Velocity Learn, 9 Could 2021




This week’s personalized bikes strategy in all sizes and shapes—from a pint-sized flat tracker, to a complicated BMW R18. Plus we take dangle of a gaze at a orderly BSA bobber, and a Norton Atlas with a Harley-Davidson WLA motor.




Jake Drummond’s Mini Tracker Jake Drummond has some considerably loopy skills, nonetheless for his most conventional undertaking, he went small, low-cost and contented. This mini flat tracker took him three months to compose and price factual $1,800, nonetheless it with out a doubt’s factual as chilly as any bike twice its dimension.

Jake began with a 1968 Yamaha YCS1 rolling chassis he discovered on Fb, then sourced a four-recede 140 cc Lifan motor off eBay. Then he constructed a customized motor cradle, mounts, and a model fashionable rear loop to lift all of it collectively.




The entrance forks are Honda Grom fashions, and the rear shocks are generic aftermarket objects. The wheels are 17” Photo voltaic rims, laced to Suzuki RM85 hubs with Buchanan’s spokes, and wrapped in Shinko rubber. And the rear brake is from a 2010 Yamaha YZ250F, with a customized caliper bracket and pedal linkage.

Jake moreover added a customized aluminum Champion-vogue gasoline tank, with an aluminum rear fender and aluminum fork guards. The pleated leather-based seat is personalized too, as are the vacuum-fashioned quantity plates.




Up within the cockpit are Vortex handlebars with a BBR throttle and ODI grips. Lower down are the titanium foot pegs from a Suzuki RMZ450.

Jake’s mini-tracker appears to be lovable as a button, and may be wild stress-free to streak. Let’s hope he races it too—on fable of there’s in truth a flat word class for it. [Jake Drummond Instagram | Images by Zach Visser]




Makai Wink’s NorHD 20-one year-extinct Dutchman Makai Wink grew up alongside together with his grandparents and different folks utilizing bikes, so getting onto two wheels himself was as quickly as inevitable. His first most important undertaking is a doozy: a 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Liberator motor caught real right into a 1967 Norton Atlas physique. And handiest of all, it was as quickly as a household undertaking.

Makai’s dad and granddad have been amassing bike elements since that they had been youthful, so a type of the elements had been merely dragged out of the storage.




“We in truth name the bike ‘SO’,” says Makai. “It stands for schuur opruiming, sloop onderdelen, which interprets to ‘barn clearance, demolition elements’.” Nonetheless regardless of it’s bitsa nature, it appears to be love 1,000,000 bucks.

The undertaking in truth kicked off when Makai was as quickly as 15. His granddad was as quickly as promoting his residence, and discovered the Harley motor whereas cleaning out the storage. Makai received right here up with the inspiration of sticking it in an Atlas physique—and spent the next chilly climate making that happen. He bought the motor and physique combo off his granddad, and carried on the undertaking with steady wait on from each his granddad and his father.




The motor comprises a modified Liberator block, with 1200 inlet valves and KR750 use valves, a 1200 carb, and a balanced crankshaft. There’s a customized pulley process mating the engine to the gearbox.

Makai’s dad helped with the electrics, which have been positively not a stroll within the park. “You may presumably throw away the blueprint for the wiring harness,” says Makai, “on fable of it’s an American engine in an English bike. And for the English bike it’s a ‘+’ on the physique, and for an American bike it’s a ‘–‘ … we name it ‘swearing in church’.”




Different sides encompass customary Norton drum brakes, a restored Smiths clock, and a customized dashboard and battery field. Makai did the entire paint and pin-striping himself, redoing some elements 4 or 5 instances, “on fable of I’m loopy for precision.”

The bike’s not directly accomplished, nonetheless Makai can’t streak it but. The Netherlands has a tiered licensing process, and at 20 years extinct, he’s on his first tier. We wager he can’t dwell up for that license improve. [Makai Wink Instagram | Images by Noortje Blokland]




BSA Thunderbolt by FMW Bikes
 Simply a number of the bikes which catch rolled out of Lorenzo Fugaroli’s FMW Bikes through the years have been stunning ‘obtainable.’ Nonetheless the Italian builder moreover is acutely aware of the beneficiant technique to play the classics—and the proof is that this flawless BSA hardtail. It’s doubtlessly on fable of Lorenzo’s craft was as quickly as handed the entire vogue all the way down to him from his father, who’s been manipulating metal since 1969.




The donor for this undertaking was as quickly as a 1970-mannequin Thunderbolt A65T, and it was as quickly as commissioned by a client. Lorenzo’s was it real right into a timeless bobber, nonetheless he’s moreover launched it as a lot as this stage—with tweaks to attend on it path lead-free fuel. So it’s sporting as a lot as this stage electrics, a Wassel carb and fashionable valve seats.

Lorenzo fabricated the hardtail physique himself, alongside with smaller well-known elements love the aluminum oil tank and battery field. The fuel tank’s been modified with an embedded conventional Smiths speedo, and it sits on personalized brass helps.




Notable elements encompass a sprung solo seat and a tightly mounted rear fender. Each fragment appears to be uncover it irresistible belongs—from the tracker-vogue bars and grips to the aspect-mounted discontinue gentle and cocktail shaker exhausts. It’s a simple, nonetheless extraordinarily environment friendly, compose. [FMW Motorcycles]




BMW R18 by Rabbit Floor Customizing BMW’s gambit of pitching the R18 as a platform for personalisation has paid off. We’re seeing more and more personalized spins on the king-sized boxer, and the bar is being raised at an alarming trek. This most conventional R18 personalized comes from a BMW specialist in Rüsselsheim, Germany and it’s a complete banger.

Since RGC is fragment of a 40-one year-extinct BMW dealership, they decided to pay homage to the enduring /5 ‘toaster tank’ model. In order that they often called in an expert to attend on hammer out some personalized bodywork: Udo Kohse from Unikat-Werk / Bike-Mission.




Udo added a ridge atop the R18’s fuel tank, beat in a pair of knee indents, and added a pair of chrome ‘toaster’ panels to the edges. There’s a model fashionable seat too, and the physique beneath it is miles wrapped in a customized piece of bodywork to toughen the waft.

Out help is a personalised fender, with a ridge that ends with a small embedded taillight. Up entrance, Udo’s customary a model fashionable enclosure for the OEM headlight that now moreover homes the speedo.




Different changes encompass a swap to 21F/18R wheels, personalized handlebars, and a design of Kellermann Atto flip alerts. The use is a prototype from the Dutch specialist Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde and Rabbit Floor catch saved the paint mental with a simple gray and silver livery.

It’s an exceptionally correctly-packaged personalized, and one other mental entry real right into a helpful ebook a rough-rising listing of R18 customs. [Rabbit Ground Customizing]

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