UPDATE: A pair CX500 Cafe Racers. Now with link to build pics!

The last few CX Honda's I posted got quite a bit of attention so I thought I'd pass this pair along.  The pictures aren't the best resolution but I figured a few folks would be interested.  There was no other info with them.  I found them on an obscure thread over on ADV rider.

UPDATE:  I love these boards!  Thanks to Motosapiens in the comments section for  a link to the build pics of the first red CX.  Looks Great! 

Oh and be sure to Check our his blog as well! Some good stuff there! Merci Beaucoup!


Video Update to a Recent Triumph Post.

Found this video of a bike I posted on earlier over on the excellent (an all Italian) Ottonero Blog. He has a lot more pictures posted of this bike at the link. Please check him out!

The versatile XS650 as a Roadracer.

There's not much these bikes haven't been turned into. this is just a stunning roadrace build.

More Flawless Tritons, Race Replicas and Fellow Blogers!

I had the pleasure of finding a new blog specializing in smaller displacement bikes (mostly Honda's) called Chalopy.  I dropped Ralph an E-mail to see if I could post a few pics of his and he responded with a trio of outstanding photo's from his collection.  These are some really fantastic bikes!

Ralph wrote:
Thank you for your e-mail.
Your mcpoftd blog is kinda like motorcycle porn.. Very nice !
I am not to fond of 2-strokes though ;) Too much fumes.

Someone sent me pictures of a 6 cylinder Adler. The German owner simply mated three 2-cylinder engines together. Will see if I can find them again.
The attached pics were made in '04 at the parking lot of the Classic Races races held in Barneveld (Netherlands). The local industrial area is transformed into a street circuit once a year.
Would be honoured to see my stuff back on your blog !

Greetings,
Ralph.


Thanks VERY Much for the photos.

Again, please be sure an check out his Blog for some great posts on some cool small CC motorcycles.

The first picture is a partial replica of the infamous Slippery Sam Racer.  More on that very famous original HERE.


Followed up by a pair of pics of a this beautiful Triton..

 
 

50cc Ducati Mountaineer.

Saw this Triumph and just said WOW!

Damm that's sweet. Saw this over on the excellent all Italian Ottonero Site. Chek him out

Moto Guzzi For Sale.


MC invites animal rights activist to "Party"


Johnstown, PA (GlossyNews) – Local and state police scoured the hills outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others, previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers “duct taped inside several fast food restaurant dumpsters,” according to police officials.
“Something just went wrong,” said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest. “Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong.”
The organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activist groups, “growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities at older women wearing leather or fur coats,” decided to protest the annual motorcycle club event “in a hope to show them our outrage at their wanton use of leather in their clothing and motor bike seats.” “In fact,” said the organizer, “motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let them know that we disagree with them using it…ergo, they should stop.”
According to witnesses, protesters arrived at the event in a vintage 1960’s era Volkswagen van and began to pelt the gang members with balloons filled with red colored water, simulating blood, and shouting “you’re murderers” to passers by. This, evidently, is when the brouhaha began.
“They peed on me!!!” charged one activist. “They grabbed me, said I looked like I was French, started calling me ‘La Trene’, and duct taped me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!”
“I…I was trying to show my outrage at a man with a heavy leather jacket, and he…he didn’t even care. I called him a murderer, and all he said was, ‘You can’t prove that.’ Next thing I know he forced me to ride on the back of his motorcycle all day, and would not let me off, because his girl friend was out of town and I was almost a woman.”

Still others claimed they were forced to eat hamburgers and hot dogs under duress. Those who resisted were allegedly held down while several bikers “farted on their heads.”
Police officials declined comments on any leads or arrests due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, however, organizers for the motorcycle club rally expressed “surprise” at the allegations.
“That’s preposterous,” said one high-ranking member of the biker organizing committee. “We were having a party, and these people showed up and were very rude to us. They threw things at us, called us names, and tried to ruin the entire event. So, what did we do? We invited them to the party! What could be more friendly than that? You know, just because we are all members of motorcycle clubs does not mean we do not care about inclusiveness. Personally, I think it shows a lack of character for them to be saying such nasty things about us after we bent over backwards to make them feel welcome.”
When confronted with the allegations of force-feeding the activists meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast food restaurant dumpsters, and ‘farting on their heads,’ the organizer declined to comment in detail. “That’s just our secret handshake,” assured the organizer.

Video. GSXR 1000 Chased by police plane.

Quote from the pilot: "He's going faster than I am"

Found thisover on the HardLifeBikes Blog


Fun looking Yamaha SR500 Cafe Thumper.

I love builds like this. Really fun and easy (enough) to build. And they always seem to grab ther fair share of attention


Tough little Honda CB450 Cafe.

I love the early model Honda Cafe's. They just seem to really hit all the right notes and this one is a tough looking little rider which I especially appreciate. Show bikes have their place of course but I like the "patina" of a road grime just fine.


Another Moto Guzzi Cafe.

Sorry, I know I post a lot of Guzzis but to me they're so darn easy to look at. I really should just buy one or something.


I hate trikes.

'Cept for this one.


Exile does it right.

Another Custom Vincent. WOW!


Ducat 750 GT.. an friends

That is one hell of a nice parking lot.


One beast of a Honda Transalp!

I love these bikes. Not much use for them in flat old Florida though.

A Beautiful Custom Street Tracker Style Vincent behind a White Pickett Fence

I just love this tracker style on a Vincent. Really well executed. I found this bike anonymously posted on The Adventure Rider site. If anyone has any specific info on the builder it'd be much appreciated.


 
 

Honda Supercub C90ST.

Joe from Mexico sends in some pictures of this new Honda  C90ST.  At a quick glance, I thought it was a restoration of an early model.  then Joe mentioned the history of the bike.  I didn't realize that these were being built by Honda in North America!  In my beach community this bike would be fantastic! Why the heck can't I get one of these at my local Honda dealer here in the US?  No offense to the Vespa "style" scooters but I'd rather have something along these lines for where I live.

Joe Writes:
Hello,
great website! Here's my 2008 Honda Super Cub C90ST, I bought it new in April, 2008. Built in Kumamoto Japan, assembled from CKD in Guadalajara, México. I learned to ride on it, but rarely ride it anymore, I ride a 2008 Honda NX4 Falcon (400cc version of NX650 Dominator, built in Brazil) now.
-Joe.

 

Thanks Joe!  And if you have pictures of that NX4 Falcon I'd love to see them!



 

Update: 1977 Laverda Jota

I'm a recent recent convert to Laverda (and several other brands actually) and I'm a looooong way from getting the models sorted out. In that spirit I welcome any corrections to what are often my best guesses.

So from the comments: Lovely Bike, Jota it is not however, more like a late'ish 3C, I'd say 1975. ALL Jota's had cast wheels, and dual seat with duckbills at rear...


The french have a racing series called the Guidon D'or. Wow it looks fun.

This looks to be an offshoot of the 70's wide world of sports "Superbikes" events that pitted racers from all different disciplines on one track that combined road and dirt.

ménage à trois

When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I feeling sad, I simply remember some of my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad.


"Good things" represented.

It's Friday! Cheers!

Stunt Rider Bubba Blackwell was busy, So I filled in for him.


Disclaimer: Obviously a Hoax!

CBX! Full Tilt Boogie!

WOW That's clean!!


Konig Racer prize-winning documentary on Kim Newcombe, builder and racer of the Konig 500 GP bike.

I love to look at the early days of racing. When sudden and unexpected technologies coud turn the sport on it's head overnight. I love to watch the racers who did it because the thought of doing anything else was just impossible to them.

We miss a lot of that aspect in todays hyper media environment. I know the riders in the 21'st century are just as driven as the riders in the early 20'th but I think we miss a lot of that in all trhe "packaging". Anyway I like to see theold videos and learn who's shoulders todays riders are standing on. It's a good idea to check your foundaton once in a while.

On that note I was delighted to find an e-mail from Mr Bill Thomas directing me to this video. It's not one of the typical "early days and high sides" old school videos that we see a lot of. It's actually a professionally produced documentary and while there is some good racing action, this is more about people and familes.

So this may not be you cup of tea but I just wanted to throw it on here anyway. Hope you enjoy it. Oh and thank you again to Mr Bill Thomas for the link.

Bill writes about the video:
His widow Janeen provides much of the commentary and there is a lot of footage from their home-movies. Extra commentary is provided by people like Chas Mortimer, Chris Dodds, Dieter Konig , Bruno Kneublher, Rod Tingate (Kim's mechanic), Mick Woolett, Phil Read,
Kork Ballington, etc.



If you enjoyed the clip there's a lot more HERE!


Latest from the bench of Ron Peck. BSA Bobber.


 

Indian Art Deco Chopper. I'm conflicted on this one.

I'm not exactly a purist and I like the look but it seems a shame to do this to such a classic.


Old School Cool. Stunner of a Honda Street Dragger.

I just realized that I've posted this beauty before. SEE HERE!


My "Special" Cat

Not related to motorcycles, but had to share. Too cute!

This is a video of one of my two cats acting "Special". It was hard to capture. Usually when he knows someone is watching him drinking water this way, He quits. At the end of the video, when I call his name and ask him what he is doing, He realizes he's been busted and immediately stops.


He does drink water normally too. This is just one of the many endearing qualities of his perscatonality. Its what he does when he thinks no one is watching. What a goomba.

Ever catch one of your pets acting "Special"?

Ducati Racer. These bikes look good from any angle.


passing time

I seem to have mellowed a bit more with each passing year. Maybe I'm getting older, and a bit wiser. Life sure seems better viewing it as an optimist, rather than living life through the eyes of a pessimist. With the arrival of winter each year, I realize I have to put the bike away for the season, but this only brings up a new season of thrills and beauty to come. I have come to accept that to live in Minnesota you have to learn to Love ALL 4 seasons. If you don't 3-4 months out of the year, you could potentially find yourself pretty miserable. Winter is just a thing we have to deal with. I've learned the more I go at it with this kind of attitude, the less the snow and cold seems to bother me. I love to ice fish. I love and appreciate the beauty of winter landscapes. I love snow on Christmas, and I like to snowmobile and downhill ski once in a while.

I don't ski wussy hills like the one pictured below, but had to take a picture of the run's sign while I was on my way to the double black diamond runs.

How could you pass up a name like Harley's Hollow?


Keep smiling. Spring isn't too far away.

Reader Ride. SL 350 Racebike.

Beautiful build! Thanks Joe!


Gold Flake Scrambler.

This beauty has been picked up by a few different biker blogs already but I'm so taken by it that I'm going to post her here too. Big shoutout to RocketGarage and Motochimp


Beautiful Laverda close-up.

A nice "muscular" shot.


Ducati 750 F1


More Cafe Guzzi Porn.

I now. I know. I post a lot of Guzzi's. I admit I have a soft spot. The engine on this bike is a like industrial art to me.



A pair od wicked little Honda Cafe's.

I love the small cc builds. Makes me wish I as 25 years younger and 100 lbs lighted.



Annual De-lurker day.


You know who you are, You anonymous readers who never comment.

Leave me a comment with you name if you are guilty, or even if you are not!

Link to some Amazing Dakar Photos.

The Boston Globe has posted 37 amazing images from the Dakar rally (now being held in South America due to terrorism concerns). Check out the rest of those amazing photos HERE.




Art or is it?

I Thought this was kind of cool, and figured this was Blogable. I see it quite often. There is a distinct reverse image of the Harley Davidson Bar and Shield Logo left on one of my favorite chairs.


Its like unintentional art.

Its kind of like carving your name into a picnic table as a kid and leaving your mark.
Every time I wear a certain Harley shirt, and sit in this particular micro-fiber chair, I leave a temporary sign that says, "I was there."
Art, or is it?

Great stuff from the Packard Auto Museum courtesy of Ted Guthrie.

Ted Guthrie has been sending me so many good pics for so long now that he has his own search term over to the right of the blog in the word cloud.  His latest e-mail is so good that I'm just going to recreate it here as I recieved it in its entirity.  Good to hear from you again Ted and  as always, Thanks Very Much for the post!

Hi, Steve. Here are some pics from a nice, little vintage bike display at Warren, Ohio's Packard Auto Museum. But first, a little background on WHY there is a Packard auto museum in Warren, Ohio. Well, James Ward Packard, founder of the luxury auto giant bearing his name, was born in this small city, which is located in the NE part of the state. Among his other business interests, Mr. Packard opened Packard Electric in 1890. A manufacturer of electrical components for the automobile industry, Delphi Packard Electrical Systems as it is known today, became a part of General Motors in 1932, and is still located in Warren. By contrast, the Packard Motor Car Company, which began production of automobiles in 1900, moved operations to Detroit, Michigan, in 1902.

The Packard MCCC became known the world over as a manufacturer of some of the finest, most innovative cars in the world. Among other things, Packard is known for standardizing the use of steering wheels in automobiles (as opposed to tillers), as well as introducing the first V-12 engine in production cars. Packards were among the cars of choice for the rich and famous during the 20's and 30's. During the war years, Packard produced Merlin engines for use in P-51 Mustang fighter planes, plus the V-12 engines which were used in PT boats. Unfortunately, following the war, a combination of dated engineering and poor marketing choices, plus a changing customer base, left Packard lagging behind the Big Three auto manufacturers. Falling further and further behind in market share, Packard released its last models in 1958.

But, we're here to talk bikes. Although automobiles and other products featuring the Packard name, plus a historical record of the company, all have a permanent place in the museum, local collector and motorcycling historian Bruce Williams, organizes a supplemental motorcycle display every winter, which helps to bolster attendance at the museum. Featuring a different theme each year, this season's display is called "Ready For The Road". Following are few highlights.



Here's Bruce, with a German-made Horex moped, which he just unearthed. The little putter features zero miles, having never been fueled. Bruce himself is well-known for his restroration work on Indians and numerous other brands, as well as his extensive collection of BMW's and other German bikes.





 This sculture, which sits in the lobby of the museum, not only shows the design of Packard automobiles' famous hood ornament, but also lists some of the manufacturer's innovations in the auto industry.






Here's a couple of real oldies. Just visible to the left is one of the first Packard automobiles ever produced. It runs - regularly.




Check out that gorgeous Indian sidecar rig. To the right is one of the Packard family's personal cars, dating to the 30's, plus two 50's-era concept cars in the back.





Another fabulous Indian. Look closely and you can see that the pinstriping and the tank graphic are all hand-painted. Big Packard limo in the back.





Check out these two Ariels. Square Four in the front, and a twin behind it. Fabulous restos.





Cool, Maico streetbike from the 50's. Get a load of all the interesting features. Leading-link forks, all-enclosed bodywork, gorgeous paint & graphics, crankcase induction, big, comfy seat, bar-end turn signals. Also, how 'bout the chicken-coop-find BMW R25 behind and to the left?


There is much more to see at the Packard museum, plus they are preparing to open a huge addition. Note that the motorcycle displays run from January - April, each year. For more information, go to: http://packardmuseum.org