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1977 BMW R60/7 :: ER motorcycles

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Not that I’m complaining, but this brilliant-looking 1977 BMW R60/7 from Blaz Sustarsic and ER motorcycles is the second BMW we’ve featured this week. A nice trend, and it’s good to see old BMW motos being brought back to life like this. Another ER motorcycle (‘83 BMW R80) was recently featured on Pipeburn.

ER motorcycles

“Giving my full attention to little details that make a motorcycle special, unique…a work of art.”
– blaz sustarsic

 

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’84 BMW K100 by Marc Robrock

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It used to be hard for me to look at a BMW K100 and see the possibilities. It just never did anything for me. But with this outstanding rebuild by Marc Robrock, I stand corrected. This BMW was featured on Bike EXIF awhile back, and Marc is starting a new company called motofication. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for Mr. Robrock.
 
Photos by Thomas Riese.

’84 BMW K100 by Marc Robrock

“I remembered the BMW K100, a bike that was so expensive, when it first came out, you could have bought a car for the same money. Today I have to admit, it wasn’t the ugliest bike, but there are some forms of a K100 that are really not nice.”
– marc robrock

 

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Choppahead :: Old-Style Chops & Kustoms

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Based out of New Bedford, Mass., Choppahead is at the forefront of new (2001 and on) Triumph chopper scene. In fact, Choppahead offered the first production hardtail frame for new Triumphs. In this interview, owners Jay and Truth expound on the Choppahead’s mission, how they bring the punk ethic to their business, and explain what a badass cafe racer is doing in their lineup.

 
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“We are Choppahead…It’s a metaphor for who we are – we’re societal outcasts – shitty, gritty, grimy old punk rock kids but at the same time stand up dudes with class.”
– truth

 

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Bike EXIF Calendar 2014

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Chris Hunter at Bike EXIF – curator of the best custom bikes in the world – presents his annual calendar. Expertly printed by Octane Press. A stellar line-up of some of the best known custom bike builders (and their motorcycles) in the world. Shot by some of our favorite photographers – many whose work you’ve seen highlighted here in the past.

 
Bike EXIF Calendar 2014

“It’s nearing the end of the year – and if you don’t understand this agrarian concept – you need this calendar.
On second thought, do yourself a solid, and order up a pair of these bad boys.”
– crash

 

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Limited Edition Nero Mark II :: By Bandit9

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A motorcycle so dark and sinister-looking, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Darth Vader reserved one of these bad-boys. Bandit9’s Daryl Villanueva tells the story behind the “hand-and-eye” building of this bike, what it means to have an emotional connection with a machine, and his total belief that China is on the rise when it comes to creating quality products.

Limited Edition Nero Mark II :: By Bandit9

What you were trying to achieve with the Limited Edition Nero Mark II?
With the Nero Mark II, we wanted to create a bike that’s hard to categorize. Is it a café racer? A bobber? A chopper? I have no idea. We just set out to create something fun to ride that will really turn heads. We wanted to create a blend of vintage machinery with contemporary design, and the Nero Mark II does just that.
The only thing that hasn’t been redesigned on the Nero Mark II is its original 750cc Chang Jiang engine, although it has been rebuilt. There’s a lot of character and history behind the Chinese engine. Everything else, we pretty much threw out the door. The Nero Mark II is everything I wanted the original Nero to be.

Limited Edition Nero Mark II :: By Bandit9

The frame was completely reshaped so that we could create a bike with an elongated body and a low, athletic stance. The original hexagon tank and fender were carried over from the original design but we’ve made some modifications, including tapering the overall shape, making it slimmer than the original. We refashioned the gas cap to make the bike’s silhouette truly flat. There’s a gentle curve on the rear fender and this time, it’s directly welded to the frame. The brake light is also embedded inside the fender giving it that futuristic look. And, the seat was engineered to make the rider look like he’s sitting on air.

All the hand and foot controls are made from stainless steel and were re-engineered to make the ergonomics far superior to the original. We also revisited the inverted levers to give that vintage touch to the machine.

As for the front end, we’ve given the Nero Mark II Harley Davidson headlights, which are brighter, clearer and more durable than the original. We’ve left the front suspensions exposed, which gives the bike a lot of character since it gives you a glimpse of the mechanics. As for the steering, we’ve welded the handlebars directly to the fork. It’s something that we did on the original Nero as well. It feels far more responsive and gives the bike a cleaner look, which is better than the alternative – a mess of nuts and bolts just to hold a bar in place.

And of course, we’ve kept the Nero’s signature stealthy matte black.

“The difficult thing about launching a motorcycle company in China is that you don’t have access to a lot of parts and accessories, as well as the tools and machines that you’d normally use to do the most basic of tasks. So everything about the Nero Mark II had to be done by hand-and-eye.”
– daryl villanueva

 

Read the entire interview with Bandit9′s Daryl Villanueva after the jump below…

 

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AN-BU Motorcycles

AN-BU Motorcycles. Confessions of a Groupie

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I’m not sure when I first spotted AN-BU motorcycles. I know for a fact it wasn’t love at first sight. It took a few glimpses before I realized I was an AN-BU groupie. AN-BU Motorcycle Fairing (AN-BUians is what we like to be called). I think what finally did it for me was the design of their fairings. What mad-man dreams up a fairing like this? And that one-eyed off-set tiny headlamp…that kind of design detail just slays me.
 
But here’s the rub, it’s a love-hate thing. I can never find large images of all of their bikes to get up close details of their bikes. It’s like trying to understand the words to certain Stones’ songs – you just give up and admit it’s got a great Richard’s lick, and who gives a damn about Mick’s lyrics anyways. Just let the art flow over you as they say. Yes, there’s a few large images on AN-BU’s homepage, but after that…nothing…nada…bagel. I get AN-BU’s RSS feed, and every month or so, a new post arrives and I click on an image…hoping against hope that this time they’ll have posted something larger than postage stamp. But no, every damn time…postage stamp! And just try to do a Google image search for AN-BU bikes – it’s a postal avalanche.
 
But today, a day that will go down in infamy…I discovered StreetRide Japan. And along with it – a treasure trove of large images of AN-BU motorcycles! Are they the lastest builds…sadly no. But who cares…it’s raining motherf*cking-beautiful-ginormous-AN-BU-ian-photos in this digital house yo! (I seriously need to get over the end of Breaking Bad).

AN-BU Motorcycles
AN-BU Motorcycles
AN-BU Motorcycles

 

Yamaha XS650 bobbed/half-fairing-ed (Hello Kitty sticker is not optional).  

“I think what finally did it for me was the design of their fairings. What mad-man dreams up a fairing like this? And that one-eyed off-set tiny headlamp…that kind of design detail just slays me.”
– crash

Get more motherf*cking-beautiful-ginormous-AN-BU-ian-photos after the jump below…yo

 

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