|70's Triumph Flattrack Bike|
Saturday, August 30, 2014
|Vicente Triumph Millennium 900 Hurricane Tribute|
You can read more about Craig Vetter and the Triumph Hurricane at his Craig Vetter Hurricane pages. You will also find links there to a gallery of Hurricane pictures and a listing of Hurricane articles.
|1973 Triumph Hurricane X75|
Thursday, August 28, 2014
|Reproduction of Historic1913 Flying Merkel|
The Flying Merkel pictured to the left is a replica built by builder Chris Cutler. Tip of the hat to The Vintagent blog for this one.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
|Black Ops Edition|
Saturday, August 23, 2014
|Flying Merkel Boardtracker|
There is only a landing page at BTRbuilder.com, but he does have an email address, and says he has boardtracker parts and plans available. The Facebook page, BTRbuilder, is apparently gone... I can't get to it.
|Completed Merkel Tribute Bike from BTRbuilder|
Update 8/25: I got a reply from Terry, the designer and builder at BTRbuilder. Here it is:
I do have parts and full scale printed templates of the Merkel I built but I haven't decided if I'm going to put together a full set of plans yet. I'm still trying to see where the interest is and for the most part it seems that people want help on building there own idea of a boardtracker and don't necessarily want to build the same bike I did. I'm currently building a complete bike for a guy that saw the Merkel but wanted something different. My main goal right now is just putting myself out there to help people with whatever they want to build. Sometimes it's me building something for them and sometimes it's just me giving advice to help them do it themselves.
You can contact him at the email address given above, email@example.com. He has also sent me links to pics of two other projects, and I will upload a couple of pics of them in separate posts.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
The Juliet Zulu creative agency documented the See See Motor Coffee sponsored The One Motorcycle Show in Portland last month. Videos and still shots are now up at their site.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
|Hot Rod Jen Panel Art|
|Designcube "Great Escape" Triumph Concept Bike|
Will either one or both ever be brought to market, whether as a conversion kit or custom bike? They aren't saying. These may well remain just design exercises, though it would be very cool to see at least the Great Escape scrambler pictured here come to life as either a custom or a conversion kit.
You can see more Designcube motorcycle and automotive concepts and projects at their online Coroflot portfolio.
P.S. The stunt riding in "The Great Escape" was performed by the late, legendary SoCal motorcycle racer, Bud Ekins, who was a friend of McQueen's. Ekins also stood-in for McQueen as the stunt driver of the Ford Mustang in the awesome chase scene in "Bullit." Here's the 1966 Triumph desert sled that Ekins built for McQueen.
|2015 Yamaha SR400|
As you can see in the photo here, this bike has truly retro late-Seventies styling. The original SR400 was first introduced in 1978. You can go to Yamaha's SR400 history page and see how closely the 2015 model resembles the 1978 original.
The 399cc aircooled engine is mated to a five-speed transmission, and has a chain drive. Surprisingly, it is kickstart only, no electric starter. Now that is retro.
It's apparent that Yamaha is responding to the success that custom builders like Deus Ex Machina, Classified Moto, and Spirit of the Seventies are having, and the buzz they are generating, with simple, low-cost, retro bikes that appeal to both the new generation of riders (Millennials) and Baby Boomers nostalgic for the bikes of their youth. There also seems to be more than ever a thirst for bikes that, unlike the typical crotch rocket, are easy to customize... Go to Yamaha's SR400 webpage and note the tagline there: "Retro Cool. Built to Customize." I am also sure the success of the 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet thumpers has come to their notice, too.
It's wonderful to see this clean and elegant lightweight bike come back to market. The AutoEvolution.com website has a gallery of eight pics of the bike here.
Photo credit: Autoevolution.com