"Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death." This Hunter S. Thompson quote served as inspiration for and appears on the stunning Death Machines Of London Up Yours Copper Motorcycle. Based on a 2007 Triumph Thruxton 900, every piece on the bike — save for the Spitfire toggle switches — is either modified or custom. That includes the exhaust, with ceramic coated pipes and a carbon fiber muffler that exits through a hole in the center of the rear light, the hand-carved American Walnut seat, the bushed aluminum light cowl with integrated speedometer, the sweeping, hand-bent bars, and even the sprocket cover with solid brass grills.
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Unlike many custom rigs that are more for easy cruising than hard riding, the Deus Ex Machina Malachi Crunch Dirt Bike was built to race from the get-go. Adhering to VMX regulations, the Deus Japan team went about modifying the bike while retaining the Honda XL500's spirit. As a result, the standard steering bearings and head stock were retained, but paired with a set of late '80s XR600 forks, while a custom rear suspension was added, with nearly 200mm of travel. Other modifications include a custom swing arm, Ikon alloy gas shocks and springs, and an epoxy composite seat base and side covers that provide modern comfort without losing the original's early motocross DNA.
Based on a '74 Harley-Davidson FX Super-Glide, this Jamesville Harley Shovelhead Motorcycle takes its unlikely source and turns it into an agressive cafe racer. It's powered by an 80ci S&S motor mated to a five speed transmission, giving the bike power to go along with its looks. Speaking of which, it has a custom seat pan and high cowl with integrated tail light, an ever so slightly modified tank, Porgressive front and rear shocks, a custom exhaust that ends up by the seat, and a fairing that was a chance purchase off eBay that ended up matching like a glove.
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Designed with a post-apocalyptic scenario in mind, the Triumph x Icon Dromedarii Motorcycle is a rugged, utilitarian build. Based on a 2011 Triumph Tiger 800XC, it's seen all plastic removed and replaced with steel cages and protective plates, while the stiffened Ohlins suspension, raised subframe, and knobby Conti tires all help with riding in a world where roads are no more. It also has a custom oversized fuel tank, Rotopax fuel cells, HID lighting, and a Ballistic lithium battery. As a finishing touch, racks in both the front and rear let you transport goods easily without the need for a bulky backpack.
Built for racing on dirt ovals, the Harley-Davidson XG750R Flat Track Motorcycle is the company's first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years. It's powered by a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson 750cc Revolution X engine, modified for the track by Vance & Hines Motorsports, who also developed the bike's racing frame. Its right side clad in Harley's signature orange and dominated by the huge racing exhaust, while the left side is more subdued and clad almost entirely in black. Built specifically for competition, this is one bike you won't see for sale at your local dealer anytime soon.
Built to celebrate the 80th anniversary of BMW's legendary boxer, the BMW R 5 Hommage Motorcycle is a carefully updated take on the classic. Dreamed up by BMW Motorrad head designer Ola Stenegard and brought to life by builders Ronna and Benna Norén and Sebastian Gutsch, it has a custom frame that's very similar to the original, yet adds in modern elements like a comfortable rear suspension and modern front fork. The engine is an original R 5, restored to glory and paired with a supercharger and custom stainless steel exhaust for added power. Finishing off the bike are a hand-hammered steel tank with ghosted black paint, a one-off seat covered in hand-stitched leather, and custom handlebars with machined, adjustable controls. A fitting tribute to a great pre-war bike.