Ironwood says goodbye to older bikes with their latest carb custom. We’ve also rounded up another fresh Triumph from Tamarit, a Zero with handcrafted bodywork, KTM’s new 450 Rally replica and a modern homage to the Ducati 750 Sport.
Honda GL500 by Ironwood Custom Motorcycles Arjan van den Boom is no stranger to these pages. He’s been making custom bikes since 2012 and has been pretty prolific, to say the least. What might surprise you is that you’re looking at the last carbureted bike that Arjan’s Amsterdam workshop, Ironwood Custom Motorcycles, will ever produce.
For older bikes, Arjan has partnered with Wyld Garage Co. in Arizona, which produces bikes in its original style to order. But Ironwood is moving away from its BMW boxer roots and into modern ICEs and electric motorcycles.
Arjan based his latest “vintage” build on a bike I know well: the Honda GL500. I started my motorcycling career with the GL’s poor brother, the CX500. I also modified my old CX, but definitely didn’t go as far as Ironwood.
Up front, they grafted on a Ducati Monster 1200 front end, with radial-mounted Brembo brakes. An LED headlight is cleverly attached to the forks, in front of a Honda CB750F fuel tank. The long and wide tank seems to have been a perfect choice, as it ends perfectly where the new rear subframe begins.
Speaking of which, the ugly OEM subframe is where most CX/GL-based builds break down—and it seems Arjan and the Ironwood crew share that opinion. Starting from scratch, the new subframe supports a very svelte leather seat, cantilevered over the rear. The exhaust is all new, and I like the way it ends behind the footpegs, highlighting the enclosed rear wheel.
Taking a back seat to customer work, this GL took two years to build at Ironwood. According to Arjan, the long-term investment paid off with improved aesthetics, a great soundtrack and an even better ride. [Ironwood Custom Motorcycles | Images by Paul van Mondfrans Lindén]
Triumph Bonneville by Tamarit Motorcycles The Tamarit team has been very busy. Hot on the heels of the bike we featured last week, here is another one of their spicy versions of the old carb-fueled Triumph Bonneville T100.
This Bonnie is much more to my liking in terms of style compared to the previous one. Tamarit calls it one of their “craziest bikes” and nicknamed it “Silenzio Bruna!” (Bonus points if you get the reference.) While the flat track-inspired design isn’t particularly extravagant, there are a few striking details.
I’m a sucker for gold wheels and metallic flake paint and Tamarit did a great job with both of those aspects. The blue paintwork against the brass-plated wheels is gorgeous, and there’s even more bling thanks to the number plates, finished in flake gold. The frame has been chromed and the engine cases have been polished to match.
The real centerpiece of the build is the monocoque tank and seat unit. The assembly is hydraulically assisted and lifts in one piece. Not only is it very impressive from an aesthetic point of view, but it must also be very practical when maintaining the bike.
The electronics have all been upgraded thanks to Motogadget, and the stock Bonneville cockpit has had some tweaks. The flat track bars are taller and wider than stock, and the mirrors, switches, throttle and grips are all new.
The gauge cluster has been replaced with a Motogadget Tiny speedometer, neatly tucked between the bar risers. The lighting is, of course, fully LED and the “headlight” hangs below the front license plate.
There are countless other details that I gloss over. And while the studio photos of the bike look great, I bet it would look next level parked in the sun with all that sparkle. [Tamarit Motorcycles]
Zero SR/F by Bizarro Corp Got an all-electric Zero motorcycle, but think it needs some retro-futuristic fuel injection? Well, do we have any news for you? it is a creation of the same ilk.
Based on an all new Zero SR/F, Bizarro Corp has teamed up with Zero Motorcycles Madrid to create this special aero kit. Opening in 2014, Bizarro has recently moved away from fossil fuel motorcycles in favor of electric motorcycles.
One of the best things about this kit (other than the looks) is that it’s completely interchangeable with the stock fairings and bodywork. This requirement was built into the brief, so Bizarro left much of the base bike below, focusing their efforts on hand-forming a complete set of aluminum bodies. With low bars and a wasp-shaped rear end, it all adds up to a very racy silhouette.
If this is for a race track, then consider it finished. Even though it would be quiet, unleashing 110hp and 190Nm of torque on an open track sounds like a lot of fun. [Bizarro Corp]
2023 KTM 450 Rally Replica The Dakar Rally is one of, if not the most difficult and physically demanding races on the planet. It is a grueling two-week event held at the start of each year, with competitors split into multiple categories. Limited to 450cc, the motorcycle category is largely dominated by a few brands, most of which fall under the KTM umbrella.
Over the past decade, KTM has won the top step of the Dakar podium eight times. Since 1979, they have won it 19 times. So to say KTM is successful in Dakar is an understatement.
Building on that success comes this: the 2023 KTM 450 Rally Replica. As the name suggests, this is a complete, ready-to-race Dakar bike, nearly identical to the winning machine used by the team. KTM Factory Racing Dakar. With only 70 units being built, this is a morbidly limited edition.
You get plenty of winning kits for the privilege though. This factory race bike comes with the same single fuel-injected 450cc chromoly frame, Pankl drivetrain and WP XACT suspension as the team bike. And you even get the same Akrapovič exhaust.
As a recent adventure bike owner, this stuff makes me weak in the knees. It could be because pedigree machines like this are beautiful in their own way. It could also be down to the price—KTM hasn’t revealed it yet, but last year’s iteration was $27,000. [More]
L’Atelier Crafton Crafton 01 For this week’s speed read, I opened the first link Wes sent me and was greeted by this silver Ducati, built by Crafton Atelier. I had never seen the bike before, but I could tell it was based on a Ducati Scrambler. Still, it was oddly familiar—something about the lines and silhouette of the bike piqued my curiosity.
I scrolled down to find that Crafton Atelier based their concept on one of my favorite bikes: the Ducati 750 Sport. The Crafton 01 is not a direct copy of the 750 Sport, rather it is a modern homage to the original design. And Crafton pulled it off incredibly well.
Using the Scrambler as a starting point, they designed a new aluminum tank, fitting it with a recessed filler cap. The tail is fiberglass, topped with a beautiful black leather saddle.
The exhaust system is handmade, as is the electrical tray, neatly hidden under the new seat. This is balanced atop a new subframe – a huge improvement over the rather swoopy factory design.
Crafton also integrated the OEM seat latch into a new position under the electronics tray. Seems like a small detail, but I bet it’s welcome when it’s time to change the battery or repair any of the other electrical components.
The lighting has been upgraded to LEDs and the original speedometer is integrated into a new headlight housing. This keeps the profile low and keeps the ECU happy by running everything through the stock group – ABS brake system included.
The Crafton 01 is one of the best Ducati Scrambler based customs I have ever seen. It’s elegantly understated, but again, so was the 750 Sport. [More]