Powered by a supercharged 2.1 liter, 2097cc V-twin that pumps out 210 horses, the handbuilt Valiant SC from Hesketh Cycles is a high-end custom built in the British racing tradition with only the best components. The Hesketh name earned a heavy rep as a Formula powerhouse in the 1970s. Today, they’re building bikes like these in very limited numbers.
The latest addition to Harley’s entry-level Street series lineup is the Street Rod. It got a fresh chassis and styling plus a re-tuned motor. The high output, water-cooled V-twin Revolution X 750 engine has been dialed in to produce 18% more power & a bit more torque than the original Street 750.
Designed & built for the factory team with the sole purpose of earning Indian the AMA Flat Track title, the race-tuned FTR750 Scout will now be available to the public-at-large. Two important details: it is not road legal and the price tag is $50K. Let’s hope that this offering hints at a road legal (& more affordable) version of the Scout in the not-too-distant future.
Built by Brooklyn-based resto-mod master Stefano Venier, this bike was transformed from a chunky 80s-era cruiser into a sleek and stripped down classic silhouette. It’s a Kawasaki KZ1000 but the lowered stance, modified tank & race-inspired front fairing, plus the bobbed & cleaned up rear-end change the look entirely. Updated suspension, electrics, & brakes add modern performance. via
No chrome. That’s the defining feature of Harley’s 2017 Road King Special. Powered by the new Milwaukee twin cam 108 C.I. powerplant, this iconic hard-bag cruiser is 10% more powerful than the outgoing model and along with its stripped-down & blacked-out styling it features a street-sweeping lowered stance.
Blending classic looks with modern technology, Austrian custom garage NCT Motorcycles turned Ducati’s racy 140-horsepower 848 EVO into a retro-inspired café bike. They stripped all the original bodywork & fabbed a custom sub-frame and aluminum tail unit that features a custom leather & fabric seat and embedded LED taillights. Stock shocks were replaced with Öhlins front & rear, a custom exhaust was designed & built, and lots of other small details transformed this Italian rooster from standard to stunning. source
The Desert Sled is the newest variant of Ducati’s 803-cc retro Scrambler. It’s a well-equipped street legal enduro set-up that features a higher seat position, reinforced frame and fully adjustable suspension, an engine protector and spoked wheels that wear Pirelli’s new Scorpion Rally STR tires.
At the heart of this American-made custom & handcrafted cruiser is a 117-inch (1917cc) S&S X-Wedge V-Twin powerplant. The sharp, industrial lines and minimalist styling is the handiwork of master builders Edward Jacobs & Francois-Xavier Terny. It’s fitted with Öhlins forks up front and a hidden monoshock in the rear. Brembo 4-piston calipers put the brakes on the cruiser’s beefy 110-feet lb. of torque. Not available until 2018 but that gives you time to save up.
Created by Death Machines of London, the UYC (Up Yours Copper) is a maniacally customized machine that began as a ’07 Triumph Thruxton and underwent a complete surgical transformation: stripped and de-lugged frame, handmade tins & tank, re-designed injection system, carbs, handmade ceramic exhaust—virtually everything—and much of it fabbed in copper and brass. The handformed saddle is made of American Walnut. One of a kind? You bet.
Created by Milan’s infamous South Garage, the Nerboruta began its life as a humble ’79 BMW R75/5. Stripping it to the bare essence, the South crew completely transformed the bike by adding a vintage springer front end, bobbing the rear-end, & modified fuel tank, not to mention the generous use of wood for the saddle, fenders, & tank knee pads.