This week’s offer consists of two very different Honda CB750 customs from two different parts of the world. But first, we take a look at an Outsiders Motorcycles KTM SuperDuke 990 and a rare ISDT Triumph.
KTM Super Duke 990 by Outsiders Motorcycles Judging by this original KTM Super Duke, ‘Outsiders’ are also interested in custom shop names. Builder BertJan Blok has built his fair share of trade customs – but he also knows how to think outside the box.
BertJan’s client on this project discovered one such bike (a bright pink Husqvarna Vitpilen 701) and wanted something similar. But he is over two meters tall, and so the 701’s proportions may have been skewed. Instead, a 2006 KTM Super Duke 990 was chosen as a sponsor, and soon the whole concept turned into an animal entirely of its own.
The plastic on the 990 was cracked and the box was black, so BertJan threw it straight in the bin. Then he cut off the original speed to see if the car would still run, and began tweaking the design. “I like to keep the designs raw and raw,” he says, “because it leaves room for improvements and ideas in development, as long as the big picture is clear.”
KTM has now sported an entire hand-formed aluminum bodywork, with a disposable fuel cell serving as the base for everything. BertJan shaped the fuel cell by first making it out of cardboard, then converting it to aluminum. The reservoir is attached to the stock frame at the front and rests on the color custom subframe at the rear.
After the main part was completed, BertJan built the tank shell, tail section and sharp headlight tubes. They all have some DNA from the original bike, but they’re not carbon copies. The tank cap is also quickly removed as it provides access to the air filter, battery and critical electronic components.
Getting the right seating was a challenge, given the client’s framework, so BertJan designed a ‘floating’ design. The seat is built on a 10mm thick aluminum pan, so it can carry the rider on its four mounting points. The footrests have also been lowered to optimize the rider triangle.
BertJan installed the KTM 990 Adventure front end and Hyperpro rear shock absorbers, both of which help the Super Duke stand taller. He also built the exhaust system out of stainless steel and machined a host of smaller parts to help make the Super Duke wheels work with the Adventure forks. Neken handlebars and forklift wheels and a Motogadget Rounding speed specifications.
As the project neared completion, BertJan put the bike together, took pictures and used Photoshop to experiment with the liveries. In the end, a simple root beer finished on some raw aluminum did the trick.
If you want to know if this KTM looks as loud as it does in these photos, it will be on display at The Bike Shed Show in London this weekend. [Outsiders Motorcycles | Images by Winchester Creatives and Lynn Hofenk]
Tyson Carver’s Honda CB750 Based in Texas, Tyson Carver has been customizing bikes at his home workshop for over a decade. But this 1974 Honda CB750 was the first custom he made for an actual client – and we’re pretty sure it won’t be his last.
Compendium for a Classic cafe racer with a non-prohibited approach. So Tyson worked with Honda’s ‘hot rod’ specialists at Cycle X to build the engine. Currently, it runs with a massive 915 cc muffler, a long list of internal mods, a 34 mm Mikuni RS mod kit and a custom four-in-one exhaust system.
The sharp-eyed will spot a vintage ARD magnet housing on the side of the motor — but it’s a red herring. The ARD magnet didn’t work, so Tyson pulled its intestines out and hid a Dyna electronic igniter and a small set of coils inside it.
The chassis is also quite special. It’s from an old drag bike, built by Bill Benton at BentON Racing in Georgia. “Because it started out as a racing frame and I sourced the ARD magnetic ignition, we wanted to make it a sleepy cafe racer and pay tribute to racing bikes,” says Tyson. old Russ Collins style,” Tyson said.
Tyson made some modifications to the chassis for street use, then installed the Suzuki GSX-R front end and Öhlins shocks that were hooked up to the Honda CB550 swingarm. The rear drum brake is reworked, while the front wheel is held by Suzuki’s Tokico clamp.
Tyson also added a cafe racer seat from Tuffside, a Messner Moto clamp-on, a Rebel Moto cruise switch, a Speedhut speedometer and LED headlights. The bike was also rewound with Motogadget components and upgraded with a Cognito Moto oil tank.
Tyson marks the top for the classic colorway, which certainly adds to the classic Honda character. And it really is a sleeper, according to Tyson.
“The engine will go straight up scaring you,” he said. “It spins like an F1 car.” [Via]
Sold: Cheney Triumph ISDT When it comes to classic enduro racing Triumphs, Rickman Metisse seems to have the most airtime. But there were other icons of the high-performance sports bikes of the day that deserved attention — like Eric Cheney.
Born in 1924 in England, Eric began racing motorcycles after the Second World War. But then he contracted an illness while in Algeria, ending his racing career, so he became a frame builder, building some of the best racing bikes of the 1960s.
Eric passed away in 2001, but Cheney Racing lives on — and you can still buy frames and parts from them. This particular bike is remarkable as it is neither from the 1960s nor new. It was actually built in 1995 by Eric himself and has just been sold on Collection vehicle at a bargain price of £5,600 [just under $7,000].
Eric built the bike in the same style as the International Six Day Trial bikes he created in the ’60s, with a handcrafted nickel plated frame. Engine from a 1970 Triumph Daytona; a 500 cc parallel twin engine with a four-speed transmission.
The forks are Ceriani units, the shocks are Koni’s and the wheels are Akront rims on Grimeca axles. It also has an alloy fuel tank, fiberglass side skirts and chrome fenders.
While it’s technically not from the ’60s, it still ticks all the right boxes as a glamorous ‘classic’ enduro bike. It’s just as cute as a button, and we’re sad we weren’t the one to buy it. [Via]
Honda CB750F by Fuze Modern manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing have flooded the custom market drastically over the past few years. And even if you’re a traditionalist, it’s hard to overlook the benefits – especially when it comes to prototyping, refining, and recreating parts.
That’s how Fuze did it on this Honda CB750F cafe racer. Based in Salerno, Italy, Fuze is the after-hours effort of three motorcyclists with very different daily jobs; Gerardo Di Maria (lawyer), Maurizio Accarino (mechanical engineer) and Raffaele Squitieri (doctor).
The whole Fuze vibe is minimalism, so this CB has been stripped of the essentials. These guys kept its OEM gas tank, but redesigned everything else — opting for a neo-80s futuristic look, inspired by the tank angles. Most of the parts are 3D printed in rigid ABS and are available now as plug-and-play kits.
Fuze starts at the rear, with a new humpback that matches the classic cafe racer and endurance racer silhouette. It also has a Lithium-ion battery and an integrated taillight layout that uses LEDs borrowed from a Honda scooter. The team went through 30 prototypes before they were satisfied – but the final piece should fit any CB750, as long as you trim the subframe first.
On the opposite side is a custom spokes bar, wrapped around the KTM headlights. There’s a new lowered front fender and both parts feature a ‘wing’ inspired by Honda’s flamethrower CBR1000RR-R.
Just behind the headlights is a CNC-machined fork that also houses a small Motogadget speedometer, new clamp-on and custom switches. The entire bike has also been rewound, using a blue Motogadget mo.unit control box and premium automotive electrical connectors for easy maintenance and troubleshooting.
The CB750 retains the original wheels, but they’ve been wrapped in Continental ContiAttack tires. The front forks have been overhauled and re-oiled with heavier weight, and there’s a new pair of YSS shocks at the rear. Fuze also designed their own air intake, fitted Devil’s four-in-one exhaust, and tweaked the car with a Dynojet kit.
Other upgrades include black-painted Raask footpegs, Accossato brake hoses and a raised Brembo front master cylinder from the Ducati Monster. As for the paint job, it’s a BMW ‘frozen grey’, which took five tries to get it right; not too matte, not too glossy.
The Fuze’s modern take on the CB750 is a welcome departure from the usual Honda cafe racers we see. And we love the fact that it’s scalable—provided you have a healthy credit card and at least a little know-how. [Fuze]