MIDLAND – While it might smell like a french fry truck, Eckhard Schulz’s latest creation is much cooler.
The 57-year-old Midland resident has been restoring old motorcycles for years, but recently decided to take on a unique project – building a motorcycle that runs on vegetable oil.
“I went on the Internet and saw – mostly in Europe – where companies started building or using existing motorcycles and converting them into a different fuel source: diesel and vegetable oil,” he said.
The native of Germany imported three 800cc, 2,200-horsepower engines from China, and then used BMW motorcycle frames to adopt the engine to existing parts. READ ON
Knievel Custom Cycles, the custom-motorcycle company named after the famed stunt rider Evel Knievel, has been approved to offer two new "Fat Tire" motorcycles in Europe - the Patriot Pro-Street and the Patriot Chopper.
This news arrived after the Pennsylvania-based Knievel Custom Cycles was granted European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA), a system that approves motorcycles to be offered in European communities. READ ON
ROOSEVELT, UT (NBC/KSL) – Ron Asay's main means of getting around for more than 30 years has been a wheelchair, but his other ride is flashier and a whole lot faster.
The custom trike with a bored-out 2.8-liter Chevy V6 engine has Asay reaching speeds of 80 mph, collecting local car show honors, and fielding questions from curious onlookers who see him rumble by on the bright blue machine.
"Most of them tell me they're amazed, and can't believe I can do it, and say they couldn't do it, even with the use of their hands," Asay said.
You see, the trike he rides wasn't just built for him, it was built by him. READ ON
The Honda CX500 has always lacked the cachet of the earlier CB550 Four. Which is ironic, because the CB550 was little more than a downsized CB750; Honda was losing ground in the technological stakes to the other Japanese makers. So Honda gave the new CX500 a water-cooled V-twin, shaft drive and tubeless tires—all quite revolutionary concepts in the late 70s. But the awkward, angular styling did not match the inspired engineering. Max, the French owner of this CX500, decided to fix that. He gave the Wrenchmonkees a call.
It's been a bumpy ride for the custom motorcycle business as sales of pricey, blinged-out bikes skidded with the economy.
But one bike scene is thriving, and that's been a boon for Ryca Motors in Whittier. The company sells build-it-yourself motorcycles that cost $3,600 to $7,500, or a fraction of the cost of souped-up custom bikes.