A while ago we showed you the original Nero from Saigon-based bike-builder Bandit9. The new, super-limited-edition Nero MKII is based on the same Chang Jiang 750 and is made almost completely of custom-fabbed parts including a longer, lower frame design that slams it even closer to the street.
In the same way that cyclocross diversifies the cycling experience by taking riders off idiot-filled roads & into the dirt, all-terrain motorcycles can do the same. And if more builders start doing conversions like this dirt-slinging 1199 Panigale S from Portland Ducati dealer MotoCorsa, the woods could soon be filled with the sweet music of Italian exhausts. via
Right now, America’s most wanted actually comes from Italy. And this is it: the 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera. The superbike of superbikes. At 200 horsepower, it’s Ducati’s most powerful & boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of any production bike ever built. They’re only making 500 & 75% of those are already sold. Move fast.
Celebrating 90 years of BMW motorcycles, Beemer is releasing a birthday bike: the R9T Roadster. It’s an 1170-cc oil-cooled unit pushing 110-horses and comes with a long list of customization options like a Titanium Akropovic exhaust.
Erik Buell is a legend when it comes to American sportbike manufacturing. His latest, the 1190RX is the flagship machine for his independent company EBR. The bike packs a 1,190cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-Twin with a 6-speed tranny. It’s the first new Buell bike to hit the streets in years & it looks like a solid comeback.
The world’s tastemakers may have moved on from their short and torrid love affair with the café racer, but Australia’s Deus Ex Machina is still getting dirty. The Bully was made from a Buell X1 & packed with as many American parts as possible. It took fabbing a whole new subframe plus a handmade tank & seatpan to achieve this classic look & that’s what Deus does.
For sure Harley wishes they could turn out factory bikes that look this good but no, this sick 1200 Sporty was built by Bull Cycles. It got serious engine mods & upgrades plus lots of metal fab, including twin megaphone exhaust, tins, a stretched swingarm, and too much more to list. The result: a low & loud Art Deco-inspired cafe racer that looks both futuristic & retro. via
The Motoped kit turns your little Honda XR50 pitbike into a performance motorized bicycle. The sickest looking one we’ve ever seen. All you need is the donor dirtbike & some mountain bike parts. The kits include everything else you need for the transformation: Frame, swingarm, rear hub, & so on. Watch the video!
This is not the first bike we’ve featured from Beijing’s Bandit9 garage and likely won’t be the last. This low-slung street sweeper is a highly modified Yamaha XVS400. Stretched, lowered, & Batmanned out. Builder Daryl Villanueva calls the minimalist design of the Atlas “brutally simple,” and we have to agree. Anyone who can make a metric 400 look this mean is really onto something.
For those who fear the power and price tag of Ducati’s big, bad 1199 model, you now have another option. The new 899 Panigale looks very similar to its big brother but features a de-tuned version of the 1199 powerplant while retaining its brutish good looks & features like Quick Shift, electronic throttle control & traction control.