This week we’ve acquired a smokin’ scorching XSR155 in John Participant colors from West Java, Harley’s frigid and classy Electra Wing Revival, and a Moto Guzzi eBay whole lot. Plus a short appreciation of Dick ‘Bugsy’ Mann, who handed away final Monday.
Yamaha XSR155 by Glanets MC Inside the west, the Yamaha Yard Constructed program has enthusiastic on middleweight customs—in complete per twins and triples identical to the XSR700 and XSR900.
Yamaha Indonesia has its have model of this process although, and specializes within the smaller bikes within the differ, such as a result of the XSR155. It’s a compact and perky single per the MT15 sport naked, and extra primarily based fully totally on tastes and budgets in Southeast Asia.
This inviting small customized is among the many highlights of the newest spherical of Indonesian builds. It comes from Purnama Sultan Glanets, who runs a workshop in Bandung, West Java and has prime quality steel-shaping skills.
He’s referred to as his XSR ‘Reborn Cafe Racer’ and completed it in appropriate 4 months. The fully-faired bodywork is all uncommon, apart from the tank, and the four-fragment fairing is vented to protect up air flowing to the engine. Clip-on bars intensify the ‘neo café’ theme.
The bizarre tail unit segues utterly with the stock tank, and is absolutely enclosed beneath too. And that paint … not identical to the drained outdated Gulf Oil cliché, the F1 John Participant Particular livery level-headed has legs. And it seems to be like appropriate final proper right here. [Via]
Harley-Davidson Electra Wing Revival Has the tide started to flip for Milwaukee? The bizarre Pan The US ADV bike is sweet, and proves that Harley has gifted engineers on its payroll. And North American gross sales are on the upward thrust, zooming up 30% within the first quarter of this twelve months.
A couple of days prior to now, Harley dropped one different sudden bomb: the supply of a model uncommon restricted version collection, referred to as the ‘Icons Sequence.’ This system kicks off with the Electra Wing Revival, which harks help the 1969 FLH customary—the primary Harley to sport a ‘batwing’ fairing.
This information has unfold like wildfire throughout the bike media, with a remarkably apparent response. Excellent on story of—on the origin study—the Electra Wing is extra of a paint and accent job than a vehicle-vogue ‘continuation traditional.’
It’s per Harley’s contemporary single-spar touring physique, with vitality coming from the Milwaukee-Eight 114 v-twin. Electronics embrace Harley’s stout suite of ‘RDRS Security Enhancements’ plus an infotainment machine with Apple CarPlay baked in.
Acceptable 1,500 Electra Wing Revivals will seemingly be constructed, all with an legit Hifi Blue-and-Birch White color plot and people iconic inflexible saddlebags. The fairing is flanked with auxiliary lights, the solo seat has a successfully-organized chrome rail and adjustable coil suspension, and chromed rims and whitewall tires complete the outdated school vibe.
We reckon the Electra Wing Revival seems to be like considerably frigid, nevertheless extra predominant is the quick-term shift in Harley’s product planning and promoting and advertising and advertising and advertising process. The pitch is extra Paul Newman than Paulie Teutul, with an attractive Palm Springs mid-century neatly-liked vibe. That’s now not a bagger for burnouts, or dudes with ZZ Excessive beards and Dickies shorts. It’s class as a various of contrived badass.
Dick Mann (June 13, 1934 – April 26, 2021) One among many ample American racers of all time handed away final Monday on the age of 86. Dick ‘Bugsy’ Mann gained the AMA Sizable Nationwide champs twice, and was the primary racer to enact the ‘Sizable Slam’ within the States—a success occasions on street racing, TT, fast tune, half-mile and mile circuits. He was even a dab hand at motocross on board an Ossa, and helped Group USA take cling of a medal within the 1975 World Six Days Trial
Mann [above right] is essentially related to Honda although, and famously beat Mike Hailwood to protect the 1970 Daytona 200 on board a CB750. It was a protect that helped set up the CB’s efficiency credentials, and that individual CB impressed many customized replicas—together with a beautiful fabricate from the Australian retailer Crude Creations [below].
A lot much less efficiently recognized is that Mann was an completed bike builder himself. He designed a number of dawdle frames, an Ossa flat tracker, and constructed up a business restoring traditional bikes. And even after he ‘retired,’ he level-headed donned his dawdle gear for AHRMA traditional motocross occasions. The definition of a existence efficiently lived.
eBay whole lot: 1975 Moto Guzzi café racer The economics of motorbike values are repeatedly shiny. This terrific Moto Guzzi customized, fettled by the celebrated marque specialists Cycle Backyard, has appropriate offered for $8,000 on eBay. That’s appropriate a teeny bit better than a model uncommon Yamaha MT-07.
Which is the higher worth? You would nicely presumably presumably additionally argue for all sides, nevertheless there’s heaps going for this Guzzi—which has appropriate 29,000 miles on the clock.
The physique is from an 850T, the transmission has been freshly rebuilt, and the motor is a T3 boosted to 955cc with a gargantuan bore package deal. (It data 180 psi of compression on each cylinders.)
The aftermarket substances examine too: a traditional Stucchi tank, Tommaselli clip-ons and Tarozzi rearsets, plus Bosch horns.
Cycle Backyard reckon this machine will protect with a stock Le Mans Mk 1, and since they’ve been attempting after it for 15 years, they wish to understand. We reckon it’s now now probably not to drop in worth if it’s appeared after, and whoever offered it has made a kindly choice. [Via]