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Model: Honda RC30/VFR750R

Weight: 408 lb

Top Speed: 155 mph

Power Output: 112 bhp

The RC30 appeared in 1987. It was a road bike designed for the racetrack

The World Superbike championship for production-based bikes was kicking off and Honda wanted to win. It did, clocking up Isle of Man TT, World Endurance, and hundreds of national race wins to boot

The V-four engined bike was compact, clever, and beautifully engineered. The single-sided swingarm, intricate four-into-one exhaust system, and gear-driven camshafts were things of beauty

(Photos via THSMS and Jose Gallina)

Model: Harley-Davidson U Navy

Weight: 390 lb (177 kg)

Top Speed: 75 mph

Power Output: 22 bhp

The U Model was introduced in 1937 as a replacement for the V-series 74 and 80cu. in. (1213 and 1312cc) twins

The redesigned engine, which had a recirculating lubrication system, was placed into a chassis taken from the 61E Knucklehead that had been introduced the previous year

With the outbreak of World War II, Harley began supplying large numbers of machines to the Allied war effort, mainly 45. in. (738cc) bikes but also some 74cu. in. U models. This example was used by the US Navy in Guam

(Photos via bigdavesplace)

The Ride explores motorcycle riding as it is meant to be: as a means of getting around with attitude, as an extension of one’s own body, as an expression of personal freedom, but also as a significant challenge to technical expertise, craftsmanship, physics, discipline, and driving skill.

The Ride: New Custom Motorcycles And Their Builders has 320 deluxe pages of nothing but the world’s most exciting bikes, with full-color photo galleries and detailed technical breakdowns. You also get in-depth profiles and frank interviews with top builders from the new wave custom scene. They reveal what makes them tick, how they’ve turned their passion into a business, and how they built the bikes that made them famous.

The Ride features transformations such as a boring plastic motorcycle made in Japan in the 1990s turned into a slick café racer with an Italian feel, a soulless neo-baroque machine turned into an in-your-face scrambler, or an old find from grandpa’s barn turned into a absolutely comfort-free hardtail with the coolest of sounds

The spirit of this young motorcycle scene is reminiscent of that of current bike frame builders or even today’s new food subculture. It’s about making, transforming, or designing something with your own hands. In this case, something that will get a person from A to B, that makes noise, smells, vibrates, and comes to life.