If you follow Ze Last Chance Garage, you’ll know that Paris-based “Sonic Seb” has immaculate taste. This gorgeous Yamaha XS650 is his personal ride, beautifully captured by the photographer Dimitri Coste for Sideburn magazine. Seb works for a major European motorcycle manufacturer, and he’s a pure gearhead. So he did much of the work on the XS650 himself, in a fantastic communal garage that he shares with friends—complete with paint booth and dyno room.
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If you follow Ze Last Chance Garage, you’ll know that Paris-based “Sonic Seb” has immaculate taste. This gorgeous Yamaha XS650 is his personal ride, beautifully captured by the photographer Dimitri Coste for Sideburn magazine.
Seb works for a major European motorcycle manufacturer, and he’s a pure gearhead. So he did much of the work on the XS650 himself, in a fantastic communal garage that he shares with friends—complete with paint booth and dyno room.
One of the more original builders working today is David Borras, a Spanish vintage motorcycle racer who runs El Solitario (“the loner”) MC. He’s got an idiosyncratic style, and his disregard for contemporary fashions has won him a lot of attention. This is Borras’ latest bike: it’s unlikely to be as controversial as his Triumph T120, but it’s just as eye-catching. Called ‘The Gonzo’, it’s a heavily customized 1976 R45 that Borras describes as “terribly underpowered, but indestructible”.
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This beautiful machine, photographed by Benoit Guerry in France, has just been profiled on the (highly recommended) Southsiders site. It’s a Triton-style hybrid, built in the 1970s from recovered parts and spares—including a Lowboy frame, shortened Norton Roadholder forks, a Seeley front brake, and a Triumph five-speed transmission. The engine is a rare 1957 pre-unit T100/RS with a splayed-port Delta head.
This 1976 Honda CB750 is owned by Jon Brindley, a champion of the Washington DC music scene. Jon also happens to be a friend of MotoHangar owner Pat Jones, which explains why the bike looks so good. It’s an interesting mix of sharp graphics and authentic patina, and it didn’t happen by accident. “Jon was quite adamant about having the bike show its age,” says Pat. “We went back and forth on this one, discussing ideas.” The modifications that the pair eventually agreed on include a Kawasaki KZ tail, jet black paint, ceramic header wrap, a SuperTrapp exhaust and cone-style air filters.
Though it has been a weak winter, It will be nice to put this back on the road.
By David Edwards — All you need to know about Nick Roskelley’s budget-built café-racer can be found hanging below the right side of the fuel tank. That’s where you’ll see a shiny aluminum bicycle tire pump. Like most of the components on this bike, it was not store-bought. In fact, “It was bent like a banana and thrown in a dumpster,” says the 54-year-old retired commercial diver. But the price was right—so home it went to Paignton, a small seaside town on England’s south coast. After numerous meetings with a rubber hammer and the polishing wheel, it now looks good as new.
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This is the latest build from Spanish shop Café Racer Dreams, which is starting to look like the southern European counterpart to the well-established Wrenchmonkees of Copenhagen. CRD #10 is called “Night Track”, and it’s a 2007 Triumph Bonneville. The mods are well-chosen, tightening up the aesthetics of the Bonnie and giving it a sharper, more retro look.
Most custom motorcycles fit within a particular genre. And that genre will have its own conventions, as well as its fans and detractors. But occasionally you see a bike that is utterly timeless, almost beyond ‘classic’. And this is one of them, from the New Hampshire workshop of Walt Siegl. “I was hoping to create a motorcycle that has the charm of the big roadsters from the 60s and 70s,” says Walt, “but with modern performance. I also wanted to build a bike that doesn’t require too much maintenance and technical expertise to keep on the road.”
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1970 Triumph TR25W