Reading speed, November 27, 2022
we continue on Our mission is to give you the widest range of Speed Reading options possible. This week includes a train-inspired Honda Monkey, a Suzuki Freewind scrambler and a rocket-powered Harley. Staying with Motor Co., we close with the sad news of Evo Sportster.
MonQey King’s Honda Monkey 125 We love to see how innovative custom builders can be with Honda monkey. The modern version of the compact city bike based on the Honda Grom, cheap, beautiful and accessible. No wonder it’s so popular.
Asia is a big market for Honda Monkey, and the workshops there do a great job of customizing them. This Monkey was created by Chayakrit Kaewwongwan, AKA Winny Boy, from Thailand. He runs Advance Automotive Accessories, MonQey King and several other aftermarket motorcycle parts stores.
He is also a big fan of Honda Monkey, so he decided to build one for the Bangkok Hot Rod 2022 show. Using his extensive knowledge of ABS plastic and the manufacturing process that he has. accumulated while manufacturing parts, Chayakrit built this entire bike in just 10 days. He recently designed the same bodywork for a custom Honda Dax which also helped a lot.
Oddly enough, the main inspiration for the bike was a train. In particular, the 1937 Baldwin Locomotive Works Union Pacific P-13 2906. Admittedly the train was a streamlined work of art and engineering, so it’s easy to see why Chayakrit was the focal point for the first. this machine.
The trash can bib, fuel tank cover, side skirts, belly panels and tailgate are all made from ABS plastic. It’s a material that Chayakrit uses every day and is very light, which is essential for such a small bike. Even the panels with the diamond pattern on the sides are ABS plastic parts.
Chayakrit designed the bodywork so that it can bolt straight to the Monkey without cutting or welding. But he made some other important changes.
Suspension has been lowered, with a new Murazaki shock absorber at the rear. Monkey carries a set of trump handlebars, with rear pegs and a custom saddle to complement the low riding position. Wide D-Project wheels and tires complement the new bodywork.
Finished with a custom coat of paint with a hint of gold, the results are stunning. We’re not the only ones liking it—Chayakrit took first place in the ‘Best Minibike’ category at the Bangkok Hot Rod Show 2022.
All he needs to do now, is turn it into a kit. [Source]
Custom Suzuki XF650 Freewind If you’ve never heard of the Suzuki XF650 Freewind, we don’t blame you—it’s an odd-looking machine and has only been part of Suzuki’s lineup for a few years. It uses the engine of the DR650, but lowers it with a different chassis and 19-inch front wheels. And its tuber body does not age.
But when the owner of this Freewind, Peter Aldby of Gothenburg, Sweden, first saw it, the bodywork was already in the trunk.
Peter has set his sights on building himself a well-functioning, good-looking body. disturbance person, and is looking for a suitable sponsor. While searching the internet to find her first choice, one Honda Dominator, he came across this newly completed custom Suzuki Freewind. Too good to ignore, Peter bought the bike from its builder, a Swede named Henrik W.
Henrik swapped out the Freewind bodywork for a fuel tank from a 1979 Yamaha RD125, matching a leather saddle on a custom subframe. The side covers come from a Yamaha FS1 motorcycle and hide a small battery box and electronics.
Painted with Suzuki RM-inspired graphics and classic Suzuki gold paintwork, it looks absolutely flawless.
Up front is a motorcycle-style fender, bolted to a fork under the round headlight from the Honda Hornet 600. The suspension has been rebuilt but mostly left untouched, along with the engine from the DR650.
The dashboard has been removed and replaced with a Koso EX-02 digital instrument panel, which is bolted straight to the handlebar clamp, now holding a set of Renthal bars. Henrik also added a new fender and exhaust muffler from Snell.
It’s hard to believe that such a beautiful bike came from such humble beginnings. Peter and Henrik deserve a knighthood for making the world a better place… a Freewind at a time. [Source]
Bob Maddox Twin Pulsejet Super Jet Motorcycle Have you ever wanted to own a rocket launcher? If you have, then today is your lucky day. This is a Twin Pulsejet Super Jet motorcycle originally built by Rocketman himself. No, not Elton John, but Oregon local Bob Maddox.
Bob was fascinated by space and airplanes as a child, so he started experimenting with rockets. Now that he’s an adult, Bob builds rocket-powered vehicles and has modified everything from hotrods to go-karts. But this jet-powered Harley-Davidson is arguably his most famous creation.
Built to look like a race car on the original 1929 Harley Davidson board track, the bike was built around a custom tubular steel frame. Thin tires and a spring-loaded saddle are the only comforts here—the front and rear forks are completely rigid. The reverse steering looks like something out of the Wall of Death itself, while stopping power is transmitted from the bars to the rear wheels via a custom brake setup.
But this bike is more about riding than performing. It just screams power, with a pair of twin-pulse rocket engines running along its sides. Generating 250 pounds of thrust, they propel the bike (with regular 87RON gasoline) from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. The red heat shield protects not only the driver’s foot but also the rear tire.
The bike will be riding under the hammer at mecum in January. If one of our esteemed readers has the means and decides to take this one, could we please give it a try? [Source]
The ultimate Harley-Davidson Evolution Sportster On November 19, 2022, a Gunship Gray Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 rolls off the production line in York, Pennsylvania. That’s usually not the point, but that day was different – it was the last time an Evolution-powered Sportster was produced by Motor Co.
Evo Sportster is a motorcycle legend. Yes, it’s agricultural compared to its Japanese (or even other American) counterparts, but the Evo is an icon. Driven more by character and quality, over a million Evo Sportster units have been produced since 1986.
Countless has also been customized, making it one of the most popular platforms on this site and a favorite of top stores like one-way machine [below] and rudimentary crafts [bottom]. That makes Evo Sportster easy to tear down — and the aftermarket for it is huge.
The name Sportster, dating back to 1957, still lives on the Sportster S and Nightster. Powered by the all-new Revolution Max engine, the new Sporty is a serious departure from the Evo, which hasn’t really changed much since the ’80s. The new engine is liquid-cooled, with a camshaft. overhead dual and variable valve timing, now acting as a bearing member of the frame.
It was without a doubt the end of an era for Sportster. Will the Sportster offered by Revolution last as long and be as successful? Will the global custom scene accept it like they have Evo?
Only time will tell. Until then, vale Evo Sporty! [Source | Check out our favorite custom Evolution Sportsters]