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Sportster Custom

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> Oh, Behave!

 

Builder uses parts at hand to construct Miss Behavin

 

Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal

 

Creating something from nothing is what Mark Blundell does best. Well, not literally nothing, but from spare parts belonging to a variety of different machines that might otherwise go to waste. Blundell owns and operates Calgary’s TJ’s Cycle, a well-known motorcycle used parts emporium, and his overflowing yard chock-full of exhaust systems, wheels, front ends and controls is his playground. [...]

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1975 MV Agusta | TractionLife.com

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Reigniting the Passion -- They say men respond to visual stimuli, but the late owner of this 1975 MV Agusta was aroused by the aural...
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1996 Honda Magna

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Most would take something ugly and make it beautiful. Not Dustin Gavel. His 1996 Honda Magna was an unloved monstrosity, wishing to make it more grotesque.
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1916 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer Replica | TractionLife.com

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Out of the Woodwork -- This Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer Replica Recreates Motorcycle Racing's Blood Sport Past
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A Personal Triumph of Form Over Function | TractionLife.com

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A Personal Triumph for motor writer Greg Williams.
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1940 INDIAN SPORT SCOUT

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> Heirloom Indian – Grampa’s old motorcycle comes home to stay

 

Story: Greg Williams, Photos: Amee Reehal

 

When father and son Terry and Chad Murphy want to remember dad and grampa, they don’t have to look at a worn black and white photo; they can go to the garage and bring to life the Indian motorcycle he took on a summer journey in 1940.[...]

 

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1954 BMW R25/3 Motorcycle

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> Joy of Commuting

 

Single-cylinder BMW a study in class and utility

 

Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal

 

In the modern motorcycle world workaday commuting machines get little to no respect. In fact, small-bore motorcycles in general are often overlooked in favour of larger, faster and more glamorous ‘cycles.[...]

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1993 Yamaha GTS1000

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> Forkless

 

1993 Yamaha GTS1000 explored new technologies

 

Story by Greg Williams, Photos by Amee Reehal

 

You would be forgiven for thinking this modern-looking Yamaha is a brand new machine, one that the company might be bringing to market next year.[...]

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Sportster Custom

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> Oh, Behave!

 

Builder uses parts at hand to construct Miss Behavin

 

Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal

 

Creating something from nothing is what Mark Blundell does best. Well, not literally nothing, but from spare parts belonging to a variety of different machines that might otherwise go to waste. Blundell owns and operates Calgary’s TJ’s Cycle, a well-known motorcycle used parts emporium, and his overflowing yard chock-full of exhaust systems, wheels, front ends and controls is his playground. [...]

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Custom V-ROD Bikes

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> Revolutionary.

 

Story by Greg Williams; Snaps by Amee Reehal


For Harley-Davidson that single word sums up the VRSCA V-Rod, a machine first introduced to the public nearly 10 years ago. In fact, the overhead cam, fuel-injected, liquid cooled 60-degree V-twin engine that powers the V-Rod was nicknamed the Revolution – simply because it’s quite a departure from, say, the venerable Knucklehead or Panhead. [...]

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Honda Super Hawk

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> Legendary 305cc machine helped bring Honda to the masses

 

Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal ©

  

In 1959 Honda changed the way many people thought of motorcycles – and motorcycling — when they introduced their clean and quiet machines to North America. [...]

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MadJap Kustoms Mythical Chopper | TractionLife.com

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MadJap Kustoms Mythical Chopper The Unicorn is Down But Not Out as MadJap and Jesus Imposter Resurrect a Mythical Chopper Story by Greg Williams. Photograp
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TJ Cycle's Honda XR500

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TJ Cycle's Honda XR500 Abused, beaten and broken That’s how many motorcycles arrive at Mark Blundell’s Calgary-based boneyard. Sometimes, all they need is
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Custom 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 | TractionLife.com

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So who takes a brand new 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 and customizes it? This guy.
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1972 Laverda SF

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Instead of fabricating a custom café racer or dual-purpose machine in as little as two months, this time he’s turned out a restored 1972 Laverda SF.
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1964 Royal Enfield Interceptor Feature | TractionLife.com

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A 1964 Royal Enfield Interceptor -- Hollywood Interceptor: Speedy Throwback on the Road Again in Calgary
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Triton Motorcycle with Triumph 6-T Engine

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A long journey for one Triton motorcycle owner, fulfilling his bike ownership dreams.
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Parallel-Twin Yamaha XS Sets The Bar High | TractionLife.com

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The owner of this parallel-twin Yamaha XS was thrilled to have his bike featured. But then the doubts began.
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1996 Buell S1 Lightning

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> Full-on Buell

 

1996 S1 Lightning gets a makeover

 

Story: Greg Williams, Photos: Amee Reehal

 

Everybody’s seen a customized Harley-Davidson, but how about a customized Buell? (RIP, Buell.) Although Erik Buell’s machines have always had a distinctive look to them there are those out there who think the design could be improved upon. [...]

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1956 Douglas Dragonfly - :

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> A Douglas takes flight


Rare 1956 Douglas Dragonfly back on the road


Story by Greg Williams, Photos by Amee Reehal

 

A Douglas Dragonfly is distinctive, but it certainly isn’t the most widely recognized British motorcycle. The 350cc flat twin touring machine was built in an era – the mid 1950s — when many British manufacturers were trying to design clean, economical and reliable transportation.[...]

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1950 Harley-Davidson Panhead w/Goulding Rocket Sidecar

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>Back to a Simpler Time

 

This is one pan you won’t find in the kitchen

 

Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal

 

Outside of the motorcycling fraternity if you told anyone you rode an old ‘pan’ they would look at you askance. We are not, of course, talking about a well-seasoned, beat up piece of tin from the bakery. What we are talking about is one of the most legendary motors ever produced by Harley-Davidson – the Panhead. [...]

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1952 B.S.A. A10 Golden Flash

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> Resurrecting Rust

 

Bringing back to life a 1952 B.S.A. Golden Flash

 

Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal

 

It’s easy to see where some motorcycles get their name.

Take, for instance, the B.S.A. A10 Golden Flash. Introduced late in 1949 as a 1950 model, B.S.A.’s Golden Flash was the first 650cc parallel twin in the company’s range. And, it was finished in a sandy beige – almost gold – colour. This was at a time when most other British motorcycles came in dour black on black. [...]

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Kawasaki Café Racer KZ200

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> Not your average tea and crumpet machine

 

Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal

 

Tradition would suggest that a café racer be based on something British, perhaps a pre-unit Triumph 650cc twin in a Norton Featherbed frame. There are only so many parts and pieces from those motorcycles around, however. And now, thanks to an increased interest in the café style of build, folks are turning to some rather pedestrian machines – such as Honda CB350s or Yamaha XS650s — as starting points. [...]

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