Speed Read, November 14, 2021

The latest motorcycle news, restomods and customs
From one extreme to the other: a wild SRAD Gixxer built for classic racing, and a funky little SR250 that zooms around the streets of Barcelona. Plus news of Fonzie’s old Triumph up for auction, and a smokin’ hot Ducati Monster from Florida.

Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD by Team Classic Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD by Team Classic Suzuki TCS is one of the top classic racing teams in Europe, and we wish there were more outfits like them. They’re operated by Suzuki GB, who pull in help from racing specialists—and then employ leading riders to pilot their amazing builds.

TCS first caused ripples when Michael Dunlop rode an XR69 replica at the Classic TT in 2013, and last year they wowed us with a stunning road-going Katana.

Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD by Team Classic Suzuki
This latest treat is strictly for the track: a 1996 GSX-R750 SRAD built up for classic racing events, including the Classic TT again.…

Enduring style: the WYLD ‘Vintage Tracker’

Replica vintage board tracker by WYLD Garage Co.
There’s something strangely appealing about board tracker motorcycles. To modern eyes, cars from a hundred years ago usually look odd and ungainly—but board track bikes still look minimal and elegant.

Unfortunately, any machine built to race around the motordromes of the 1920s is virtually unrideable on the road today. But the Arizona company WYLD has come up with a more practical way to enjoy this classic style.

Replica vintage board tracker by WYLD Garage Co.
Founded by Nathan Shew five years ago, the Scottsdale workshop has built up a reputation for classy VW bus and Toyota FJ restorations. It has a booming business in BMW café racers too, with 19 orders on the slate right now. So these guys know their way around ancient hardware.

This ‘Vintage Board Tracker,’ however, is a modern ground-up creation, and a prototype for a production run.…

Against all odds: A Suzuki DR-Z400SM by oneYedeer

Suzuki DR-Z400SM custom by oneYedeer
Building a custom bike is usually a succession of challenges. And sometimes, the bike itself isn’t the biggest challenge: it’s the builder’s skills or circumstances, or curveballs thrown by life.

The story of this Suzuki is packed with curveballs. It was built by Argentine-born Sebastian ‘Seba’ Achaval, who likens it to a country song—because its greatness comes from ‘leaving tragedy behind.’ Hence its name ‘Cash,’ after The Man In Black

Suzuki DR-Z400SM custom by oneYedeer
The story starts with the owner, a man of admirable patience called Jorge. He bought this 2018 Suzuki DR-Z400SM to get a fun and reliable bike with good performance. But he also found the aesthetics unexciting, so he budgeted for custom work.

A DR-Z on display at the New York shop Jane Motorcycles caught Jorge’s eye.…

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