Monday, September 9, 2013

Chappell Customs Yamaha Star Bolt Bobber

Chappell Customs Bolt Bobber
We've been posting here about Yamaha's rollout strategy for the new Bolt V-twin: They gave ten prominent custom bike shops a Bolt to see what the builders would make of it. This is the second in a series of posts about each bike that began with the Roland Sands Design street tracker. Today's post is about the Chappell Customs bike.

The Chappell Customs Star Bolt build, a bobber, is complete now. The monoshock rear end they've designed will be available as a kit. It will require some frame cuts, but is a bolt-on affair, so no welding is required. The shock was specifically designed for the Chappell Bolt by renowned SoCal motorcycle aftermarket suspension shop, Works Performance. The kit will also include the custom seat and subframe you see here. The chin spoiler will also be for sale soon.

Custom Monoshock Rear End
Check out the Chappell Customs blog for a series of posts about the build, including some videos of the shop action.

H/T to BikeEXIF blog.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Ten Bolt Customs at Star Motorcycles Facebook Page

Bolt Custom by Jesse Rooke of Rooke Customs
In an earlier post about the Roland Sands Bolt street tracker, we noted that as part of its rollout strategy for the new Star Bolt V-twin, Yamaha shipped new Bolts to a number of prominent custom bike shops to see what the builders would do with it. It was a total of ten shops, in fact. As part of our followup on that subject, here's a link where you can see all ten of the Bolt customs at Star's Facebook page.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Portland 2013 Mini Maker Faire Sept. 14-15

The Portland, OR Mini Maker Faire returns Sept. 14-15. It will be held in the North parking lot of the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) again this year, you can find a map and directions here.

One-day and two-day tickets are available for purchase online now, or at the gate. Admission prices are:

One-day: Adults $12, Youth (3-17) $8, Seniors (65+) $8.
Two-day: Adults $20, Youth $14, Seniors $14

OMSI members receive $3 off.

There will be ten food carts onsite this year. There will also be a beer and wine bar.

We attended last year. There was a good crowd of all ages and a lot of booths, and plenty of hands-on activities for people of all ages. There should be a great turnout again this year.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Retro Moto Blog

Bultaco 250 TSS Vintage Roadracer 
We like the Retro Moto Blog for its excellent photos of vintage and classic motorcycles: Roadracers (like the Bultaco 250 TSS here), street bikes, dirt bikes, motorcrossers, and more. You'll also find coverage of vintage motorcycle shows and racing events. Check it out.

Photo credit: Retro Moto Blog, Bultaco 250 TSS 

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