[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One bike that caught my eye while attending EUROBIKE 2016 actually helped me discover two more.
I was walking the show and saw a beautiful blue Suzuki in showroom quality. Something about it looked right. You know that weird feeling when the aesthetics of a bike just tug on your heart strings? This bike did that. It just looked like it would be a blast to ride.
I soon met Tom Herman of Chesterfield, VA. Tom has been the proud owner for about 1 1/2 years, and he was quick to tell me he just rides it, but he could introduce me to the gentleman that built it.
Enter Rassie VanAswegen of Brexton Craft Motorcycles. Rassie had 3 Brexton builds in the show, and each one was pretty outstanding.
The first, Tom’s sky blue Suzuki, was a 1974 Suzuki GT750. Rassie answered an ad in Craigslist claiming he could “Come over jump on the bike and ride it cross country as is!” As it turns out, that was hardly the case. The brakes were leaking fluid, the exhaust was falling off, among other problems, but the engine was particularly solid with low miles. 7 months of part-time labor later and Tom has his dream machine.
The bike has a custom seat pan, and a Rickman replica for the actual seat. The fairing is from a Ducati Supersport with the bottom half chopped off. The suspension is heavily modified, consisting of a Hyabusa front and swing arm from a GSX750. Rassie added several bracing elements to make the frame more rigid and custom fit the exhaust. With approximately 160+ hours of work in, we think Tom deserves to be happy with his custom Suzi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column]
Imagine taking a 1974 Suzuki GT750 motor and slamming it into a Yamaha FZR1000 frame! Sound like a fun time? Apparently is goes together like peanut butter and chocolate because that is exactly what Rassie did for this beautiful red cafe racer. Pay particular attention the the cut outs in the exhaust to make room for the rider’s shifting toe. Of course you can’t miss the fully custom handmade seat and rear fender.
The last bike I saw that day looked extras special to me, as I am a big lover of fairings. This bike was Rassie’s homage to Gary Nixon’s H2 racer and I think it hits it out of the park. I would go on to tell you all about it, but since I couldn’t hold a candle to the write Rassie did on his own website I am going to lead you there instead. You can find the particular write up here.
It turns out his work has been admired before. Here is another write up on Tom’s bike.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]