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Custom of the Week: ’81 R65 BMW ‘Hulk’ by Unik Edition




Unik Edition is another creative workshop spawned from Portugal’s coastal hotbed of motorcycle customisation.

Two best friends Tiago Gonçalves and Luis Gonçalves only started living their dream relatively recently and this Beemer is their 4th build to date. Deciding on a more flamboyant approach to balance the glut of greyscale R-series that are still so popular.

The guys dragged a very tired and rusty 1982 R65 out of a barn and trailered it back to their workshop to the west of Lisbon. Luis worked his magic with a pencil, sketching a squat bobber silhouette. The most obvious addition is the fuel tank, pinched from a Yamaha Virago 1100, which is set back from the headstock thus leaving more of the frame on display.

The frame itself has the whole rear missing, just two new tabs pick-up the lengthy 390mm Hagon shocks while an extension of the original spine supports the leather cald solo saddle. Lustrous gold paint coats the tubes rather than traditional black powder, echoed by airbrushed gold and black on the spokes of the snowflake cast wheels – a larger 19″ up front and stock 18″ at the rear.

The fork has been lowered 5cm internally and new Brembo calipers and discs fitted as the originals were so corroded. The wiring loom has also been replaced by a neat Motogadget friendly harness with M-Blaze bar end and pin indicators, controlled by M-Button switches. The ignition has been banished from the cockpit and now lives in the redundant airbox thanks to the Bing carbs running K&N pods.

The rebuilt boxer motor sings through a sinewy stainless exhaust system fabricated by Tig-Power, exiting just ahead of the rear Firestone. Rizoma 70mm bar risers and repositioned rearsets alter the sit-up-and-beg ergonomics.

The final piece of the jigsaw was the paint, undertaken by Johnny Ink who, as well as laying down the metal flake green on the tank, also airbrushed a Hedon Hedonist helmet to reflect the wheel and tyre combo.


This article first appeared on The Bike Shed; It’s republished here with permission.

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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