Special build queue opens Friday 1/3 at noon

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Here it is, finally. Answers to the big questions about Friday’s (1/3/14) launch of a special KT600/KT675 build queue. If you want to be prepared to pounce when we start accepting orders, PLEASE read this post and any pertinent links — a few times if necessary. It’ll be worth your time. When it goes live, the Moto Build Request will be available in our online store.

PRICES. THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. As I’ve said before, figuring out pricing on bikes is absolutely my least favorite part of this job I love so much. Why? Because there’s math involved. Also because it’s so political — charge enough to make a profit that’s fitting for months of work and some will say we’re greedy. Don’t charge enough to make a profit and we can’t stay in business. I won’t get too far into the topic, but suffice it to say our prices reflect what goes into the builds, not what the Blue Book says. And yes, clearly, if you were to build the bike yourself, you might in fact save a bundle. This goes without saying, but I (and others) will say it anyway.

Enough with math and politics.

In a nutshell, we will be opening a special build queue for you to reserve one of 10 replicas of the two bikes we built for actress Katee Sackhoff. The first bike is what we call the KT600 ($17,000 USD) and the second is her new one, the KT675 ($21,000). Both bikes are high-end Level 4 customs, similar in character but with differences in components and performance. Still interested? Read on for details about the bikes and the process of buying one.

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

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THE KT600

Last year we were lucky enough to build a custom Honda XL600R for actress Katee Sackhoff. The build and delivery were documented on Velocity Channel’s Café Racer series. We had a great time and the bike was a hit. In honor of Katee we named the bike the KT600. It started life as a Honda enduro sporting a very patriotic red, white and blue color scheme. We grafted on a front end from a modern sport bike and a single-sided swing arm from a Triumph Sprint ST1050. It’s a visual mix of modern, vintage, repurposed and custom components, and it sounds like a big single cylinder thumper should. Here’s the spec sheet:

—   Donor bike: Late 1980’s Honda XL600R (KICK START ONLY)

—   Front end: Kawasaki ZX6-R

—   CM front end conversion with custom billet upper clamp

—   Swing arm: Triumph Sprint ST1050

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

—   Tires: Dunlop D616 180/55-17 (rear), Metzeler 880 130/80-17 (front)

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

—   Headlights: Dual 4-inch halogens

—   Subframe: Custom

—   Seat: Custom single

—   Exhaust: Full stainless custom with underseat silencer

—   Clip on bars

—   Battery: Shorai Lithium Ion

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

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

KT600 available alterations

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

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

—   Black forks may be substituted for gold

—   A Dunlop D616 front tire can be substituted for the Metzeler if you want the front and rear tread patterns to match. The Dunlop will be a smaller, more standard size of 120/70-17 as opposed to the Metzeler at 130/80-17.

 

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The KT600 is a scrappy, lightweight brawler at home in the city or on the back roads. We rode Katee’s bike all over LA, splitting lanes and carving canyons. It’s geared for fun and can cruise the freeway or pull a big old wheelie if the occasion calls for it. Power is on par with the stock XL600R while some gains are realized through jetting and exhaust. The bike is kick start only and is recommended for riders who have been kickin’ it for years. Like with any big single, there’s a right way and a wrong way to kick it — equal parts finesse and authority. If you buy this version, just know that there is no electric start.

 

The KT675

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

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We didn’t want to simply build her an exact copy of the original, so we started with a nicely evolved version of the Honda dual sport platform — the XR650L. We began by bumping the displacement up from 644cc to just over 675. This big bore version features a Wiseco piston and a Stage 1 cam. A fully custom stainless steel exhaust tucks up almost completely under the seat for an extra tidy profile.

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Here’s the extended spec sheet:

—   Donor bike: early-to-mid 2000’s Honda XR650L (ELECTRIC START ONLY)

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

—   CM front end conversion with custom billet upper clamp

—   Swing arm: Ducati Multistrada single sider

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

—   Tires: Dunlop D616 180/55-17 (rear), Metzeler 880 130/80-17 (front)

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

—   Headlights: Dual halogens — one clear standard and one amber fog

—   Subframe: Custom

—   Seat: Custom single

—   Exhaust: Full stainless custom with underseat silencer

—   Superbike style

—   Battery: Shorai Lithium Ion

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

—   Chain: Gold O-ring style

—   Bodywork: Custom nickel side panels, battery box and rear fender

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

KT675 available alterations

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

—   The KT675 can be equipped with dual headlights — amber & clear — (standard), KT600-style symmetric dual round lights, OR a single 5.75″ round Bates-style light.

—   Clip on bars may be swapped for the standard Superbike bars

—   Black forks may be substituted for gold

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

—   A Dunlop D616 front tire can be substituted for the Metzeler if you want the front and rear tread patterns to match. The Dunlop will be a smaller, more standard size of 120/70-17 as opposed to the Metzeler at 130/80-17.

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The KT675 was designed and built as an upgraded and visually distinct sibling to the KT600. That said, you might prefer certain features of the original bike. For this reason we are offering some very specific variations that apply to one or both versions. They provide a little flexibility to suit personal preferences without affecting pricing. Below is the breakdown:

 

Special Requests

This special short run build queue focuses on two specific models. Our pricing and scheduling are based on building multiples of the same two bikes. So for this round, we can’t honor special requests beyond the variants described above. Our goal is to open the queue within four months and offer a limited number of one-off customs.

 

Process and payments

When the build queue opens, the Moto Build Request listing will go live in our web shop. The price listed is $500. Please don’t think that the bike costs $500. It does not. The $500 is a deposit that guarantees your place in line to purchase one of the two models. It will be first come, first served — preference determined by date and time of the online purchase. The queue will close once we’ve sold our allotment of bikes.

Since there is no design phase to speak of (save for indicating any available variations you might choose), the build will be expected to begin immediately. Once you pay your $500 you will be required to pay half of the balance down immediately to get the ball rolling. By immediately, let’s say within a week of purchasing the Build Request. We’ll work with you to make the payment go smoothly. Just note that delays in payment can bump your place down the pecking order in the queue. That’s no fun. The remainder of the balance will be paid in two equal installments — one at the midpoint and one at the end of the build. EXAMPLE: Put $500 on a KT675 (build queue fee). Your balance is now $20,500 USD. Split that in half for a first payment of $10,250. The remaining $10,250 in this case, is split in half with $5125 due at the midpoint of the build and the remaining $5125 due when we release the bike to you or your shipper.

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

We have made every effort to accurately describe the bikes we’re offering at this time. If you have any questions please contact us BEFORE you purchase the build request. I have found that (on rare occasion) people get excited and fail to read everything, then expect us to eat the cost when they change their mind. Not how we want to roll this time.

 

Shipping

We will be glad to assist you in arranging shipping within the US or abroad. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the buyer to coordinate and pay for shipping. We are located in Richmond, Virginia at zip code 23229 if you would like to look into shipping quotes. Please keep in mind if ordering from outside the US, to check your local laws and registration requirements, including any taxes or tariffs you might be required to pay.

 

Timing

Build times in this round will range from six to 18 months, depending on your place in the queue. As with any custom build, we can’t foresee every possible hurdle or snag. Therefore delivery dates can never truly be set in stone. We will do our best to get the work done by the target date. If your patience is ever called into play, please know how much we appreciate it!

So that’s about it. Feel free to email john@classifiedmoto or call 804.512.9782 to ask questions about this round of builds. Then be ready at 12 noon (EST) on Friday, January 3, 2014 to pounce as soon as the listing goes live. Thanks for reading this far, and good luck to you!  We will be announcing it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well. —JR

PHOTOS BY Adam Ewing

3 Comments

  • Juliano

    1

    Kudos, really. This is some work of art

  • Alex S

    2

    Truly beautiful and genius build. I would have never thought a dirt bike could become a cafe racer :) You guys have got the skills! And, Adam Ewing - gorgeous shots! - Alex

  • paul

    3

    Hi Just wanting a bike for my cafe are there any spots left in the cue This bike will be sent ti Sydney Australia Regards Paul

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