Layla - The RD Story
The motorcycle that started it all – The Yamaha RD350, still is a dream for a child of the 70′s and early 80s.
After laying my hands on one, I decided that it wasn’t going to be a factory spec machine. It was going to be the wild bastard child that I wanted it to be.
From a rat-track machine to this cafe/tracker, she was built to suit my personality. Cranky, fast and loud! Oh yeah and it helps that she’s a bit of a looker too.
Sun Chaser - From Dust to Glory
The Sun Chaser arrived in three jute bags in the back of a car.
The crank was jammed solid into the lower case and although everything was intact, it was barely even salvageable. The perfect recipe for a custom motorcycle then.
The owner had two things he asked for – 1. That it be a bike that could be ridden in dirt and 2. That it was reliable.
It’s now out there chasing new horizons
60 Years of Kicks
What do you get your dad who’s been riding a motorcycle since his teenage days for this 60th? Another motorcycle?
But not just any ordinary motorcycle, something that makes him want to get on it and go get his kicks for the next 60 years!
Vir Nakai of Helmet Stories wanted something with a vintage touch, yet bright and loud. So we scouted the market and got a little BSA tank with the Fender off a Triumph. It still had the previous registration plates on it. (BMF 954).
A neat bobber tail light was bolted and we did an old school rendition of a fuel gauge – a fuel sight.
Wabi Sabi - Yamaha RD350
This RD350 is a motorcycle as it's most basic form.
It had a short brief; minimal and to embody the Japanese aesthetic known as Wabi Sabi, representing a world view centered on the acceptance of and imperfection.
So, we striped down the bare metal tank and adorned it with iconic image of the red, rising sun appearing in a constant state of change as it ages over time.
The Wandering Coorgie - BMW R25/3
This BMW R25/3 is one of the most iconic BMWs in this country. It was ridden by Mr Jairam, all the way from Germany in the 1960′s on his trip home after college. Those were the days before the word ‘overlanding’ was coined.
It was a time when border were bleak and roads non-existent, a time when the world was big place, and peoples hearts were even bigger.
This motorcycle has lived through those experiences, seen the years pass and the patina fade.
So for it’s 60th birthday, Mr Jairam’s daughter thought it best to celebrate this machine by giving it a complete restoration. No bolts were left unturned.
Barebone - Royal Enfield Classic 500
The Barebone 500 had a very clear brief. It needed to be er… bare. And that’s where we started.
It was really fun doing the build and the big challenge of hiding that battery really kept me awake some nights.
It’s got to be on the top of my Royal Enfield builds list, especially since it’s so much fun to ride with the weight we shed on it – 45 kgs to be exact.
Bright Spark - Yamaha RX135
Built on a tight budget, this little blood orange stroker was one of our first DIY Custom built projects.
The owner sat through most of the execution and wasn't afraid to be elbow deep in grease along with us - a characteristic that we greatly admire.
End result: the satisfaction of assembling his own motorcycle and knowing it's workings in and out - and after all that, isn't it a sparkling beauty!
We’ve all that that machine we’ve drooled after when we were young. You know the one we're talking about, the one that you bought brand new and rode straight out of the showroom floor to the college parking lot.
So, when this customer walked in and said that a Lambretta was being added to his collection of vintage motorcycles because it was the first two-wheeler he lusted after, we knew that we knew exactly what we had to do to this restoration to make it a proper Mod machine.
In 2014, it wasn't often that a motorcycle manufacturer would come to visit asking to build a custom motorcycle for them to display at the Auto Expo.
So when Mahindra came to ask what would be a good custom motorcycle to appeal to the youth and have heads turn,
a Café Racer was our obvious answer.
From upside-down forks to alloy rims and hand crafted all- aluminium lights amongst other parts, the Mahindra-jcMoto Café Racer was the first custom motorcycle to be displayed at the Auto Expo. Isn't it magnificient?
The Old Horse - Honda CD125
This Honda CD125 was imported directly from Japan and was put to use as a city run around.
As the years passed, this little Honda ticked like clockwork until it was one day parked in the corner of the garage for something shiny and new.
Seasons changed and the sun was soon setting on our little Honda that was left out to weather, until one day it was carried away physically to the shop for a make over and a dose of TLC.
It now serves as a daily runabout once again. Old Hondas never die, they just get re-built.
Pink Panther - Yamaha RX100
Yep, look at it again, it’s pink! Bright, shiny, sexy pink.
When this customer walked through the door wanting a bright pink tank, we were intrigued. After all, we know real men wear pink - and finally, someone who wasn't afraid of a little flash!
Don’t let that colour fool you though. With the café seat pan and custom made rearsets, this little RX100 is light and agile and will give some of your regular machines a run for their money.
The Cafer - Enfield Bullet
One of our earlier motorcycle builds, this Royal Enfield was laying in a state of disuse for a while before the owner showed up with it to get the Café treatment.
Built in my backyard, put together using our bolt on Café Racer kits - we helped this Bullet lose over 20kgs while transforming to it’s new avatar – the cafer!