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Custom John Varvatos Edition Cafe Racer by The Black Motorcycles

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Bid now for this one-of-a-kind Custom John Varvatos Edition Cafe Racer by The Black Motorcycle. Check out this amazing teaser video! . If you want to see this motorcycle in person, it is on display at the John Varvatos Bowery Boutique in NYC until July 10th.

John Varvatos has teamed up with The Black Motorcycles to create a custom fabricated 1980 CB750c Cafe Racer motorcycle. Working hand-in-hand, The Black Motorcycles and John Varvatos set out to design a motorcycle combining the signature artistry and rock n’ roll style of John Varvatos, with support from Dime City Cycles, with the expertise and craftsmanship of The Black Motorcycles. The motorcycle features chromed steel components, rich artisanal leathers and handcrafted details, balancing function and authentic beauty.

Technical Description for Custom John Varvatos Edition Cafe Racer by The Black Motorcycles:

TBM Featured Products:
Custom triple-tree
Custom Fuel Cell
Custom chain guard
Custom battery box (JV Artisan leather by Christina Z Antonio Leather Artisans)
Custom license plate mount (with  TBM JV License Plate)
Custom electronics mount
Custom polished "skin" with custom seat  (JV artisan diamond-hashed leather by Christina Z Antonio Leather Artisans) inspired by JV personal collection vintage office chairs
Custom TBM/JV signature engraved Fuel Cap

Dime City Cycles Featured Products:
Keihin Roundslide“CR29” racing carburetors
Polished Aluminum Velocity Stacks, Full Taper
Aluminum Biltwell "Whiskey" Throttle
Firestone Champion Deluxe (400-19 Front / 500-16 Rear)
Original Universal Rear-sets
Rear-set linkage  (JV artisan leather by Christina Z Antonio Leather Artisans)
Offset Shifter Arm
Galfer K7 Universal Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Chrome Steering Stem Nut
48 tooth rear sprocket
17 tooth front sprocket
EK Gold SROZ 120 Link 530 O-Ring Chain
Stainless Steel "Quiet-core" Universal Cone Muffler
Throttle & Clutch Cables

Motogadget Featured Products:
m-Unit V2
m-Blaze Indicators
m-Lock (RFID wireless Key)
m-Grips (JV artisan leather by Christina Z Antonio Design)

Other Featured Products:
Modified CB750c Chassis (Custom powder coating by Byrne Coatings)
Original rebuilt CB750c (750cc bored to 800cc)
Vintage right side mirror
Chrome clip-ons with integrated controls (On/Off, Turn Signals) 
Chrome head-light
Chrome rear-light
Custom length forks (-3")
Original rebuilt CB750 Comstar wheels (Custom powder coating by Byrne Coatings)
Original rebuilt CB750 performance shocks
4-into-1 chrome exhaust

About The Black Motorcycles: The Black Motorcycles is the brain child of the international duo consisting of Russell Lowe from Sydney, Australia and Todd Ketterman (a Road Recovery board member) from Brooklyn, New York. Their spirit and drive for building motorcycles brought them together. TBM set out to change the game in custom motorcycle design and build by staying true to the vision set forth by Russell and Todd; to design and build one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles that are a bona fide piece of art while staying true to the performance expected from a motorcycle. Down to the smallest detail, you will see the outstanding design and unique craftsmanship that goes into each and every Black Motorcycle build. www.theblackmotorcycles

About Road Recovery: The New York-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization Road Recovery was founded in 1998 through the support of Sony Entertainment and Dreamworks Records, substance abuse and mental health specialists, and entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and wish to share their life experiences with at-risk teens through the dynamic process of creating, planning and executing their own live concert events and recording projects. Road Recovery has received generous time and support from a wide-range of people including Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, KISS, James Hetfield, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett, Phil Ramone, Perry Farrell, Denis Leary & others.

About John Varvatos: Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, John Varvatos now represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men’s fragrances, and the younger, edgier John Varvatos U.S.A. Collection and Boys’ line, as well as Converse by John Varvatos.  The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007 and The Style Award’s “Menswear Designer of the Year” in 2013.  In October 2013 John released his first book entitled, JOHN VARVATOS: ROCK IN FASHION, which documents the elements of rock style that have embodied the music community for decades. The collection is distributed in freestanding John Varvatos boutiques across the U.S. — including his famed 315 Bowery boutique in New York City, formerly the seminal underground music club CBGB’s — and online, as well as in better department stores throughout the world.

Donated by: John Varvatos and The Black Motorcycles
Additional lot details
  • Winner is responsible for all shipping/transportation costs from NYC.
  • In condition as donated.
  • Cannot be returned or exchanged.
Lot #556900
Shipping details

The minimum processing and handling charge for this item is $499.95.

The minimum shipping, handling and applicable insurance charge for non-tangible items is $9.95. Detailed redemption information will be emailed to the winning bidder. The minimum shipping charge for hard copies of tickets and certificates is $14.95. The minimum shipping charge for merchandise is $19.95 (shipments outside the U.S. are subject to additional shipping and customs fees). Tickets, certificates and merchandise are typically shipped with signature required, unless otherwise specified, via professional carrier. In some cases, tickets will be left at the venue's "Will Call" window under the winner's name. Merchandise is insured for the winning amount.

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Custom John Varvatos Edition Cafe Racer by The Black Motorcycles

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 2:00:00 PM EDT

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