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Pimp Your Ride: Get the Motorcycle You Want

Unlike drivers, who mainly use their vehicles for getting from point A to point B without any fuss, motorcyclists know that there is a lot more to a vehicle like that. The motorcycle is not just a pair of wheel attached to a convenient engine with a seat in the middle; it is a way of life.

If you have been inducted to the motorcycle club (even with the daily shower of spiders who can’t leave off for just one minute!) you will likely spend a lot of time thinking about how you can improve your ride. That tiny scratch that could do with a quick respray or the seat that has seen better days are always on your mind.

So what makes the perfect motorcycle? And where can you find a custom fairing kit?

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Look After the Seat

Straddling a motorcycle is not the most comfortable position to be in for a long journey so getting the seat right is vital for your comfort and pleasure. You might think that it is all in the padding but actually the contours make a big difference too. This is formed by the pan or baseplate and so needs to be right first time.

Padding or stuffing is the easiest thing for trial and error and you can experiment with different kinds of foam as well as combinations. Bear in mind that what is comfortable enough for nipping round the corner may not be suitable for a longer journey so be ready to make adjustments as you get used to riding more.

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Add Your Personality

A motorcycle may not have the same amount of metal to paint as a car, but there is still plenty of room for you to express a bit of your personality too. In fact, it is actually a bit easier to paint a motorcycle because the parts are all much more accessible and manageable too.

Make sure that you sand down the surface before you start and then use body filler to level it off and make sure the paint comes out smooth. Then all you need to do is figure out an awesome design and let your creativity go wild.

Another, cheaper option is to use vinyl wraps. This is probably a better idea if you aren’t very good at painting and want a flawless finish!

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Introduce Wheel Lights

The law is pretty vague about whether you can add wheel lights and turn them on while you are on the road, but essentially, as long as they don’t interfere with your other lights or cause confusion, they seem to be okay.

There is nothing cooler than adding lights to your wheels and while you are on private land you are welcome to do as you wish as no other drivers will be affected. You can get all kinds of colours (definitely don’t get blue as this is reserved for the emergency services) and attach them to make your vehicle look Tron-like in the dark.

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What Everyone Should Know About Owning A Motorcycle

Like a lot of people, you may have always been drawn to the potent romanticism surrounding motorcycles. The thought of cruising down a winding rural road, feeling every little contour and hearing the roar of the wind, is attractive for obvious reasons. Although bikes can certainly be very fun, some people rush into the decision of buying one without really thinking it through. Here are a few things everyone should know about owning a motorcycle.

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One of the most little-known things about owning a motorcycle is that you’re going to have a lot of brushes with spiders. This is a phenomenon that I don’t quite understand, but it’s very real and something you should think about before buying a bike. Due to necessity, a lot of bikers have to keep their motorcycles outside, under minimal shelter. This means that the vehicle will be exposed to all the elements, including the mass of spiders who will see your bike as a great place to shack up. Like most people, I find spiders pretty revolting, but not so much that it stops me from giving my bike a quick dusting for cobwebs and egg sacs that build up overnight. However, if you’ve got a serious arachnophobia problem, then this never-ending battle may not be worth it!

ecc6a6d4The next thing you should know is that you’ll join a club, whether you like it or not. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean your local one-percenters are going to turn up at your door for a brutal initiation ritual. However, owning a motorcycle is a lifestyle choice, and by getting one you’ll automatically enrol in a select clique. Every time you park your bike next to another, there’s a fair chance that someone will be around to tell you their complete history as a rider. This can be awesome sometimes, but not when you’re in a rush to get somewhere. This also takes the form of other bikers giving you a wave as they pass you by, right when you’re in the middle of shifting gears. You’re also going to get looped into various factions and debates. Seasoned riders hate newbies, cruiser riders hate sport riders and vice versa. Harley riders hate everyone, including other Harley riders!

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Finally, you’re running a big risk. This is a subject that’s been talked about countless times, like in his feature at Biker Basics. However, it’s still a very important point which you need to take on board. After your first few times on the road, you’ll quickly find out that you’re invisible to a lot of motorists. Believe it or not, the biggest cause of motorcyclist deaths is car drivers taking a regular left-hand turn into their lane. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and motorists pull all kinds of dangerous moves which will come close to getting you killed. Even if you had the roads all to yourself, riding is inherently dangerous. Cars are full of safety features, and you’re surrounded by a solid metal case. If you have a collision on a bike, it’s just you, your protective gear and the world.

 

Is Your Dream Car Actually…A Motorcycle?

On our little section of the web, we always like to think about dream cars. The vehicles we would love to own if we could just afford it. Or, if we could convince our partner to spend their life savings on the purchase. It would it be worth it, wouldn’t it? If you could wake up in the morning and drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini to work in the morning. But why just include vehicles with four wheels in this dream? What if your dream car is actually, a motorbike? There are plenty of ways a motorbike beats a car when thinking about the dream machine.

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Danger And Exhilaration

You might think that you’re tempting fate driving at ninety down the highway in a beautiful speedster. But you haven’t felt danger until you’re tilted at a thirty-degree angle over the road as you swerve between moving traffic. This is the lifestyle of the rider, and it’s one we greatly admire as well as crave. Just imagine speeding down the highway with the tarmac an inch away from your feet. Streamlining through the air,zig-zagging across the lanes. It sounds incredible, and that’s because it is. It’s common knowledge that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars, and that’s what makes them so exciting.

Budget Friendly

If we ignore running costs, motorcycles are budget friendly. You can pick up a Kawasaki ER 6N for just under four grand that’s one impressive machine. Just imagine being able to cruise from zero to sixty within second as you grip the handlebars. If you want to do that in a Porsche, you’ll be shelling out at least forty grand. As far as the dream goes, a motorcycle is far more obtainable than your average sports car. The only thing that’s stopping you buying one of these is fear, rather than finances.

Style And Glamour

Admit it, whenever you see someone riding a motorcycle past you on the road, you might mutter an expletive. Secretly, though, you’re thinking, boy do they look awesome. There’s something about riding the steel that just oozes appeal, and you know you want a taste. You want to know how it feels to see everyone stare when you dismount or pull up outside a bar. Forget an expensive sports car. A motorcycle offers the real deal when it comes to vehicle kerb appeal.

Offroad, On Road Or On The Track

It’s your choice how you want to ride your new motorcycle. You can get a dirt bike, spraying up mud offroad. Make the jump over a stream of water, skidding to the end of the track in a glorious finish. Or, use your bike every day on the road. Commuting to and from work will never be as fun as this. Say goodbye to the morning queues because you can whiz by on the far lane. You’re never gridlocked when you’re on a motorbike. Once you have some experience, you can take to the track. Try your luck against the professional riders in a display or daring bravery and skill.

As it turns out then, your dream vehicle could be a motorbike. We don’t know if you’re convinced you want one, but we’ve definitely convinced ourselves!

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How to make 100cc’s effortlessly cool: Dues 1976 Honda CB100

The Dues 1976 Honda CB100:

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Slightly modified by Deus custom motorbikes, Indonesia:

Deus create effortlessly stylish, smaller bikes with hard wearing suspension and simple mechanics:

“We are currently building ‘The Deus Temple of Enthusiasm’ in Canggu. This 2000m2 site will be a clever combination of new and 100-year-old traditional Indonesian wooden houses, taking reference from a Kampung, or traditional Indonesian home village. This somewhat eclectic collection of buildings will house the showroom, art gallery, workshop facilities, photographic studio, artists studio, and even a surfboard shaping bay. Connected by a wide veranda full of tables and chairs is the Deus Cafe, where eventually Canggu locals, pro surfers and artists will rub elbows with riders gassing up on caffeine whilst out on their Bali excursions. A melting pot of ideas and ideologies, a Warung (stall) of Knowledge.”

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What a genuinely beautiful piece of engineering… Inspiration indeed.

Build sheet
– Rebuilt Honda 1976 CB100 Engine bored out to 180cc
– 88mm aftermarket piston
– CDI added
– All engine bolts swapped for stainless steel
– 4.5 inch chrome headlight from Japan
– Deus custom headlight bracket
– Smoked alloy indicator lights from Japan
– Daytona speedo and bracket
– Easyriders ‘Early Tail-light’ from Japan
– Ventura “BSA Style” Handlebars
– Kitaco handlebar controls
– Clip-on mirror
– Relocated ignition switch
– Custom battery housing
– Brown ‘British ribbed’-style grips
– Front suspension from Yamaha 225, chopped 5cm
– 32cm ‘Old style’ Yamaha rear suspension
– Alloy rims: 18” rear, 18” front, with stainless spokes
– Swallow tires, 120/80 × 18 front and same for rear.
– Custom galvanized Tank
– Custom seat upholstery
– Rear frame section modified to accept seat and shortened 3 inches
– Hidden horn and rectifier/regulator
– Front converted to ‘Flower disk brake’
– Re-wiring of whole bike
– Original rear hub swapped to Yamaha 225
– Custom built Swing-arm made from steel tube

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What is the Deus CB100?

Cars so cool we just have to blog about them: #2 Deus CB100

The Deus CB100 is a refreshed, revitalised version of the 1970s Honda

The Deus CB100 is a refreshed, revitalised version of the 1970s Honda

What is the Deus CB100?

For starters, it’s not a car, it’s a motorbike. Deus create effortless stylish, small motorbikes with durable suspension and simple mechanics. They base their designs on tried and tested Japanese models, and in this case it’s the trusty CB100 that gets a makeover:

“We are currently building ‘The Deus Temple of Enthusiasm’ in Canggu. This 2000m2 site will be a clever combination of new and 100-year-old traditional Indonesian wooden houses, taking reference from a Kampung, or traditional Indonesian home village. This somewhat eclectic collection of buildings will house the showroom, art gallery, workshop facilities, photographic studio, artists studio, and even a surfboard shaping bay. Connected by a wide veranda full of tables and chairs is the Deus Cafe, where eventually Canggu locals, pro surfers and artists will rub elbows with riders gassing up on caffeine whilst out on their Bali excursions. A melting pot of ideas and ideologies, a Warung (stall) of Knowledge.”

What makes it worth a feature?

Just look at it! I owned a Honda CB100. It was slow, it was retro, but it wasn’t, as they say… cool. The Deus take on the bike is just awesome, everything from the stance, to the handlebars, to the tyre choice is just so ‘right’.

The Deus CB100 is a refreshed, revitalised version of the 1970s Honda

The Deus CB100 is a refreshed, revitalised version of the 1970s Honda

Anything else to know about it?

Other than the fact that it’s the brain child of Deus Ex Machina, and if you head out to Indonesia and buy one you may just come back with a new view on philosophy and fresh ideas about starting a juice-bar based business…. No. It’s cool, and we love it just for that alone.

The Deus CB100 is a refreshed, revitalised version of the 1970s Honda

The Deus CB100 is a refreshed, revitalised version of the 1970s Honda

Build sheet

  • Rebuilt Honda 1976 CB100 Engine bored out to 180cc
  • 88mm aftermarket piston
  • CDI added
  • All engine bolts swapped for stainless steel
  • 4.5 inch chrome headlight from Japan

  • Deus custom headlight bracket
  • Smoked alloy indicator lights from Japan
  • Daytona speedo and bracket
  • Easyriders ‘Early Tail-light’ from Japan
  • Ventura “BSA Style” Handlebars
  • Kitaco handlebar controls
  • Clip-on mirror

  • Relocated ignition switch
  • Custom battery housing
  • Brown ‘British ribbed’-style grips
  • Front suspension from Yamaha 225, chopped 5cm
  • 32cm ‘Old style’ Yamaha rear suspension
  • Alloy rims: 18” rear, 18” front, with stainless spokes
  • Swallow tires, 120/80 × 18 front and same for rear.
  • Custom galvanized Tank
  • Custom seat upholstery

  • Rear frame section modified to accept seat and shortened 3 inches
  • Hidden horn and rectifier/regulator
  • Front converted to ‘Flower disk brake’
  • Re-wiring of whole bike
  • Original rear hub swapped to Yamaha 225
  • Custom built Swing-arm made from steel tube