exhaust system, Overall performance Machine intake and ECU tune unleash a little more power.
Mark and Nattapat got the bike to the Bangkok Hot Pole Custom Show on time, plus walked away with the ‘Best Café Racer’ award, along with a judge’s ‘Best in Show’ pick from none other than Shiro Nakajima at 46Works.
Now that’s done, the particular bike’s being set up for its next objective: track racing. [ Source ]
Triumph Thruxton by Angry Lane The current model Success Thruxton is one associated with the best factory kaffeehaus racers on the market today, with little that needs changing or upgrading. But the same can’t be said for its predecessors. Earlier Thruxton models had the right look, but were awkward to ride and lacked the refinement of today’s iteration.
This 2007-model Thruxton from Angry Lane doesn’t suffer through those problems though. Upset Lane will be an upmarket leather business run simply by French expats and brothers, Guillaume and Ben Barras. When they’re not designing stylish leather good plus apparel, they build custom motorcycles.
The owner of this particular Thruxton brought it within with a very specific goal in mind. He has been happy to spend money on it, but didn’t want anything wild. Instead, since the bike is his daily runner, he desired to keep the cosmetic changes tasteful and restrained, plus shift the particular emphasis to modern overall performance and reliability.
The biggest visual hit, other than the muted color job, is the new rear section. Furious Lane reduced the subframe and welded in a kicked-up loop, after that added a good aluminum cowl with the bespoke LED tail light. The generously padded seat (for a café racer) features Ferrari-inspired leather upholstery.
The Thruxton’s new running gear includes Öhlins suspension, with custom 17” wheels from Canyon, wrapped in Pirelli Angel GT tires. Beringer brake pedal discs and calipers handle stopping duties, thanks in order to a custom caliper bracket from Lossa Engineering.
Irritated Lane furthermore ditched the particular air box for a pair of K& N Filters, then rebuilt plus re-jetted the carbs. The particular mufflers are usually from the particular American Sucess modern classics specialist, British Customs, and the entire exhaust system has been ceramic coated black.
Up inside the cockpit you’ll find a LSL clip-ons, with the Motogadget speedo, grips, switches, and bar-end turn signals and mirrors. The crew rewired the bike along with a Motogadget controller too, installing an Antigravity battery and a Mosfet regulator in the process. The Thruxton also wears a good LED headlight, LSL back sets, plus a new bash plate and chain guard.
It might not be the most outrageous Triumph café racer out there, yet that’s why we love it. Rather, it’s a classy sleeper that’ll go, stop and corner harder compared to your garden variety first-gen Thruxton. [ Angry Lane ]
BMW R80ST by Kunst Maschinenbau Boxer customs are a dime a dozen, but seldom do these people take 700-plus hours to build. John Nixon had no interest in building a half-baked airhead when he took on this project though.
For his day job, John works as an armorer upon Hollywood film sets. Yet thanks to their technical know-how and professional motor vehicle engineering training, this individual tinkers on bikes as well. And when he or she does, he tends to go deep.
With regard to this task, John required a 1984 BMW R80ST , and turned this into the classic concept bike of sorts. There are shades of classic race bikes and kaffeehaus racers here, but the particular real hook is that this boxer has been redesigned as a pure riding machine. Think of what HPN did to turn stock R-series BMWs into rally-ready machines, and apply that to a road bike, plus you’ll have the best idea.
There’s too much work to listing here, but highlights include the frame function, which involved stripping, bead-blasting, de-tabbing and then reinforcing it. John moved the engine mounts 25 mm forwards and 45 mm upwards to improve weight distribution, then welded in additional diagonal brackets. As the result, he had to make the lower frame members detachable, so that he could get the motor and transmission in and out.
Suspension upgrades include Race Tech internals with regard to the stock forks, custom-made preload adjusters, a FlatRacer brace and a Toaster Tan yoke. The Harrison six-pot brake caliper runs upward front, with a custom-built Wilbers shock installed at the back.
The particular bodywork consists of a BMW R45 fuel tank, having a custom fairing and tail inspired by the iconic Ducati Imola design. The subframe is customized, while the particular seat dons Alcantara.
The engine had been rebuilt by Richie Moore, who’s well-versed in making airhead motors fast. This one’s been bumped up to 980 cc with a laundry list associated with internal and external mods. The carbs are Dell’Orto PHMs, and the exhaust system is a hand-made stainless steel affair. We could go on for hours about the details, but we’ll sum it up simply by saying that this particular 1980s faustkämpfer now makes 90 hp at the wheel, and weighs just 160 kilos dry [353 lbs].
So what’s it like to trip? “It requires a booster electric battery to start it from cold, this ‘idles’ in 1, 800 rpm plus has total loss ignition, ” says John. “It will run on pump fuel—if you flick the switch to ignition map ‘B’, but its natural diet is Sunoco 102 race fuel.
“That’s not the problem it seems, because you’ll run out of sparks before you go out of petrol. Maximum range is in relation to 70 miles before the battery pack, and hence the ignition, dies—easily enough regarding a weekend on the particular track or even a blast on a sunny Sunday. In short, you only get on this bicycle when a person want in order to ride. You go out, you ride and, satisfied, a person come home. ”
If that appeals to you, this BMW is now intended for sale. Tempted? [ Kunst Maschinenbau ]
For Sale: Ducati MH900e The Ducati MH900e is usually arguably a single of Pierre Terblanche’s biggest hits. The particular legendary South African motorcycle designer first penned it as the homage to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 competition bike, putting his own spin on it rather than creating a direct replica.
Ducati showed the idea in the Intermot show inside Munich, then ran a survey upon their website to figure out if they should produce it. The response was positive, so the MH900e went into production, along with only 2, 000 units being produced.
1, 000 of those were sold out via Ducati’s web site in just 31 minutes… so finding a clean example for sale these days is a rare treat. And this one is very clean.
If you’ve been jonesing for an MH900e, it’s to get sale right now over right here at Iconic Motorbike Auctions. And it is possibly the freshest example out there; change the key, plus you’ll spot that the odometer reads the mere two kilometers [less than a mile].
Numbered as “1200 of 2000, ” this particular MH900e is completely stock and has never been ridden. It is so green, in fact, that it still has the plastic protective bits it came with from your factory. Heck, even the particular radiator is definitely still wrapped up. Well-known got their own hands on it through a shipment from Japan, and detailed it prior to putting it up for auction.
Oh, and if you’re wondering it actually runs after sitting for two decades, hit the video below. Doesn’t that sound sweet?