2015 WSM MV Agusta Bol d’Or by Walt Siegl
Considering the guy’s talent, it’s not surprising that not one but two of his bikes are listed in my top 5. This Walt Siegl design probably looks very familiar to the motorcycle history buffs out there, should the name MV Agusta 500 Three ring a bell.
This custom does, in fact, use an MV Agusta triple engine but rather than the old-way 500cc one, the builder uses a modern-day version of the engine. The information card doesn’t specify what the displacement is. According to the Walt Siegl Motorcycles website, the shop uses MV Agusta’s current triple which can either be the 675cc (from the entry-level F3) or the 798cc.
The design integrates a kevlar bodywork, aerospace-grade aluminum rear sets, lightweight SC Project exhaust, an aluminum subframe, a Ram air system, and the ECU allows the owner to have access to a full customizable performance program. Thanks to numerous weight-saving measures, the bike tips the scales at only 340 pounds.
1974 Honda CB750 by Origin8or
Another day, another CB750. For this custom, the builder opted to go down the café racer road with the clip-ons and cantilever seat. Aside from the engine, the shop changed almost all the components including a new custom frame and swingarm paired with a Ducati rear shock, a handmade aluminum gas tank, a fiberglass tail, a custom Hindle exhaust system, custom saddle, and the front-end components of a Suzuki GSX-R1000.
1981 Honda CX500C by Liza Leung
The model is a Honda CX500, the same as Project Zonnig (you know, that project bike I have sitting in a buddy’s garage I stalled on all winter?) Aside from the obvious favoritism, I had to include this build in my slideshow also because the woman who built it opted for a scrambler aesthetic, which is rare for the model. Usually, people take the café racer path with this Honda so I was excited to see what I could eventually be able to turn Zonnig into once I get back to it.
Modifications on this custom are extensive. The list of changes includes a new frame and subframe with a custom seat, the dual shocks have been swapped for a single unit, the tank was grafted from a Yamaha RD350, the dual exhaust now exits under the saddle, and the standard wheels were replaced with spoke wire circles.
1979 Honda CB750 Four by Ron Perruzza
Don’t be fooled by the “Raducati” on the gas tank—this bike really is a Honda in disguise, in case the cascading quartet of pipes at the front isn’t enough of a giveaway. Actually, while this custom uses the famous CB750 Four’s engine as its base, it’s actually a bit of a Frankenbike. The front end components are borrowed from a Yamaha R6 while the back end is provided to you by Ducati, including the swingarm and the wheel.
Other modifications include a Dime City Cycles custom saddle and seat pan, Pazzo levers, Cognito dashboard, and other AEM custom parts.