Just because it’s built like that, doesn’t mean it should stay like that!

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This was my first Super-Motard build. I had bought the bike to go play in the world of Enduro, however, I had met a few wild Motard riders, and fell in love with the sport. I figured, why ride a stock standard Orange Road Cone.

Fortunately for me, the bike came with a Motard wheel conversion, that Had never been used by the original owner. I set out with a flamboyant idea of Grey with orange and black, as the colour scheme. Things changed drastically after seeing a black-on-black Ducati at a show…… and the bike was set for the workshop.

She was finished and has appeared in quite a few international bike magazines. There are days I wish I had never let her go.

Changes made:

  • Fork upgrade
  • Rear shock upgrade
  • Piston upgrade
  • Brake and clutch lever upgrade
  • Brakes upgraded
  • Carburetor upgrade

And obviously a great Black-on Black paint job

Yamaha SR 250

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Yamaha SR 250 (the bike you build your wife)

 I have built a few bikes in my life, but this must have been the most stressful build ever, but at the same time, the most rewarding.

I decided to build a bike for my then girlfriend (Sara), knowing somewhere in my subconscious, that she would be my wife. I searched for about 9 months, to find the right donor. She is about 5 foot 4, and 40kg. The bike needed to be light, low with enough power to get her out of any trouble, or into trouble, depending on the situation. A very disturbing Yamaha SR250 was found, and we went to work getting this bike reinvented. Not only did I build it in the garage, and later, after moving im together, the bike was built on the kitchen table. At this point I knew I had a keeper, not only the bike, but Sara too. I taught her everything about bikes. I laid out the bike in pieces, on the floor, and walked Sara through all the functions of all the parts. The build took longer than expected, as I was in the process of opening my Bike shop at the time (Moto75). BUT, the day we rolled her out and Sara took her for a ride, I knew it was something Special.

Reinventions of this bike include:

  • Custom frame hoop
  • Custom hand fabricated aluminum seat pan and seat. Upholstered in pure leather
  • Custom battery box, that holds a Lithium-Ion battery
  • Hidden electronics under seat
  • Custom Peach wood seat block to house the LED rear tail light strip
  • Custom Front and Rear LED Indicators
  • Custom hand fabricated front fender
  • Cleaned and painted engine
  • Aftermarket Pod filters
  • Complete reinvention of the Cockpit, with:
  • Wider Off-road bars
  • Aftermarket Clocks
  • Shorty levers
  • Billet aluminum switches

But what I am most proud of is the Lace paint on the tank. The bike looked way to aggressive for Sara, so I used the influence of the Mexican Low riders Lace paint, and went with a dark gun metal paint job.

I love the outcome, and she gets so much attention.

VESPA GTS 300

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This poor bike arrived with loads of accident damage, and a very brash Purple color. We took all her bodywork to our Panel and Paint guru, who always delivers. Color went to a nice Classic and Classy Satin Black. Engine sorted and service. The owner gave her to his Lady as a Birthday gift. One lucky lady.

VESPA GTS 250

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Not a true Custom job. The bike came to us in really bad shape, and a Matt Orange. Plenty of work went into the engine. Bike was stripped to the bone, all bodywork repaired and given a new lease on life, with something a bit more eye-catching, in a Mint Green,

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One of Moto75’s favorite builds. Simon came to our shop, saw my wife’s 1994 Yamaha SR250 Tracker, and wanted one of the same. As I do not build the same bike twice,

we sat with coffee and I siphoned his brain, to get at what he REALLY wanted. It was not a short list in the end. Simon, sadly had a really bad experience in buying the bike from another province, and got a bike that was not as he was promised. There was a fair amount of repair work done.

Simon had in mind, a very particular colour he found on a build online. It was a Pearl based green, not too dissimilar to what we were able to achieve in a matt, at a hugely reduced cost. However this is a once off blend. The pin stripes finish off the paint job with a unique reference, that is reminiscent of the original tank design.

 

Work done:

Frame repair and fabrication of Tracker hoop.

Hubs and rims Powder coated black, with Spokes plated black and Nipples Gold

Battery replaced with Lithium Battery, and Battery box fabricated.

Frame, swing arm, Fork legs, Triple clamp, battery box, Bars, Headlight trim, and more were powder coated.

New Cockpit with MX bars, Digital Clock, Fabricated ignition switch holder and brackets, Aftermarket bar switches, Bar end mirrors, and Brown grips, make for a pleasant view for the rider and onlookers.

Front and rear fenders were trimmed down for a sleek look. The pinstripes are a stunning finish, allowing a great line to follow through with the Boneline.

Bullet looking LED indicators allow the world to see which way you are headed.

Seat pan was fabricated to house all electrics, and upholstered in brown, to add to the old-school feel.

Engine was cleaned and repainted, with the fins cleaned for a great wraparound feel.

I do have to admit, I stole a bit of the old Bonneville look, when I designed the shortened Bonneville style exhaust, and just had to steal from MotoGP, by slicing the pipe end at an angle.

We @Moto75 LOVE this little lady, and she turns heads everywhere. She is for Sale BTW.

HONDA CD200

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This was a bike that came to us with some custom work already done, when he bought her. The client wanted something a little more Brat/Tracker, and found a reference online. We just took her a little further.

Work done:

Seat Fabrication and upholstery, for a Tracker look.

Wires hidden, center triangle cleared, and taillight moved to side number plate bracket (fabricated and wired in house @Moto75)

Wheels Powdercoated

Front Fender fabricated.

Aggressive style tires fitted

But the most catching work was done to the tank and front fender. They were Rusted and sealed. Giving this lady such a clean Brat look, that will last.

 

She rode out of Moto75, and nearly caused an accident, when 2 cars turned to view this Lady.

HONDA CB200

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1974 Honda CB200a

This, awesome little lady, was found in a barn after many years, by one of our customers. It is his first bike, and he wanted something subtle and non pretentious. The work was done with the rarity of the bike in mind. All original parts, except the tires,

for obvious reasons, were removed (stored)  and replaced with aftermarket. These were trimmed and a rear tail tidy fabricated, to give a nice slim look. New aggressive looking tires were fitted. Trimmed Front and Rear fenders, grab rail were chromed. MX style chromed wide bars, and smaller, but not tiny, indicators.

She was given a good mechanical run-through, including carb rebuild, and full service

Fortunately for buyers out there, as at 4/3/2021 this little lady is up for sale, as the owner is now a dad for the second time. Congrats Chris

2001 YAMAHA WR400f

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The last of the WR series with kick start only. This bike was the first in it’s class to receive the advanced technology of a HOT choke. Thus making it a lot easier to kick-start when the engine is running extremely hot during Enduro riding.

The WR450f was the first in the Yamaha Enduro range to introduce an electric start, aka ‘The Happy button.

This bike was found laying in a garage with only 737km on the clock, it was all original, including original chain and tires. However the plastics were UV perished, and the sticker kit was a mess. Many hours of elbow grease, design and new sticker kit were topped off with a Carb clean, new jets Carb kit and full service. Some new Shoes (tires; Bridgestone BattleCross) made for one hell of a fun, and eye-catching, bike.

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