Stripped Bare – Jerry Missin Ducati 749
The Ducati 749 was designed by renowned automotive designer Pierre Terblanche. The bike shared a lot in common with the Ducati 999, including the polarising opinions regarding its looks. Today’s builder Jerry Missin was neither a lover nor hater of the 749’s styling. Instead, he found himself in a position that allowed him to create his own interpretation of the Italian twin and did so without hesitation.
Earnest Workwear Smiths Jacket
In early 2018 I started using the Earnest Hardin Overalls. If you missed the full review I did on them in our Workshop Series you can catch up here. Fast forward to today and you will be pleased to hear the Earnest brand, after a brief hiatus, has been revived. You may know of Nigel Petrie and his ‘Engineered to Slide’ outfit but if you aren’t, then check it out and thank me later. The reason I mention him because, amongst other things, he the new frontman at Earnest workwear. Nigel has been punching out a steady stream of custom cars and motorcycles for years. His recent efforts include a Born Free 12 BMW R9T build, starting an online motorsport fabrication school and acquiring and reinvigorating the Earnest brand. To call Nigel a busy man is, without a doubt, a massive understatement.
Italian Upgrade – Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS
Trever Scales of Scales Studio is no stranger to these pages. But today, for the unveiling of his latest project, the Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS, we’ve done things a little differently. Trever is the first guest on our new podcast ‘The RETROspective’. The interview-style series will delve into each builder’s backstory along with introducing their latest custom motorcycle project. In this episode, Trever explains how his highly modified Ducati 1000SS project began and walks us through a few experiences he had creating it. You can listen to the whole interview below along with the usual build breakdown and photography.
Bucking Trends – Vagabund Moto Guzzi V7 III
No one that thinks of themself as creative likes to be pigeonholed. It’s fine to be recognised by your unique style and flair, but the last thing you want is to be considered a one-trick pony. Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl of Austria’s Vagabund Moto are well aware this is the danger of working with one motorcycle marque too often. So when their portfolio started to resemble a Bavarian Motorrad convention they knew it was time to branch out. Their latest attempt at bucking their BMW trend is the Vagabund V14 Moto Guzzi V7 III and we very much approve.
Pando Moto Black Dyneema Jeans
We’ve seen a lot of great new riding gear from Pando Moto in 2020. With each new addition, they’ve refined their style and utilised more advanced materials to improve their offering. Today we’re looking at 2 updated versions of existing black Dyneema Jeans in the Pando Moto 2020 range. Replacing the highly successful Steel Black 9 and Kissaki Black models are the new 2020 Steel Black 0.2 jeans for men and the women’s Kissaki Dyn motorcycle jeans.
Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear – Ron George TX750A
There are countless failures throughout automotive history. All of the big motorcycle manufacturers have at least one they’d prefer to forget about. For Yamaha, one such failure came with the release of the TX750 in 1973. The twin-cylinder UJM was slated to become the successor of the esteemed XS650 but soon after its release, it became apparent that was never going to happen. Unlike the XS650’s bulletproof parallel twin the Yamaha TX750 was plagued with engine issues and worse still, complete failures. The TX botch-up was so vast that it lead to the first-ever recall by a motorcycle manufacturer; an event that marked the end of the TX750s shortlived production run.
Spidi Premium Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Labelling a product as ‘premium’ tells customers you’re offering something that’s superior to other alternatives. Italian motorcycle riding gear manufacturer Spidi has the history and resources at their disposal to back up such a claim. The new Spidi Premium jacket leverages the companies tried and tested production techniques to create a classic motorcycle jacket that’s a cut above the rest.
Road to Recovery – Scott Campbell’s BMW R65
Sometimes techniques for overcoming adversity are found in unexpected places. Scott Campbell found the solution to his personal battle in the form of a BMW R65. To help him through a difficult recovery Scott kicked off a build that would see him finalise a long term project in spectacular fashion. This BMW cafe racer represents the realisation of one mans dream and commemorates 12 months of successful rehabilitation.
Simon’s Shadow – A Modern Vincent Cafe Racer
Mid-2019 we featured Simon Leake’s amazing 21st Century Vincent Black Shadow. Well, I’m a big believer that you can never have too much of a good thing, so thanks to the crew at Machines that Dream and Stories of Bike we have some fresh photos, footage and more in-depth details of this amazing Vincent cafe racer to share. If you’d like to see and hear the Vincent in action (who wouldn’t!?) and hear Simon tell the story of the build, jump to the end of the article to watch the Stories of Bike video. Otherwise, we have Simon’s full, unabridged account of the project here for you to read at your leisure complete with fresh photos from Machines that Dream.
Ovrlandr – Combustion Industries XL1200R
Two things we don’t feature on this website all that often are Harley Davidsons and Scramblers. Well, today we’re bucking that trend. This Harley XL1200R, post-apocalyptic styled scrambler is the work of Michael Bates from Stillwater, Minnesota. Why break tradition for something so radically different? Quite simply because we admire what Michael has done. You see he could have just built another cookie-cutter custom and got himself plenty of praise. He’s certainly got the skill to do it. But instead, he’s gone and built a motorcycle that will polarise opinions. It’s a ballsy move which has no doubt resulted in a lot of negative feedback from the keyboard warriors that lurk on social media. Personally, I applaud builds like this. They encourage progression within the custom scene and get people talking. What I like most about Michael’s XL1200R ‘Ovrlandr’ though is that it makes me grin.