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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 November, 2017

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 November, 2017

The best cafe racers, scramblers and restomods of the week
A Yamaha XS650 from Texas, a BMW R90 from China, a Honda tracker and Triumph Bobber from France, and a Yamaha XV1000 from New Zealand. We’re racking up the air miles this week.

BMW R90 by Mandrill Garage of China
BMW R90 by Mandrill Garage China Isn’t exactly a hotbed of custom motorcycle activity, but with shops like Mandrill Garage building bikes like this, there’s hope. Based in Beijing, Mandrill was founded about five years ago by four friends as a side project, and has grown steadily with builds like this 1976 BMW R90/6.

The bike came to Mandrill via a collector (classic BMWs are as rare in Beijing as you’d expect) who wanted it transformed into a stylish cafe racer. With Chinese law forbidding motorcycles older than eleven years from being ridden on the street, the R90 had stood for years, so a full refresh of all the internals was in order.…

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