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Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept

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build queue opens 1/3 at noon

December 31st,

Here it is, finally. Answers to the big about Friday’s (1/3/14) of a special KT600/KT675 build If you want to be prepared to pounce we start accepting orders, read this post and any links — a few times if necessary.

be worth your time. it goes live, the Moto Request will be available in our store .

PRICES. THE ELEPHANT IN THE As I’ve said before, out pricing on bikes is absolutely my favorite part of this job I so much. Why? Because math involved.

Also it’s so political — charge to make a profit that’s for months of work and some say we’re greedy. Don’t enough to make a profit and we stay in business. I won’t get too far the topic, but suffice it to say our prices what goes into the not what the Blue Book And yes, clearly, if you were to the bike yourself, you might in save a bundle.

This without saying, but I (and will say it anyway.

Enough math and politics.

In a nutshell, we be opening a special build for you to reserve one of 10 replicas of the two bikes we for actress Katee Sackhoff. The bike is what we call the ($17,000 USD) and the second is her new the KT675 ($21,000). Both are high-end Level 4 customs, in character but with differences in and performance. Still interested?

on for details about the bikes and the of buying one.

What is designed to answer as many of questions as possible so you can decide if you to skip lunch Friday and your own KT Special. We are happy to questions by email or phone to opening the queue. All we ask is that you read this carefully as question is probably answered


Last year we lucky enough to build a Honda XL600R for actress Sackhoff. The build and delivery documented on Velocity Channel’s Racer series. We had a great and the bike was a hit. In honor of we named the bike the KT600.

It life as a Honda enduro a very patriotic red, and blue color scheme. We on a front end from a modern bike and a single-sided swing arm a Triumph Sprint ST1050. a visual mix of modern, vintage, and custom components, and it sounds a big single cylinder thumper Here’s the spec sheet:

—   bike: Late 1980’s XL600R (KICK START

—   Front end: Kawasaki

—   CM front end conversion with billet upper clamp

—   arm: Triumph Sprint

—   Wheels: Triumph (rear), 636 (front)

—   Tires: Dunlop 180/55-17 (rear), Metzeler 880 (front)

—   Tank: 1970’s CB360T, nickel plated CM badging

—   Headlights: Dual halogens

—   Subframe: Custom

—   Full stainless custom underseat silencer

—   Clip on

—   Battery: Shorai Lithium Ion

—   Acewell digital or custom iPhone mount for use with app.

—   Galfer stainless lines, turn signals, grips, DID gold X-Ring

KT600 available alterations

—   headlight may be be swapped for a black 5.75” Bates style

—   Low rise Superbike style may be be substituted for clip ons

—   Black may be substituted for gold

—   A Dunlop front tire can be substituted for the if you want the front and rear patterns to match. The Dunlop be a smaller, more standard of 120/70-17 as opposed to the Metzeler at

The KT600 is a scrappy, lightweight at home in the city or on the back We rode Katee’s bike all LA, splitting lanes and carving It’s geared for fun and can cruise the or pull a big old wheelie if the occasion for it. Power is on par with the stock while some gains are through jetting and exhaust. The is kick start only and is for riders who have been it for years.

Like with any big single, a right way and a wrong way to kick it — parts finesse and authority. If you buy version, just know there is no electric start.


After we built and delivered original bike she was amazingly and agreed to let us sell it to an eager and build her a Version 2.0. we were happy to get to continue best buds with an action superstar for another For her troubles, Katee gets a more horsepower, electric a significant weight reduction and pretty trick Ducati gear.

We didn’t want to build her an exact copy of the so we started with a nicely version of the Honda dual platform — the XR650L. We began by the displacement up from 644cc to over 675. This big version features a Wiseco and a Stage 1 cam.

A fully stainless steel exhaust up almost completely under the for an extra tidy profile.

the extended spec sheet:

—   bike: early-to-mid 2000’s XR650L (ELECTRIC START

—   Front end: Modern USD (we use Yamaha R6R or Kawi ZX6-R)

—   CM end conversion with custom upper clamp

—   Swing Ducati Multistrada single

—   Wheels: Ducati (rear), R6R or 636 (front)

—   Tires: Dunlop 180/55-17 (rear), Metzeler 880 (front)

—   Tank: 1980’s CB400T Hawk, nickel with CM badging

—   Headlights: halogens — one clear standard and one fog

—   Exhaust: Full stainless with underseat silencer

—   style

—   Battery: Shorai Ion

—   Gauge: Acewell digital or billet iPhone mount for use speed app.

—   Chain: O-ring style

—   Bodywork: nickel side panels, box and rear fender

—   Galfer brake lines, turn Oury grips, DID gold chain

KT675 available

—   Dual headlight may be be swapped for a single 5.75” Bates light

—   The KT675 can be equipped dual headlights — amber — (standard), KT600-style symmetric round lights, OR a single round Bates-style light.

—   on bars may be swapped for the standard bars

—   Black forks may be for gold

—   Standard tank may be for a 70’s Honda CB360T This is the tank that standard on the KT600.

—   A Dunlop front tire can be substituted for the if you want the front and rear patterns to match. The Dunlop be a smaller, more standard of 120/70-17 as opposed to the Metzeler at

The KT675 was designed and built as an and visually distinct sibling to the That said, you might certain features of the original For this reason we are offering very specific variations apply to one or both versions.

provide a little flexibility to personal preferences without pricing. Below is the breakdown:


This special run build queue focuses on two models. Our pricing and scheduling are on building multiples of the same two So for this round, we can’t special requests beyond the described above.

Our goal is to the queue within four and offer a limited number of customs.

Process and payments

the build queue opens, the Build Request listing go live in our web shop. The price is $500. Please don’t that the bike costs It does not. The $500 is a that guarantees your in line to purchase one of the two models.

It be first come, first — preference determined by date and of the online purchase. The queue close once we’ve our allotment of bikes.

Since there is no design to speak of (save for indicating any variations you might choose), the will be expected to begin Once you pay your $500 you be required to pay half of the balance immediately to get the ball rolling. By let’s say within a week of the Build Request. We’ll with you to make the payment go Just note that in payment can bump your down the pecking order in the

That’s no fun. The remainder of the will be paid in two equal — one at the midpoint and one at the end of the build. EXAMPLE: Put on a KT675 (build queue Your balance is now $20,500 Split that in half for a payment of $10,250.

The remaining in this case, is split in with $5125 due at the midpoint of the and the remaining $5125 due when we the bike to you or your shipper.

UNDERSTAND that by purchasing the Build Request Fee, you are to buy a pretty expensive motorcycle. You are taking one of the limited spots in the So we hereby declare the $500 fee non — not refundable but it is credited to your so as long as you proceed with the as agreed, you won’t lose

We have made every to accurately describe the bikes offering at this time. If you any questions please contact us you purchase the build request. I found that (on rare people get excited and fail to everything, then expect us to eat the when they change mind.

Not how we want to roll time.


We will be to assist you in arranging shipping the US or abroad. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the to coordinate and pay for shipping. We are located in Virginia at zip code 23229 if you like to look into quotes.

Please keep in if ordering from outside the US, to your local laws and requirements, including any taxes or you might be required to pay.

Build times in this will range from six to 18 depending on your place in the As with any custom build, we foresee every possible or snag. Therefore delivery can never truly be set in stone.

We do our best to get the work done by the date. If your patience is called into play, know how much we appreciate it!

So about it. Feel free to john@classifiedmoto or call 804.512.9782 to ask about this round of Then be ready at 12 noon on Friday, January 3, 2014 to as soon as the listing goes

Thanks for reading this and good luck to you!  We be announcing it on Facebook, Instagram and as well. —JR

Well, we’re on up

November 6th, 2013

of you who have been with us the beginning will remember a when we made a blog every time we did anything slightly interesting. Now, it even momentous occasions get a pic and a hashtag. But this is news simply can’t go unannounced — finally, for real, cross our moving into a phenomenal new near downtown Richmond,

Since the beginning, we have crammed into a tiny garage, trying our best to our neighbors from our goings on — sending them texts to of impending loud noises. pushing bikes down the before starting them up. tripping over each Rolling bikes out in the nice Rolling them back in it starts to rain.

We got a lot done in the few years, but alas, it’s to move on.

The new shop is a former for the early cable cars in (a little section of Richmond used to be its own town). It’s got an historic vibe to it and the coolest an upstart bike shop ever want — Jimmy owner of Caravati’s Architectural He does to houses what we do to — recycles, repurposes and reinvents.

It’s a match made in and we could not be more excited.

As we get in, we’ll continue to see clients on an basis, but before long, be able to handle walk-in traffic. Just give us to figure out where to put all our stuff.

tuned for updates, including The One Show (February) and our latest for actor Norman Reedus of The Dead. Meanwhile, we’re ready to watch ourselves on Network’s ‘Cafe Racer’. back to work. —JR

Modern on old bikes

June 13th,

We certainly weren’t the first to start putting modern ends on older bikes, but I say when I first attempted it, was no info to be found on it. Over the few years, we have fielded of questions about our swaps and not too ago we began offering it as a service. We do.

Lately the interest in swaps to have spiked, so I thought it be good to try and answer some asked questions. Mind this is a service we offer at and as such, is something we do to make (i.e. pay the bills). So what is not a how-to article designed to you avoid using our service.

simply the basics of letting us you make your old bike a more awesome (and a more Classified).

First and here is the link to the TRIPLE EXCHANGE service offered in our store. The listing, if read conveys all the information you might to fit your bike with a (upside down/inverted) front Most of the questions I answer on a basis are addressed in the listing.

said, here are the highlights. The costs $485 plus The price covers modification of supplied parts so that you with great pride and bolt a sweet front end your bike as if it were made to do so. It does not cover the end itself, the wheel, brakes or any equipment you might need.

We to a surprising number of questions as to the $485 includes the front wheel, brakes, controls — the goes on. How cool would be? I’d buy so many of them for myself if were the case.

Sadly, days, you can expect to pay between for a good used front another $350 for a wheel, other bits and bobs to it complete. When I did my first by the time I had ruined a handful of trees and paid for hours of labor, I had spent a mortgage easily. Now it’s down to a and we have several methods of your triples based on the we receive from you.

never been one to give the sell, but I will say again, if service had been available I was working on my old XS850, in hindsight I have pounced on it.

OUT OF COUNTRY This has been a big topic Here’s the best solution for orders. Using eBay you can source a modern front end AND a tree that fits bike. Have it shipped to us in Richmond, thus saving overseas shipping.

We will the parts and ship the whole end to you in your country. We will to calculate shipping for the item, so us before ordering and we’ll you an invoice rather than through the store.

SPOKE SETUPS. On our Level 3 custom we combine modern forks spoke wheels. Sometimes we use bike forks and sometimes we use bike forks with a axle and caliper spacers.

Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept

is a very labor intensive and unfortunately we don’t offer it as a except on our builds. That the swap service we offer is not by whether you run wire spokes or If you’re willing to do the work to shorten your dirt forks or make a spoke work with your bike forks, we’re to provide the triple tree

BEARINGS. We like to use All-Balls bearings on all our swaps. We can get them for you or you can anywhere they are sold.

In All-Balls has a chart on their that cross references sizes to tell you what ends might fit your without modification. They state that the chart references bearing dimensions and that it does not take consideration the stem length or That means it won’t fit something like what we

It’s a bit like buying for your car that have the bolt pattern but the wrong and hence, don’t clear brake calipers. We have many comments to the effect of, pay $485 for your service a set of bearings will do the same I fear these commenters missed the point both we and are trying to make.

GENERAL Here at Classified, we love with moto folks we can. We’re happy to you to good parts suppliers, you our opinion on bike platforms, out pics of your project and the Unfortunately (and surprisingly) we found ourselves with and less time to do anything but on bikes and lamps.

It’s a problem to have but it means to general questions takes Thanks for your patience.

The build queue is currently again and there will be changes to it when we open it Stay tuned for more However, the online store is open for things like the Triple Tree Service. tee lamps and posters.

If it’s not out, it’s available. Oh, and Day is comin’ so…

Austin, new bikes, tees

Things have pretty dramatically around the old shop over the last two — even more so in the last two I’m on my laptop so little these that I pretty much how to use it. If this post makes it to it’ll be a small miracle. been cranking on a lot of builds, of them released since our post, like our XV920 2.0

Some of them are in the final as we speak, including possibly the Classified Moto creation to a front fender. Say it ain’t so.

despite the fact that I really justify going, I got an to bring a pair of bikes to The One Show in Austin, Texas. I was to have missed the shows in so I loaded up the truck and made the drive. My buddy Matt (‘Shop Class as Soulcraft ‘ opted to skip “two of shared flatulence in the cab of a truck” and out to meet me.

Neither of us knew to expect, but instantly we knew it was the trip. The show, put on by Thor and the at See See Motor Coffee Co. in Portland, have been done They transformed a giant Quonset hut warehouse into the happenin’ place within the Limits.

There were from a lot of my favorite builders — people who inspired me to start on bikes five years ago — and the show had a fun, positive to it over the two days it ran.

And Don’t get me started. I have to I had kind of gotten sick of about how great that is. Now I know why.

Anyway, now back to reality, and we have bikes to build. Maybe one or two end up in next years’s show.

As we suffer from ‘shiny syndrome’ when we’re on bikes and lamps, and have a of half-finished or finished and unpromoted new in the works. One that made it to production is the Classified Moto Tee (for kids, not grown-ups,

Artist Kristy Heilenday a couple of our previous builds for upcoming posters, and we thought look good on some tiny tees for tiny They come in two colors and fit motofolk from one year to years or so. We figured it’s a gift for all the cool aunt’s and out there to give when bibs just don’t right.

Get them in our online store that baby gets too

So I have to cut this short. A calls. But thanks again for all the since March 23, 2011 we went full time Classified Moto.

And as usual, if I owe you an or a phone call, please free to nudge me. We’re our best to stay on top of everything and any luck will have a staff of Classifiers to help soon.

We’re in the throes of capital for our flagship headquarters in Richmond. Before long have a place to come In the meantime, follow us on Instagram Twitter (@johnryland) and Facebook .


requests go active Monday at

February 17th, 2013

4 XV920 build with whistles. Approximately $17,000

For those of you who don’t know the Moto story, it’s to understand just how much living the dream. When I get up day to start my to-do list, I like I’ve won some of lottery. Granted there are off as with any other occupation, but becoming fewer and farther

And the fact that we have overwhelmed with bike is both humbling and awesome in the deluxe way.

A while we shut down our Build Queue reluctantly to get a handle on the 15 or so we had on our plate. Monday (2/18) at we’re cranking the request back up. Yes, we have great progress on current but mostly, I just can’t with turning customers anymore, lest they they’d rather have a or a new Corvette or flying lessons or a theater or a vacation in the tropics…

So, if you — Phil Collins — have waiting for this moment all life, then read on. post is intended to lay out the process and some of your burning so you’ll be ready to pounce we go live in just 12 hours. We only be taking on eight to 10 for this next round, on the types of projects we book.

We have developed a loose but structure for pricing our builds on the level of complexity involved. We four Build Levels — 1 being the least complex and Level 4 being the most. there are many factors in price, but our ballpark range (and recently) has been $7,500 to $17,000 USD.

We believe we can build a Level 1 for as as $6,000 but customers generally towards upgrades. So do we.

Level 1 CB400T Hawk with rear end. Approximately USD.

THINGS THAT PRICING: There’s a lot of good contained in the Build Request in our online store. Please it over for starters. Some of it is repeating here.

Our approach to bikes focuses primarily on unexpected platforms that in and of aren’t rare or exotic. that translates to using a bike to begin the process. way you’re paying for the work and that make a bike (as opposed to all your money into the base bike none left over to

Our successful formula is to purchase the bike and have it in good condition for $1,200. Then the process of Classifying it. The funny is that bikes like the which used to be plentiful are sought after for customization.

Anyway, there are still of bikes out there to be had at bargain but the price of the platform bike affects the overall build That said, all of the ballpark we give include purchasing the

This brings us to customer-supplied We give a credit if you supply a working bike to begin the (generally $1,200 for Level 2-4 and slightly more for Level 1 This assumes that the needs nothing before we can modifying it. Example: You have a running, mechanically sound XS750 to use for a Level 2 build. We credit you $1,200 towards the rate of around $9,000.

Technically, it works the same for a ’52 Black Lightning — $1,200 if a good runner, less if not. The important thing is to free your mind of that we might pay you the value of an bike that we’re out for you. You might sense I’ve run into this before!

Big ticket items can drive the price of your up include custom stainless custom tanks, major work (performance machining, high end aftermarket component (think Ohlins forks, wheels, etc.), intricate/commissioned and the like.

It’s mostly sense, but of course there’s for discussion and interpretation. Feel to email me with questions you purchase your build

Level 4 Honda Nighthawk Approximately $16,500 USD.

AND PAYMENTS: Once you have all the info you can about Classified and our type of work, and you have a good idea of the price you’re entertaining, you can take the and order the Build Request. is a $250 item in our online and basically acts as a good gesture that you are a serious The fee reserves your chronological in the queue and kicks off the rendering and estimating process.

It also a large printout of your complete with handwritten about your build. The fee is then applied to your build cost. If you decide not to go with the build, the fee is not refunded.

you’re in the queue, we begin specific conversations about build, including timing, special considerations and payment/delivery From these discussions, we develop and refine a rendering will serve as the touchstone for the Deviations from the final are common based on suggestions by parties, but generally require to the budget.

We have had great with the following payment Once we have settled on a the buyer makes an initial to cover the purchase of the platform (if not supplied by the customer). This is usually based on a range of listings (Craigslist, eBay, and paid upfront so we can move to get the best bike.

After initial payment, the balance of the costs are divided into equal payments spaced over the course of the project. The payment is due upon delivery. The thing is that you can set your own delivery date to suit comfort level from to 12 months. Prices do not include We do ship internationally, but rely on our customers to research their requirements regarding delivery.

We assist in any way we can, but ultimately the is responsible for making arrangements.

3 Honda CB250 Nighthawk. $12,000.

Please note the target timeline begins we have settled on a direction and the estimate is approved (not the time you purchase the Build We’ll do our best to nail a direction within 90 days of the build request. Bear in that the build request is a waiting list and sometimes a little heavier on the ‘waiting’

If you are in a tremendous hurry for your new Moto, then contact us reserving your spot.

all I can manage to spout about subject for now. I’m sure forgotten something. Email me questions and I’ll try to get back to you —

Stay tuned. always something happening including some big news. —JR

Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept


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